With all the chatter about Michael Jackson’s death, old and new tours of his Neverland Ranch have been all over TV, but MJ’s whimsical wonderland isn’t this country’s only take on Peter Pan’s classic fantasy island. Natural Home Magazine surfaced another “Neverland” that they found in Austin, Texas. This one — dubbed Casa Neverlandia — is much more compact than MJ’s sprawling pad (no train station or zoo here!), but its eco-elements, including solar panels, rainwater collection, salvaged material and more, and unusual style are definitely worth checking out.
The magazine’s site has an interesting piece on how the homeowners transformed what was an old two-bedroom, single-story bungalow — picked up for $13,000 in 1979 — into this fanciful house. The article talks about the house’s big and small eco-elements (no AC in Texas?!) and has some added tips for doing your own green remodel. Better still, if you live in the Austin area, the house is open for tours (or it was when the article was originally published; be sure to call ahead to confirm). I’m definitely putting it on my to-do list if I ever make it there.
And if you’re interested in another green dream home, check out this cool RainShine House that one of our Ecologue bloggers found in Atlanta. So modern, chic and angular! I just adore all the windows, too.