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Black Point: A Hidden Treasure Of The Island

Homes-102013-1Nestled below the iconic peaks of Diamond Head and hidden from the eyes of passers-by lies Black Point, an exclusive, lushly landscaped niche community.

“Black Point Road is the best of all worlds, close to everything in Honolulu yet removed from busy Kahala Avenue and Diamond Head Road,” says Jo Frasier, partner and REALTOR at Prudential Locations. Tom Selleck, a 20-year resident of Black Point, entrusted Frasier to sell his home there in 2001.

“The Black Point community is more secluded and peaceful than many in the surrounding areas due to large lot sizes. Sitting on the cliffs above the ocean, in contrast to the level topography of Kahala, more cooling breezes drift by making the setting comfortable inside and out, most of the year.”

Originally called Kupikipikio by the ancient Hawaiians because of the turbulent waters, Black Point has long been the neighborhood of choice for many celebrities and prominent kamaaina families.

In 1937, Doris Duke built Shangri La, her famed mansion (now a museum of art) on the cliff overlooking the surf break. She enjoyed swimming and surfing with Duke Kahanamoku, his brothers and others. Today that surf break is still known as Cromwell’s, after her husband, James.

While Duke’s mansion created interest in the eastern side of Diamond Head, it wasn’t until the late 1950s and early 1960s that many of the homes surrounding Diamond Head were built. People are often surprised to learn that the gated community of Black Point originally started in the 1920s as an artsy, bohemian community.
“Today, there’s a mix of bungalow-styled homes that date back to the 1920s and 1930s, as well as some really incredible estates,” explains Frasier. “Some offer expansive oceans views. It’s a lifestyle created by the hilly, terraced topography.”

“The gated area of Black Point is a very private, prestigious and historic community,” says Dolores Bediones, partner and REALTOR at Prudential Locations. “There’s a property on the National Register of Historic Places, a modernist masterpiece by famed architect Vladimir Ossipoff, and the famous ocean-fed saltwater infinity pool. Constructed in the 1930s, and designed to have waves crash into the pool as you swim, the Black Point salt-water pool is accessible to residents only and requires a special key to gain entrance … a benefit envied by many Island residents.”

The different areas of Black Point afford different lifestyles and each has a unique, distinct character. They range from water access and oceanfront to large, quiet, view-oriented estates.

Black Point is highly desirable with very low turnover, due in part to the limited number of properties in the community and its location, which is hard to beat! Currently there are just two active listings ranging from $2.3 million to $3.595 million. Two sales have closed in the last 12 months, and one is in escrow, listed by Orion Barels, RA of Prudential Locations.

Frasier and Bediones have the property at 4009 Black Point Road, listed at $3.595 million. This elegant, four bedroom-plus den home features stunning 20-foot ceilings, top-quality finishes and design elements, gated entrance, three-car garage, generous guest parking, a blue tiled pool and a private back yard with waterfalls.

For more information on properties in Black Point and surrounding areas, call Frasier or Bediones, Prudential Locations Fine Homes Specialists, at (808) 255-5335 or 383-9787.

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