Earth Month in April means going green, and one of the most major ways to decrease your carbon footprint is to live in a sustainably-built house. Take a tour inside four Chicago properties that make earth-conscious living chic.
This Winnetka home sits on just under one acre of lush green land.
335 Woodley Rd., Winnetka
With just under an acre of land, this suburban home takes going green to a new level. While the interior received a Gold Key award after a 2003 remodel, the outside has accolades as well: it took home the Environmental Improvement Award for landscaping by Martin & Assoc. Massive picture windows in multiple rooms look out onto the sprawling garden, which features a large stone patio, pond, and endless greenery. $3.495 million, for more information contact Coldwell Banker listing agent Ann George at 847-446-4000; or visit coldwellbankeronline.com.
This abode at 2963 N. Dawson St. is another recent Indigo Homes project.
2923-2925 N. Wastenaw Ave., Avondale
When construction wraps in the next couple of months, these two adjacent Avondale homes will be some of the most energy-efficient on the market. Developer Indigo Homes is known for using renewable building materials and reducing a home’s energy demands—added insulation, tankless water heaters, low-flow water fixtures, and energy-efficient appliances—ultimately saving the homeowner money and benefiting the environment. Similar homes sold for $569,000, contact green broker Kelly Parker at 312-881-8981.
Inside the original Flexhouse development.
Flexhouse2, Logan Square
Another in-development project is coming soon to Logan Square, just a few blocks from bustling Milwaukee Avenue. Dubbed Flexhouse, it comprises a series of townhomes—going for roughly a half million each—with countless green features, such as low VOC paint, dual-flush toilets to conserve water, a rain barrel, Energy Star appliances, and more. Of the two layouts, the slightly larger layout B is our pick thanks to a gorgeous master bath. For more information, contact Koenig & Strey listing agent Karen Ranquist at 312-475-4542; or visit flexhouse2.com.
The fixtures at AMLI River North conserve water by 20 percent.
AMLI River North
Even the construction of River North’s brand new LEED Gold-certified AMLI building was green, diverting 75% of the normal waste and using regionally sourced building materials wherever possible. Now completed—and already boasting residents like Bulls player Taj Gibson—each of AMLI’s units features energy-efficient household products, water-reduction appliances, and low-emitting materials. The complex even encourages its residents to go green, by offering recycling programs and accommodations for electric cars. We love the three-bedroom penthouse on the 50th floor for its gorgeous lake view (starting at $7,702/month). 71 W. Hubbard St., 877-442-5135