The Slusher Residence, asking $1,195,000, is not of this world. It can't possibly really exist, in Philly no less. And yet here she is, and has been for a little while now, nestled on 27th Street, two blocks from The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The two-bedroom, two and a half-bath home is the first LEED Platinum rehabbed home in Pennsylvania, and boy did it set the bar high. Purchased in 2006, the owner spent three years working with Canno Architecture and Design, Think Green Landscape Architecture, Walnut Tree Construction and the Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia (ECA) to develop a one-of-a-kind high design and sustainable residence in Fairmount.
The 2,000 square-foot labor of love, featured among Philly Mag's best houses of 2014, boasts a Smarthome system that centralizes and automates control of the lighting, HVAC, solar blinds, and pretty much anything else that can possibly be automated. But the piece de resistance has to be what lies above: the outdoor space consists of two green roofs, which are 100% vegetative, and fitted with photovoltaic solar panels that provide nearly half of the home's electricity.
The house is sleek, sexy, and smart: a closed-loop grey water reclamation system uses water from showers and sinks and harvested rainwater to flush the home's toilets as well as to water vegetation on the two green roofs, back yard and front of the home. The grey water system includes a 500-gallon cistern and conserves more than 5 thousand gallons of water per year.
The best way to explore the home is through the interactive tour, which offers a room-by-room guide to some of the residence's most incredible features.