The term “off-grid living” is often associated with prefab homes, cabins, or tiny homes tucked away and far from civilization. The reality is, off-grid living offers more luxury than suburban living if done right. The ability to produce your own energy (photovoltaic solar panels on homes), grow your own food, start a multigenerational home, work remotely, and enjoy the serenity of nature all make off-grid living a highly luxurious proposition. In Southern California, the abundance of sun, nutrient-dense soil and underground aquifers provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy life off the grid.
Many off-grid homeowners are surprised to find that not only do they have sufficient power, but they are actually capturing more power than they can use! With modern photovoltaic cells, high-efficiency appliances, and good central air systems, living off the grid gives you a lot of free electricity. The question is, how will you use unlimited free luxuries? How about free hot water, heated floors, air conditioning and central heating?
If you’re looking for luxury off-grid homes, we’ve put together 4 listings from our site that are sure to pique your interest.
Julian Mountain Getaway
Secluded, off-grid mountain hideaway in Julian, California! Situated on nearly 5 ½ acres and comprised of two legal parcels, this 1,251sf custom home provides an ideal locale for a weekend retreat or full-time residence. Elevated above a rich canopy of Native Oaks, this custom 2 bed, 2 bath home presents the fulfilling opportunity to live your home renovation dream.
Experience self-sufficient and sustainable living with a private solar electric system. Water service for the house is provided by Cuyamaca Water District with private water well for irrigation or backup. Water infrastructure throughout the property makes this a gardener’s delight with raised garden beds, several water spigots, 2,500 gallons of household water storage, and any ideal climate and elevation to grow a variety of plants or start your own orchard.
Exceptional Mesa Grande Estate
Perched atop a western-facing bluff in Mesa Grande, this 126 acre estate boasts 50 solar panels, backup generator, state-of-the-art security system, 2 instant water heaters, 2 wells and a 10,000 gallon holding tank. Couple that with breathtaking views, 4600 square feet of living space and 126 acres to play on, luxury off-grid living does not get much better than this.
Spanish inspired hilltop estate
This off-grid estate in Mesa Grande boasts 360-degree panoramic views situated on 98 acres. With a wrap-around terrace, this Spanish-inspired single-story home features custom design elements intended to blend the luxurious indoor living space with it’s beautiful natural surroundings. This property is fully independent with off-grid features like solar panels, 8 batteries for storage, propane generator and water well with filtration system. More of this property.
Custom Julian, CA Home
Designed by Russian artist Constantine Cherkas, this historical home combines elements of off-grid living with breathtaking architectural designs. Recently installed solar electric system with battery backup means ample energy to power this 4428 square foot custom home. The property sits on 5 acres with a pond and an adjacent, 6-acre parcel making it ideal for a greenhouse or personal garden. Grow your own food! This property is also a popular Airbnb property for Julian visitors. Make money from an investment property with ZERO energy bill!