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Stylish eco-friendly home in harmony with nature

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This stylish avant-garde home with a rustic stone interior in Goa, India, is designed to maintain an uninterrupted flow with its lush surroundings. Perched on a slope amongst tall tropical trees, the contemporary open plan home is the perfect getaway from the crowds and usual distractions of modern life. Comprised of 4,500 square feet of living space, there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms, three bedrooms being in the main house (the fourth is in the pool pavilion). All four bedrooms are open on two sides, have teak wood doors and polished cement floors. The three bedrooms in the main house also have basalt walls. The design of the home incorporates the latest in green building concepts, and uses natural and recycled materials wherever possible, with an emphasis on sourcing locally to reduce its carbon foot print.

The home has been finished in stone and Burmese and African teak wood, and contemporary furnishings, designed to be resistant to temperature change so as to maintain the ambient temperature inside. The house provides a high level of luxury and comfort to its occupants. Furthermore, the architecture of the house maximizes daylight and cross ventilation, thus reducing the need for artificial lighting and mechanical cooling. The front of the property offers an expansive pool, deck and pool pavilion. There is also a terrace at the top of the house with a rooftop lawn and space for al fresco dining with open views of the picturesque countryside.

This fabulous property is listed for sale at $740,000, from here.

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A swimming pool in front of the main house uses rainwater stored in a 60,000 liters water tank, which is also used for the garden.

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The pool pavilion serves as an area for entertaining during the day and a guest bedroom at night. There’s a staff area with two bedrooms and a bathroom below the pavilion.

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The open design allows an unobstructed flow of air and natural lighting. Little artificial lighting or air conditioning is needed.

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A covered verandah provides additional shade to the room while extending the indoor space outdoors.

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. The central room in the house is the living-cum-dining area that is furnished with an eclectic mix of contemporary and period pieces, an impressive double height space with 17 foot high ceilings designed to be completely open on two sides allowing an unobstructed flow to and from the surrounding gardens.

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On the upper level is the master bedroom suite that is accessed via a steel and wood staircase that goes all the way up to the terrace.

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A balcony off the master bedroom offers an expansive view, including a river and an old whitewashed church.

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The master bathroom includes an outdoor area with basins made by a local artist.

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Fourteen trees originally on the land, including tamarind and mango, were preserved.

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