Spotlight On North Shore – Mokuleia
The enclave of single family homes on Crozier Drive is the legacy of the kamaaina Sylva family, the owners of large parcels of Mokuleia land dating back to the early 1900s. The matriarch of the family, Mary A. Sylva, born in 1870 in Waialua of a British sea captain of Portuguese ancestry and a Hawaiian mother, was the wife of J. P. Mendonca who sold 17.8 acres of their beachfront land to C. C. Crozier. Also a member of a kamaaina family, Crozier originally subdivided the property into 67 lots in 1924. Those properties now constitute one of the most desirable neighborhoods on the North Shore with their frontage on over a mile-long strip of sandy beach washed by calm, clear waters. Over the past year, four Crozier Drive homes have sold, at an average price of $2.47 million.
The reef that protects coastal waters in the area is located approximately 300 yards off shore, which creates several surf spots, the most renowned being the surf break known as Sylva’s Channel, a left-hand break sometimes incorrectly referred to as Silvers. These waters are also favored by swimmers, divers, and snorkelers, particularly during summer months when the ocean is usually calm.
Locations Realtor Associate Orion Barels, a North Shore resident and properties specialist, has recently listed the former Crozier Drive home of Richard Sylva for $2.295 million. Built by Sylva in 1969 and enlarged by the present owners in 1999, the home is one of only seven in the small, private gated community of West Crozier Drive. “This pocket neighborhood is considered one of the most desirable residential locations on the North Shore for a number of reasons,” Barels said, “including its gated access and private road, making it inaccessible except from the oceanfront… plus the reef-protected sandy beach which families with small children can really appreciate when big surf makes other North Shore beaches hazardous for swimming. Just to the west are swimming holes, and there’s an abundance of sea life to observe, including green sea turtles who sun themselves on the sand. This home is an ‘Old Hawaii’ style country retreat, with its spacious interior
open to ocean views and breezes…plus, as a bonus to surfers, front row seats overlooking the Sylva’s Channel surf break. The expansive front lawn extends to a recently rebuilt, permitted sea wall with stairs down to the beach and over three miles of uninterrupted sand.”
The two story, 2,085 square foot home is situated on a 9,134 square foot lot with a rare 114 feet of ocean frontage. The first floor was opened up to a great room layout by the current owners and includes two bedrooms and two full baths, in addition to a large kitchen with maple cabinets, granite counter tops, and a dining counter. Upstairs are a guest room, an outdoor lanai with both mountain and ocean views, full bath, an office with an ocean view, and a recreation room with wetbar. Flooring throughout is porcelain tile, making the home ideal for beach-front living. As an added lifestyle amenity, an extra shower with hot and cold water is located outdoors.
“The structure itself is constructed with redwood on a concrete slab foundation, so it has excellent bones and would lend itself well to updating by a new owner,” Barels added. “Residents of the area include kamaaina families who utilize their properties as weekend retreats and for family gatherings… some owners have purchased properties on Crozier Drive as second homes that are also rented out when not in use by family or friends.
“The convenience of Mokuleia is also a big attraction, since the highways to Mililani, Honolulu, and the airport can be accessed without driving through the North Shore’s most heavily trafficked areas. You can be at the Mililani shopping malls in 25 minutes. However, if you want to get to the popular surf spots, where the competitions are held during the winter months, you just drive a bit north to Haleiwa, Waimea, and Sunset.”
Barels noted that a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as the new offices of the World Surf League, are located at the North Shore Marketplace in Haleiwa. Another few miles north is the Turtle Bay Resort with fine dining and two championship golf courses.