Country environment with convenience to town is attracting buyers to a unique Waialua development, Poamoho Estates. One of the largest properties in the agricultural subdivision, the seven-acre home of owner/builder Daren Truitt, has recently been placed on the market by List Sotheby’s International Realty.
The 5,000 square foot residence was designed by Truitt, a long-time Hawaii general contractor, to take advantage of natural light, ocean breezes, and views of the North Shore coast from Kaena Point to Sunset Beach.
“Before the development of Poamoho Estates, there was no alternative for large acreage with custom homes and agricultural land on Oahu,” Truitt said. “You would have to go to a Neighbor Island to find this type of property. I purchased my property 11 years ago when I needed a place to farm sod grass for some of my Neighbor Island projects. Since then all but three of the 15 lots have been built on. I completed my own home in 2009 and began growing various types of crops on the land, which is fertile and has the benefit of a unique water system owned by the community. The source of potable water is our own secured deep water well. We also have a high tech system that recycles wastewater for irrigation.
“Another feature that will be appreciated by anyone interested in farming their property is that most of the subdivision is fenced and gated for security and accessed by deeded paved roads from the highway.
“Residents are utilizing their property for a variety of agribusinesses, ranging from plant rental to organic fruits, and some have cultivated pastures for their horses. I am currently growing banana, citrus, and mango, but have cleared a large portion of the property so a new owner could plant crops of their choice.”
Truitt, who is moving to a ranch in Wyoming, notes that homes built in a rural environment such as Poamoho should be architecturally compatible with to the natural surroundings. “I wanted a high-end home suitable for the country setting and lifestyle, rather than a resort-style home. So I built a variation of a ranch house out of solid concrete, with a Monier tile roof and durable surfaces throughout including granite counters, polished concrete floors, and Brazilian cherry cabinets and trim. I also made extensive use of glass…dual pane floor-to-ceiling sliders open to the view and 400 square feet of lanais that overlook the farm. The sense of openness is enhanced by the 22-foot-high bamboo vaulted ceilings.”
The interior is designed as a two-wing floor plan with a central great room, large, open chef’s kitchen with top-of-the line appliances, four bedrooms, and four-and-a-half baths. The master wing includes a bedroom suite with oversized walk-in closets, laundry facility, and walk-in dual showers. The children’s or guest wing, with three bedrooms and two baths, has its own laundry. A large loft space is currently utilized as an exercise room. A centrally located media room includes a 76-inch television and audio system with surround-sound and whole house distribution. The main living areas overlook the 80-foot-long pool, which is plumbed into the irrigation system and provides a fire-protection water source. The property also includes a pavilion-style agricultural shop with roll-up doors that reveal the view and admit cooling breezes.
“There’s a lot to recommend this Poamoho area, whether or not you choose to farm your property,” Truitt said. “The country ambiance and sense of solitude differentiate it from other North Shore communities, yet you can be at beaches in Mokuleia and Haleiwa in minutes. For dining and shopping you can head down Kaukonahua Road to Haleiwa or turn the other way and be in Mililani Town in ten minutes.
“It’s calm, green, and beautiful and the sunsets are a phenomenal year-round spectacle you can view from the lanai or almost anywhere in the house nearly every evening.”
List Sotheby’s International Realty Realtor Judith Whitfield has listed the property for $4,400,000 inclusive of furnishings and farm equipment. She is showing it by appointment.