5 Portland Homes for Sale with Crazy-High Home Energy Scores

The next time you hear someone bemoan the fact that Home Energy Scores are required in Portland, consider this: mandatory disclosure of a home’s energy efficiency protects the consumer! Home Energy Scores are easy for homeowners to acquire, and relatively affordable. And if you’re looking to buy, think about the Home Energy Score as one more tool in your arsenal. You’ll have more knowledge about a home before you even get to the inspection period.

So time to put that knowledge to use! Your future home’s score can significantly impact your long term energy costs. Today, we’ll look at five homes with high Home Energy Scores. To find these listings, we searched for energy efficient homes using VestorFilter™’s custom keyword search. The results were surprising – in a good way. So let’s check out some homes that, in the long term, can save you big money.

#1 – 3505 NE 13th Ave.

#1 - 3505 NE 13th Ave.

Why not kick things off with an elegant Craftsman with a Home Energy Score of 8 (out of 10). Just steps from Irvington Park, this Northeast Portland home is in a highly desirable neighborhood. But that doesn’t mean it has to break the bank! You’re sure to save money on utilities here with an on-demand water heater, updated electrical, and huge solar panels on the roof. A nicely sized yard comes with raised garden beds, so you’re all set up to grow your own vegetables as well.

The inside of the home won’t disappoint either. The main floor may be open concept, but the spaces are still defined, flowing naturally from living area to dining and kitchen. Like hardwood floors? This home’s oak floors might suit your fancy with their warm and inviting character.

#2 – 5402 NE 18th Ave.

Speaking of character, this next home has it in spades. Chock full of luscious greenery in both the front and back yards, the landscaping on this one makes it feel like a little oasis in the city. Out back, an elegant curving stone pathways leads to a very private patio. The gutters are set up for rain barrels as well, to help out with watering all those exotic plants.

Inside you’ll find plenty of updates; the home was remodeled only in 2016. Think clean lines but with some pizazz. Upstairs, natural wood elements accent the rooms, especially in the master suite. That includes a sliding barn door into the master bathroom. All of this with a Home Energy Score of 8 – not too shabby.

#3 – 9017 NE Hoyt St.

9017 NE Hoyt ST

If you’re in the market for energy efficiency, there’s no safer bet than new, progressive construction. If those older but updated homes just aren’t your style, this modern new build might fit the bill. We’re talking all sleek lines and right angles, a minimalist’s dream. This home is a detached condo in an area of new development, but the HOA fees are minuscule. (And practically nothing compared to what you’ll save with a Home Energy Score of 10 out of 10!)

If you aren’t convinced yet, let’s talk location. This development sits on the outer edges of the Montavilla neighborhood, one of Portland’s best kept secrets. Property values around this area have been increasing in recent years, so the time to get in might be now!

#4 – 6541 SE 88th Ave.

6541 SE 88TH AVE

Next up we have a home that proves that you don’t need to be filthy rich to have access to energy efficiency. This home is small but mighty. Situated in Lents, it boasts a perfect 10 as its Home Energy Score – and all for that elusive under $300,000 list price! We’re not sure what magic wand they waved to achieve this – but the updated windows and efficient mini-split heating and cooling system probably help.

While it doesn’t have the highest square footage, the space inside unfolds naturally and with grace. And be sure to note that this home comes with a good-sized shed outfitted with plumbing and power. Turn it into a workshop, use it for storage – it’s up to you!

#5 – 4302 NE 15th Ave.

4302 NE 15TH AVE

To finish off, let’s take a look at this Sabin home, which, as you can see from the above photo, proudly makes use of some serious solar panels! No wonder it also has a perfect Home Energy Score. New windows and siding certainly factor in here.

You’re sure to enjoy the outdoors, considering the delightful front porch plus a balcony opening out from the master suite on the second level. Inside, you’ll find a colorful and tasteful layout. Again, an open floor plan, but one with defined spaces, means the best of both worlds. A partially finished basement offers itself up as a bonus space, or just extra storage. This one is a must-see!

Let’s Go Check Them Out Together

If you’re ready to find the top Portland homes for sale, you’ve come to the right place. Keep in mind, these are just five out of many homes we found when searching for energy efficiency. This is Portland, after all – there’s plenty out there! So feel free to play around with our search tools on your own and see what you can find.

Whether you want the most environmentally friendly home possible or just want to save on some utility bills, we’ll help you get into the home of your dreams! Call us at 503-773-0000 to find out more or schedule a tour.