Homes For The Island Lifestyle – Nuuanu
Architectural design features associated with indoor/outdoor living are not typically found in historic residences. In 1928, Louis E. Davis, one of the foremost architects of the period, created an exceptional home in Nuuanu Valley for W. W. Goodale Moir with abundant windows and French doors placed to bring in fresh valley breezes and views. The vaulted, open beam ceiling contributes to the sense of spaciousness. The walled gardens were added in 1949 and are now registered as “historic” with the Smithsonian Institute.
The home, listed on the Hawaii Register of Historic Places and only the second to be built in the Dowett Highlands area, has remained in the Goodale Moir family. A family member notes: “The interior of the house has remained very much the same over the years. The beige wash in the entry, dining room, main hall and living room is the same as when it was first applied. The ceiling in the entry and dining room was hand stenciled by European artists and has not been touched since. The floor in the entry and living room is poured concrete, cut into different shapes and then acid stained. A stainless counter was added to the kitchen in 1949 and remains in good condition. In the 80s, the sitting area around the bay window in the living room was added. Servants quarters were converted to a studio for May Moir, an accomplished artist.”
Upgrades and remodeling have continued over the years, including rewiring and reroofing with the original red tiles. The garage area was relocated to the front of the property, which is 14,079 square feet. The home, which includes 3 bedrooms and three full baths, is 3,080 square feet under roof. Most interior spaces overlook the lush surrounding gardens, and from some rooms views include the valley and mountains in the distance. The original fireplace, lighting fixtures, railed balconies, arched doorways, and paved pathways through the gardens are a few of the special features of the home that evoke a sense of the past.
LIST Sotheby’s International Realty Principal Broker Myra Brandt has listed the property for $1,395,000 and is showing it by appointment.