The Slusher Residence is still awaiting its new stewards; it's undergone a significant price reduction and now includes covered parking for a year. The two-bedroom, two and a half-bath home, now asking $1,099,000, is the first LEED Platinum rehabbed home in Pennsylvania. Purchased in 2006, the owner spent three years to develop this singular sustainable residence in Fairmount. (No matter your thoughts on LEED/"energy anorexia," you have to admit it's a stunner.)
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.
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.
· 818 North 27th Street [The Slusher Residence]
· Best Properties of 2014 [Philly Mag]
· First LEED Platinum Rehab in PA Will Render You Speechless [Curbed Philly]