910 West St, Silver City, New Mexico, USA
IDEAL LOCATION NEAR HISTORIC DOWNTOWN! [ INFO PDF ]
Accommodations: 2 - 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 2-6)
Location: 3 hrs East of Tucson; 2.5 hrs West of El Paso; 5.5 hrs south of Santa Fe. In the Historic District, this home blends the best of 'old' and 'new' design. The home is situated right by the picturesque WNMU university, about 4 blocks from downtown and the arts district. You can walk to restaurants, the brew pub, art galleries, shops and the library. Or take a walk on nearby Boston Hill's many paths. Gila Hike & Bike is about 4 blocks away and they can help with hiking gear and information and often will rent bikes.
Rooms: The main living area has vaulted ceilings, a massive, stone, wood burning fireplace and beautiful, wood trusses with wrought iron. There are 4 outdoor living areas, including a deck/patio with privacy fence, a balcony off the loft/master bedroom, a private patio off the downstairs bedroom and a nice-sized front porch. The master bedroom is a loft with excellent views of historic downtown. It has a king size bed. The main floor bedroom has a queen bed and pretty views of the campus. The downstairs bedroom has a pull out couch. It is very cozy with a wood-burning stove. The couch is very large, making this a good room for the group to gather and watch TV, or enjoy the patio. All 3 bathrooms have showers and one also has a tub.
Design: The open recycled brick living area has 10' ceilings, Rumsford American Clay fireplace and cement hearth, local sustainably-harvested pine vigas and passive solar exposure.
Green Elements: Aiding the passive solar elements is 2.3 KW PhotoVoltaic Laminate on a long-life standing-seam metal roof, solar hot water and hydronic heat throughout, substantial cross ventilation and Whole House Fan. Built with eco-friendly Flexcrete block for thermal mass walls, as well as recycled blue jean and recycled cardboard (cellulose) insulation. Water harvesting gutters and storage tanks for irrigation and potential indoor use. Accessible basement plumbing for future addition of gray water recycling.
Old Little Walnut
Design: This well designed home has eighteen hundred square feet of comfortable living space that includes a spacious master bedroom suite with a walk-in closet and an attached bath with a beautiful open shower and an artful soaking tub with stunning private views. The open stained, concrete floor living area features vaulted ceilings, a custom Kiva fireplace, local sustainably harvested pine vigas, and passive solar exposure. The southwestern kitchen features a full tile backsplash and granite countertops. There is also a comfortable guest room with a cathedral ceiling, a pantry and a circular staircase leading to a spacious loft with views of Cook's Peak.
Building Materials & Green Elements: The walls are constructed of AAC block (aerated, autoclaved, concrete block). This block provides great mass for even, comfortable temperatures and high "R" value. The house is oriented to the south to take advantage of passive solar heat gain in the winter. Aiding the passive solar elements is a 2.3 kilowatt photovoltaic system on a long-life MasterCraft, standing seam, metal roof, a solar hot water system, in-floor hydronic heat and substantial cross ventilation. There are numerous durable and eco-friendly elements throughout the home such as high "R" value, recycled cardboard, cellulose insulation.