Luxury Living Eco‑friendly estates

Luxury Living: Eco‑friendly estates

From Connecticut to the Caribbean, five luxurious eco homes for environmentally-conscious living — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

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  • Oceanfront Compound Kailua, Hawaii


This magnificent oceanfront compound boasts 90 feet of frontage on Hawaii’s world-famous Kailua beach. Built by Peter Vincent Architects, the estate was designed to harness trade-wind breezes, minimising the need for air conditioning. Other green design elements include solar panels, which are seamlessly integrated into the roof. Pocket glass walls open to a tropical courtyard with a sensational curved infinity pool and oversized Jacuzzi, surrounded by tiki torches and swaying palms.

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  • LEED Certified Estate New Canaan, Connecticut


The centerpiece of this 4.6-acre New England estate is a 5,000-square-foot LEED Platinum-certified home. Constructed with recycled and reclaimed materials, the residence has been artfully designed to minimise impact on the environment without sacrificing comfort or luxury. Solar energy and rainwater are discretely captured to provide power, heat, and irrigation, while the secluded grounds are a haven of tranquility with a river-fed pond and a heated, natural swimming pool.

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  • The Den Gloucestershire, England

    Guide £2,600,000

The Den is a contemporary lakefront home set within natural woodland, offering privacy, security and seclusion. One of the largest properties within The Lakes estate, the seven-bedroom residence was imaginatively designed by Godrich Interiors to maximise space and light. The façade is clad in sustainable timber to withstand temperature extremes and climate change. The Den’s luxurious recreational areas include a yoga room, rear garden, and 2,000-square-foot, split-level lakeside terrace.

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  • Vida de Mar St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands


A tropical eco retreat, Vida de Mar is a secluded beachfront villa overlooking Devers Bay on the Virgin Island of St. John. The idyllic five-bedroom, five-bathroom turnkey villa is perfect as either a luxury vacation rental property or as a private family compound. Offering the latest in sustainable design, the estate is powered by a brand-new 20kW solar system, which is cleverly integrated into the roof. Resort-style amenities ensure the ultimate Caribbean escape, with a private beach and a pool deck facing the sea.

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  • Urban-Certified Organic Farm Montreal, Canada


This waterfront estate in the exclusive village of Senneville on the Island of Montreal is an urban-certified organic farm. The 7,339-square-foot main residence is LEED-certified with such eco-friendly design elements as novo-climate and geothermal heating systems, and organic building materials have been used inside and out. Bordered by the Morgan Arboretum, the estate’s farmland provides for sustainable living with a ‘five-star’ chicken coop and greenhouse, as well as a barn and outbuildings.