Spotlight On North Shore-Sunset Beach
Second of Three Articles
Real estate and visitor industry activity on Oahu’s North Shore have increased dramatically over the past two decades, but for local residents the image of that large region between Kahuku and Kaena Point is still “country.” Sandy beaches, sunny weather, and competition-quality surf have transformed the North Shore into a world-class destination that continues to support a full-time resident population and serve as a second home or weekend retreat favored by residents of Oahu’s urban neighborhoods.
Anne Hogan Perry, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties who grew up in Honolulu, remembers family trips to the North Shore as anticipated “adventures” that could mean “a day of surfing, searching for puka shells, or an extended stay at a friend’s beach house.”
“We would load up the classic old station wagon piled high with our surfboards, a cooler full of food, and a pack of kids. No racks in those days so just boards stacked with towels, tied down with rope. It was a one lane road in either direction and a long drive. It was always a challenge to see if we could get to the North Shore without losing a board or two off the roof, often times launching into the sugar cane fields. These were action-packed days of fun in the ocean… plus beach picnics with shave ice, teriyaki plates, and Mom’s brownies.
“Eventually the station wagon gave way to my yellow Volkswagen beetle or friends’ pick-up trucks to cruise the surf spots. In the summer it was sun bathing on the beaches, scuba diving, watching the sun sink into the horizon, and then beach bon fires. In the winter it was all about the waves. Summer or winter, no trip was complete without a stop for shave ice at Matsumoto’s. Never would I have imagined that someday I would be selling North Shore properties and the lifestyle of this magical coastline.” Perry and her son Robert Perry, also a Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties real estate agent and a surfer, have recently listed a single-family home at 59-571 Ke Iki Road with 102 linear feet of frontage on Ke Iki Beach along the “miracle seven miles.” Its location on Ke Iki, a beach access road off Kamehameha Highway, provides a substantial setback from the main North Shore coastal route.
The property offers a land area of approximately 13,386 square feet, landscaped with native plants and mature trees, including coco palms, and gated for additional privacy. Perry describes the 2,580-square-foot home with interior spaces opening to a large deck as “classic Hawaii beachfront architecture.” The open floor plan provides natural light, ventilation, and beach, ocean, and garden views from all major living areas. The pitched, open beam ceiling enhances the sense of spaciousness. The covered lanai with 904 square feet of usable living space is an ideal venue for outdoor dining, entertaining, and viewing the spectacular sunsets the area is known for.
The main house with three bedrooms, three baths, and a large loft that serves as an office or family/ media room is a a two-story, multilevel layout. A separate studio/cottage includes a bedroom and bath. Perry notes that the property has been utilized over the years as both a primary residence and second home by owners who entertain weekend guests and visitors, as is characteristic of the North Shore lifestyle. In addition to a two-car garage, a driveway provides parking for four more cars on the property.
Built in 1955 and remodeled in 2012 with kitchen and bathroom upgrades including granite countertops, ceramic tile flooring, and carpeting, the home is designed to take advantage of natural ventilation and ocean breezes, but is also cooled by split unit air conditioning and ceiling fans.
Perry has listed the property for $4,500,000 and is showing it by appointment.