– 15.92 acres of prime farmland (deep sandy loam soils) immediately able to be organically certified
– Brand new 3-phase electrical service with 400amp main panel
– Large ornamental trees have been planted near the residence (two valley oaks, one live oak and three California sycamores)
– Excellent ditch water at edge of property with lift-pump (pump not currently hooked to electricity, functional status unknown); annual fee: $317.40 for 2011 growing season
– Existing furrow irrigation system with some need for repair; exact state of system unknown (will not gravity feed, requires functioning lift-pump to work)
– Brand new 45 gpm well with 3-phase, 3HP pump and two 125 gallon pressure tanks
– Older well (formerly rated 450gpm) needs to be recased which will reduce capacity somewhat; 15HP, 3-phase pump with very few service hours
– Developed gravel drive
– 8 acres of the land were deep-ripped in December 2009; several cover crops have been sown
– Partially constructed house
– Located in California’s “fruit basket,” 30 miles south of Fresno and an hour drive to the Sierra Nevada Mountains
The basics: 2 bedrooms/1 bath 1,024 sq ft main house with additional 318 sq ft attached supplemental space (laundry/utility room, front porch). Large living room and large eat-in kitchen.
Special features, energy efficiency: the house is designed to very high energy efficiency standards (R-30+ walls, R-20 insulation of foundation footings, R-60 attic), and qualifies for a number of incentives and tax credits related both to the energy efficiency of the structure and an accompanying solar system. About $5000 in incentives would be available if the house is completed with sufficient insulation and appropriate HVAC system. Additional incentives are based on a solar power system. This home has a reservation with California’s New Solar Homes Project (NSHP): $19,700 after installation of a 7.5kW solar power system. In addition, a federal tax credit for 30% of the price of solar system is available.
The main part of the house is 1,024 square feet. As designed, one half of the house contains a large master bedroom, smaller second bedroom, and one bath. The other half consists of a large living room that opens into a large eat-in kitchen. Some alterations could be made, though placement of plumbing and windows are fixed. There is a separate, attached laundry/mud-room/storage area that is an additional 120 square feet. It is designed to the same energy efficiency specs as the house and could easily be included in the living space of the house. There is also a large attached, roofed front porch of 192 square feet that can remain open or could easily be enclosed for additional living space. It would make a lovely sunroom as it faces east with beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
At present, the house is not complete and liveable. The exterior is finished, with tile roof, stucco on the walls, windows and doors. Some interior framing is up but remaining framing, wiring, plumbing, drywall, etc needs to be done. A septic system would also be needed (hole dug for septic).
Land parcel is not in Williamson act and existing house is small enough that a larger residence could also be built on the property.
More Pictures: view of Sierra Nevada Foothills from property
For more information:
Elizabeth Rogers, elizabeth36936q at yahoo dot com, 559-790-62five five
Kevin Webb, kwalla101 at gmail dot com, 559-270-79four seven
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