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Homes for the Luxury Lifestyle

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No one home style defines the concept of luxury living, although certain criteria such as upscale amenities, privacy, and security are common priorities among high-end buyers. Some envision a “mini resort” with all amenities and conveniences right on the premises –extensive recreational facilities, elaborately landscaped grounds, a home theater, “professional” kitchen, and more. For others, a “luxury lifestyle” is defined by a home with picture-postcard views from every room, where you can step out the front door onto a sandy beach, with fine dining and world class shopping within walking distance.

“Over the years we’ve served both types of buyers,” said Gold Coast Real Estate President and Principal Broker Don Persons. “For those who want to live in an environment that provides all the amenities a buyer might equate with a luxury lifestyle, the neighborhood of choice on Oahu has got to be the Gold Coast.

“We have sold condominium apartments in virtually every building on this stretch of coastline, from the smallest to the largest, some in need of remodeling, some extensively remodeled, even enlarged by combining more than one unit on a floor. Currently we are offering a condominium residence that occupies the entire second floor of a unique building, the Colony Beach.”

With eight floors and only one apartment to a floor, the Colony Beach is favored for its privacy and choice oceanfront location. It is one of the few developed as a condominium rather than as a co-op, as were the majority of the older buildings. Units are sold fee simple and are rarely available. Apartment Two is being offered for $3,400,000.

The Colony Beach has many features that make it special and in demand. It sits above a sea wall steps away from two of Waikiki’s best sandy swimming beaches, Sans Souci and the beach fronting the neighboring Colony Surf, home of Michel’s restaurant, an enduring kamaaina favorite. Three additional restaurants and two private clubs are also within close walking distance.

“No new residences can be built this close to the ocean,” Persons said. “Another feature that makes this location ideal is the absence of a beach immediately in front of the building, so noise from beachfront activity is not a factor. Two sandy swimming beaches with channels out to the surf breaks are on either side. Kapiolani Park with jogging paths, tennis courts, and picnic areas is right across the street.

“Although there are a few Gold Coast buildings where pets are allowed, the Colony Beach is particularly pet – f riendly. . . and the neighborhood is ideal for exercising a dog.

“I can’t put too much emphasis on the privacy and security this residence offers, as well as the great views. The secured elevator from the small ground level lobby opens right at the foyer of each apartment, so there are no hallways. From the living room, kitchen, and large covered lanai you look out over an ocean panorama extending to Barbers Point and the Waianae Mountains in the west. You can watch the waves breaking on the reef and all the activity down below with the surfers and kayakers…and often sea turtles…while relaxing in your private retreat. The nighttime view is equally spectacular with sunsets over the ocean and the lights of Waikiki along the coast. The lanai also provides a front row seat for observing the Friday night fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. A window in the master bedroom frames a view of Diamond Head across Kapiolani Park.”

The two bedroom, two bath apartment on the second floor has been remodeled by Kerr-Michaels Design. With a 1,512 square foot interior and 282 square foot covered lanai, it includes all major appliances, central air conditioning with controls in the bedrooms and living room, drapes and blinds, washer and dryer in the enclosed laundry area at the end of the lanai, and one on-site parking space. Don Persons is showing Residence Two by appointment.

“For those who prefer higher floors, we will be putting the penthouse back on the market in the next 60 to 90 days. It is currently undergoing remodeling overseen by the prominent Hawaii designer Mary Philpotts. Also a direct oceanfront, it has two bedrooms, two baths, and on-site parking,” Persons said.

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