New Scandinavian House for sale

   Classifieds: For Sale - Real Estate | Posted on October 18, 2017

The Poet's Cottage is a new, high energy efficient home that was built recently in 2012 in the tradition of the Norwegian cottages of Modum Bad, Norway which incorporate building concepts from ancient Viking longhouses.  The 1,726 square feet, 3 bedroom home is situated on a leafy, one acre, landscaped property on popular Long Lake Road, Berrien Springs.

The home has a number of special features including an enormous open plan living, dining, library, and kitchen area (Great Room); floor to ceiling library; a large walk-in pantry; loads of clean storage space; quality energy-efficient stainless steel appliances; laundry; crown moldings throughout; Italian tiles; 20 square feet European shower room; and a 90 square feet walk-in dressing room to die for. 

Eco-friendly (which is also wallet-friendly), the entire utility bill for the current owners (family of four) rarely exceeded $90 a month, even in the middle of winter. The home has R23 insulation in the walls on the lower story, R15 in the upper story, and R60 in the roof.  All internal walls are insulated too for zone heating/cooling and noise reduction purposes.  The home is situated on the acreage to take full advantage of passive heat from the sun in winter and cool breezes in summer.  It has a high efficiency Vermont Castings wood stove that can heat the entire interior.  Only quality, new materials were used in the construction of this new home and, where possible, preference given to materials made in the USA. 
There are over 70 trees near the perimeter of the property that provide carbon neutrality and perfect seclusion for the home.  The home sources its own pure fresh water and has its own septic system, so no water or septic bills. 

The 1 acre property is entirely landscaped with two outdoor eating areas, two large play lawns, several outdoor sitting areas, a large potager vegetable garden (14 beds) which contains currant, blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry bushes along with peach, pear, cherry, and apple trees.  The ornamental gardens contain bird and butterfly attracting plants.  Wild deer and turkeys frequent the property.
The cottage is conveniently located and has easy access to US31, South Bend/Mishawaka, local shopping, and Andrews University while still providing the tranquility of country living on a quiet, highly sought after street with quality homes.  It is also in the Berrien Springs School District and the school bus stops at the front of the property. There is plenty of room to inexpensively extend the home, should you wish to do so in the future.

See for more information about this property and to see the traditional Scandinavian homes that were its inspiration. $205,000.

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