Rachel Carson EcoVillage: All about our houses

What’s special about our RCE houses?

Our units are designed to meet high sustainability and durability standards, well beyond code requirements.  We are building to Passive House standards and achieving this certification means we’ll have lower energy bills – saving 75 to 90% on heating and cooling, a smaller carbon footprint, and cleaner, healthier air.  

You can read more details about our construction and passive house certification here but a few key points are that our units will be:

  • Highly insulated
  • Free from combustion systems; utilizing electric heat pumps and heat pump water heaters
  • Daylit with large (4×5) triple paned dual tilt opening windows
  • Powered by green energy from renewable sources
  • Customizable with open second floor that can provide additional bedrooms or living space
  • Well-proportioned rooms with 9’ ceilings with cathedral 2nd floor ceilings
  • Provided with a generous 8’ x 14’ front porch or larger deck and a 6 ’x 8’ back porch with private open space.
  • Most units are accessible without steps.

Something to note regarding home value and appreciation – a study conducted in North Carolina in 2017 indicates that houses with green certification (including passive house certification) sold for an average of 9.5% more than others.  Other research shows that in eco-villages, homes tend to sell for 5 to 10% more than comparable conventional homes in the region.  

Unit descriptions

*The design of the units is complete and the building panels have been fabricated.  Final pricing is contingent upon final site development costs.  Until they are updated, these prices are approximate.

Crescent Unit–Studio in Common House

$225 K

  • On the upper floor of the Common House
  • 11’ x 16’ living/dining room 
  • Galley kitchen 
  • 9.5’ x 12.5’ sleeping area 
  • Washer/dryer on same floor
  • Spacious closets
  • Full bath

Checkerspot Unit-–Hickory Building

Middle: $330 K

End: $375 K

First floor:

  • 12 x 16’ living room
  • 12’ x 14’ kitchen with L-shaped counter/cabinets 
  • 11’ x 12’ bedroom with walk-in closet 
  • Full bath 
  • Linen closet and washer/dryer closet
  • Two porches

The upper floor can be left open, or converted to an additional bedroom and bath, home office or fitness area as well as storage.      

Viceroy Unit-–Walnut Building

$485 K

First floor:

  • 14’ x 15’ living room
  • 11’ x 15’ kitchen, with two counter/cabinet surfaces
  • 2 bedrooms (10’ x 12’ and 9’ x 12’) with closets  
  • Full bath 
  • Linen closet and washer/dryer closet
  • Two porches

The upper floor can be left open or customized with 2 additional bedrooms and a bath as well as additional space for a home office or fitness room and storage.

Duskywing Unit-–Locust Building 

$505 K

  • 11’ x 15’ living room 
  • 11’ x 14’ kitchen with U-shaped counter/cabinets 
  • 2 bedrooms (10’ x 13’ and 11’ x 12’) with closets
  • Full bath 
  • Linen closet and washer/dryer closet
  • Utility room

The upper floor can be left open or customized with 2 additional bedrooms and a bath as well as additional space for a home office or fitness room and storage.

Swallowtail Unit – Walnut and Locust Buildings

$535 K$555 K

  • 11’ x 15’ living room 
  • 11’ x 14’ kitchen with U-shaped counter/cabinets 
  • 2 bedrooms (10’ x 14’ and 10’ x 14’) with closets
  • 2 full baths
  • Linen closet and washer/dryer closet
  • Utility room


The upper floor can be left open or customized with 2 additional bedrooms and a bath as well as additional space for a home office or fitness room and storage.

Common House 

All home purchases include a share of the common amenities including the Common House 

  • Sitting room 
  • 2 guest rooms for residents guests (used as meeting rooms when not occupied)
  • Community kitchen
  • Community dining room
  • Laundry
  • Pantry
  • Utility room
  • Workshop
Common House Design