NE Florida’s Only LEED Platinum Green Home

Tour the energy efficient, hurricane proof, waterfront home that's 'Built Totally Green'

Written by Trish Michaels2 Comments


View from energy efficient homes dock

Villa Paraiso’s awards include Energy Star, Water Star Gold, USGBC LEED Platinum and Florida Green Building Coalition Platinum.

Villa Paraiso is NE Florida’s first and only sustainable, self-sufficient home achieving LEED Platinum status, the US Green Building Council’s highest rating. LEED Platinum is so difficult to achieve, there are only 19 other homes in Florida and 1045 Platinum buildings worldwide.

This solar-powered, geo-thermal home earned dozens of awards for sustainability, design, landscaping, energy and water conservation, including Energy Star, Water Star Gold, Sustainable Florida Green Building, Florida Green Building Coalition Platinum and Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection award.

Villa Paraiso, as it’s called by the owners, sits majestically in a peaceful, riverfront community, five minutes from downtown Jacksonville by car or boat. With panoramic views of the St. Johns and Arlington Rivers, this waterfront home offers 4134 sq ft of luxury living with maximum energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact. Villa Pariaso proves that going green doesn’t mean giving up comfort.


Designed For Self-Sufficiency – Engineered To Withstand Cat 5 Hurricane!

This green home is built to withstand category 5 hurricanes and a 9 foot storm surge or flooding.  It has its own water treatment facility, a living roof, living walls and a 3000-gallon rainwater catchment system that waters the veggie gardens. Using no VOC building materials and a built-in air purification system, the indoor air stays as clean as an operating room!


Aerial of Roof and Solar Panels

Energy Efficient Solar Energy, Geo-Thermal & Insulation

Monthly electric bills average $100 for a 4-bedroom/3½-bath home, despite its high-tech conveniences and creature comforts.  The south facing metal roof maximizes power from a 5-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system and solar water heating. The underground, geo-thermal system and insulated windows/walls maintain ideal indoor temperatures year-round with low energy costs.



Year-round food garden and half-acre of edibles.


Year-Round Organic Food Production

The entire half-acre is planted with more than 1000 varieties of native plants, fruit/citrus trees, herbs and vegetables.  Using the strategies of Permaculture, this edible paradise delivers year-round organic food with little maintenance, watering and no mowing.



Aerial of downtown showing Villa Paraiso's waterfront location

A Deep-Water Paradise To Enjoy Boating And Wildlife

The property faces a deep-water, no-wake zone where the Arlington River meets the St. Johns in Northeast Florida. It’s accessible 24/7 by powerboats and ocean-going sailboats.  The area is popular with manatee, dolphin, eagles, herons and fish.


Breathtaking Views

The green home’s exterior is nearly 70% windows and doors, providing river and downtown views from every room – even from the master suite garden tub! This home offers panoramic views of downtown, the stadium, Metro Park, sunsets and fireworks.

A perfect view for downtown & stadium fireworks

Exceptional sunsets







Beautiful sunset behind dock

Green home view













Exceptional for Entertaining

With indoor and outdoor gourmet kitchens, multiple decks and open interiors, this home is perfect for parties.

The Nana Wall opens completely to unite interior and exterior.

The unique Nana Wall opens completely from side-to-side, uniting the interior and exterior.

The dining room is open to both an indoor and outdoor kitchen.

Two levels of exterior patios and decks.

Two levels of exterior patios and decks with five outdoor seating areas.






Gourmet Kitchen

A gourmet kitchen large enough for a crowd.













A Spacious, Open Floor Plan

The interior features an open floor plan, spacious rooms, tons of storage and high ceilings with high windows that let the sun in and hot air out.

Great Room

Master Bedroom








Large Guest RoomHuge Master Dressing Room














Imagine Green Living In Paradise

SE corner of NE Florida's Only LEED Platinum HomeThis home was lovingly built in 2010 by Florida Sustainability Ambassadors Michaela Miller and Steve Sadler. During construction they recycled and reclaimed 1.38 tons of glass, 1920 pounds of combined metal, 1600 pounds of aluminum, 286 pounds of insulated CU wire, 132 pounds of copper and 36 pounds of brass – all from their previous home which was destroyed by a tropical storm. Only four dumpsters went to the landfill.

The family hosts educational tours and endlessly contributes their green building knowledge through blogs and seminars to inspire others to live more sustainably.  They’re living proof you don’t have to give up creature comforts to reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact.

Experience Villa Paraiso!  Video: Experience this luxurious, sustainable Jacksonville lifestyle.  You’ll see how it got its name, which is Spanish for Paradise Villa.

The builders sold their eco-friendly, riverfront paradise in 2013.  They’re downsizing and building another LEED Platinum container home using all reclaimed building materials.

Learn more about the home’s construction and the previous home’s environmentally sound deconstruction.

Order the award-winning, feature-length documentary featured on The Today Show that showcases the home’s construction.  Includes 25 energy-saving tips.


By Trish Michaels

I’ve been gardening organically for 20+ years. I'm mostly vegetarian. I love cooking what I grow and creating recipes to incorporate whole grains, beans and seeds. In my Jacksonville home, I lower my carbon footprint with solar power, rainwater harvesting, composting, waste reduction, etc. I'm eager to do more! I launched Sustainable North Florida in 2012 as a way to donate my digital marketing skills to help promote the many sustainable events and people greening our community - and to connect with other locals who share my passion for protecting natural resources, eating healthy and living green. My vision is a more sustainable community that lovingly supports one another with knowledge and resources. Jacksonville is a great place to call home!

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