First LEED Platinum Home in Venice Beach

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Project 7Ten might be one of the first examples of the future of residential architecture. Built specifically with environmental impact in mind from the start, architect Melinda Gray's design resulted in a LEED Platinum award. For more photos of this showcase home, check below...

The house has eliminated VOC output, incorporated solar panels for an energy independent power source, and was built with recycled materials, including insulation, concrete, counter tops and forest stewardship council certified lumber.

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Another notable feature of the Project 7Ten residence is the reuse rain water system (and there's been plenty of it lately) which irrigates the landscaping, alongside using recycled grey water.

This is definitely an expensive showcase home at $2,850,000; it even comes fully furnished and includes a new Ford Escape Hybrid in the garage (you can tell the housing market is slowing down when they package a vehicle). We'd much prefer if they'd offer part of the sales to beach/neighborhood cleanup in an already tony part of LA instead of adding a SUV, which seems to be the sort of eye-roll inducing extra that might some gloss over the many positive features of the home. But who are we to say...we're surely not in the demographic being courted here.

Although this home is obviously aimed at a very small demographic, we hope many of these eco-friendly features eventually spill down to housing for moderate income housing, where the bulk of sales occurs. We're personally invested in the idea of reviving/renovating older existing spaces, but we also understand a great many people prefer newly built housing, so every little bit counts.

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*Haha, we just noticed that CurbedLA found this house was listed on eBay. Do you think we can PayPal this?