Fabulous 4 Star Built Green Home in Denny Blaine

Fabulous 4 Star Built Green Home in Denny Blaine (SOLD)

See this wonderfully private home perched on a small hill in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Seattle. Seattle Realtor Green will be holding the first Open houses along with the Designer/Builder, First Lamp. Located near the Arboretum, fantastic schools, this is an in-city neighborhood with the feeling of living in the trees. Several rooms including the Master suite, overlook the colorful green roof, with a full crop of easy care sedums putting on a colorful display 12 months of the year.

Wonderful views day and night

Wonderful views day and night

With windows facing every direction, this home will never be gloomy. Look out over Madison Valley from your in home office or take the dog for a walk in the arboretum, all while your kids are at school within walking distance.  At night, this home truly dazzles. Built with family life as well as entertaining in mind, smart design allow this home many different personalities.



Smart Design, Smart Finishes, Smart Location

Stop by between 1-4 to view. It’s easiest to park on the street below and walk up the hill (so bring comfortable shoes). Owner access will be from the street above directly into the large 2 car garage.

Famously Beautiful Deep Green Town Home Seattle

Built Green Homes by Martha Rose

Famously Beautiful Deep Green Town Home Seattle

This town home is famous and extremely good looking, but don’t let that scare you off. The subject of radio interviews, articles and soon to be featured in the 2013 10x10x10 Green Building Slam, this high performance home was a behind-the-walls star on the 2013 NW Green Home Tour last spring.

Built Green Homes by Martha Rose
Understated, comfortable finishes inside and out

Are you the kind of person that is drawn to smart, versatile, easy-going, practical, no nonsense natural beauties?  Who isn’t?  This GREEN Realtor can’t help you with your ideal life partner but this home is a great fit for someone looking for those same features in their next residence. Just the elegance of authentic finishes, no faux or fancy anything here. Ponderosa knotty pine, polished concrete, stainless steel, cork, forged steel and some pleasantly surprising design choices thrown in for fun.

Yes, this home is rated 5 star Built Green, but it is also the physical manifestation of 30 years of an accumulated knowledge and intuition of a highly experienced and insightful builder.  This is where form meets function.

Beautiful Townhome
View from master deck in October

There is just one townhome left, an end unit with privacy overlooking a magnificently ancient tree located in a park across the street. Depending on your lifestyle this townhome can approach  the status of a Net-Zero or Passive House. Even if you aren’t frugal with your energy use, the house will save you money on utilities while saving you money on your taxes. The already installed PV panels are working away feeding power back to the grid while they are waiting for the new occupant to move in. Besides the electricity generation the water saving features watch your consumption so you don’t even need to think about water usage.

This town home might be well known, but fame hasn’t changed it. It’s had it’s time in the limelight and is ready to retire into a quieter life. It knows it’s built to last at least the next 200 years. It will be a reliable friend that will keep it’s good looks for years to come.

Just a sample of the unusual features:

  • PV Panels (Solar Panels already installed) complete with financial incentives
  • Passive solar and lots of natural daylighting
  • Polished concrete floors with 4″ closed cell foam insulation beneath
  • Bibs insulation with advanced framing minimizing thermal breaks
  • Specially installed triple pane windows atop custom metal pan liners
  • Green roof, cistern, and almost invisible storm water mitigation
  • Custom milled, sustainably harvested wood, locally sourced
  • Heat Recovery Ventilator with MERV 12 filter for superior air quality
  • Universal Design on all floors
  • Low utility usage–and bills
  • LED lamps installed throughout–can be changed if desired
  • In-wall USB charging ports and networking throughout the home
  • All electric home including radiant ceiling heat and induction range
  • Additional loft not included in square footage
  • Beautifully functional 3rd floor deck with lots of light and Mt. Rainier view
  • Owner/operator manual with hands-on warranty from the builder
  • It’s own fan club (honestly, the builder has a following!)

As the Buyer’s Agent if you would like to know about this one of a kind opportunity I’d be happy to speak with you. This one of a kind home is not going to last for long. Take advantage of the bad luck of the government shut down and low interest rates. You’ll be glad you did.

2858 South Nevada Street Seattle  (Columbia City) 2 blocks from the light rail station.


How To Search for a Green Home in WA State

How To Search for a Green Home in WA State

We have great news in the state of WA — aka the “Evergreen State“.  Our own Northwest Multiple Listing Service is making it much easier to find a Green Home and help the potential buyer understand just how green a home is right from the listing!  Our NWMLS is also making things easier for our environmentally minded home sellers to brag about the special features of their homes when they place their listing on the market. Starting June 26th 2013, it will be much easier to know how to search for a green home in WA State.

The new search fields will target the three most common green certification programs in WA state. Built Green (which varies by each county, King and Snohomish Counties have the largest program in the state), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and NW Energy Star (not to be confused with the program that rates appliances). In residential homes, Built Green is probably the most common rating along with NW Energy Star due to the overlapping of energy goals of the two programs.  These programs might be the most easily understood by the builders and homeowners as they use checklists as well as in most cases now, third party certifiers. LEED is considered more complex and is still the leader in commercial building and multifamily and mixed use buildings. This program requires a more detailed knowledge of the program and uses third party certifiers as well. Most new construction in the downtown core carries a metallic LEED rating.

Green WA Homes
How to find a Green Home in the Seattle Area

So what’s the best way to search for a Green Home in WA State? Use a Green Seattle Realtor!  We have access to the search fields that can pinpoint what it is about a home that makes it “green”, and quite often can find out the particulars before a walk through. We have the ability to search based on heating efficiency, HERS Ratings and many more criteria . Granted green construction is still a smaller part of the market, but awareness and demand is increasing at a quick pace. The recent changes to our search fields will make it easier than ever to weed out the impostors from the real deals. This new ability allows the sustainable building community to be one step closer to normalizing green building to people understanding what it truly is. Green is thoughtful, smart building that will be the norm in the future of building. Please give me a ring if you would like to to know more about this important development and how I can help you can search for a green home in WA State.


Seattle Green Home Tour

Seattle’s 2011 Green Home Tour

Green Home Tour Seattle
What does "Green" mean to you?

Seattle is anticipating it’s first annual Northwest Eco Building Guild Green Home Tour. See the latest in sustainable housing, techniques, ideas and inspirations.  The South Sound chapter had great success with their tour last year, and the Seattle chapter is expected to exceed their success the first time out of the gate.


There will be three clustered areas. The first in North Seattle, second on the Eastside of Lake Washington, and the third in South Seattle. The featured properties will all be different, and incorporate different aesthetics and different techniques for achieving a “Green” status.

It’s a great way to see what all this fuss is about if you are just curious; if you are in the market to purchase. Or if you are seriously looking for tangible ideas on how to build your own Eco Friendly house. You are bound to meet some of the local leaders in the industry, many of which are members of the Guild.

The tour will be on April 16th and 17th, you may want to attend both days if you want to see all the houses on the tour!

Stay tuned for more information.