Incredible Straw Bale Home and Compound For Sale: Trail, OR

Written by Gabriella

The Elk Creek straw bale home has actually been featured in our photo gallery in the past and is one we have personally visited and love. Located in desirable southern Oregon, this gorgeous straw bale home offers the ultimate in peaceful seclusion yet is close-in to all services, shopping, and cultural events. There’s even an international airport (MFR) just 40 minutes away.

The Elk Creek straw bale home and property is truly incomparable! Situated on 78.64 fenced acres, it offers a vast network of trails, horse paddocks, barn, detached 2 car-garage, separate bonus room with kitchenette, outbuildings for wood/ATVs, etc, seasonal and year round water features, dog kennel and run, a large Catalina spa with swim current mechanism for exercise, grid-tied solar, 2 huge in-ground water holding tanks, fenced orchard, and even 9,000 newly planted trees. The list of features goes on and on (see below)! We haven’t seen any other property as complete and comprehensive as this one.

Having lived in southern Oregon for nearly 20 years, we can attest to how beautiful the outdoors are in that area. Very nearby there’s everything from world class salmon fishing, a large lake, endless hiking trails, and phenomenal camping and outdoor adventures to be had. If living in a beautifully built straw bale home somewhere with no light-pollution, with established food production capabilities, and enough room for all your animals is what you’re looking for, then this property may just be the one for you.


Custom finish details in the main home:

• Fire resistant concrete tile roof
• Open floor plan with partial height wall for air and light circulation
• Two-bedroom, two-bath and study (could be third bedroom)
• Large bright kitchen, window seat, skylights and new stainless-steel sink and Grohe faucet
• Jeld-Wen wood trimmed double pane energy efficient windows – all crazed windows replaced
• Temp Cast refractory wood insert cultured stone face fireplace
• Home security system
• Wired for surround sound system
• Indoor/outdoor speakers

Additional structures include:

• Detached, insulated and finished two-car garage with two attached storage rooms
• Greenhouse attached to garage, running water and electricity, venting sky lights and Thompson grape arbor for summer shade
• Finished bonus room with lots of storage and loft above garage, includes kitchenette area with running water, designed with denim insulation and earth friendly flooring, ceiling fan, skylights and venting coppola windows
• Outbuildings for firewood, hay/feed, ATV, workshop and equipment storage
• 12×48-MD Masters barn with tack room and “floating” inner walls providing 1, 2 or 3 stalls. Insulated ceiling for warmth, zero fire rating, plumbed with sink and paddock
• Pad area ready for arena or round pen
• Pad area ready for large barn or ?, water, electric-ready
• Three large fenced, cross-fenced paddocks with custom run-in shelters, shade trees, upper and lower gates, water, electric-ready
• Fourth paddock area with solar electric fencing, seasonal pond

Property features:

• Breathtaking views with absolute seclusion and zero light pollution
• Solar gated access to property for privacy
• Filtering pond system for gray water and roof runoff
• Two in-ground holding tanks, 4,000-gallon total capacity, supplied by well and separate 3,500-gallon system for garden
• Fenced dog kennel with partial sun screen, paneled doggie door into garage interior storage area
• Large outdoor dog run with fenced and solar lighting to protect backyard and landscaping
• Backyard fenced for smaller dogs (easily removable)
• 12×7-Ft in-ground Catalina swim spa with amazing jets and swim current for exercise with magnificent views and Trex decking, lawn replaced with 20-year artificial turf (installed 4/16)
• Low maintenance, drought tolerant landscaping with soothing water fountain
• Trails on property and endless horseback riding options nearby
• Fenced garden with raised beds, drip irrigation, covered potting table, storage shed, established asparagus and strawberry beds and boysenberry vines. Straw bale gardening set-up
• Five compost bins
• Fenced orchard: 4-apple, 2-peach, 2-plum, pear, nectarine, plumcot, fig and persimmon trees plus currant and blueberry bushes. Lots of wild marionberry and blackberry vines on property
• Extra parking with electric for RV’s, LQ’s, horse trailers
• Stewardship plan in place
• Initial plantings of more than 9,000-trees to begin development of marketable timber stocks
• Two seasonal creeks, two seasonal ponds, one year-round pond
• Government agency support available (EQUIP) for continued reforestation (65/35 plan)
• Excellent outdoor sports area for hiking, trail running, riding, hunting, XC skiing, snowshoeing, birding, wildlife viewing
• Excellent defensible space for wildfires, property mostly surrounded by fire break access road

Energy Efficiency Features & Highlights:

• Grid tied/active solar electricity with off grid backup
• Solar hot water system
• On-demand, propane water heater for backup
• Passive solar design for heating, cooling and lighting
• Fluorescent lighting, multi can lights and sconces
• Radiant heated (propane), concrete flooring for thermal mass, five separate zone settings
• Straw bale, adobe style construction with gypsum plaster – super energy efficient and fire resistant

For more information, please click on the listing page HERE. You can also contact the listing agent Mike Malepsy at Windermere Real Estate: 541-840-1424 . Be sure to check out the photo gallery and video tour below as well.






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