Developer Steve Blanchard set out to build one of the greenest homes in Orange County, and he may just have accomplished that.  In fact, this home, the Costa Mesa Green Home, is the first custom residence in the OC to receive LEED Platinum certification.  Although 5,000 square feet in size, the home exceeds California Energy Code by 40% and isn’t expected to generate an electricity bill outside of standard add-on fees.


Homes of this size have a harder time obtaining Platinum certification, but that didn’t stop Blanchard.  In fact, according to The Orange County Register, the developer is “anxious to go and do another one of these.

The Costa Mesa Green Home was designed by David Gangloff in a “modern interpretation of craftsman” style, according to a statement on the architect’s website.  The project contractor was Gonterman Construction.

Green aspects include optimized orientation and design to take advantage of the elements; use of durable, sustainable, and non-toxic materials; ventilation design to maximize indoor air quality and efficiently cool the home; use of high efficiency HVAC equipment and Energy Star lighting; construction with highly insulated walls and windows; installation of a no-water, native landscape; use of shower gray water recycling for toilet and irrigation reuse; and photovoltaic panels sufficient to power the home’s entire electrical load.

Located at 1811 Gisler Avenue in Costa Mesa, California, this home is now being offered for sale at $2,999,000.  This price will get the purchaser seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms,and a three-car garage.






Photo credits: Brian Egan Photography.