Blog Stories Living Off the Grid in an Eco-Friendly “Earthship”

Living Off the Grid in an Eco-Friendly “Earthship”

By Erika George & Kari McGee, June 29, 2019

Climate change is on everyone’s mind right now. Many people want to lessen their impact on the environment, whether that entails installing solar panels, cycling instead of driving or eating less meat. Other people pursue a more radical dream – literally living “outside the box” and off the grid. I had the chance to experience an eco-friendly “earthship” first hand and it was amazing!

When I traveled to Jefferson, Colorado to visit one of my best friends from college, I had no idea my real estate (and cardiovascular!) horizons would be so expanded. My friend Kristin lives in an earthship that she and her family built with their own hands – completely off the grid. One side of the house is insulated by 1,000 recycled tires. The other side has an expansive 180 degree view of the beautiful high desert. The floor is “polished mud.” The walls are adobe mud. The house is powered by solar and wind. The construction is solid, the views are breathtaking, and the home is beautiful, cozy and livable – no one’s roughing it. Kudos to Kristin (and family) and all of you out there who are living/thinking “outside of the box/grid.” You are an inspiration to us all!

Although not everyone has the means (or desire) to live in an earthship, everyone has a dream about the kind of home they would like to live in or the kind of life they would like to have – be it a cute condo in a walkable neighborhood or a sprawling mid-century modern in a great suburb, with a big backyard and room for a garden.

Do you want to live life outside the box? Are you considering a radical change when it comes to where you live? We GET it! Call us to talk about your options. We would be honored to help you find HouseLove.

Erika & Kari

Broker-Esquire | Principal Broker | Seniors Real Estate Specialists | OR

Erika George and Kari McGee are the highly skilled HouseLove PDX team at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR. 

As designated Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES®), Kari and Erika help Seniors and their families navigate aging in place, downsizing, multigenerational housing, senior community living options, and probate sales. These exceptional real estate agents will help you prepare for life’s transitions with compassion and expert guidance. Principal Broker Kari McGee is an 11-year Portland Monthly 5-Star Realtor® and has helped clients successfully navigate the evolving Portland real estate market for almost two decades. Realtor® Erika George brings to the table 20 years of experience as an attorney specializing in construction and contracts and has been a full-service real estate broker since 2013. These experienced real estate agents will help you prepare for life’s transitions with a customized plan designed for your specific goals.  Erika and Kari's in-depth market knowledge and savvy data analysis will help you make educated, pro-active decisions that will reduce stress and provide better outcomes for your real estate needs.  Given our foremost duty as a fiduciary, be assured that your best interests will always be at the very center of every decision we make together. And, as the great-granddaughters (they're cousins!) of a professional baker, don’t be surprised if your real estate transaction with Erika and Kari comes complete with pie, cookies, or the best homemade toffee in the world. We would be honored to help guide you through your changing real estate needs in Portland Oregon. CONTACT Erika George and Kari McGee 503.349.5449 | 971.322.6612
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