Consistently rated the best beach in Hawaii, and among the best in the world, Kailua Beach has become one of Hawaii’s most sought after beachfront neighborhoods. Today its estate-size properties have reached multi-million dollar price points rivaling Kahala and Diamond Head.
Along the three-mile sandy shore of Kailua Bay, century old Hawaiian-style beach homes contrast with modern mansions that incorporate every luxury and amenity. Some of the newer estates have replaced multiple older homes on parcels extending from Kalaheo Avenue to the beach and can be accurately described as private resorts.
The waves that wash the white, powdery sands of Kailua Beach are generally gentle, making it favorable for swimming throughout the year. The shore is rock and coral free. Although there are only a few areas where the waves break large enough for board surfing, Kailua Bay attracts windsurfers and kite surfers from all over the world.
An extraordinary home, with 125 linear feet of beach frontage and spectacular ocean and coastal views, is currently being offered by Choi International, Honolulu’s exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.
Designed by award-winning architects, the 30,448-square-foot estate is located in a quiet, private neighborhood of luxury homes in the northern-most stretch of the wide sandy beach. To create this very special home that is both elegant and reflective of a Hawaiian sense of place, San Francisco-based Gast Architects, under the direction of principal David Gast AIA, LEED AP, worked together with Honolulu architect Kimbal Thompson AIA, LEED AP, Taliesin Fellow and principal of AKTA, LTD. The home received LEED Gold Certification in September 2014.
The U-shaped complex embraces a central courtyard with a resort-size, glass-tiled swimming pool with lounging shallows, a spa and waterfall, and an entertaining area with outdoor cooking facilities. The home’s 8,182 square feet of interior roofed living space is augmented by 1,279 square feet of lanais, decks, and walkways. The sand-colored stucco exterior is complemented by copper standing seam roofing.
The main living area, which parallels the beach, is designed as a great room with a vaulted ceiling and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that bring the outside in…an unobstructed, ever-changing panorama of sea and sky. Included on this level are a state-of-the art kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, custom teak cabinetry, and limestone counter-tops, an office/library with an adjustable height desk and business grade wi-fi system, formal and informal dining areas, and a family room that
opens with disappearing doors to the courtyard and oceanfront lawn.
Above, on the second level, is a luxurious master bedroom/bath suite with his and her bathrooms and walk-in closets and view decks overlooking the ocean and the swimming pool. Upper and lower levels are connected by a unique wood and glass stairway and a custom-designed elevator.
A media room is equipped with a high performance in-wall speaker system and automatic screens. In addition to a meditation/massage/yoga room, the home includes a gym with cork flooring, sophisticated exercise equipment, a half bath, and separate music system.
Bedroom/bath suites on both levels overlook either the ocean or swimming pool area, some with direct access to the courtyard; a caretaker’s/guest unit includes a wetbar and sitting area.
With seven bedrooms, nine full baths and two half baths, the home is equally adaptable for extended family living and large scale entertaining.
That the architects and interior designer were attentive to every detail is apparent throughout the home. Cabinets, doors, window and ceiling trim, and flooring are all custom crafted with hardwoods, including sapele wood imported from Indonesia. “Smart” features throughout include a built-in audio media network, central water filter system, back-up generator, solar power generation systems, automated state-of-the-art security system with cameras, and more.
The home is listed by Realtor Patricia Choi of Choi International at $20,138,000 and is being shown by appointment only.