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Journey to the Center of the Earth: Geothermal in Tribeca

This 5-story townhouse for sale in Tribeca was profiled as the "House of the Week" in last Friday's Wall Street Journal. When we tell you that this place is hot, we really mean it. The home is heated using liquid hot magma from the Earth's core...or something like that anyway:

An unusual geothermal energy system provides heating, cooling and hot water. Pipes extend about 1,400 feet into the earth, where the temperature is always about 52 degrees. The pipers transfer energy to the house, where two-layer-thick concrete exterior walls, filled with thermal materials, trap the energy and distribute it. What else do you get for the $7.825 million asking price? Other notable details include: 6,000 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths, a 875 square foot terrace, an elevator and a partially completed tunnel to China.
· Listing: 156 Reade Street [Stribling]
· A Manhattan Town House Warmed By the Heat of the Earth Below [WSJ]