Whether you’re seeking an eco-friendly refuge or merely want a break from city life, an off-the-grid home promises seclusion, a connection with nature, and the satisfaction of doing your part for the environment. As a bonus, most self-sustaining homes are located well off the beaten path, with gorgeous views and convenient access to wilderness areas. If that sort of seclusion sounds good to you, scroll through our selection of off-the-grid homes currently for sale, ranging from bare-bones cabins to comfortable retreats packed with amenities.
Tiny House, Big Views
Teeny tiny living doesn’t have to involve squishing yourself into an apartment designed for a sardine. In this 120-square-foot off-grid cabin, a large deck off the living space and sweeping views of the San Bernardino Mountains make you feel like you're really living large.
Are you looking for a weekend getaway spot? Consider this solar-powered 1,249-square-footer, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, not only for its appealing price tag but also for its giant deck. You'll be able to sip your morning coffee on the spacious patio and watch the world wake up around you. Power and heating are provided by solar panels, a generator, and propane, and purchase of the property includes all mineral, water, and hunting rights.
Close to the City
Living off the grid gives you more than just peace and quiet; it also frees you from the tyranny of the monthly electric bill. In this three-bedroom, solar-powered home in Susanville, California, homeowners can experience the joys of self-sufficiency and the wonders of nature while living less than two miles from town.
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This classic A-frame sits in the heart of the Rockies in Pitkin, Colorado. It’s a perfect perch for an active family, as it borders both a national forest and a wilderness area. Fed by spring water, the home has solar panels and a backup generator; a wood stove; and a propane-powered refrigerator, hot water heater, and space heater.
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Not fond of the cold? Check out this well-equipped 2,250-square-foot home in Arizona that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding desert landscape. Power is supplied by solar panels and a backup generator, and when the temperature dips, a propane fireplace and radiant flooring warm things up.
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If a tiny home is more your style, consider this 192-square-foot cabin located in Northfield, Maine. Built in 2018, the petite abode is powered by a 1,400-watt generator and features insulated walls. An affordable $39,000, it even comes fully furnished, but be forewarned: It lacks indoor plumbing.
Into the Woods
Snuggle up close to nature in this cozy forest cabin located in Santa Clara, New York. The woodland property is ideal for hunters and fishers, canoeists, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. The house is serviced by a drilled well and on-site septic system, powered by a propane generator, and heated by a wood stove. (Fortunately, there are plenty of trees around to harvest for timber.)
This cabin in the Idaho woods is fit for the occasional or full-time adventurer. If hiking is your go-to activity, you’ll enjoy the nearby trails and rewarding scenic views. The 600-square-foot, one-bedroom home features a cozy farmhouse-style interior and sits in a very private and heavily forested area.
Built with survivalists in mind, this Idaho home comes with water rights to two nearby creeks and includes two insulated water tanks for use in emergency situations. Equipped with solar panels, propane-fueled appliances, and a wood-burning stove, the well-secured home offers great views through its broad array of windows, but they can be firmly shuttered in case the apocalypse comes knocking.
Salute to the Past
Dubbed the "Isabelle," this steel, glass, and wood structure in Central City, Colorado, took inspiration from 19th century gold mining vernacular architecture. Its cantilevered design and open, airy interiors make it a unique work of art that complements its stunning setting. Expansive windows blur the line between indoors and out, and the balcony affords terrific views of Mount Evans.
Live at one with nature in a custom-built "earthship" home in Glade Park, Colorado. Active and passive solar, two kiva fireplaces, and indoor planters make the home "green," while its sinuous curves and eye-catching features, including a walk-in shower accented with colored glass, appeal to the senses. The secluded location is a nice bonus.
If you're looking for something a little more playful, this geodesic wonder in Arizona might be right up your alley. It's an off-grid homesteader's paradise, with water reliably supplied by an independent well, a solar-power system with backup generator, heated floors, an on-demand boiler for heating water, a trans-evaporation septic system, a greenhouse, and a gray-water system for irrigation. What more could a modern-day pioneer want?
Porch with a View
Here’s another Arizona property that's perfect for the homeowner with an eye toward a view. This off-the-grid house, powered by solar, features a glorious wraparound porch. When you're done admiring the vista, pull one of your vehicles out of the three-car garage and head over to Flagstaff, which is only 45 minutes away.
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