Where We Live: An eco-friendly haven in Poquoson

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The word “sustainability” is often used as jargon, but for one Poquoson homeowner it’s a lifestyle.

Stuart Rose designed his house, located at 4 Garden Atrium Way, to virtually eliminate utility bills.

“The home is designed to provide 100 percent of the heating, cooling, electrical power, and water by natural means – using the sun, the Earth, and the rain,” Rose said.

Even though he built the home to be sustainable, Rose says he finds visitors are most attracted to its aesthetics.

“The atrium in the center of the house is a lush garden that features a variety of plants and trees,” he said. “Just growing lemons and oranges and mangoes in the home is a real kick.”

While guests are drawn to the look and feel of the atrium, the eco-friendly aspects of the home have drawn international attention.

Roughly seven years ago, the house received a first place rating in a sustainability study conducted by the Finnish government.

The home is part of a sustainability-focused community, which has had many visitors over the years. Rose says they all typically have one thing in common — a sense of awe.

“Residents call it ‘The Look,” Rose said. “It stuns new visitors. They just stop and stare. When do you ever walk through a front door and see a virtual garden of paradise?”

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