Yerington, Nevada — Green Home For Sale

This is a 2 BR 2 BA home on nearly 40 acres of land about 15 minutes south of Yerington, Nevada. The home is wooden framed with straw bales making up the walls and the whole property is off the grid. Powered by a PV solar system and generator.

Listing ID: 20251

  • Energy Efficient Home
  • Green Home
  • Straw bale
  • Off the Grid
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Asking Price (USD) $415,000
Annual Property Tax $2,290
Annual Utility Cost $1,250
Home Area 2,252 sq ft
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 40 acres
Year Built 1999

Property Description

If you’re tired of the rat race and are looking for that special property that offers incredible serenity and gorgeous views of the high desert and surrounding mountains, this just might be the place for you. This is a 40 acre parcel of land that lies at the south end of Mason Valley about 15 miles south of the town of Yerington. The owners of this property wanted to get away from the crowds and develop an “off the grid” property that is both environmentally friendly and economical to own. They constructed a 2,250 square foot home that is supported by a somewhat typical wood frame but then has wall insulation composed of straw bales that give the walls an insulation value of R-75 and the ceilings an R value of 35. The exterior and interior walls are covered with a beautiful and durable stucco finish that’s ideal for withstanding the rigors of the high desert environment. The home is constructed on a beautifully dyed concrete slab that has a radiant floor heating system (all parts are there except for a boiler) that has never been activated because the owners have never had the need. The home features an extra large master bedroom with custom built in drawers and storage areas. The master bathroom features a large, freestanding claw foot bathtub, a beautiful shower stall and an extra large double sink vanity. The charming kitchen features beautiful custom built cabinets, abundant pot shelves, a cozy kitchen nook and patio doors that are ideally positioned to provide unobstructed views of the sunrises that only the high desert of the Great Basin can provide. The dining, family and living rooms make up a great room that flows elegantly from the kitchen to the west end of the house. The living room is highlighted by a very large, custom built bookcase that stretches across the length of one wall. The great room has high ceilings and ceiling fans throughout to provide a refreshing breeze. The view from the great room toward the rear of the house is complemented by a beautifully built loft including a spiral staircase and a wrought iron fence that borders the loft.
The property has numerous outbuildings that provide enough work and storage space to keep just about anybody happy. Buildings include a 36’ X 72 pole barn, a 12’ X 30’ metal storage shed on a concrete slab, a 22’ X 12’ workshop, a 24’ X 22’ car port, a 12’ X 16’ gazebo and a 10’ X 12’ battery storage room. There is also a 60’ X 25’ raised garden bed area complete with hoop frames and a very large root cellar that is fully capable of securely storing pretty much anything you can grow on the property.
The exterior landscaping is pretty much xeriscaped but there is also an extensive drip irrigation system to provide water for those trees and shrubs that need a little extra water. The combination of incredible serenity and the food, water, shade and cover provided by the flora on this property make this little oasis in the desert a huge attraction for a wide diversity of wildlife that provide endless entertainment as you relax on the patio while enjoying the gentle afternoon breezes that are so common in this area.
Water for the property is provided from a 260’ deep well that is equipped with a solar powered pump that is driven by its own set of solar panels.
*The agent representing the seller is employed by Roberson Realty in Yerington, Nevada. 401 N. Main St. Yerington, Nevada 89447. (775) 463-3858 or

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

The property is powered by a photovoltaic solar system and a back-up generator. The home is constructed of a wooden main frame with straw bales providing R-75 insulation on exterior walls. The house is oriented to the south and is equipped with numerous south facing windows to capture passive winter solar heat.

Neighborhood Description

Located in southern Lyon County, Nevada about 15 minutes south of the town of Yerington (population 3,400). Property is almost completely surrounded by land owned by the United States Forest Service and is within 15 minutes of the newly established Walker River State Recreation Area which encompasses 12,000 acres of formerly privately held land and 28 miles of the East Walker River which offers excellent trout fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing. Property is also adjacent to the Wovoka Wilde

Market Area

The property is located in southern Lyon County about 80 miles from Reno and 75 miles from the recreation meccas of Lake Tahoe, Mount Rose, Kirkwood and many others. A little over two hours south of Yerington lays Yosemite National Park which is the gateway to the southern Sierras and its bountiful recreational opportunities. A little further down the road one can find world class snow skiing and summer recreation opportunities at Mammoth Mountain and June Lakes.

School District

Students who live in this area attend schools in Yerington, Nevada which is located about 13 miles north of the property. Students who live in rural areas are transported to school via a fleet of buses that cover the out of town area. The schools are part of the Lyon County School District


Yerington is a very quiet little farming community with no traffic lights but yet is within an hour or so of the larger cities of Reno and Carson City. The area has a long history of supporting agricultural activities including cattle ranching and the production of alfalfa and grains. In recent years, some growers have turned to producing vegetable crops and the area is now recognized as one of the largest onion producing regions in the U.S. Yerington is also home to Night in the Country.

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Split Level

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area Yes
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Other
Solar - Passive
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Off the Grid
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Straw bale
Wood Timber Frame
Exterior Finish Stucco
Interior Finish Other
Interior Paint Other
Floor Material Concrete
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Carport Detached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 528 sqft