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Spotlight On North Shore – Papailoa

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Papailoa, essentially a one-street neighborhood, is unique among the small beachfront communities that line Oahu’s North Shore. A spur road off Kamehameha Highway, Papailoa Road has been described as the North Shore’s “Kahala Avenue.” The approximately two dozen homes that occupy the large lots between the road and the beach range from luxurious residences to cottages utilized as weekend retreats.

With more than 9,000 square feet of interior living space, a Papailoa home designed for both grand scale entertaining and beachfront living tops the price range for available homes in the neighborhood at $18,888,888.

“Hale Komodo” has been listed by Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Realtor Michael Shower, who describes the home as an architectural masterpiece. The two story main home and guest quarters are interconnected structures sited around a courtyard, swimming pool, and gardens. The architectural style is a fusion of Balinesian, Hawaiian and “primitive modern” design elements. All living areas, including the five bedrooms, open to outdoor lanais and views of the the ocean, mountains, coastline, and manicured gardens. The 23,805 square foot property, with more than 100 linear feet of frontage on the sandy beach, is walled and fully gated for privacy.

“The owner created a unique showplace with the finest, globally-sourced materials, ultra-premium finishes, and meticulous workmanship with incredible attention to detail,” Shower said. “This magnificent estate is located on one of the most idyllic beachfront locations on Oahu and positioned near the end of this quiet road. It sits directly in front of a number of lesser known and less crowded world-class surf spots. Among the more recognizable, just in front of the home, is the big wave spot known as Himalayas, and a short distance away is one of the world’s best and most famous waves, Laniakea. These beaches, despite the popularity of the entire North Shore, remain pristine and generally uncrowded, particularly Papailoa. On most days you’ll see only a few surfers, and occasionally a sea turtle sunning on the sand.”

In The Wall Street Journal’s “House of the Year” program, readers voted Hale Komodo to second place among luxury homes nationwide. A study in contrasts, the home is constructed with steel framing and masonry complemented by delicate Asian-motif window and door detailing. Exotic hardwoods are incorporated throughout in flooring, cabinetry, and trim. Recessed ceilings add eye appeal with intricate carvings and custom lighting. The owner’s designers and contractor made frequent trips to Indonesia to obtain materials, including a boulder found in Bali that was carved into a bathtub for the luxurious master bath and teak reclaimed from Java that was crafted into flooring for the expansive open kitchen.

“Everything about this home is extraordinary, including the furnishings and art, most of which will be sold with the home and included in the price,” Shower said. He is showing the property by appointment.

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