A Haven in the Heights: St. Louis Heights
St. Louis Heights, the western-most of the East Oahu ridgeline residential developments, takes its name from the school that occupies approximately 52 acres at the base of the ridge together with Chaminade University of Honolulu. Not only is the neighborhood named for St. Louis School, a college preparatory school for boys, but many of the neighborhood streets are named for priests, administrators, and educators associated with the school and other Catholic institutions over the years, primarily from the late 1800s to early 1900s.
Adjacent to the St. Louis campus is the Regency Park, a 7.44-acre condominium complex developed in 1981. Topping residential development on the hillside, once known as Mauna Pohaku, Hawaiiian for “rock mountain,” is 50-acre Waiahila Ridge State Recreation Area with picnic facilities and groves of towering pine trees ovelooking Palolo Valley to the east and Manoa Valley to the west. It is also the starting point of the 2.4-mile Waiahila Ridge trail which leads to additional scenic lookouts.
Single-family residential development climbs up the hillside from the bottom of St. Louis Drive to an elevation of more than 1,000 feet. For the most part, the neighborhood is densely developed with older, moderately priced homes, many now being remodeled or replaced with new architect-designed homes. What most homes in the neighborhood have in common, whether old or new, low or high end, are views of valleys, forested ridges, the ocean, city, and coast, including Diamond Head.
A charming 1960s home in Chaminade Terrace was recently listed by Scott D. Larimer (RA), CIPS of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Located at 1541 Kalaepohaku Place, the twostory home is situated at the end of a cul-desac on a 7,427-square-foot lot in a highly desirable area of St. Louis Heights with underground utilities, sidewalks, and street parking.
Views from most major living areas in the two-bedroom, oneand-a-half-bath home extend from Diamond Head, across Waikiki, and to the Waianae Mountain range. The bedrooms situated on the upper level share the same views to the ocean.
The open floor plan and high ceilings impart a sense of spaciousness in the 1,400-square-foot, split-level home.
Large plate glass windows capture expansive views as well as natural light. An approximately 10-by-14-foot covered entry lanai at the front of the home overlooks the ocean and Waikiki, providing a venue for outdoor dining in addition to an adjacent enclosed breakfast nook.
Floors and ceilings in the main living and dining areas are finished with the original natural redwood. Flooring throughout the home is oak. The kitchen includes all major appliances and a peninsula that serves both for food preparation and dining. The counters are Corian, and wood cabinets, laid out in a custom design, provide abundant storage.
The fenced property is planted with a variety of mature fruit trees, among them jabong, mango, and papaya, and includes sufficient additional space to create a terraced garden. A bunker-style garage at street level can accommodate two vehicles. Street parking is also available.
Larimer commented that among the many desirable features of the home is its convenient location. “It’s just a short drive down the hill to Kaimuki with its many options for dining, schools, and access to the Freeway. Kahala Mall and Ala Moana Center are just about 15 minutes away, as are the beaches of Waikiki and Kahala.”
Larimer is offering the home at $1,100,000 and showing it by appointment as well as at open houses. The next scheduled open house will be held February 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.