A pioneering sustainable home has cost its owners nothing in power bills in seven years in a southeastern suburb.
The house at 26 Harcrest Blvd, Wantirna South has racked up enough energy credits each year to pay off its gas bills, vendor Ian Evans says.
The four-bedroom home in one of the suburb’s newer estates, Harcrest Estate, is heading for auction on February 29.
The 462sq m property, a ‘Kimberly Zero’ display home by developer Mirvac, has a $1-$1.1 million price guide.
“It has been a fantastic, low-maintenance home for us over seven years and was marketed as the state’s first carbon neutral home,” Mr Evans said.
The house came with 25 solar panels and each year produced enough electricity to receive as much as $2000 in credit from the energy provider.
This paid the gas bills, while the home also has 14,000L of rainwater storage connected to the toilets and to water the yard and vertical garden.
“It is the first such carbon neutral home I have come across in the area and has been popular with buyers and getting strong inspection numbers,” listing agent Chris Hodge of Harcourts Wantirna said.
The estate of more than 800 homes was popular with young families and tightly held, with just three listings currently, Mr Hodge added. It has open spaces, a community garden, amenities and village shops.
The Harcrest Blvd house has a contemporary style and is in “show home” condition. Features include spotted gum floors, high ceilings, custom drapes, Smeg kitchen appliances, ducted heating and refrigerated cooling.
The double-storey home also enjoys seamless indoor-outdoor living and entertaining and has a towering vertical garden outside and wraparound balcony to the main bedroom suite.
There are also three bathrooms, a double garage, high fences and an alarm system.