Manoa Hillside Builder Notes Continuing Growth In Home Values
Thirteenth in a series
The development of Manoa Hillside Estates began in the mid-1990s on a 53.12 acre parcel of vacant land located on the lower slopes of St. Louis Heights at the “town end” of Kalawao Street. Manoa Valley’s only gated neighborhood, the subdivision consists of 62 homesites which were sold primarily as house/lot packages; however, a few were made available to buyers as vacant lots . The developer, Manoa Hillside Inc., engaged Royal Clark Development to design and build the homes and eventually to handle the marketing.
Thirty-one acres within the subdivision are dedicated to open space and roads. Lots range from approximately 7,000 to 22,000 square feet and have ocean and mountain views depending on their elevation on the hillside. Those at the base of the hillside overlook a wooded area around Manoa stream.
Royal Clark Development Vice President Leonard Leong noted that prices for the two story, contemporary design homes started in the mid $600,000s. “Manoa Hillside properties have continued to appreciate over time,” Leong said. “The last few sales were at about $1,200,000. The most recent buyers of the Royal Clark house/lot package moved in only three years ago. The community offers many favorable features…protected view channels, security, and a quiet convenient location within walking distance of the University of Hawaii.”
Prudential Locations Realtor and Fine Homes Specialist Malia Siu is marketing a unique custom home at 2746 Kalawao Street for $2,900,000. Located on a 12,985 square foot lot, the multi-level, 4,132 square foot Japanese farmhouse-inspired home was built by the current owner in 1997.
“Although the owner is not from Japan, he has a great affinity for Japanese architecture and art,” Siu said. “Working with the San Franciso architecture firm Eight, Inc., he created a home that incorporates many of the features of a Kyoto farmhouse, including hand-cut trusses, custom-made black iron connectors, and a woodburning fireplace with a koa mantle, ironwood trim, and a fire brick lining.
“Except for the structural style and some of the Japanese motif detailing, the house includes modern features and amenities even generating electric power with a photovoltaic system. The roofing combines Japanese ceramic tile with cedar shingles. Interior finishes include koa and mango flooring and granite. Other special features of this one-of-akind home are a 600 square foot gym and 600 square foot master woodworking workshop under the three car garage. Major living areas, with open beam ceilings soaring to 18 feet, and an outdoor deck paved with quartzite overlook a reflecting pool and lush gardens with numerous varieties of mature fruit trees.
“This is a home that appeals to all the senses…in addition to its visual beauty and the scent of flowering plants, you can hear the soothing sound of water rippling over the rocks in Manoa Stream on the edge of the property.”