The Gold Coast
Located at the foot of Diamond Head between Kapiolani Park and the ocean, the Gold Coast is unique among Honolulu neighborhoods. This half-mile strip of oceanfront properties at the eastern end of Kalakaua Avenue, consisting of condominium and co-op apartment buildings, several single family homes, two hotels, and two private clubs, is a distinctive and exclusive enclave of some of Hawaii’s most valuable real estate. It can never be duplicated, making the apartment residences among the most desirable in Hawaii.
Gold Coast co-op and condominium residences are located in 17 midrise and highrise buildings -the Castle Surf, Colony Beach, Colony Surf, Coral Strand, Diamond Head Ambassador, Diamond Head Apartments, Diamond Head Beach Hotel, Kainalu, 2987 Kalakaua, 3003 Kalakaua, 3019 Kalakaua, 3056 Kalakaua, Oceanside Manor, Sans Souci, Seabreeze, Tahitienne, and Tropic Seas–all with ocean access and a short walk to the sandy beaches of Waikiki, as well as the Outrigger Canoe Club, the Elks Club, and several fine restaurants. Just across Kalakaua Avenue is Kapiolani Park with tennis courts, picnic areas, and jogging paths.
The transformation of the Gold Coast from a low-rise single family home neighborhood to a line-up of apartment buildings began in the mid 1950s. By the end of the 60s, all available parcels were developed and the Gold Coast had acquired its present skyline. Currently a new evolution is under way involving the renovation and restructuring of residences in the buildings made possible by changes in the policies of owners associations together with the need to upgrade to meet new buyer requirements. Many of these upgraded units have been sold, but a number of them are among the units currently on the market.
One of the largest of these is the penthouse in the Tahitienne, currently listed at $5,990,000 by Realtor Greg Kerner and Realtor Associate Etsuko Morita Fields of Berkshire Hathaway Hawaii Realty. Originally two units that have been combined as one, the unique residence occupies the entire top floor of the nine-story, 29-unit building. With 2,800 interior square feet and an open floor plan, the apartment offers spectacular views encompassing the Waikiki coastline and beyond, the ocean from the beach to the horizon, Diamond Head, and the East Oahu ridges. The covered lanai with 62 feet of ocean frontage is the largest on the Gold Coast, adding 645 square feet of usable living space. Major living areas open to the lanai with floor-to-ceiling sliding pocket doors; the view has been enhanced with the addition of “see through” glass railings.
Renovated in 2008, the three-bedroom, three-and-a-halfbath unit incorporates numerous high-tech conveniences including a four-zone air-conditioning system, which can be operated independently in each of the three bedroom suites and the main living area, automated window coverings on all oceanfront windows and doors, fully distributed audio throughout, and a security system. The open kitchen is equipped with top of the line appliances. Upscale finishes include terrazzo and limestone floors, custom walnut cabinetry, and European lighting and bath fixtures.
A formal dining room is located on the Waikiki side of the main living area; a kitchen counter with seating for five and the lanai are additional options for dining. The unit’s orientation provides privacy, even on the lanai which is not viewable from other buildings. Two parking spaces conveniently located near the elevator are included in the price.
“This premier penthouse hide-away is truly one of a kind and without a doubt the crown jewel of the Gold Coast,” Kerner said. “While extremely private, it is also open to expansive ocean and seemingly endless coastal views. Your back yard is an ocean playground where you can swim, snorkel, and kayak in calm reef protected waters or surf the waves at some of Waikiki’s most popular surf breaks. In the clear ocean waters below you’ll catch glimpses of varieties of marine life…turtles, seals, rays, and reef fish, and in the deep water beyond the reef, occasionally dolphins and whales in season. Sunsets over the ocean and the lights of Waikiki twinkling along the coast are a nightly spectacle. We are showing the penthouse at open houses today and next Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and by appointment.”
For information and showing requests, please contact Greg Kerner at 808-351-4404, Gregk@bhhshawaii. com or Etsuko Fields at 808-782-8417, EtsukoF@bhhshawaii.com.