Hawaii’s Heavenly Heights – Diamond Head
Diamond Head is not only Hawaii’s most famous landmark…it is also its most prestigious neighborhood. Since the 1930s, upscale homes have been built, torn down, and built again on residential lots on either side of Diamond Head Road, which essentially connects Waikiki and Kahala. Clusters of homes extending up the eastern and western flanks of the crater and down the slopes to the coast, though they may not have a Diamond Head address, generally share the million-dollar views and price ranges.
Historically, both developers and environmentalists have focused attention on this unique natural landmark. Fortunately, what was at one time a conflict of objectives has over time been resolved into a common goal of maintaining the integrity of the site.
In the early 1900s, kamaaina families acquired large parcels of undeveloped land makai of Diamond Head road and built both simple beach cottages and grand estates as weekend retreats and primary residences. Many of these parcels have since been subdivided and redeveloped in the form of multiple residences as well as condominium projects.
Over the years, community groups and environmental organizations have successfully blocked attempts to develop the slopes of Diamond Head beyond the existing parameters. The 300,000-year-old crater, which peaks at 761 feet, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1968. More than 493 acres are now protected as the Diamond Head (Leahi) State Monument, which is administered by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks. At the base of Diamond Head are several sandy beaches and public parks.
The first major subdivision on the eastern slope of the crater, Diamond Head View Estates, was developed in the early 1960s as an upscale neighborhood with large view lots, the most desirable being those in the upper tiers with the slopes of Diamond Head as their “back yard.”
Realtor Jeff Fox of LIST Sotheby’s International Realty has recently listed a Poka Place home bordering preservation land and offering spectacular ocean and coastal views from all major living areas.
“This home is exquisitely designed to take advantage of the choice location,” Fox said. “There are only seven other homes and no neighbors across the street in the quiet cul-de-sac. Originally designed by the prominent architectural firm of Bradley and Wong, the home has been lovingly and thoughtfully renovated by the current owners.
“Finishes include tumbled travertine and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, unique granite counters, and sapele wood cabinets, doors, and window trim. The state-of-the-art kitchen is equipped with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances and the master bath with Brazilian Blue Bahia granite counters as well as its own laundry. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outdoors in. Entering the grand master bedroom suite is a ‘wow’ experience with a sweeping view of the ever-changing panorama of ocean and sky.
“The unique floor plan, which wraps the main living areas around the spacious pool deck, creates wonderful spaces for entertaining while providing privacy to bedroom and office suites. The deck is a dramatic setting, day or night, with its large free-form swimming pool illuminated by LED lighting. The current owners have transformed the classic Diamond Head home into a resort-like retreat with whirlpool spa, sauna, outdoor TV, gas grill, and two outdoor showers.
“This is a home that offers the ultimate in indoor-outdoor living. It is also close to the beaches and surf spots of Diamond Head and Waikiki. Many options for shopping and fine dining are nearby at Kahala Mall, the Kahala Hotel & Resort, and Waialae Country Club.”
Fox is offering the home at $9,850,000 and showing it by appointment.