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 George & Kari McGee

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

Meet cousins Erika George and Kari McGee - the highly skilled HouseLovePDX Team at Living Room Realty in Portland, OR. 

Broker Erika George brings to the table 20 years of experience as an attorney specializing in construction and contracts, and 10 incredible years of real estate success stories.  Principal Broker Kari McGee is an 11-year Portland Monthly 5-Star Realtor®  with almost 20 years of real estate experience under her belt. As Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES®) we love to put our superpowers to work to help all kinds of folks transition to new chapters with compassion, expert guidance, and a customized plan.

Here are our Top Five Favorite Things to do for you:

1.  Ask you questions (lots of questions!) and actually listen to your answers. 2.  Show out-of-area Buyers all the fun neighborhoods and important spots that make the Portland Metro area special. 3.  Crack you and ourselves up with funny photos and random moments of hilarity that pop up in a day of touring homes or after a long day of listing preparation chores! 4.  Negotiate and advocate strenuously for you and your goals. 5.  Celebrate the many (big and small) milestones in a real estate sale or purchase. 6.  Watch your life grow and change after the sale closes, and be there for you when you need us. ps - oh how we adore your "look at what we did to this house" photos!  And lunch. We also adore lunching with you.  (Yes, we know, that's two in one and we're already at six...). 7.  Make "Top-Five" lists that always have more than 5 top-fives.  Just goes to show you how much we love to exceed your expectations! 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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