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Hawaii’s Luxury Condos

Photos by Augie Salbosa
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Residential development on the slopes of Diamond Head consists primarily of upscale single family homes and large estates. An exception is the diverse neighborhood that lies between Kalakaua Avenue and Diamond Head’s western slope with its collection of older homes, Kapiolani Park, Hawaii School for Girls, and the La Pietra townhomes.

Located at the top of Poni Moi Road, La Pietra and the school occupy the former estate of Walter and Louise Dillingham. The historic Dillingham home, built in 1920, was designed by architect David Adler and modeled after Tuscan villas, principally La Pietra in Florence. Hawaii School for Girls, founded by Lorraine Cooke and Barbara Cox Anthony, opened in 1969 and includes five acres of the property.

The La Pietra townhomes were completed in 1970 on an adjacent five-and-a-half acres. Designed by Louis Pursel & Associates, AIA and built by Hawaiian Dredging and Construction Company, the gated community consists of wood and lava rock structures with a total of 38 units surrounded by well maintained gardens. The choice location and cachet of the new upscale condominium residence attracted kamaaina buyers and gained a reputation for exclusivity, one it still enjoys.

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Realtors Maggie Walker and Frankie Anderson have recently co-listed a three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath La Pietra residence for $2,100,000 fee simple. “This unit is very quiet and private with one of the largest patios in the complex,” Walker said. “It’s a delightful place to sit out and perfect for entertaining, either by day or night with beautiful lighting effects created by designer Bret Chuckovich. The interior living space flows out to the patio which adds about 500 square feet to the total 2,810 square feet on the two floors.

“The sense of openness and spaciousness is enhanced by floor to ceiling windows and a ceiling that peaks at approximately 17 feet. A full bedroom with bath are on the ground floor, as well as a powder room which provides an option for guests other than the master bathroom.”

Walker noted that dining venues include a section of the main living area and a kitchen island that seats six, as well as the patio. Kitchen cabinets are hardwood and the counters are granite; flooring throughout the ground floor is travertine. The second floor, with two bedrooms and two baths, is carpeted.

“This home exudes kamaaina charm, as does the entire complex,” Walker said. “The common areas, which include a large heated swimming pool, are beautifully landscaped with mature trees and tropical plants. Other features are plenty of on-site guest parking, 24 hour security, and a resident manager. Another big plus for La Pietra is that pets are welcome, and there are so many choices for walking or jogging with your dog in the area.”

She noted that beaches, private clubs, and restaurants are within walking distance of La Pietra, as well as parks and tennis courts. “The concept of La Pietra was to create a private, quiet, secure residential enclave with access to the options Waikiki offers for recreation and entertainment. In that respect, it remains unique,” Walker said.

The home is being shown by appointment.

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