A Greener Second Home: Top US Eco Villages Perfect For Keeping Your Carbon Footprint Small

Does the idea of owning two homes make your greener sensibilities wilt? It shouldn’t! There are tons of great communities in outstanding locations that are perfect for the ecologically conscious second home owner. Here’s an abbreviated list of great communities and developments:

1. High Cove, near Penland, North Carolina

High Cove, a community outside the Asheville, N.C., area is a mountainous escape surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest. The development is popular with artists and craftsmen who frequent the nearby Penland School of Crafts. We visited this development in May and were blown away by the friendliness of the residents and the beautiful views of the mountains. High Cove has an interesting history, and it’s situated on a former mica mine, from which many of the hiking trails have been formed.

2. Caribou Ridge at Boulder, Colo.

This community is perfect for a snow bunny with a love for the environment! Situated outside Boulder, Colo., Caribou Ridge is a planned, eco-sensitive development of modern, carbon neutral houses. The plan includes 34 individual homes on more than 40 acres in the Indian Peaks area of the Rocky Mountains.

3. Tonbo Meadow near Wilmington, N.C.

Tonbo Meadow, just minutes from the Atlantic coastline, is an eco-conscious, green community of home sites are tailored to match the land. The contemporary homes, designed by Fasse Construction, will provide you with the best possible views of  gardens,  parks, and wildlife from nearby woods and wetlands. The development will total only 10 homes, which will give the community an intimate feel.

For more eco-conscious communities perfect for the second home buyer, check out greenecocommunities.com.