Have you considered an eco-friendly home?

As you browse MLS listings in Orange County, you may want to set your sights on a home that is both beautiful and eco-friendly. Some homebuyers are under the impression that in order to enjoy a green home, you would be forced to give up some of your modern conveniences and curbside appeal. But quite the contrary, the eco-friendly homes in Orange County are some of the most stunning.

Small improvements in a home can have a dramatic impact on your ecological footprint. So whether you find a home that is built green, or has simply been updated with sustainable appliances and features, you are making a difference in the environment. Therefore, when looking at real estate in Orange County, find out how energy efficient the home is and if it is equipped with Energy Star Qualified appliances.

According to the Orange County Register, an oceanfront, eco-friendly home has recently been put on the market for $17.9 million. Located in Laguna Beach Village, this house took about eight years to get approval from the city before it could be constructed.

This source reports the home is on track to secure a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification through the U.S. Green Building Council and has a rainwater harvesting system, a Photovoltaic solar system and Energy Star appliances.