Casa Juan Galan

Alternative Energy, Passive Solar House for Sale

The house is located in Tres Orejas, a small off-grid community one-half hour west of Taos, New Mexico.

Situated on 3/4 acre of desert oasis with outstanding 360° panoramic views of the Sangre de Christo (Rocky Mountains) and Picuris mountain to the east and southeast, with BLM National Forest to the west.

Casa Juan Galan- a beautiful, small (one-bedroom), green solar-home.

Operates on sustainable energy: passive solar heating, off-grid electrical system with solar panels (photovoltaic) & wind generator electricity.

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It’s an energy efficient, energy independent home.

Rain and snow water harvesting-catchment system provides water (about 4500 gallons of storage).

Heat is by passive solar and a wood stove. There is a small propane heater in the new bathroom. I have left for extended times in the winter and the house plants have survived on the passive solar alone (temperatures around 0 F).

The house is almost 800 square feet.

There is a tank house and next to it, a covered pavilion—which would be fairly easy to convert to a studio/office, maybe a bedroom.

The house has one bedroom which is a combination studio/bedroom with a queen size loft and a small Mexican chimenea (freestanding fireplace). It has a space to hang clothes. A clothes closet is being built as part–but separate from–the new bathroom. There is another small sleeping loft (or storage space) next to the kitchen.

The bathroom is “in process” and the septic system will be finished in the spring (or ASAP, if sold soon). I have been using a “sawdust flush” composting toilet. The bathtub is large with a shower. All greywater is designed to go to trees and plants

The hot water heater is an Aqua Star propane on demand. I have installed an efficient propane refrigerator. The kitchen stove is a small trailer-type propane 3 burner with oven. The kitchen and dining space are separated by a bar. The living and dining area are separated by a partial wall with an arch.

There are two water holding tanks. One is about 3000 gallons and is in the tank house. The other is 1500 gallons and is freestanding. Roof collection for snow and rainwater is about 890 square feet.

A solar haven with High-Speed Internet, Internet Phone and good Cellular reception available.

A great recession-proof, real estate deal!
For sale by owner Asking: $115,000
email: JuanGalan(at)TresOrejas(dot)com

Visit website for more photos and details.

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by Kent Griswold (Tiny House Blog)

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Benjamin - September 2, 2009 Reply

How far from shopping?

Angela - September 4, 2009 Reply

Cute Home!

Pat - January 7, 2014 Reply

Sorry, forgot your contact info & loc. I seek studio w/private bath & closet. A contradiction: “on demand hot water” and “bathtub . . large”. Would removal and replacement w/Japanese soaking tub be required for full body soak (my arthritis issue)? Can any weight-bearing walls be removed for more comfortable openness? Other than duration and severity of cold season those are only concerns & looks like my ideal retirement studio. I’m gathering props. to view within next 2 mos. What is your open show period? THANKS 5755241202

Peter - September 22, 2014 Reply

“The bathroom is “in process” and the septic system will be finished in the spring (or ASAP, if sold soon).”

So the house is so great… that you can’t wait to sell it even before it’s finished.

What’s with all the Eco-House, Tiny-House, Straw-Bale house that want to sell us on the idea of how wonderful they are, meanwhile they are trying to sell them to get out!!

Richard - October 10, 2017 Reply

I notice it’s been on the market more than 8 years. Doesn’t sound like great re-sale value. I’ll give you $25,000, cash, if you ca provide a clean title.

    Kent Griswold - October 10, 2017 Reply

    Not sure it is still on the market though the link is still working. That is a long time!

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