Spotlight On Portlock
Quality construction and large lots have been characteristic of the Portlock neighborhood since the first oceanfront homes were built along the coast in the 1930s by kamaaina families. The setting was favored, then, as now, for its sense of privacy and spectacular views of the ocean, the coastline, Diamond Head, and sunsets. Henry Kaiser chose Portlock for his personal residence and lived there during the years his new Hawaii Kai community was taking shape across Kalanianaole Highway.
Residential development gathered momentum in the 1970s and 80s, driven primarily by the emergence of Hawaii Kai as a major urban center, the depletion of buildable oceanfront land in other neighborhoods bordering Maunalua Bay, and the conversion of former Bishop Estate lands to fee simple. Many of the original homes have been remodeled many times, and second and third generations of the families who built them still live there.
Meanwhile, the entire neighborhood, which comprises three separate enclaves -Portlock, Koko Kai extending up the lower slopes of Koko Head, and the Triangle -has continued to move upscale with oceanfront homes commanding prices equal to those of prime properties in Diamond Head and Kahala.
An exceptional Portlock Road home has been listed by Locations Realtor and Partner Dolores Bediones at $13,500,000. A stunning example of contemporary architecture, the luxury residence was designed by award-winning Hawaii architect Jeff Long AIA. It recently received two top awards in HGTV’s “Ultimate House Hunt 2016,” winning in the waterfront homes category and voted #1 Listing
Overall among international competitors.
Often referred to as the “Sundial House,” the two story, 8,200-square-foot residence is augmented by an additional 2,900 square feet of outdoor covered and uncovered lanai area. The 25,024-square-foot property, with 125 linear feet on the ocean, incorporates a heated swimming pool, spa, sport court, and gardens with a stairway to the beach. The 180-degree view encompasses ocean, mountains, and much of the southeastern coast of Oahu. Across Maunalua Bay, the island’s most famous landmark, Diamond Head, is in full view. Spectacular sunsets are an almost nightly spectacle.
In addition to five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths, the home includes a den/office, safe room with a kevlar door, tatami room, fully-equipped mirrored gymnasium, sauna, gourmet kitchen, family room, and dining room, all surrounding the grand hall and helical stair. The main living area at the heart of the home doubles as a home theater with a 12-foot, roll-down screen, projector, and surround-sound. All parts of the house and property can be viewed on a computer monitor. The layout takes full advantage of Hawaii’s natural environment and supports an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
The property is located adjacent to the former Kaiser estate and near the terminus of Portlock Road in a cul de sac at the southwestern end of Koko Head.
“This home is truly a private, personal, mini resort,” Bediones said. “It’s a home where the indoors flows seamlessly to the outdoors… where you can entertain on a grand scale with a state-of-the-art kitchen and poolside dining with ocean and sunset views.” She is showing the home by appointment.