Whilst celebrities are known for spending a lot of green for their homes, a select few actually choose to spend their money on a green home. Here’s a list of five celebrities who live in awe-inspiring green homes. Real Estate Investor Jody Kriss will list them all.
Daryl Hannah is first on our list. Known for her roles in the movies Splash and Blade Runner, she’s now more famous for being an environmental activist. Her home in the Rocky Mountains, whilst not as stunning a castle as we’re used to seeing, is almost completely self-sufficient. Practically all electricity is provided by a large array of solar panels that also serves as an awning. For cloudy times, the property features a biodiesel generator to temporarily replace or supplement the solar power. There also is a system for waste water recycling, as well as an extensive organic garden. The property also has a winterized barn that is made of reclaimed wood. To top it off, Daryl Hannah drives a car that runs on biodiesel. How green do you want them?
Daryl Hannah’s home
Not as green as Daryl Hannah, but green enough to make it on our list is Julia Roberts. Roberts spent an estimated AU$19.5 million for green renovations to the Malibu home that she shares with her husband Danny Moder and their three children. The renovation included recycled tiling and wood harvested from sustainable forests. Solar panels on the roof also harness the Malibu sun’s power. Roberts, famous for her leading role in the movies Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, and Erin Brokovich, has openly embraced the green lifestyle after becoming a mom. She reportedly used eco-friendly diapers for all of her kids and purchases green products with the advice from her friend and green lifestyle books author Sophie Uliano.
Julia Roberts’ home
Victoria’s Secret angel Gisele Bundchen> is another stylish lady who is also eco-conscious. Bundchen is active in promoting environmental issues that include clean water initiatives and the preservation of South American rainforests. She is now married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the couple has an eco-friendly estate outside Los Angeles. Their luxurious home (or let’ face it, we might as well call it a ‘castle’) features solar panels, a rainwater recycling system, and is decked out with all energy-efficient appliances. Whether all these ‘appliances’ are really necessary remains a question, but we’ll give her points for the thought.
Gisele Bundchen’s castle
Bryan Cranston, star of the hit series Breaking Bad, is working on a project to remodel a beachfront 1940s era bungalow in Ventura, California into a net-zero home. The project takes a lot of care to ensure that the materials from the old structure are salvaged to minimize waste that would otherwise go to landfills. Like the other homes in our list, it also features rooftop solar panels, rainwater recycling, as well as high levels of insulation and other energy-saving features. Cranston and his wife are aiming to get LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification for their home. Kudos, Bryan.
Last on our list (and unfortunately without an image) is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whom most of us know as ‘Elaine’ from the hit ‘90s show Seinfeld or her more recent role in the acclaimed HBO show Veep. Another environmentalist, she and her husband actor/writer Brad Hall converted a 1930s era structure into a green home that can produce almost all of its energy by itself. Their green abode features solar panels on the roof, solar water heating, sustainable hardwoods and a “thermal chimney” that takes care of the hot air inside of the house. Like Cranston’s remodel project, the Dreyfus-Hall home salvaged a bulk of the material from the old home and incorporated it into the new structure.
These five green celebrity homes showcase what’s possible when building or renovating a property with the environment in mind. Whether starting from scratch or rebuilding an old structure, there are ways to make sure that your home can be good for the environment. To learn more about environmentalism as related to real estate, you can give Jody Kriss a message here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodykriss he’ll get back to you right away.