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Hawaii’s Luxury Condos

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When General Contractor Charles Pankow Builders and Architect Norman Lacayo completed their Craig-side condominium residence in 1981, they topped it off with an amazing three-story penthouse that became the home of then Pankow President George Hutton.

The classic yet innovative design of the structure is carried out in the 6,014-square-foot unit with a rooftop deck that adds another 1,352 square feet of living area and offers a 360 degree view embracing mountains, valley, ocean, and the city of Honolulu.

A private, secured elevator from the lobby opens at the 27th floor entrance to the first floor of this “Luxury Home In The Sky”.

Between 1967 and 1981, Charles Pankow Builders completed approximately 55 projects throughout Hawaii, including shopping centers, office buildings, and residential developments, including highrise condominiums. Two of the condominium projects, the Brookside and the Craigside in lower Nuuanu, were completed in 1979 and 1981, respectively, and remain two of Oahu’s most desirable highrise residences. The owner/contractor-built Craig-side won an award for designer Norman Lacayo.

The two-tower Craigside is situated on a 3.63-acre, extensively landscaped parcel bordered by

Nuuanu Stream. A full complement of common area amenities includes two swimming pools, a tennis court, exercise room, barbecue areas, and well-kept gardens.

“The architectural requirements that Mr. Lacayo had to work within were many and restrictive,” Hutton said. “We wanted our home to have air conditioning, but without sacrificing the sense of openness. Great effort was made to maximize views and take advantage of the outstanding view planes of the Nuuanu Valley location. Having both the 27th and 28th floors and roof deck available for design considerations made it possible to have 17-foot-high vaulted oak ceilings in the living room and master bedroom, as well as 17-foot-high windows providing spectacular views from the second floor.”

Details that contribute to the sense of single family home living include a fireplace in the living room adaptable for burning wood or gas and access to the outdoors on the upper level, which is partially covered.

“The roof deck is an ideal venue for entertaining…and we’ve been able to accommodate as many as 100 for our gatherings,” Hutton said.

“The amenities include a sauna, Jacuzzi, steam shower, and full bath in addition to a barbecue area. A dumbwaiter connects the kitchen to the roof. The exposed deck is made of ironwood from South America which is one of the densest, most durable, and beautiful woods available.”

Hutton noted that all kitchen appliances are built in; cabinets, doors, and custom woodwork are red oak. The spacious master bedroom and marble-finished bathroom on the first floor have an unrestricted view up the valley to the Pali. Next to the master bedroom is an exercise area with a view of Punchbowl crater. A circular staircase provides private access from the master bedroom to the office located above.

Also on the first floor are the dining room which accommodates a 12-foot table, a library, bar, and computer/hobby room. On the mezza-nine are a family room with a full size pool table and an open-tothe-sky landscaped atrium. A 901-square-foot lanai off the second level provides access to the roof deck.

The Craigside Tower II penthouse comes with nine assigned parking stalls.

Listing Realtor Myra Brandt of Kahala Associates is offering the Craigside penthouse for $5,950,000 fee simple and showing it by appointment.

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