The Los Angeles Times gives props to the Nob Hill House, a Mount Washington abode that may very well be the greenest home in all of L.A. Although the home boasts renewable energy systems, most notable is the extensive, gravity-based gray-water system complemented by a 1,500-gallon underground rainwater cistern. Writes Susan Carpenter: "Those who follow sustainable design say the new residence could very well be one of the most water-efficient houses in the region, a milestone for L.A. as the city seeks better models of conservation."

Triple Pundit sheds light on how Car Charging Group, an electric vehicle charging service, and Equity Residential, the owner/developer/operator of numerous up-market apartment communities across the country, are teaming up to make EV charging stations at apartment complexes less of a rarity. 

Sustainable Industries reveals the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2011. It's an interesting list that includes a smart electrical outlet, thermal window inserts, residential EV charging stations, and the HydroRight Dual flush converter, "a drop-in device that turns a typical toilet into a 'European-style' two-button operation." Neato.

Inhabitat takes a gander at the Natural Home — aka "The Prince's House" — the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment's "prototype for viable, sustainable, volume housing, which delivers low carbon homes that provide comfortable, attractive, healthy and adaptable environments for their occupants." The modest, Georgian-style abode features natural materials like sheep's wool insulation, clay blocks, and FSC timber and has been erected twice, first in May at the Ideal Home Show in London (pictured up top) and now at the BRE Innovation Park for further testing. 

Dwell comes bearing highlights from Dwell on Design 2011, a big ol' modern design show that went down at the L.A. Convention Center last weekend. This year's show was attended by a reported 20,000 folks, myself included. Stay tuned for more D on D related goodies over the coming weeks ... 

The Washington Post chills out at the residence — a "weathered sea captain's house" on Maryland's Western Shore — of veteran Beltway anchorwoman Wendy Reiger. Over the past 12 years, Rieger has painstakingly transformed the down-and-out 1920s waterfront cottage in Anne Arundel County into a low-key sanctuary complete with Key West colors, sleeping porches, and eco-friendly upgrades. 

TreeHugger checks in with the Lindell Family, an open-minded Swedish clan of four, who, six months ago, moved into a super-green prefab home in the suburbs of Stockholm and undertook some pretty drastic lifestyle changes in order to achieve a "One Tonne Life." The whole experiment was essentially a Scandinavian carbon diet competition with pretty serious corporate backing (Volvo, Siemens, etc.) Read my initial post about the groundbreaking experiment here

The Daily Mail spreads news that what's rumored to be the cheapest house in Britain, a grim-looking 2-bedroom home in need of "comprehensive repair and renovation" has sold for £10,000 (about $16,000) after failing to snag any buyers at the original asking price of £15,000. The location? Glamorous Pritchard Street in Burnley, Lancashire. 

The Wall Street Journal publishes another horror story involving bouffanted buffoon billionaire real estate baron Donald Trump, this one involving the foreclosed Virginia estate — specifically, the front and back yards and driveway — of former society gal and bankrupt winemaker, Patricia Kluge. 

The New York Times admires the "eco-friendly urban getaway" of Helsinki-based architects, Jussi and Riina Palva. Located in a "forest of towering evergreens and pines on the Baltic Sea," the couple built the cutesy and compact (it's only 150-square feet) seafoam-green cottage for about $42,000 and plan on mass-producing the home through Finnish manufacturer, Finnlamelli. And oh yeah, the Palva's rustic getaway is only a 10-minute bike ride from their 3-bedroom apartment in the city. 

Curbed reports that a $1M Cannon Beach, Ore. vacation home with a full, breathtaking view of Haystack Rock — aka the giant rock immortalized in "The Goonies" — has hit the market. The listing is with Sotheby's, not the Fratelli Brothers. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Playing catch up: Not quite All-American
Warning: Green homes of several nationalities — including British ... gasp! — appear in this Fourth of July weekend edition of 'Playing catch up.'