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Casa Neverlandia

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.

Read the full article here and be sure to browse the photo gallery.

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.

Kristine Brabson is the manager and editor for two of Design Happens’ sister blogs, Ecologue.com and Healthyeats.com.

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7 Responses

  1. Now that is a very colorful home. So many different and lovely things. They are not afraid of color. Thank you for sharing this with us. For all the great information that is on your blog, all the enjoyment that we get from this blog we have put your blog on our list for these two awards the "Best Blog Award" and " A lovely Blog Award". If you would like to know more please visit our blog at:
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  2. sam says:

    I feel that Home Interior design such as this is truly spectacular. The amount of color that is present truly astounds me.

  3. Michelle says:

    So sunny and cheerful – who wouldn't be in a good mood after having breakfast in such a colorful room!

  4. Sounds like an interesting place. But no one can come up with the neverland that is in our imagination… :)

  5. What a nice nook ~ it's very warm and inviting. Love the windows!

    ~Trina
    http://www.susanjablonmosaics.com

  6. Shannon says:

    It's always great to see design that isn't afraid of making a bold statement. I wonder how warm the Texas sun gets in that nook if there's no A/C.

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