By: Elizabeth Corridan
LEVERETT, Mass. (WGGB) – Just off the beaten path in Leverett, in the shadow of picturesque Mt. Toby, is a true dream home. Listing agent Valerie Demerski says, “It’s like being in a little slice of heaven. It’s just a wonderful environment.”
As you approach from the driveway, everything looks brand new, but the house has a story that began more than a century ago. Most of the wood and brick used in the home came from the Nonotuck Mill in Holyoke. They were reclaimed and restored to their original beauty. Developer and owner of Vintage Green Homes Jonathan Gross says, “Not only is there the warmth of vintage materials but you are also getting a slice of the history of the area.”
Using vintage materials is the latest trend in green construction as builders look to reduce their carbon footprints. To maximize the green factor in their Leverett venture, the developers aimed to marry antique with cutting edge. Demerski says, “It has some really wonderful features in terms of geothermal heating, cooling and hot water, which allows this 3500 ft2 home to be heated and cooled for less than $3 a day.”
The asking price for the home is $749,000. No matter your budget, the concept just makes sense. Demerski says, “You can live in a very spacious, healthy home and not have to spend a lot of money in terms of your utility bills.”
Sam Johnston of Environmental Compliance Services is an expert in geothermal heating and cooling systems. He says, “As the world moves forward and we strive for less reliance on fossil fuels, this makes a lot of sense.”
As if the Leverett home was not green enough, Vintage Green Homes has teamed up with Fathers and Sons and whoever buys the prime piece of property will also get a 2009 Jetta TDI Clean Diesel.
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