Homes For The Island Lifestyle – Kaaawa
The Kaaawa neighborhood is perfectly designed by nature for the ultimate Island lifestyle with ocean frontage and the verdant slopes of the Koolau as a backdrop. The setting inspired the design of a unique home, the residence for the past 15 years of Hawaii artist and gallery owner Robyn Buntin, who has recently placed it on the market with Realtors Chris Friese and Dawn Marie of LIST Sotheby’s International Realty.
Buntin, a noted curator of Asian art, totally redesigned and rebuilt an existing home on the property and named it Lalitasana, sanskrit for “Position of Royal Ease,” which is inscribed in tile at the gated front entrance.
“Robyn told me that this property was ‘heaven on earth’ for us… like living in paradise with the azure blue ocean in front, the awesome green slopes of the Koolau behind us, and the idyllic stream in the middle,'” Friese said. “He described the stream as ‘a living organism adding life to his property.'”
This artistic retreat is open and airy, bringing the outside in through abundant windows and wood-framed glass doors with lacquered Chinese trim. Views of the lush vegetation and the ocean blend with and complement paintings on the walls and art objects throughout the home. The 1,711 square foot interior with a vaulted, open beam ceiling is augmented by a 1,322 square foot wraparound lanai overlooking the gardens and aquifer. Palms, many varieties of fruit trees, and colorful tropical flowers, including water lilies, thrive on the 23,766 square foot property.
“The home offers a modern chef’s kitchen flowing into an expansive great room,” Friese said. “The luxurious master suite opens to a deck overlooking lush scenery and includes a large open spa bath with a travertine surround, a walk-in shower with a slate floor, and bamboo rods for your beach towels. Flooring throughout is solid strand bamboo.
“Also on the upper level is a charming guest suite. The lower level of more than 1,000 square feet includes two guest rooms with access to a half bath and outdoor shower. Behind the double carport at street level is an additional space with folding doors that could be used as a yoga or art studio or workshop. There is ample space on the property for additional cars, a boat, and water sports equipment.”
“A sandy beach is just steps away and the clear water is generally calm enough for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. Close-by are several beach parks, as well as Kualoa Ranch. One of the main attractions of the area, the 4,000-acre Ranch offers hiking and riding trails, guided walking and riding tours, and boat trips, and recently added a dining facility at the visitor center.
“Kaaawa is true Hawaiian country, and is not likely to change due to limitations of zoning and the basic geography of the area…a cape between Kaneohe Bay and Kahana Bay with minimal available, buildable land between the coast and the mountains. For buyers searching for an island-style country retreat, this neighborhood is ideal… rural and peaceful, yet only 15 minutes from Kaneohe and Kailua and 45 minutes from Honolulu on the H-3 freeway.”
Chris Friese and Dawn Marie will hold an open house this Sunday, May 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. The home is priced at $1,388,000 and can also be seen by appointment.