Convenient but private Kahala home
Many of the homes on the main drag of Kilauea Avenue tend to be subject to gawking from drivers, joggers and school kids passing by, since they’re so convenient to the mall, schools and freeway access. This new listing, however, is built for privacy. Once you close the gate, you’d think you were in a country home. (Click here for details.)
Artist Charles Valoroso once taught me that white space in an editorial layout is what he calls “zen space,” because it opens up your mind when you look at it and allows it to breathe. The same could be said for this home.
When you walk in, the soaring ceilings and the cutout to the staircase is an impressive sight; the 3,044 square feet of living area provides for an open, fluid floor plan. The bright, airy family room flows to the kitchen and dining room, which opens out to the roofed lanai and large pool area. The spacious kitchen has newer appliances, but I liked the unique built-ins that reminded me of old-school practicality.
The first floor has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which has a sauna. The large master bedroom suite is on the second floor, featuring a large, walk-in closet/dressing area. The adjacent office area can be converted to a second walk-in closet, as well. The master bathroom features ample shelf and counter space, a shower and a large whirlpool bathtub. Another zen element: The little nook overlooking the pool area, perfect for reading or meditating.
The propertyis 8,632 square feet, with ample parking and just enough tropical landscaping to remind you of Hawaii. The water feature at the front door is a nice touch, probably built for optimal feng shui (it represents wealth flowing in), but it also lends to the peaceful ambiance.
Money talk: $1,648,000 fee simple
Contact: Amy Ayako Wong, Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, (808) 224-4050, AmyW@cbpacific.com