The features that define an island retreat include, but are not limited to, privacy, seclusion, pristine natural environment, and space measured in acres rather than square feet. For those who choose a rural lifestyle, energy independence, also known as “getting off the grid,” has become another priority.
Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, volcanic domes that constitute the major portion of the Big Island’s total 4,038 square miles and rise from sea level to more than 13,000 feet, provide an amazing variety of topography and microclimates suitable for everything from ranching and farming to upscale resort and residential development.
Multi-million-dollar homes and private ranches continue to proliferate along the coast, in the valleys, on the slopes and in the foothills of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, and the Kohala Mountains. Buyers looking to “get away from it all” as well as “off the grid” are gravitating to the Big Island.
Doug Beaton, a Realtor with Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers as well as a Big Island resident and rancher, is currently offering a 24.09-acre retreat on the Hamakua Coast for $1,088,000.
“Ahu Lani Sanctuary” is a unique mountain estate located at an elevation of 2,800 feet on the slopes of Mauna Kea.
Energy self-sufficient, the property includes a lodge-style main residence with five bedrooms and five baths, a cottage, barn, greenhouse, and various covered work buildings.
The interior space of the main house, which includes a commercial -size kitchen adjoining a great room with a fireplace, is 4,488 square feet augmented by 3,232 square feet of lanai and deck space. One of the lanais accesses the detached “round room,” which is adaptable for a variety of uses.
Ahu Lani Sanctuary is completely off-grid with a photovoltaic system, 40,000-gallon catchment water tank, water filtration systems, tankless propane water heaters, satellite internet and television, cell phone amplification system, and a radio phone that links into the local telephone network.
The surrounding terrain is primarily pastureland with groves of ohia and koa. Within the rustic compound are organic vegetable and herb gardens and a variety of fruit trees.
Beaton noted that, since 2010, the property owner has been participating in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) under which landowners are given financial assistance to plant and maintain native forests for the benefit such forests provide for watershed health and vitality.
“The owner fenced the entire property and planted 4,000 native plants, including 1,000 koa, some of which are already 30 feet tall,” Beaton said. “A new owner would be required to continue the CREP contract, which is in force until 2025 and entails maintaining the planted forest and fence. During this last phase of the contract, the program pays the landowner approximately $1,000 in rent and $600 in shared maintenance annually.”
Beaton has co-listed the property with Hawaii Life Realtor Scott Craven and is showing it by appointment.