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Custom Saranagati Home for Sale

by Karunamayi dasi

Posted April 22, 2011

If you appreciate quality, value and craftsmanship, consider this piece of paradise called Bhakti Kutir, lovingly built and developed by Yamuna devi and Dinatarini devi. Live in an exceptional home atop a gentle hill with a sweeping 360-degree view of pristine mountains, forests and lakes, all part of the 1600-acre Saranagati Dham. This community of mature Vaishnavas in beautiful British Columbia features unequalled natural serenity, an excellent devotee school and numerous organic gardens. Productive organic raised-bed garden plots and many established flowers, fruit trees, and herb and berry bushes are among the many features of this beloved home. Here are more:

The house/ashram is 100% eco- and vastu- architect designed from inception. The plot is 5 acres (2 hectares), sloping to a creek on the east and rising in the west — a vastu orientation designed to invoke spiritual prosperity and success. The square 1,600 sq. ft. (150 sq. m.) structure sits in the center of the plot with an east-facing entrance under a covered veranda with 1,270 sq. ft (120 sq. m.) indoor living area. The auspicious windowed brahmasthan, rising 20 feet (6 metres) from the centre of the house and acreage, provides natural indoor illumination day and night.

Artistry pervades the home. A custom-designed stained glass entrance takes you under a vastu-friendly wood arch graced with a hand-carved mahamantra. The windows, with stained glass panels, feature ancient lotus patterns. Handmade bookshelves and cabinets are built in convenient spots. A hand-stencilled border runs along the adobe floors throughout much of the home.

Construction is native Douglas fir post-and-beam, built to B.C. building code, with 18-inch-thick (45 cm.) straw bale infill walls covered in earth-tone, non-toxic stucco. The sage-green metal roof, built to last a lifetime, covers a cedar ceiling and 10-foot (3-metre) interior cedar walls. The low-E, argon-filled triple-glazed windows feature earth-tone frames and strategic placement for maximum air flow. Floors are made from natural adobe and parquet. Off-the-grid power comes from a low maintenance solar energy system including solar panels, a Trace controller, a 2,500-watt ac inverter, battery charger and six deep-cycle batteries. The R-40 walls make this a true eco-home that stays comfortably cool in summer and warm in winter.

The kitchen, located in the auspicious southeast corner and designed and built by cookbook author Yamuna devi, features a corner dry goods pantry, custom-designed, hand-crafted cabinets, and a very cook-friendly layout. A four-burner propane cook stove sits atop a granite-topped kitchen island. Serious bakers will love the Amish-made, wood-fired, Pioneer Maid oven stove. The large Sundanzer solar refrigerator sits in a second walk-in pantry/store room.

The home has three bedrooms, one presently used as an office, all in the auspicious west side. Between the two bedrooms are a separate toilet and bathroom. The living room sits just under the brahmasthan — a great place for conversation with friends or to relax in a recliner with a favorite book by the woodstove. The room flows beautifully into a dining room area and on into the kitchen.

The property is fenced and gated and includes two outbuildings — a cedar guest cabin with additional storage room and attached wood shed, and a second cedar work, gardening and toolroom structure. It includes a 600-gallon (2,700 litres) gravity-feed water storage tank with an all weather underground PVC piping system, a Jacuzzi pump from the creek for irrigation and a roof gutter-fed 350-gallon (1,600 litres) rainwater storage system.

This is an ideal family home or guest retreat facility. Due to Yamuna devi's health crisis only (she is recovering from a stroke), we must relinquish this beloved property of eleven years and move to facilitate her recovery. This one-of-a-kind eco-home is priced for a quick sale at US $115,000, which includes the $10,000 price of a corporation share at Saranagati. A discount is offered for cash. For more information radhabanabehari -at- or call 727-251-7286 and leave a message.

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