Classic mid-century marvel on Tantalus


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"You need to feature this house on your blog," gasped realtor Isabella Forster, as I walked into this custom-designed home built by renowned architect George Hogan. Indeed, it's not grand or majestic in any way, but something about it leaves you feeling like you've walked into something special.

It's designed for efficiency: There's a lift from the garage, one level down, to the main level, which is handy for wheelchairs, strollers or just a big grocery load. The lift area leads straight to the kitchen for easy unloading.

The master bedroom, which has such an open layout that you almost can't tell it's a bedroom, is on the same level as the living area. It's a little odd for entertaining, although you can close it off, but if you lived here, it takes very little effort to go from room to room.

The other three bedrooms and another large living area is located downstairs, so you have another option for entertaining. This opens up to the back yard, which offers city and ocean views.

Hogan was quite a legend in the architectural and real estate community. He designed Hamilton Library at UH Manoa, the Mott-Smith Laniloa condominium in Makiki. the PanAm Building on Kapiolani Blvd., several buildings at UH, hotels and many custom homes in Hawaii, many of which are still standing.

Realtors say that a Hogan-designed home is considered in the same league as an Ossipoff home, with classic lines and a distinct simplicity. Hogan was known for balancing indoor and outdoor living in his home designs, which is evident as you look around this 2,879-square-foot home. The property is 9,253 square feet, so there is lots of room to emphasize this design element.

It was built in 1954, but was updated in 2007. Since it's been around a while, its monkey pod tree is gigantic and provides shade that you would expect in a classic Island home. (Click here for details.)

Money talk: $1,685,000 fee simple
Contact: Cliff Colvin, Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, 808-381-6703, Cliff@Cliffcolvin.com

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