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Island Retreats

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As large country estates become scarce in other parts of Oahu, Leeward Oahu, especially Makaha, is seeing a surge in buyers in the market for private retreats in pristine, minimally developed areas.

Realtor Travis Palmer, a Leeward resident who specializes in the area and works out of the Kapolei office of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, said, “Recent real estate sales activity here has been amazing. In the past two weeks alone, I’ve shown more than 20 properties ranging from condos to vacant land to a diversity of buyers from the Mainland U. S., Asia, and other parts of Hawaii as well. Last year a 10-acre parcel of vacant land in Waianae Valley I listed sold to a Mainland couple who wanted property where they could keep horses and build their own home. Current residents of Hawaii Kai and Manoa have been taking a look at what we have to offer in larger properties that can provide more privacy and peace and quiet than what we find in our more urban areas.”

Among Palmer’s current listings is a custom designed single family home on an acre-and-a-half rim lot in Mauna Olu Estates, a gated community in Makaha Valley. The Old Hawaii Plantation-style home is situated on a terraced lot against the side of the mountain and adjacent to Preservation land. The extensively landscaped property is encircled by a lava rock wall with a custom-crafted iron gate and includes a swimming pool with a waterfall and spa, a koi pond, and 600-square-foot garage. With windows on all sides and wraparound decks, all rooms in the home offer views of the valley, Makaha Golf Course, and the ocean.

The two-story home’s 4,296-square-foot interior is augmented by 866 square feet of deck space. The main living area is designed as a great room with a cathedral ceiling soaring to 20 feet and open to the kitchen and dining area. Four bedroom/bath suites, two of which can be accessed from the deck, include a 700-square-foot master bedroom with luxurious bath on the second floor overlooking the swimming pool and view.

The chef’s kitchen features Viking appliances, upgraded cabinets, granite countertops, and a dining counter with seating for four.

Sliding glass doors and abundant windows admit natural light and ocean breezes; ductless split air conditioning units are located throughout the home to provide additional temperature control. A computerized entry, security, sprinkler, and lighting control system is operative throughout the property, including the main gate.

“This is a paradise for anyone who loves country living and surfing,” Palmer said. “From the deck you view the entire coastline and can see where the surf is breaking. It’s a short drive to the Makaha Surfing Beach and Turtle Beach, a sandy beach which has calm waters and is favored for swimming.

You could actually walk to the Makaha East Course which remains open for play.”

Palmer noted that the West Course and the former Makaha Inn and Country Club have been purchased by Pacific Links which is in the process of extensive renovations, including redesign of the golf course by Greg Norman.

The fee simple, single-family-home Mauna Olu subdivision was a component of the masterplan for Makaha Valley created by the original developer of the resort, Chinn Ho, in the 1960s.

Palmer attributes the current vitality of the Makaha real estate marketplace to the ongoing development of the Ko Olina resort and the city of Kapolei with their numerous shopping and dining options, both less than half an hour away.

Travis Palmer and co-listing Realtor Sherry Holt-Reese, also in the Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Kapolei office, are showing the property by appointment.

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