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The first single-family home in Illinois to earn Gold certification is an old corner tap turned 3,800-square-foot modern pad.

The home features 4 bedrooms, a basement with guest rooms, a wine cellar, and an awesome rooftop with gardens.

The long, open floor plate merges a second living area with a cutting-edge chef’s kitchen, dining area, library, and master suite.

“The square footage is definitely here, but the layout is not focused on having four bedrooms and a lot of kids,” says listing agent Mariah Dell of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “There’s more of a place for this kind of inventory these days.”

The roof has a few distinct landings and patio spots, a sauna, a grill, a flatscreen TV, and partial shelter courtesy of solar panels. Perched above it all is a cage with twin windmills. Geothermal energy is stored in the basement and used to power the house.

That’s not all! There is a private studio unit which features a full bath, kitchen, and a separate entrance on Honore Street and has been an Airbnb rental for $135 a night. The rental features a mini fridge full of complementary beer and wine.

Get a glimpse of this home below:

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This place is pretty cool! Who wouldn’t want to go green? Better yet, who doesn’t like saving money?


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