Homes for the Luxury Lifestyle
A custom-designed beach-front home has been completed on a choice half-acre site fronting Laie Bay. Although luxurious in its amenities and interior details, it was designed by the owner to blend with both the natural and built environment of this coastal enclave where kamaaina families have maintained weekend retreats for generations.
Realtor Elizabeth Worrall Daily of List Sotheby’s International Realty notes that the owner purchased the existing house and lot in May 2012. “An experienced builder, he took it down to the slab and back to the studs and then proceeded to remodel with all new electric, and plumbing. It’s a remarkable total transformation,” Worrall Daily said.
“What makes this home such an incredible buy…in addition to its rarely available Hukilau Beach location…is that it’s a legally permitted vacation rental. There are only 800 on the island, and only 200 outside Waikiki. New permits are not being issued. Visitors as well as local residents looking for a quiet getaway are gravitating to Windward Oahu beachfront areas known for their pristine natural beauty and a sense of seclusion.”
Worrall noted that Hukilau Beach is favored for net fishing, body surfing, wind surfing, and snorkeling. Offshore is Goat Island, reachable by walking the reef at low tide or paddling out to a surf break on the south side of the island, a seabird sanctuary. The most prominent geographical feature of the coast is Laie Point, a lithified dune jutting out into the ocean.
The rocky peninsula is the site of the Laie Point Wayside Park, a vantage point for viewing the spectacular coastline and off-shore islands.
The home itself offers views of the ocean and coastline from all major living areas with its open floor plan and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. A spacious 3,730 square feet, it includes 6 bedrooms, 5 baths, a family room with a fireplace, den, formal dining area, and kitchen with a dining nook and top-of-the-line appliances. Among the many high quality finishes are granite and marble countertops in the kitchen and baths. The master suite on the second floor opens to a deck for viewing the coastal panorama and often spectacular sunrises and moonrises. The property is landscaped and gated.
“In addition to its potential as a vacation rental, this is also a wonderful family home, whether full time or for weekends and vacations. Many of the homes along the coast have commonly served as second homes for owners with a primary residence in Honolulu. When you leave the highway and drive down the road to the beach, you feel as though you’re in another world. However, the Laie shopping center, Brigham Young University, and the Polynesian Cultural Center are just a few minutes away and the Turtle Bay Resort is just up the road as you round Kahuku Point toward the North Shore.”
Located at 55-665 Kamehameha Highway, the home is priced at $2,850,000. Worrall Daily and co-lister Cheryl Shope of List Sotheby’s International Realty will hold an open house this Sunday, December 15.