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Island Retreats

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Kaneohe upcountry estates rarely become available. These properties are few in number and desirable both for their rural seclusion and convenience to major routes into Kaneohe town and Honolulu.

Recently listed by Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Realtor Maureen Severson is a 2.18-acre country compound in the foothills of the Koolau mountain range. Its three structures, a main house, farm office, and storage facility are surrounded by lush native forest, gardens with a variety of tropical flowering plants, and fruit-bearing trees, mango, avocado, strawberry guava, breadfruit, and banana, among others.

The two-level main house includes four bedrooms, a family room, den, office, open living room with a dining area, and a kitchen with cherrywood cabinets, granite counters, and top-of-the-line appliances… a kitchen “any gourmet cook would love,” Sever-son comments. The 2,785 square foot interior is augmented by verandas that stretch the length of both levels for an additional 1,623 square feet of usable space. According to Severson, every room in the house has a view of either the surrounding mountains, the ocean, or the gardens…from some vantage points, all three.

“Six cars can be parked at the top of the driveway, and lots of additional parking is available at various other locations on the property,” Severson said.

“This home lends itself to entertaining since there are so many venues for guests to gather…the decks and gardens as well as the spacious main living area. The current owners recently held a party for more than 80.

“This is a very versatile property…ideal for a ‘gentleman farmer.’ The current owners raise pure-bred, egg-producing chickens, which would be sold with the property if the buyers so desired. The zoning also allows for keeping a horse.

“Cradled in its own little valley, this estate is a natural paradise with cultivated gardens surrounded by the lush vegetation of upcountry Kaneohe. The Koolau mountains provide a picturesque backdrop, particularly after heavy rain which generates waterfalls cascading down the sheer cliffs. A stream runs through the property and a spring feeds a natural pond with clusters of purple water hyacinths. This is an extremely tranquil retreat…generally the only sounds you hear are the forest birds or the brook running after a rainfall.”

Severson noted that, with an elevation of approximately 200 feet and exposure to the tradewinds, the property is from five to 10 degrees cooler on average than the temperature at sea level. She is showing the estate by appointment.

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