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5 eco-friendly houses for sale within two hours of NYC

Austin Havens-Bowen
By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
November 5, 2021 - 9:30AM

This New Paltz three bedroom, three bath is listed for $795,000. It has a solar panel system and high-efficiency appliances. 

Taft Street Realty/Zillow

Want a house outside of New York City with eco-friendly features? These days there are several ways you can find a house with lower energy costs that will help you reduce your carbon footprint.

You can build, renovate, or buy a house with Passive House features like heavy insulation and an energy recovery ventilation system (ERV), to reduce energy consumption. Other features that will keep utility costs down to keep an eye out for include energy-efficient windows, high-efficiency appliances, solar panels, and even geothermal energy. 

There are also developers who are designing entire communities with the environment in mind. For example in Livingston Manor, New York, The Catskill Project will be a 90-acre, carbon-neutral community with 11 custom-built houses with Passive House features. The development’s first house was recently completed. 

You can use keyword searches like “eco friendly,” “energy efficient,” or “geothermal” on sites like Zillow and to find these houses. Some brokerage sites like Sotheby’s have specific eco-friendly search filters. There are also sites like that only advertise these types of properties.

To help with your eco-friendly house search, here are five houses that fit the bill within two hours of NYC. 

8 Pencil Hill Rd., New Paltz

This three bedroom, three bath is listed for $795,000. The house has a full solar panel system, high-efficiency appliances and boiler, high ceilings, private balconies, a fireplace, recessed lighting, a hot tub, security system, and a two-car garage. Sojourner Truth Park and Mudd Puddle Coffee Roasters are nearby. 

2020 Beekman Ct., Yorktown Heights

This four bedroom, three bath is listed for $1,100,000. It has geothermal heating, central air, moldings, hardwood floors, stainless steel GE appliances, recessed lighting, custom walk-in closets, an unfinished basement, irrigation system, and large deck. Hunter Brook Preserve and Walter Panas High School are nearby.  

11 Stonewall Dr., Granite Springs 

This four bedroom, three bath is listed for $1,600,000. The house has geothermal heating, solar panels, central air, a smart home system, high ceilings, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, an inground pool, landscaped yard, two-car garage with Tesla hookup, and generator. Amawalk Reservoir and Barnwood Grill are nearby. 

21 Oris View Dr., Saugerties

This four bedroom, five bath is listed for $1,700,000. The house is built with eco-friendly details like energy-efficient windows, geothermal heating, and radiant heat. It also has central air, oversized windows, high ceilings, a stone fireplace, central vacuum system, stainless steel appliances, skylights, a sunroom, deck, and large yard. Overlook Mountain Wild Forest and Sloan Gorge Preserve are nearby. 

255 Clinton Ave., Dobbs Ferry 

This six bedroom, six and a half bath is listed for $3,800,000. The house has solar panels, geothermal heating, radiant-heated floors, high ceilings, built-ins, stainless steel appliances, a pool, poolhouse, fireplace, roof deck, inground pool, gym, guest suite, and three-car garage. Hillside Park and Springhurst Elementary School are nearby. 


Austin Havens-Bowen

Austin Havens-Bowen


Austin Havens-Bowen is a writer and reporter. He previously covered local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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