Hawaii’s Luxury Condos
The Gold Coast is more than a prestigious address. It’s a unique enclave of upscale highrise residences, hotels, and private clubs with the ocean on one side and Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head on the other. Located at the eastern end of Kalakaua Avenue, this half-mile-long oceanfront neighborhood is like no other in Hawaii and, in fact, can never be duplicated.
The transformation of the Gold Coast from a low-rise single family home neighborhood to a line-up of highrise apartment buildings began in the mid 1950s. By the end of the 60s, all available parcels were developed and the Gold Coast had acquired its present skyline. Currently a new evolution is under way involving the renovation and restructuring of residences in the buildings made possible by changes in the policies of owners associations together with the need to upgrade to meet new buyer requirements. Many of these upgraded units have been sold, but a number of them are among the 38 units currently on the market.
One of the largest of these is The Tahitienne Penthouse offered at $6,500,000 by Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Realtor Anne Oliver. Occupying the entire top floor of The Tahiti-enne – a 29 unit boutique building with 62 linear feet of ocean frontage – the 2,800 square foot apartment offers spectacular views encompassing the Waikiki coastline, the ocean from the beach to the horizon, Diamond Head, and the east Oahu ridges. The covered lanai is the largest on the Gold Coast, adding 645 square feet of usable living space. Major living areas open to the lanai with floor-to-ceiling sliding pocket doors; the view has recently been enhanced with the addition of “see through”glass railings.
Renovated in 2008 by iD Group of Los Angeles, the three bedroom, three and a half bath unit is described by Oliver as “sleek, modern, and luxurious.” The renaissance of this unit involved stripping it back to its concrete shell to create a showplace incorporating numerous high-tech conveniences including a four-zone air conditioning system, which can be operated independently in each of the three bedroom suites and the main living area, automated window coverings on all oceanfront windows and doors, fully distributed audio throughout, and a security system. The open kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line appliances. Upscale finishes include terrazzo and limestone floors, custom walnut cabinetry, and European lighting and bath fixtures.
A formal dining room is located on the Waikiki side of the main living area; a kitchen counter with seating for five and the lanai are additional options for dining. The unit’s orientation provides complete privacy, even on the lanai which is not viewable from other buildings. Oliver noted that the lanai is a great vantage point for watching ocean activity – both marine life, including dolphins, turtles, and whales, and surfers riding the waves from dawn to sundown.
“What makes these Gold Coast residences so desirable, in addition to Waikiki’s great weather and sandy beaches, are its numerous recreational opportunities. Public tennis courts and an archery range are located in Kapiolani Park and just across from the park is the private Diamond Head Tennis Center. The park and general vicinity are favored spots for jogging and biking. Options for shopping and dining are, of course, numerous in Waikiki but just a short walk from the Tahitienne are the Outrigger Canoe Club, the Elks Club, and several fine restaurants including Michel’s, a kamaaina favorite.”
Oliver is showing the Tahitienne Penthouse by appointment and will hold an open house on Sunday, May 11, from 2 to 5 p.m.