Sydney's Sustainable House for sale

Sydney’s Sustainable House is for sale.

I’m selling it - there is no agent. Contact me: or 0424 460 525

I bought in 1978, made it off-grid in 1996.

So much more happened there than what was built.

(Just ask Pesky, Blanch d’Alpuge, and Feisty, the three Australorp chooks.)

I’ve yet to confess to the chookies I’m doing a runner.


So much more to do, to experience somewhere else.

It was renovated in 1978.

Two wonderful, inspiring children began their lives there and have gone out into the world.

•   I’m selling it - there is no agent. Contact me: or 0424 460 525

I’m selling it - there is no agent. Contact me: or 0424 460 525

The water, energy, recycled water and food systems were installed in 1996.

23 years ago.

The four person household enjoyed clean water and energy and bills for less than $300 a year.

About 30,000 people have visited and the house has been in media around Earth - Al Jazeera, French tv, CNN three times in North and South America, engineers from Korea, China and so on.

Making the house sustainable in 1996 was my act of hope. That the house would spur change, that what action I might take may show others how easy it is for them to act, too. It was this kind of hope, one that invites action:

“What hope is not; it is not the belief that everything was, is or will be fine . . . the hope I’m interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act.”  Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the dark, 2016

But it’s time to let go, to move on.

Hard to say, but true.

I’ll still be loving our loveable, wonderful Earth. How could I not?

And still be consulting on off-grid projects - email me, hey!

News on what I’m planing will be up here soon.

Please - do stay in touch and let me know what you’re up to. Your projects mean the Earth to me.

And may the beauty of where you are, bestowed by Earth, be there a-plenty.

Gotta love our Earth,


I’m selling it - there is no agent. Contact me: or 0424 460 525

Postscript about ‘hope’: 

I don’t find the sustainability conversation persuasive.

It’s become confined to ‘you can say this, you can’t say that’ and has - with wonderful exceptions such as the climate scientists at the US NASA, the Polish scientist, Michael Kravcik - focussed on air pollution, largely ignoring the main and more abundant element which has broken our climate, water as a liquid and a vapour. When I express this view I tend to be regarded as misguided, a similar reaction I got when I went off-grid in 1996.