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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Majesty of Manoa

It’s rare to find a home sitting on more than an acre of land in metro Honolulu, so you would think the property at 2649 Huapala St. would be easy to spot. Yet, when I drove up to the address in Manoa, my GPS said I had arrived, but I didn’t see any house.

As it turns out, this 85-year old Charles Dickey classic is set back from the street down a long driveway. Once you approach the front yard, you can see that the home sits on an expansive, rolling lawn with a dramatic, unobstructed view of the Koolau mountains. To give you perspective on how large this property is, an acre is almost as big as a football field, minus the end zones.

The structure is amazingly well-preserved; touring the house was like walking through a time warp into my own grandmother’s Puunui home, built about the same time. The retro, rectangular layout features an abundance of storage (all the way to the ceiling) to enable more open living areas. Little touches, like the Dickey molding and hand-chiseled woodwork that you can’t get anymore, anywhere, subtly added to the trip down memory lane.

There’s also room for guests, with a stand-alone cottage outside; unless you have kids, in which case the cottage can be used as a play area.

One of the two tennis courts in the back was converted into a huge greenhouse for growing orchids. The new owners could opt to continue this hobby, or return it to its original state as a tennis court, since it still has a small “stadium seating” area next to it. I could almost imagine Don Draper from Mad Men entertaining guests in this area.

They don’t make homes like this anymore … and probably won’t again.

Money talk: $4,890,000 fee simple

Contact: Donna Yamagishi, Prudential Locations, 808-284-6464, Donna.Yamagishi@pruhawaii.com
 

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Permalink

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.
 


Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


 


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.


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