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Castle in the Sky

For a busy single mom, this Hokua penthouse apartment has become the ideal home—after a few tweaks, of course.


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Photo: Hal Lum

 

When you’ve got a budget topping $3 million, shopping for a new home becomes less about “What do I want,” and more about “What don’t I want.” When this single mom outgrew a two-bedroom apartment at One Waterfront Towers, she toured the usual residential dream areas—Hawai‘i Loa Ridge, Kahala. But it all seemed a bit much for her. “It hit me that two girls living by themselves in a big house is just not a good idea,” she says. It was a question of security, sure, but, even more than that, a full size house is a lot to take care of. And so the convenient urban lifestyle being pitched by Honolulu’s newest crop of luxury condominiums appealed to her.

She visited a few of these condos, looking for large, three-bedroom units, but nothing really jumped out at her—until she walked through the door of this Hokua penthouse suite. It was love at first sight. An expansive, 2,200-square-foot layout included three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a huge kitchen, and distinct living room and dining room areas.

 
The view from the living room lanai.

photos: hal lum, courtesy of richard peterson

 

Unlike many condos, in which the front door dumps you right into the living room, the layout for this penthouse more closely resembled that of a house, with an entryway leading to separate wings, one for the bedrooms and another for the public areas.

And then there was the view—a spectacular panorama that wraps from Ala Moana Beach Park to Diamond Head to the mountains behind, depending on where you stand. “I just felt this calming effect,” the owner recalls. “Something about that ocean view.”

Even the penthouse’s location in the building seemed ideal. “It’s a corner unit, so I have a view from every single room, even my master shower,” she says. “And because I’m on the Diamond Head side of the building, there’s no afternoon sun.”

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