Homes for the Luxury Lifestyle
Unique for both its custom design and dramatic setting, the Koko Kai home of Realtor and Local Motion founder Rob Burns has been placed on the market. A Realtor with East Oahu Realty, Burns has listed his personal home at the end of Poipu Place for $7.5 million.
Burns and his wife Annie Burns designed the home for indoor-outdoor living and entertaining. “We searched the Portlock and Koko Kai neighborhoods for just the right site for the kind of home we had in mind,” Burns said. “I took walks to the top of Koko Head to study the view vantage and winds to capture the best weather conditions. We wanted a quiet, private home with Hawaiian-style casual elegance. Eventually a large vacant lot became available. We hand-picked a draftsman, hired a contractor, and completed the home in 2003.”
The spectacular oceanfront home has access to Maunalua Bay and a cove where the water is calm enough for swimming and surfboards can be launched. It is luxurious, yet functional, and takes full advantage of all the natural features of the choice setting including unobstructed ocean views and cooling breezes. Outdoor lanais overlooking the ocean and the 10 by 28 foot infinity edge swimming pool provide a venue equally ideal for intimate dining or large-scale entertaining. The property has been used as a shooting location for episodes of TV series such as “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0” as well as product advertising.
Burns, a Top 100 Producer with a 15-year history of buying and selling homes in the neighborhood, noted that Henry Kaiser’s masterplan for Hawaii Kai projected Koko Kai and the Triangle as distinct developments bordering the older Port-lock community. “Realtors who focus on this area rank Koko Kai as the premier neighborhood due to its elevation, wider roads, underground utilities including gas, and view channels. Equally important is the westward orientation of most Koko Kai properties, which look across Maunalua Bay for what many consider the ultimate sunset view with Diamond Head silhouetted against the sky…also the winds blow down the valley and wrap around Koko Head, with the result that the area is generally much cooler than Kahala and Diamond Head.
“Koko Kai consistently experiences strong resale activity. The construction of new ‘estate’ homes is a current trend…the attraction for both buyers and builders being the opportunity to acquire prime, fee simple beachfront and ocean-view property at a price often well below Diamond Head and Kahala…plus the average Koko Kai lot is 50% larger.”
The Burns home at 12 Poipu Place, an expansive 5,538 total square feet, is situated on a 20,583 square foot oceanfront lot with a grassy pathway leading down to the ocean. Main living and dining areas and the well designed kitchen open to a 14 by 45 foot covered lanai overlooking the swimming pool and ocean.
Additional rooms, including four bedrooms, four and a half baths, and a den/office, surround a central open-air courtyard. The master suite opens to a large ocean-view lanai; beneath it is a workshop with woodworking equipment and surfboard storage. The property is extensively landscaped with tropical flowering plants, palms, and fruit trees, including papaya and banana, and designed for low maintenance. Plants are watered both by a sprinkler system designed by Burns and drainage from raingutters. High quality finishes include Brazilian cherry and natural slate flooring, black granite countertops, a 17-foot-long stainless steel counter in the kitchen, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors framed with African mahogany. The stucco exterior is complemented by the green tile roof and blue tile swimming pool.