A remarkable sustainable house in Forest Lodge, a small suburb in New South Wales, Australia, that could well inspire the glamping visitors of the future, which featured on reality programme Grand Designs Australia has recently sold.
Initially planned to go under the hammer at auction on Saturday 28th November, the three-bedroom house is thought to have fetched close to $2 million (£957,700).
The official sale price has yet to be confirmed, but it was stated that it achieved the guide of more than 1.9 million Australian Dollars (£956,800).
While on the market, the property (pictures seen here) attracted a wealth of interest with almost 20,000 views on the property page realestate.com.au. There were also 103 groups, all owner-occupiers, inspecting the award-winning property. Interest came from as far afield as New Zealand, Egypt, Iran, Italy, and the Netherlands.
The property has only been in place for 24 months and has affectionately been dubbed the Forest Lodge Eco House. It comprises of 155sq m and features 8m vertical gardens in its courtyard to the front of the property, accompanied by a green roof, an underground 3500-litre rainwater tank, along with an underground heating system which is used to store and provide the abode with hot water.
There’s also double-glazed windows, and wireless switches with iPad or iPhone connectivity for the tech savvy lovers!
For the property to realise completion the cost was in the region of £430,000. However, Mr Knierim, who designed and built the home, has claimed that in today’s market it would now cost around £478,415 to replicate it, which equates to an extra $100,000 on top of the original $900,000.
In total, the property has been successful in claiming an impressive 13 international and national awards. These awards include the Health Impact Assessment (HIA0 Australian Green Smart Home of the Year, the HIA Energy Efficiency Home of the Year and the BPN Australian New Dwelling of the Year.