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Friday, May 27, 2011

Open house pick of the week: Teahouse in Manoa

Thanks to its location, Hawaii offers many landmarks and even homes that have a lot of unique culture and history behind them. Such is the case at 3571 Akaka St. in Manoa, a home that holds elements of east and west, old and new, and a charming bit of history.

Built in 1950, this home was owned by a Japanese tea ceremony teacher, so they put an authentic teahouse on the property. Many students dressed in formal kimonos came through this secluded cul-de-sac on their way to class—which was probably quite a sight even back in the day.

It has since gone through a complete remodel, so the interior is very modern and very Western with wood floors, new appliances, and unique antique bathroom cabinets and fixtures. The teahouse is no longer used for class, so the family connected it to the house to be used as an additional family room. You can still see the teahouse roofline from inside the house, which sounds odd but is actually nice (and a bit of a conversation piece) when you see it in person.

The home has five bedrooms and 4.5 baths with high ceilings and 4,031 square feet of living area, so once inside you will find yourself in a very large space—a surprise, since it doesn’t look as large from the street. The property itself is 10,231 square feet, so there’s lots of room inside and out.

As you go through your list of open houses this weekend, make sure you check this one out and soak in its unique history. Happy house hunting!

Money talk: $1,750,000 fee simple
Contact: Beth Chang, Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, 808-478-7800, Bchangvp1@aol.com

Posted on Friday, May 27, 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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