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Thursday, August 11, 2011

If these walls could talk…

Photos by Scott Villard

In yesterday’s blog, I showed you an old home that was completely renovated, but only on the inside. Today’s Diamond Head home, however, is remarkable because it’s been renovated inside and out—the only original things left of the structure are the four walls that hold it up.

It’s technically an older home (at 48 years) since they didn’t tear it down, but there was no reason to do so, since the structure is so unique. (Click here for details.)

“Mr. Yamane, who originally built the home, was the contractor for the Regency at Kahala. So you know this house has good bones,” says realtor Stephen Cipres.

The owners raised the roof in the kitchen to give it a more open feeling, and all the flooring, plumbing, electrical wiring, appliances, counters, and fixtures were replaced. They added various custom elements, then expanded the home another 700 square feet so they could have a fourth bedroom.

While it has a number of unique materials—Ipe hardwood, Sapele wood, and travertine flooring—the thing that caught my eye was the “leather uba tuba countertops.” Cipres says this is a popular new finish; it’s a Brazilian granite with natural imperfections but is still smooth, so it looks like leather.

Rudy Schaefer designed the home itself; Shari Saiki did the interior design. When you walk through the home, you will see Saiki’s furniture and accessory selections, which can be purchased in a separate package.

Outside, the yard has been transformed from old to new with extensive tropical landscaping.

“This is a rare opportunity, too,” Cipres says. “This is only the second home sold on Hakaka St. in the last 20 years.”

Money talk: $2,695,000 fee simple
Contact: Stephen Cipres, Elite Pacific Properties, 808-295-5009, Stephen@elitepacific.com

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 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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