Homes For The Island Lifestyle – Hawaii Kai, Portlock
Portlock is one of Oahu’s oldest oceanfront kamaaina neighborhoods, a distinctive mix of vintage homes, remodels, and new builds that continues to attract upscale buyers.
A classic Portlock home with a rich history of noted kamaaina residents has recently been placed on the market by Realtor Dianne Willoughby of List Sotheby’s International Realty with co-listing agents Cheryl Shope and Steve Cohen. It’s one of those Portlock treasures that rarely becomes available, and, fortunately, over the years since it was first built in 1946, owners have cherished the home and continued to remodel and upgrade. One of the early phases of the home was designed by prominent modernist architect of mid-century James Fagothey.
Set back from the road, the 13,500-square-foot property is completely walled and surrounded with mature trees and tropical plants, creating a sense of serenity and privacy. A deeded right of way runs along one side of the property, providing access to the ocean and road.
Interior living areas total 4,263 square feet, augmented by an 866 square foot covered lanai that opens to the gardens and a lava-rock waterfall. This expansive lanai, with direct access from the kitchen, the living room, the family room, and one of the bedroom suites, is well utilized by the current owners for dining and entertaining. A 760-square-foot heated and tiled swimming pool and barbecue area are located on the opposite side of the house -another private, tropical oasis-like space for quiet relaxation.
In addition to the single-level main house, the property includes a detached two-bedroom, one-bath apartment with a large living room and kitchenette located on an upper level addition. A two-car garage plus carport provides parking. Just off the main house kitchen is a maid’s quarters with bath, an ideal space for a home office or guest accommodations.
As with many older homes, the rooms are spacious, with abundant windows and floor-to-ceiling glass doors to admit natural light and ventilation. The master bedroom, one of six, includes a large sitting area that also serves as a den/office/or child’s bedroom. Also typical of the gracious
homes of the period is the formal dining room, which opens to the tropical setting of the backyard.
The kitchen, which was remodeled in 1978, is equipped with both gas and electric ranges. A large butcher block island serves as both a work area and dining counter.
Teak cabinetry, parquet and tile flooring, sliding French doors, a fire-place, and waterfall are distinctive features of this classic home, solidly built with old-style brick and masonry.
The current owner, whose family has lived in the house for 40 years, comments, “The features we like most are the tropical setting, the interplay of indoor/outdoor living, our saltwater pool, and being so close to the ocean. This is a home where you can work, play, and relax with plenty of space for formal and informal entertaining — we’ve had as many as 100 guests here at a time and held sit-down dinners for 80. We spend a lot of time on the lanai where you can enjoy the outdoors in all kinds of weather and hear the soothing sound of the waterfall. Then when nights are chilly you can light up the gas fireplace. There’s so much to love about this house.”
Willoughby is offering the home at 311 Portlock Road for $2,396,000 and showing it by appointment and at open houses. An open house will be held Sunday, August 21, from 2 to 5 p.m.