This paper presents a study for the development and qualification of a practical low-cost seismic isolation system for lightweight residential construction. The study concludes that single concave rolling isolators cast in high strength concrete with a deformable steel-reinforced plastic rolling ball and a displacement restraint system represent a promising isolation system. A full size isolator suitable for application to typical reinforced concrete houses in Turkey was built and tested. The vertical stiffness, creep characteristics under gravity load and the lateral force-displacement characteristics have been studied. Models for behavior have been developed and validated. These models are useful for response history analysis in commonly available commercial and open source analysis software.