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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Michaela Miller and her husband built their dream home on a dream piece of property on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. 

From the back porch there's a sweeping view of the river, downtown and both Hart and Matthews Bridges.

"I love that as soon as you walk in, it looks like the river runs right underneath the house," Miller said.

In the home, it's tough to tell where the inside ends and the outside begins. 

It's flooded with natural sunlight and windows are strategically placed on the north and south sides of the home to maximize the sun's heat in the summer and winter months.

The home is LEED Platinum certified. The only home of its kind in Northeast Florida. 

The 4,134-square-foot home is so efficient, Miller said her monthly power bill is around $100.

The home's environmentally friendly features run through every fiber of the building. 

Everything from the drywall to the flooring comes from either recycled or sustainable sources.

Even the yard is green. They have planted ground cover, as opposed to grass. That means no lawn mower needed, thus no gasoline emissions.

And while it feels like you're outside while standing in the home, it's essentially a perfectly sealed vacuum when all the doors are closed. 

And Miller said the filtration system keeps the home's air supply as clean as a hospital operating room.

"And to start, we just wanted to do solar, but we decided to go the whole way," Miller said.

But Miller said the home is a little to big for just her and her husband. 

So they're auctioning off the home to the highest bidder.

Jonathan Young is president of Blackstone Auction Group. He'll be handling the auctioneer duties when the house goes up for sale March 30.

"Once we start the bidding process, the house will be sold in less than 10 minutes," he said.

He says this isn't a distressed sale. It's just a unique way to sell a unique Jacksonville property.

"We market the home heavily, and from the time we get it, we have it sold within 30 days," he said.

Potential buyers must register ahead with his company, and have $25,000 on hand to prove they're serious.

Miller has set a reserve price of $1.3 million.

You can click here for more information on the auction.

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