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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Private tropical oasis in Hawaii Kai

Every realtor will tell you that you need to see their listing in person to appreciate it—and that's especially true with this single-story, marina-front home in Hawaii Kai. When you first see the photos, it looks like almost any other nice Hawaii house. When you actually visit it, you understand how unique it is.

It’s owned by the Leslein family, who founded East Oahu Realty, so they know how to find good real estate. (The children are grown and it’s now an empty nest, so the parents are downsizing to a simpler lifestyle.) The home is built not just for family living, but foreasy entertaining, as well.

For one thing, the lot is exceptionally large for a marina front home, at 11,291 square feet. This gave them room to create an extra-large driveway with lots of parking, and a bonus gated area for a boat, a trailer, kayaks, surfboards, canoes and/or a dog run.

On the other side, the 40-foot boat dock is also unusually large for the area. It’s located in a prime viewing spot for the annual Christmas boat parade, as the entrants float by a few times during the course of the event.

The $100,000 rock waterfall—which is so impressive, you’d be more likely to find it at a hotel than at a residence—is an interesting feature: it's double-sided, so you’ll see it cascading into a pond in the driveway. On the other side, it flows into the pool. There’s a large rock at the top that is even naturally shaped like a fish, which is a nice touch.

The pond, by the way, holds about six koi, which are included with the sale of the house.

The 2,290-square-foot home also has four bedrooms (two of which are master bedrooms), four bathrooms, a large kitchen, and a large, open family room.

It’s open today from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. (Click here for details.)

Money talk: $1,788,000 fee simple
Contact: Kim Leslein Soares, East Oahu Realty, 808-781-6600, kim.soares@eastoahu.com

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 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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