This Christian Brown-designed 3 bed, 4 bath modern home in Jericho is everything the jaded Manhattan dweller would want in their hermitic Vermont escape. 70 acres of quiet woods off the back of Mount Mansfield and Stowe with a view the other direction towards the idyllic college town of Burlington and Lake Champlain, yet the 3,400 square foot house itself has the modern and environmentally friendly construction any cosmopolitan who still needs that attachments to cutting edge design. The home is rated at LEED Silver, the Green Building Council's third-highest ranking for energy efficient and environmentally friendly design, and also received awards in 2009 for its energy efficient and innovative design by Vermont architect Christian Brown. The home is oriented to maximize both views and passive solar energy, has rapidly-renewable bamboo floors, a solar hot water heater, and supertight insulation.
The environmentally-friendly devices don't stunt the aesthetic appeal, either. The interior is a calming mix of light woods, blues, and greys, perfect for calming inner-city nerves, while the boxy interior is highlighted by panels of cherry-red mahogany. Two decks, a hot tub, and a two-car garage are included, too.
· Modern Splendor in the Pristine Forest of Northwestern Vermont [Real Estate VT]