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HOMES-101914-4Ninth in a series

An extraordinary home in a wooded retreat on a hillside overlooking Kaneohe Bay was created by architect Jim Schmit for owners who shared his interest in Balinese design. The unique multi-level structure also reflects Schmit’s sensitivity to the unique environment of the Lulani neighborhood.

Both Schmit and his client have traveled extensively in Bali, which was the source of much of the furnishings, finishes, and accessories incorporated in the home. The warmth and elegance of merbau teak surfaces and trim throughout the interior in flooring, ceilings, cabinets, windows, and doors -are complemented by natural stone, including granite and travertine.

Situated on a 14,695 square foot terraced lot that extends downward from the road, the home is entered at the upper level which is walled and gated with a carport, circular driveway, and porte cochere. Accessed through an elegant carved double door, the upper level includes the main living and dining areas, spacious kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, bedroom/office, and a half bath. Essentially this level is a great room with a vaulted ceiling. Ample natural light and ventilation are provided by floor to ceiling sliding doors, and a wood-burning fireplace generates sufficient warmth for comfort on cooler nights. The master suite, located on the second level, includes an oversize bathroom with a unique glass enclosed walk-in shower that looks out over the forest to the ocean. A second bedroom/bath suite is also located on the second floor. At ground level is a spacious guest suite that opens to the gardens and deck with a hot tub for relaxing or outdoor entertaining. All levels open on three sides to screened lanais that add 1,209 square feet of living space to the 3,830 square foot interior and provide spectacular views of the ocean and wooded surroundings.

“The owners of the home found a lot that offered prime location, but was also occupied by an existing older home,” Schmit said. “They visualized the new home that would replace it, which began our collaboration. The goal was a home that would work with the sloping site, take advantage of views, and showcase specific finishes and design details. The neighborhood itself has proved to be a showcase for custom homes over the years with topography that presents both challenges and opportunities. The diversity of architectural styles in Lulani is one of the features that makes this neighborhood appealing.”

Realtor Jeffrey M. Fox of Kahala Associates is offering the home for $3,200,000 and showing it by appointment.

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