Hawaii’s Heavenly Heights
Among the North Shore’s diverse neighborhoods – some of which have experienced extensive residential development in recent years – Pupukea has succeeded in retaining its rural atmosphere within the framework of a large, primarily country zoned subdivision. Its approximately 500 properties have minimum lot sizes of one acre or more. Many have ocean and mountain views, others are situated in a forest setting or surrounded with cultivated fl ower and vegetable gardens. A number of working farms supply avocados, citrus, plumeria, hydroponic vegetables, and more.
Pupukea includes four major subsections, Pupukea Highlands Phases One and Two, Greentree Estates, and Sunset Hills, which are accessed from Kamehameha Highway by way of Pupukea Road, the only public road. Offshoot roads, such as Alapio, Aukauka, Maulukua, and Kanalani are private. Pupukea Road was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to connect with Drum Road, which is utilized by the Army and Schofield Barracks. A hiking trail starts at the top of Pupukea Road, continues on Drum Road for several miles, then veers off to connect with the “Summit Trail,” which terminates at the Pali Highway.
The fi rst subsections were developed in the 1950s and 1960s, and most still have their original “Protective Covenants” in place, preserving the rural ambiance of this unique area.
Pupukea is also unique on Oahu as the only neighborhood consisting of Country Zoned parcels with a gradual slope up from bluff lots approximately 325 feet above the highway to the top of the development at approximately 650 feet above sea level.
Richard Sterman, owner and Principal Broker of Sterman Realty, which specializes in North Shore properties, has listed a 1.137acre estate located on one of the private country roads that branch off Pupukea Road. The landscaped, walled property includes a three bedroom, three and a half bath main house with 5,396 interior square feet augmented by 1,567 square feet of lanai space, an 800 square foot guest cottage with a bedroom, bath, and wetbar, a four car garage, two car carport, and porte cochere with ample space for additional vehicles. The custom home was designed by the owner and built in 2006.
“This is an absolutely stunning home that combines exotic, high end fi nishes with country ambiance appropriate for the Pupukea neighborhood. It’s very private and commands panormanic views of the mountains, ocean, and spectacular North Shore sunsets. This is one of the fi nest homes I have ever listed in Pupukea Highlands in terms of construction, design, and view planes.”
The home is entered through hand-carved Burmese teak double doors and features a hand-crafted teak staircase leading to the upper level. A variety of exotic woods have been used in the fabrication of cabinets, shelves, trim, and shutters. The polished, natural wood surfaces are enhanced by special lighting effects. Countertops and flooring are Italian and Spanish marble, with wall-to-wall carpeting in the spacious master suite which includes a luxurious bathroom. The kitchen is equipped with topof-the-line Viking and Wolf appliances, A free-standing fireplace is located in the main living area, which opens to the kitchen and expansive deck with the home’s premier view. Exterior features include Monier tile roofing, copper raingutters, a moss rock walls, and gated entryway.
Sterman is offering the estate at $2,730,000 and showing it by appointment.