Homes for the Luxury Lifestyle
Architect Jeffrey Long AIA drew inspiration for the design of the Mediterranean style villa he created at 3603 Diamond Head Road while on a trip to Italy’s Amalfi coast.
“The volcanic coastline and the view out over the Mediterranean are reminiscent of the Diamond Head area, particularly the site of the new home I began working on in 2000,” Long said.
The current 12,066 square foot lot was previously occupied by three older cottages, which were torn down and the property cleared. The three lots were then combined to create one large property which was subsequently subdivided into two lots. Long built the home on spec on the larger of the two lots.
The elegant two story home is a spacious 4,863 square feet with three large master suites, a guest suite, and a palatial main living area with a 22 foot high ceiling. The property includes two outdoor decks providing nearly 1,000 additional square feet of usable space.
“The design goal was to open up the house to the views, natural light and ventilation, while providing privacy and security. The estate is walled and gated and open primarily on the ocean side where a large lanai, swimming pool, and outdoor entertaining area are located. The driveway, garage, and main entrance are in an enclosed courtyard on the Diamond Head Road side. We chose construction materials and exterior finishes for durability and compatibility with the setting, such as the sand-colored concrete exterior walls, red clay tile roofing, interlocking brick pavers in the courtyard, and the quartzite pool deck.
“Interior details and finishes are of the highest quality, many reflecting the Mediterranean motif, such as wrought iron detailing in the stairway and cast stone balcony balustrades and rails, custom-crafted cherrywood parquet flooring in major living and entry areas, travertine flooring and granite counters in kitchen and baths, and crown molding throughout. A custom designed stone and stained glass quatrefoil window was commissioned for the stairwell. Contributing to the ambiance of an oceanside villa are the soaring cathedral ceiling and sculpted surfaces in the main living area and 12 foot high glass doors and large fixed pane windows capturing the 180 degree ocean views.”
Long, who has designed numerous projects in the Diamond Head area, said he considers it a unique, world-class location. “When you look outside, you see surfers, windsurfers, and kayakers out on the ocean from morning to evening. It’s one of Hawaii’s most gorgeous natural spectacles with sets of white breakers rolling in over the reef and clear views all the way to the horizon. On the opposite side, you see the runners, joggers, and bikers on scenic Diamond Head Road that connects you to the beaches of Waikiki and Kapiolani Park. Just below the home, which is about 100 feet above sea level, is a sandy beach that an owner could access by a private trail or stairway or even a mechanical lift. A public right-ofway to the beach is less than a hundred yards away,” Long said.
Sachi Braden, Principal Broker of Sachi Hawaii Pacific Century Properties, has listed the home for $14,500,500, inclusive of custom light fixtures, home theater projection equipment, and furnishings by world renowned designers. She is showing it by appointment.