But that doesn't always mean we pass them by. Sometimes these budget-breakers are just beautiful to look at, or they inspire a more affordable hack.
(Yes, we're begging the question: Can a $2.5 million - 4,500 square foot home even fall into the "green home" category?)
But we still think they're interesting for a couple of reasons: the 30-foot swimming pool is using copper ionization filtration for the first time in a residential application (something we'd never heard of previously), and the common-area flooring is actually made of pebbles. We just wish we could see these sorts of details a little more clearly and we wish there was more information explaining why these homes are so healthy.
What do you think -- are these homes even worth looking at? (Here's the slideshow -- you be the judge.)