Incorporating eco-friendly features in homes is giving home sellers a competitive advantage across Southern California. With builders incorporating energy-saving features into new homes and energy prices soaring, real estate professionals say more and more homebuyers are asking about “green homes,” according to Rick Hoffman, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Greater San Diego, Temecula Valley and Desert Regions.
In La Jolla, a $14.9 million ocean-view estate for sale was designed with energy conservation in mind. According to Coldwell Banker agent Meg Lebastchi, the owners incorporated many special features that save on heating and cooling. The 10,000-square-foot home features a salt-water pool that needs no chemical cleaners, low-voltage lighting inside and outside, and specially insulated materials used for interior walls and outside surfaces. The professionally designed gardens include low-water landscaping.