Net-Zero Home: 3719 34th Street, Mt. Rainier

    It seems that green living and sustainability are on everybody’s minds these days, and many of us are conscious of trying to incorporate good environmental practices into our everyday lives. But what if you could make your most important investment align with your ideas about sustainability and environmental responsibility? And what if you could do it with style, beauty, and a great in-town location as well? Welcome to 3719 34th Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712.

    Located in the heart of the revitalized Gateway Arts District, and only one block from the Mount Rainier Town Center, this is a Net-Zero green home built to LEED Platinum standards. What does that mean? It means that the home itself actually generates renewable energy equal to or exceeding the energy consumption of the home. Using wind, rain, and solar power, the home is connected to the grid and can sell its excess energy, or can buy additional power during times of high demand. For the average homeowner, that equals more than $4,000 per year in utility savings!

    But if you think this type of functionality and practicality means compromising on style, think again. A spacious open floor plan, beautiful, sustainably harvested bamboo flooring, stylish fixtures, high efficiency appliances—all of these and more contribute both to the home’s energy efficiency and its contemporary style. The fine craftsmanship is evident in the many beautiful architectural details in this light-filled space.

    How can something so gorgeous be good for the environment? This cutting edge home includes the most advanced home building techniques, rooftop solar panels, a hybrid electric hot water heater, a state of the art HVAC system, and building materials and equipment designed for reliability and efficiency. Beautiful, contemporary ceiling fans lower HVAC use in both summer and winter. Integrated Nest thermostats and zoned HVAC systems allow greater control and flexibility so that you can more precisely manage your heating and cooling. You’ll love the windows with desirable Southern exposure—you’ll feel the difference in your energy level as well!

    With a home like this, you’ll never want to leave, but when you do you’ll have so many options. Mount Rainier boasts one of the area’s favorite food emporiums, Glut Food Co-op, and is near the new Whole Foods. Dining out? Bird, Nido, or Pizza Paradiso will become your new favorite spots. And Zeke’s or Vigilante coffee shops will help you start your morning right.

    Want to bring sustainability into your commute? The home is situated near bus and metro stations to ensure you always have a Green option. And when you want to get out and explore the great outdoors, you’ll have The Mt. Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, Upshur Park, and a variety of other parks and playgrounds to choose from.

    You’ll love the small-town feel of Mt. Rainier. This Maryland enclave right on the DC border is dedicated to sustainability. Their solar array on top of City Hall, bicycle coop, community garden, and Green Infrastructure Plan all speak to their dedication to environmental responsibility. Their artistic tradition, exemplified in their Artist Lofts and their role as part of the Gateway Arts District, creates cultural opportunities and interest for residents and visitors to the area. You’ll want to be part of this vibrant community. Find out more in our Neighborhood Profile on the area.

    Your home is your most important investment. With this gorgeous Net-Zero home it can continue to pay dividends far beyond even your wildest expectations both financially and environmentally. If you are looking for a home that truly allows you to live out your values in a neighborhood that shares them, you can’t do better than this amazing home. Contact your Eng Garcia Grant Realtor today, or sign in at our website to get started.

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