If you’ve ever dreamt of going “off the grid” and just escaping the constant demands of modern life, from checking emails every second to having to pay electricity bills, then the Off-Grid Guest House in California is your perfect getaway spot.
Set within a beautiful wildlife reserve that stretches along the state’s Central Coast area, near the town of Santa Barbara, this property offers spectacular views reaching over the surrounding hillsides to the Pacific Ocean beyond. Not only that – the guest house is as environmentally conscious as it is breathtaking, so while you’re at one with nature, you can feel safe in the knowledge that you’re looking after it too.
The roof, for example, is topped with local grasses and photovoltaic cells that supply all the power you will need during your stay. The house is also equipped with its own sewage treatment plant and on-site water supply, making it more self-sufficient than any house we’ve ever seen.
Anacapa Architecture are responsible for the design of this guest house and were pushed to consider environmental impacts throughout all the phases of the project. “The house is elemental, made from materials that integrate seamlessly with the landscape and that will weather and patina naturally over time” the Anacapa team said.
The house blends in perfectly with the natural terrain perfectly to its low profile and green roof. When you step, inside you are confronted with vast expanses of glass stretching round the living space. So when that sleepy fog lifts one bright morning, the views you’ll experience over the breakfast table will make you drop your jaw and your toast.
Our tip? Get to know the owners, a retired couple who live nearby, and if you’re lucky enough you might just get an invite extended your way and the chance to unplug in luxury.
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