Kahala’s Kai Nani neighborhood is an intimate enclave of about 30 homes running along the eastern side of Waialae Country Club. Homes here hold their value, due to both the lack of inventory and the big-price-tag-commanding golf course and direct oceanfront locations.
Many of you may recognize this opulent Kahala estate from this magazine’s 25 Most Expensive Homes in Hawaii article, which appeared in the September issue. Built by Honolulu attorney David Schutter in the 1980s, the property, which was ranked as the 17th most expensive home in Hawaii with an assessed value of $19.2 million, is currently owned by Kirin Planning.
CNBC.com ran a fun story last week highlighting several houses featured in popular TV shows and movies that have recently sold or are currently on the market. Included on the list is the mansion featured in the Lost Season 3 episode, “Tricia Tanaka is Dead.”
A fan of the work of architect Vladimir Ossipoff (yes, even the hotly debated IBM Building), I’m experiencing a bit of real estate envy with this house, a Diamond Head stunner that displays many of the details for which Ossipoff has come to be known: whitewashed masonry, exposed concrete, natural finish woods, picture-window walls, large overhanging eaves and lanai that act as extensions of the interior spaces.
I first wrote about this house a few years ago for another magazine, and I’m still just as enamored with its idyllic, away-from-it-all location—at the end of a narrow, dirt drive surrounded by the Paiko Lagoon Bird Sanctuary and nearby conservation lands. Back then, I wrote in my notes that the house “doesn’t so much rise up to greet you as poke its head through the bushes. It’s a very subtle design, with a flat roof that echoes the linear line of the ocean and the horizon.” How very poetic of me.
Honolulu’s Black Point neighborhood is synonymous with luxury, having long been the community of choice for many of Oahu’s oldest and wealthiest families (Doris Duke’s Shangri La is located here) and a number of celebrities (Martin Denny, Tom Selleck, to name a few). Within this exclusive enclave there’s a mix of flashy, new mansions and more traditional homes, a category in which this understated, old-Hawaii home belongs.