Eco-friendly Green Built Home
On 4.48 acres in Travis County TX SOLD
Texas Organic Home, Betty Saenz, Green Realtor presents an amazing passive solar home built using the latest in building science.
For the enlightened soul who seeks fine living while leading the way in the reduction of carbon footprint, this unique residence offers a sustainable and cost-effective lifestyle. 16401 Big Oak Circle in rural Leander TX 78641 is served by the sought after Leander Independent School District.
The artistry and craftsmanship of this 3059 square foot (per house plans) 1 and a half story home with open loft office/bedroom and spiral staircase is superb. There is a 3 car garage plus another 1 car garage further back on the second lot. This home located in Round Mountain Estates provides the premiere experience for today’s enlightened and eco conscientious homeowner. 16401 Big Oak Circle in rural Leander TX 78641 is situated on 4.48 acres of the Texas Hill Country on the corner of Big Oak Circle and Oak Ridge Trail in Leander Texas, Travis County. 3 horses are allowed per restrictions on this double lot. There are many beautiful native Texas trees, shrubs, grasses and other native plants on the property. Many were there already but the sellers have also added many rare native plants to this natural water conserving landscape. There are also 3 nature preserves nearby – the Travis County Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge which is about 27,500 acres and Williamson County’s 1,000 acre River Ranch. Call or e-mail me for directions or more information about these beautiful preserves.
Home Construction and Utilities
The utility bills run only $100. to $150. average total per month on average and sometimes just a bit more in the heat of the Summer. The cost of running this home is super low because of the rain water collection, septic system and building science of this green built home. After many years of researching homebuilding, the owners chose straw bale over ICF insulated concrete form construction. Construction was begun in 2010 and completed in 2011.
Austin Texas Natural Home Builder Kendra Welch with Clay, Sand and Straw was the straw bale consultant and builder for the project and Ben Obregon of The Sustainable Design Center was the architect who designed the home for sustainable living to take care of Mother Earth. There is a 15,000 gallon plus potable rainwater system servicing the home. Oversized galvalume gutters and a vast galvalume standing seam metal roof provide an abundant supply of great tasting water! The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association is based in Austin Texas and are an excellent source of information to lean more about rainwater collection. I also created a web page on this site about rainwater collection to learn more about it.
The home is post and beam construction with straw bale exterior walls, spray foam in all the interior walls and roof system with a Galvalume standing seam metal roof over all. Some furnishings were custom built or fitted for the home such as the rustic dining table, corner couch unit and bar stools. These are available for purchase with an acceptable offer.
Contact Betty Saenz REALTOR® for Information
This beautiful home in rural Travis County at 16401 Big Oak Circle – Leander TX 78641 SOLD CONTRACT. Call Betty Saenz Listing Agent at 512-785-5050 to see other earth friendly homes. This short, narrated movie will give you a glimpse of this very special home. Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.
There are many benefits to Rain Water both for your self, your home, your yard, your pets
Here is an aerial video below showing the 4.48 acres for sale in northwest Travis County near Austin Texas. You can see how much galvalume metal standing seam roof surface area you have to collect rainwater! There are many trees, an owl family living in the owl house on the place, many birds. You will love living in the country!