Coastal Options – Southeastern Oahu – Diamond Head – Gold Coast
Near the end of Kalakaua Avenue and the base of Diamond Head is a unique enclave of midand high-rise residences, hotels, and private clubs known as the Gold Coast. This half-mile-long neighborhood between the ocean and Kapiolani Park is like no other in Hawaii and, in fact, can never be duplicated.
The transformation of the Gold Coast from a low-rise single family home neighborhood to a line-up of high-rise apartment buildings began in the mid 1950s. By the end of the 60s, all available parcels were developed and the Gold Coast had acquired its present skyline. Currently a new evolution is under way involving the renovation and restructuring of residences in the buildings made possible by changes in the policies of owners associations together with the need to upgrade to meet new buyer requirements.
One of the most affordable two bedroom units on the Gold Coast is at The Tahitienne, a 29-unit co-op boutique building with 62 linear feet of ocean frontage. The unique corner unit, offered for $1,750,000 FS by List Sotheby’s International Realty Realtor Judith Whitfield, was designed to embrace the stunning views and enhance the Gold Coast lifestyle.
Remodeled by architect Daniel Moran in 2015, the 870-square-foot unit offers spectacular views encompassing the Waikiki coastline, the ocean from the beach to the horizon, Diamond Head, Kapiolani Park, Ewa Beach, and the west Oahu mountains. The 109-square-foot lanai features a vanishing wall of double UV coated flipping glass doors that pockets and disappears. A floorto-ceiling lanai mirror has been placed to give the illusion of a larger space and positioned on the Diamond Head side to reflect the ocean and Waikiki.
The renaissance of this unit involved moving the kitchen wall to open the view from the entry, as well as the addition of Fleetwood windows and Panda lift and slide lanai doors. The teak cabinets, paneling, and front sliding door are custom milled by Wayne Kiselbach of Kakaako. Floors are limestone 24-inch-square tiles. All kitchen appliances are Miele with special order European sizes to maximize kitchen function and space. Kitchen counters are Brazil granite, and the bathroom counter is vein cut marble. The bathroom lighting fixture was custom made in Italy.
“This unit’s greatest feature is the lanai,” Whitfield said. “It is a great vantage point for watching ocean activity, marine life, including dolphins, turtles, and whales, and surfers riding the waves from dawn to sundown…as well as the amazing sunsets and Friday night fireworks over Waikiki.
“What makes these Gold Coast residences so desirable, in addition to Waikiki’s great weather and sandy beaches, is access to so many recreational opportunities. Public tennis courts and exercise/ stretching stations are located in Kapiolani Park, and just across from the park is the private Diamond Head Tennis Center. The park and general vicinity are favored spots for jogging and biking. Options for shopping and dining are, of course, numerous in Waikiki, but just a short walk from The Tahitienne are the Outrigger Canoe Club, the Elks Club, and several fine restaurants, including Michel’s at The Colony Surf, a kamaaina favorite.”
Whitfield is showing The Tahitienne #604 by appointment; please call Judy at 808-772-2024.