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The developer of The Woodlands had a mission – to create a new luxury home neighborhood in a beautiful, natural, private setting. With the profile of the typical, targeted buyer taken into consideration, proximity to business centers and the airport would also be an important feature.
A 16.22 acre parcel of forested land at the top of Waokanaka Street in Nuuanu Valley was made to order. Nahele Corporation, the developer, acquired the land in 1987, created the infrastructure, and by 1989 had subdivided it into 19 lots, which range in size from 8,282 to 38,402 square feet.
Vernon Woo, a Hawaii attorney and principal of the Nahele Corporation, said, “I knew we had an absolutely perfect property for the development, and the response to the first offering of the lots validated our speculation that there were buyers out there who wanted to live in this kind of peaceful, natural environment. We also realized that this type of buyer would prefer to design and build their own home to take advantage of the site in a way that best suited their personal lifestyle. When we started sales in 1989, the lots sold out almost immediately, and with back-up offers.’
Woo noted that the majority of the buyers were Hawaii residents and active in business, many dealing with offshore companies, so the proximity of the airport, about 15 minutes away, was a factor in their decision to buy, as was the 10 minute drive to downtown Honolulu. Golf is close-by at the Oahu Country Club.
“I believe the unifying characteristic of our buyers is their love of nature and appreciation of our development’s sensitivity to the environment. All utilities are, of course, underground. We contoured the subdivision to create view channels for each home. The roads wind through the subdivision and, to enhance the country feel, we chose not to add sidewalks. The landscaping is exceptional throughout the neighborhood, both the common areas maintained by the association and the individual properties. We also created trails with natural rock paving that extend up the hillside, which has the lushness and variety of an arboretum. All homes are roofed with dark green tile to blend with the forest.”
The entire rear perimeter of the neighborhood is encircled with a security fence. The wrought iron entry gate can be opened automatically by residents with a remote control from the road or from the homes which can also be accessed from the entrance by an intercom system. “What we have here is nature complemented by high tech,” Woo said.
One of the largest properties in The Woodlands consisting of two side by side landscaped lots with separate homes and a swimming pool is currently co-listed at $3,375,000 by Realtors Jason Nishikawa of Marcus & Associates and Annette Pang of Pacific Management Group. The 3,912 square foot two story main home includes expansive main living and dining areas overlooking the forested hillsides and gardens, four bedrooms, a den, exercise room, library, and office. The 1,545 square foot second home, now utilized as a “pavilion” or guest quarters, is a unique loft design that opens up to the swimming pool and outdoor terrace and includes a bedroom, bath, full kitchen, game room, and steam room. Both homes, designed by Robert M. Fox AIA, are exquisitely detailed with polished hardwoods, marble, granite, tile, and etched glass. Listing Realtor Jason Nishikawa noted that plans are available for the expansion of the “pavilion” into a three bedroom house “for those seeking a multigenerational estate.”