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Open house pick of the week: Hawaii Kai


Although its neighborhood is listed as “Anchorage,” this listing is nothing like living in Alaska—except that you can kayak to go out to eat or shop in the area.

Back when the project was first being sold, all of the models were displayed in this cul-de-sac. This two-story, five-bedroom, four-bathroom home is actually one of those model units. It’s right on the marina and the property dropped right into the water, so its owners built a sea wall and a huge rectangular grassy area, then added a dock.

Now, you can take a kayak—which is included in the sale, by the way—from that dock and bypass road traffic to get to places like The Shack, Kona Brewing Company, Safeway, Island Brew Coffeehouse, Cha Cha Cha and more. (This is probably one of those features you’ll be thankful for during the Honolulu Marathon.)

If you’re entertaining, this home is ideal on various levels: The huge, flat, enclosed front yard is protected from the wind; there are gates so you can keep kids in the yard and separate from the pool. If you have dogs, as the current owners do, you could sequester them on the right side of the house so they don’t bother your guests, but still have room to play.

There’s also a lanai by the pool that can be closed, so if you have a large mix of kids and adults at an event, you could keep both parties separate and they wouldn’t hear each other. The lanai area actually has a full bath and a kitchenette, so if you preferred you could use it as a guest studio.

The master bedroom is on the first floor and is so huge, it runs from the front to the back of the house. The master bath features a stand-alone shower and tub, which is surrounded by river rocks. The lava rock wall in the bed and bath areas gives it an indoor-outdoor ambience.

At the other end of the spectrum, there’s a small loft area upstairs that is ideal for a child’s playroom or reading room. It’s wider than a twin-sized mattress and you can sit comfortably in there, but you can’t stand.

The owner sent me a long list of other features that they added in 2006, but that’s one of the reasons this is an open house pick of the week. You probably need to see them all instead of read about it here. The home will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. (Click here for details.)

Happy house hunting!

Money talk: $1,975,000 fee simple
Contact: Mary Worrall, Mary Worrall Associates Sotheby’s International, 808-735-2411, home@worrall.com

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