Hawaii’s Luxury Condos
Although the sport of surfing and related media attention was a prime catalyst in real estate development in Oahu’s North Shore communities, Mokuleia put an even finer point on its image as “horse country.” Large horse ranches, notably the 2,700-acre Dillingham Ranch, are located in Mokuleia, as well as the Mokuleia Polo Field, where the first games were played in 1963 when the property was acquired by Hawaii hotel man Fred Dailey. In 2003, after a five-year hiatus in the popular Sunday afternoon matches, his son Mike Dailey re-established polo at Mokuleia. The crowds returned and the Mokuleia polo games were once again “the place to be” on a Sunday afternoon.
Real estate developers saw opportunity in the international exposure and affluent local and out-of-state potential buyers polo brought to Mokuleia. In 1965, the Mokuleia Beach Colony was developed on 6.11 acres adjacent to the polo field and a sandy beach. The development team, which included Fred Dailey, hired Hawaii architect Frederic S. Liang to design the lowrise townhome complex in a style that could be described as “modern Polynesian.” The gated community of 27 duplex bungalows with 52 units includes a swimming pool and well maintained gardens. The units are utilized as vacation and weekend homes as well as for year-round living.
A custom-designed single condominium residence has been listed by David Hite, a Realtor with Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, at $985,000 partly furnished. With 1,584 square feet of interior living space and an open floor plan, it includes two bedroom/bath suites, a large kitchen and pantry, and spacious main living areas that open to the outdoors and ocean breezes with walls of louvered windows. Mature tropical landscaping surrounds the home.
“This is a wonderful indoor/outdoor country home,” said the current owner, who remodeled it in 2009. “We love the area, but as horse owners have decided to move to our own ranch in Waikii on the Big Island. The proximity of Dillingham Ranch is a great asset for any horse lover or horse owner, in addition to the Mokuleia polo field, which is within walking distance. A sandy, reef-protected beach is right out front and the area is favored for wind surfing and kite surfing…a number of surf breaks that attract board surfers are just up the coast. Some days, particularly in early morning, you’ll have the beach all to yourself…on walks up the beach we occasionally see Hawaiian green sea turtles who like to sun themselves on the sand. Astronomy students and photographers who want to capture a skyscape with sparkling stars often set up at Mokuleia since there are no city lights to interfere in this part of the North Shore.
“Although Mokuleia and its sister community of Waialua fulfill the image of ‘Hawaiian country,’ they are actually the most accessible and convenient of the North Shore communities for those who need to get on the highway to downtown Honolulu or the Airport…just about a 45 minute drive. Then for shopping and dining, there are numerous options in nearby Haleiwa or Mililani.”
The owner has upgraded the interior of the townhome with attractive finishes and details, such as new pantry doors faced with antique Chinese screens and a special limited edition of blue granite replacing the original kitchen countertops. Flooring in the kitchen and main living areas is travertine, and natural stone flooring in the baths extends to outdoor hot and cold showers. Closets are cedar lined and have been fitted with shelf and storage systems. Another unique feature of this town-home is a fully functional wood-burning fireplace with an ohia wood mantel in a central location between the two halves of the unit.
Realtor David Hite emphasizes that this townhome is the only one of its kind in Mokuleia Beach Colony. Hite and his co-lister Realtor David E. Buck are showing it by appointment.