By Elle Eichinger | April 1, 2014 | Home & Real Estate
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.
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.
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.
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
PHOTOGRAPHY VIA FLEXHOUSE2.COM (FLEXHOUSE2)