Owner is interested in selling outright or in trading for a condo or house, or maybe an office, especially if it also has living quarters, in the Fort Lauderdale or Pompano Beach, Florida area.
NATURALISTS PARADISE! Energy efficient solar home on DEEP canal. Large home with SEAWALL, BOAT RAMP, FENCED YARD, and of course CENTRAL AC. Very secluded, quiet area great for wildlife viewing. Lagoon at end of canal for big boats to turn around. Dome shaped roof designed for optimum wind resistance. Additional land included.
Answer: I didn't know a thing about dome homes. When I found this one I
was primarily looking for a home on a good boating canal. Our canal is second to
none. We are in the gulf within a couple of minutes and into the Atlantic in about 20 minutes. The opening is about 5
feet at high tide. Large sailboats
have gotten in and out of here.
The more I learned about dome homes the more I thought that this was the
perfect home for the keys. There is a lot less chance of it being torn up by
high winds. In fact it was one of the few homes on the island that didn?t
sustain significant damage from hurricane George. We did get a little water
damage from Wilma (6 inches above the seawall)but that was easily repaired.
What is special about this home other than its dome
Answer: As you will see, it is very roomy. It will hold and sleep a large
group(we have had 12 stay there at one time) yet very little space is wasted
when only my wife and I are there. It has all the electronic conveniences
without the electric bill. It has hardwood floors and is nicely decorated with a
lot of wood trim. The electrical system requires very little generator back up
even when running central air. It is the largest solar system in the keys, rated
at 6.8kw and it has a large bank of Rolls batteries now in their 5th
year with a 15 year guarantee. The cistern has been cleaned and is large enough
(14000 gal with 1000 in green tanks for gardening) that we have never run out of
Although the house is rated as a two bedroom house, it is actually much
larger. Two rooms are used by us as offices which could easily be converted and
both have bathrooms handy to them. The first level of the house is not counted
but contains a laundry room, large workshop with a screened in porch, bedroom
and bath and storage along with room for the electrical system. Additionally
there is a large loft for overflow sleeping room.
The first level is around 1250 square feet. Not counted is the deck, two
large areas of which are screened in with ?no-see?um screen?. We spend a lot of
time on these porches and it is nice to have one on both east and west sides so
that we always have one in the shade. It also makes it easier to leave the three
sliding doors open during times of moderate temperatures.
This house requires no re-modeling that I know of. It has new
Anderson sliding doors, new cabinets
and corion counter tops in the bathrooms and the dome roof has just been caulked
and painted. This is a requirement about every ten years based on the home?s
There is ample seawall (70 plus feet and a separate dock for a small boat
plus your own launching ramp) and if you fish you will like the fish cleaning
shack which is well lighted, in the shade, cool and bug free. A 350 gallon
diesel storage tank provides fuelling for fishing boat and generator.
The yard is easy to care for and there is a fenced in garden for veggies
and orchids which keeps the iguanas out. The entire yard is also fenced. If it
were not, the key deer roaming outside its confines would eat our plants and
If you are a boater you will enjoy the lagoon at the end of the canal (we
are on its neck). It is large enough to turn around in with a large boat.
The grounds are easily kept and include a lot of palms, bananas and
citrus trees. Included are some fruit trees-key limes, mango, avacado, carambola
and grapefruit which are starting to bear. Two lemon trees produce well. The
garden area is surrounded by pineapple plants which usually provide about a half
dozen pineapples during the summer and fall.
Why are you selling your home?
My wife and I both have serious health problems and need to live closer to our physicians in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We wish we could keep this house but it is becoming impossible, due to our health issues. We would like to sell our home to someone who is interested in GREEN living, or trade it for a home in the Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach area.
Visit us and see how nice it is to live 'GREEN'.
We moved to no name key because of the location and the availability,
knowing little about solar energy or what it would be like to have cistern
water. It helped a great deal that our neighbors were willing to coddle us
for a while as we learned the ropes of conserving energy and water.
At the same time we were learning to conserve we also improved our water
supply and our solar system. The result has been ahving all the modern
conveniences and not having to listen to a generator except occasionally on
No Name Key is an island approximately two miles square. It is a part of
the key deer refuge. There has been a moratorium on building homes for about 10
years and it is expected to remain. This means that the 35 homes on the island
do not fill but a couple of small corners of the island and most of the homes,
including ours, enjoy much more privacy than would be expected on any other
Although connected to Big Pine Key by a large concrete bridge,
electricity and aquaduct water are unlikely to come to the island because of
federal law. Many of the residents have fought to keep things as they are for
fear that electricity and water would inevitably bring development. Once you
have a functioning solar system such as ours, lack of ?store bought? electricity
is not an important issue. Most of the year we have excess energy and at one
point used some of that excess to power an electric truck.
It?s the same with the cistern. Most of us filter and drink cistern water
which is much better tasting than tap water in the rest of the inhabited keys
and compares to bottled water.