When in the market for a luxury home consumers usually begin the process by identifying a few key features that are important to them. Whether it’s a swimming pool, mountain views, or home-theatre, buyers know what they want and are once again demonstrating a willingness to pay market price, even more when it’s “worth” it. As the perception of luxury has evolved over the past five years, one such feature has become increasingly common among luxury home buyers: sustainability.
Finding a house that is both appealing and environmentally friendly may sound like a daunting task, but growing demands for efficiency have sparked a rise in tastefully designed, sustainable homes. That’s why we’ve compiled a few of our favorite luxury properties that stand in Mother Nature’s good favor.
Some may think that sustainability means a lack of exciting amenities, but they haven’t seen this magnificent Austin apartment. Located in the coveted Austonian, the exclusive building boasts a four star rating from the Austin Energy Green Building Program. A perfect combination of form meets function, the building also enjoys such first class features as a theatre, billiards room, heated lap pool and 24 hour concierge. Additionally, there is a unique condensate capture system requiring no public water to irrigate the lawn, which will save an estimated 33 million gallons of water each year.
The next house seamlessly blends in with its environment, while also reducing its impact on it. An absolutely stunning Palm Springs residence with mountain views, operating costs are kept to a minimum due to solar panels, high efficiency water heaters, and thermal walls and floors. Modern luxuries, such as an outdoor spa and saline pool, make this LEED certified home desirable to the most discerning of buyers.
Finally, this Hawaiian compound on Kauai's famed North Shore allows you to enjoy the finest amenities without feeling guilty about your ecological footprint. An island oasis complete with infinity pool and spa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this three acre estate makes for an ideal retreat. The inspiring interior elements were custom designed to world-class standards and specified in sustainable materials and renewable energy systems. Combining unparalleled care and craftsmanship with environmental awareness, this home exemplifies a new era of modern luxury.
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