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Homes Designed with the Earth in Mind

by | Apr 19, 2023

In honor of Earth Day this month, we’re spotlighting incredible properties that put sustainability and environmental health at the forefront. From a modern pastoral estate outside Denver to a self-sufficient private Caribbean island paradise, these retreats balance beauty, convenience and the best and forward-thinking, green-minded design. 



Clearview Farm

Offered at $28,888,888

5 Beds | 13 Baths 

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Set on nearly 15 verdant acres in the heart of Cherry Hills Village, just outside Denver, Clearview Farm is a nature-steeped retreat that has been meticulously designed with materials and features that place enduring style and sustainability at the forefront. The estate comprises a main home plus four connected “barns” integrated into the verdant Colorado landscape. Equipped with a full solar panel array that runs the length of the main house, Clearview Farm also boasts a battery backup system for the solar system by Blue Planet Energy. Additionally, the estate’s insulation properties are 13.5% better than what is required by modern building code standards.

“There has never been a property—on this much acreage, with a 1.5-acre pond and far-reaching views—offered to the market before,” says Kacey Bingham, Managing Partner of The Agency Denver, who holds the listing alongside fellow Managing Partner, Jared Blank. “While Cherry Hills has been known for more traditional legacy type-properties, Clearview Farm’s modern architectural design and thoughtful details make it extremely unique. Plus, we are seeing more demand for modern architecture, that includes materials and features that place enduring style and sustainability at the forefront.” 

Adding to its sustainability-minded features, the home’s exterior is designed with Shou Sugi Ban siding, an ancient Japanese architectural technique that preserves wood by charring the surface with a hot flame. This method enhances durability and is a natural means of preserving wood without chemicals, paints and other surface treatments. “From its design to its views and modern amenities, Clearview Farm is truly the region’s most exceptional modern residence,” says Jared.



4203 Balcones Drive

Offered at $8.5M

5 Beds | 7 Baths

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As Austin’s first home to have a Tesla energy panel roof, 4203 Balcones Drive is an inviting green retreat filled with countless amenities. Recently featured on the March/April cover of Austin/San Antonio’s Home Design & Decor magazine, this 6,200-square-foot contemporary craftsman enjoys a coveted location within the highly sought after neighborhood of Balcones Park. Interiors by Studio Steinbomber leave no detail forgotten and feature European white oak floors, lights by Tom Dickson and top-of-the-line fixtures and finishes. Additional amenities include two dedicated offices, a fitness studio, media/game rooms, three laundry rooms, a heated pool and hot tub with underwater speakers, plus a Tesla charging station. Noa Levy holds this listing. 



19 Rockstream Drive

Offered at $15M

5 Beds | 7 Baths 

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A divine desert architectural estate, 19 Rockstream Drive’s innovative contemporary design earned it the prestigious designation of The New American Home 2023. Located within Ascaya, a private residential community carved into Nevada’s McCullough Range just outside Las Vegas, this estate encompasses a two-level home with 8,211 square feet of living space and far-reaching views of the Las Vegas strip and nearby canyons. The estate’s airy interiors present inviting indoor-outdoor living features, a pool courtyard, a roof terrace with amazing views of Las Vegas plus numerous ultra-energy-efficiency elements and net-zero features.

The home achieved the National Green Building Standard “Emerald” certification, ENERGY STAR Certification, Indoor airPLUS Certification, DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program Certification and net-zero status. The Agency Development Group’s Kylie Lum and Melissa Tomastik hold this listing.


The Bahamas

Hummingbird Cay

Offered at $35M

10 Beds | 10 Baths

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A rare completely private island in Exuma’s exquisitely preserved Southern Cays, Hummingbird Cay is outfitted for total solitude and self-sufficient sustainability. Set on 236 acres, the island encompasses two primary estates—the White House and the Pink House—plus eight bungalows and two caretaker cottages. 

Modern, environmentally-minded features have been implemented throughout the island, including energy-producing solar panels and a reverse osmosis system that provides ample fresh water. The property is also equipped with satellite access and WiFi. 

Spend days soaking up the sun surrounded by some of the planet’s most beautiful scenery. Hummingbird Cay enjoys 2,500 feet of white sand at Sonova Beach coastline as well as access to two additional private beaches, a boat harbor, a dock and a boathouse. 

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