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Homes For The Island Lifestyle – Koko Kai Portlock

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“Island lifestyle” connotes, essentially, indoor / outdoor living. Homes designed for the island lifestyle take advantage of the prevailing weather conditions, as well as the geography of the area. And, always, views are a priority… whether a sweeping ocean view or an intimate garden view. Some homes offer both, such as a Koko Kai home recently listed by Maggie Walker, a Realtor in the Kahala office of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties and resident of the neighborhood.

This custom home, designed by architect Louis Fulton AIA, has been the residence of a prominent Hawaii artist for over 40 years. Remodeled and well maintained, the home overlooks Maunalua Bay and Diamond Head in the distance. Brilliant sunsets silhouetting the iconic crater are an almost nightly spectacle…in full view from the living room which flows seamlessly to a patio with floorto-ceiling sliding glass doors. The kitchen and family room open to the spacious livable lanai, and the master bathroom includes an atrium with a tree and garden watered by louvers in the ceiling.

“The location of the home is ideal…at the end of a quiet cul de sac in one of Hawaii Kai’s most desirable neighborhoods…very private and with just enough elevation to receive the cool ocean breezes,” Walker said. “The floor plan is flexible and inviting. The master bedroom and bath are on the main level, as are the kitchen, dining room, den and huge covered lanai perfect for entertaining. Two more bedrooms and full bath are on the lower level while the upper level suite of 2 bedrooms, bath, and studio/workroom has a separate entry and is adaptable for multi-family living.

“Koko Kai is just minutes away from the malls of Hawaii Kai, but with the mountain as a backdrop and the unobstructed ocean views it has the atmosphere of a peaceful country neighborhood. Buyers who visit open houses here often specify Koko Kai or Portlock only.

“The creator of Hawaii Kai, Henry Kaiser, built his own home on the Portlock coast less than a mile away. This Lumahai property, never before on the market, is an excellent value for this prized owner-occupied, level cul-de-sac and includes elegant design features chosen to complement the site.”

Walker and her colleague, Realtor Helen MacNeil, are showing the home, which is priced at $2,295,000, by appointment. An open house will be held at the home, located at 253 Lumahai Place, on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 5 p.m.

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