The Move Towards Sustainable Living

If you’re looking to make a change and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, one of the first things to look at is purchasing an eco-friendly home or equipping your home with sustainable technology. With the rising cost of energy, the demand for eco-friendly homes are on the rise as people are trying to reduce their environmental footprint. We asked one of our GREEN agents, Chantal Sanchez, who is based in Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Indian Wells office, to discuss the benefits of working with an agent who’s GREEN designated, and the benefits of eco-friendly homes.

Chantal specializes in sustainable, low environmental impact luxury real estate, including off-grid listings for upscale clients seeking eco-friendly weekend retreats, without sacrificing premium amenities or style. These environmentally sensitive builds are equipped with energy efficiency and water-saving features, alongside the highest-level design. This is green gone luxe, and gilded, guilt-free living at its finest. Sleek modernity, architectural appeal, floor-to-ceiling picture windows and indoor-outdoor living, at a fraction of the energy index of your typical luxury home.

Another stake Sanchez is claiming in the sustainable development niche, is her second annual co-hosting of the Hi Desert Eco Homes Tour with Baltic Sands Inc., to be held virtually this year. (For more information, visit:

As a GREEN designee, Chantal is also a part of the Green REsource Council. Designed for residential professionals, National Association of Realtors’ Green Designation addresses the increasing demand for knowledge and resources on both new and existing sustainable homes. Green REsource Council members place themselves at the leading edge of green real estate, gaining access to member benefits including ongoing education, up-to-date green resources, and professionally crafted marketing tools. The council also works to promote NAR’s Green Designation by growing consumer and builder awareness and supporting green real estate advocacy. Being a GREEN Realtor goes beyond finding green-certified properties to helping buyers in many other ways, including the following:

  • Recognizing energy-inefficient homes before buyers purchase a home
  • Assessing the value and curb appeal of adding solar panels
  • Identifying the best brands for upgrades
  • Identifying where eco-friendly upgrades can be beneficial and where they’re unnecessary
  • Conducting a complimentary energy audit
  • Assisting green builders with new construction
  • Working with the local board to help to “green” the MLS

Currently, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has many great resource-efficient properties on the market! With more and more regulations requiring a shift towards green building, why not lead the curve and be a trendsetter. Sustainable, resource-efficient homes are not just homes of tomorrow, they are the homes of today!

66725 Desert View Ave, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Chantal Sanchez DRE #02070603

This move-in-ready upgraded energy efficient home is located in Desert Hot Springs. Recently remodeled with green features: new 20 owned solar panels under 25 year warranty, new Doughboy pool in a large covered patio yard. It also features a new water meter, new ceilings that have been raised up to almost 12ft high, new windows, new roof with a 50 year warranty, and new HVAC system. Plumbing is also available by the pool for a pool house! Sellers have installed new copper plumbing throughout the home, and a new sustainable water filtering system by salt that is replaceable once a year. Enjoy green living at its finest! 

6314 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Brittany Hahn DRE #01983072 and Anna Houssels DRE #01342337

Pristinely maintained and fenced compound with state of the art upgrades, smart home features, and security cameras. As an eco-friendly property, solar maintains the entire property with additional solar for the pool. Only minutes to Del Mar Beaches, racetrack, world class spas and country clubs. This compound comprises a 5 bedroom main house, 2 bedroom guest house, 3 bedroom carriage house and movie theatre/games house. Citrus trees, rose gardens, waterfalls and wells complete this fairytale estate. 

7510 Hillside Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
Robert Andrews DRE #01186977

Perched high above La Jolla Shores with commanding panoramic views of the north shore, this stunning and warm soft contemporary architectural residence offers the ultimate in privacy from its gated .8 acre sun drenched site. Immaculately improved and maintained, enjoy a seamless connection to the natural environment through a multitude of French doors and walls of glass opening out to several thousand square feet of exterior decking. Along with being adjacent to the 42 acre La Jolla Natural Park, the residence offers a pool/spa and sauna, home gym area, solar power system to reduce environmental impact for electricity and heat, 1000 bottle wine room, optional media room, elevator to all 3 levels and a 3-car garage.

3 Morning Dove, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Briant Patterson DRE #01351340

Loving where you live and reducing your environmental footprint are now more important than ever, so don’t miss your opportunity to view this immaculate, grand estate. This sprawling single level custom contemporary home with panoramic ocean and city lights views is located in Ultra-Exclusive Bear Brand Ranch. Clerestory windows provide natural light, state of the art design and brightness unique to its architecture. Boasting total privacy, an oversized kitchen, luxurious Master suite, stunning outdoor space with a pool and spa, and solar panels to power the fully integrated smart home, it’s the perfect luxurious green property!

9565 Lemon Ave, La Mesa, CA 91914
Nick Feenberg DRE #02027665

Sitting on nearly an acre, this captivating home is a masterpiece in custom redesign featuring a world class, sustainable orchard unlike any other. The one of a kind microclimate terraced hillside includes Hass and Fuerte avocados, Fuji apples, Bartlett pears, Guava, Yellow peaches, plums, pink grapefruit, citrus trees, pomegranate, Concord grapes, tangerines and a custom railroad tie pathway leading to a terraced upper hillside featuring sweeping views. Fully updated for cost and energy efficiency, highlights include a 75 gallon commercial grade AO Smith water heater, LG battery backup/power wall, solar tinted double pane windows, 24 solar panels, auxiliary generator backup with a guardian sub panel and a 3-car garage wired for 220 volts, and a roof installed in December 2017.

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