The 25 Most Expensive Homes in Hawaii
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7 bedrooms • 8 full and 1 half bathrooms • 11,216-square-foot interior • 62,870-square-foot lot
Honolulu attorney David Schutter spared no expense in constructing this Kahala Avenue mansion in the 1980s. He packed his home with amenities—Jacuzzis, two pools, waterfalls, a billiards room, and invited over celebs such as Kareem Abdul Jabar and Lionel Ritchie. Real estate agent Jeffrey Fox brokered the 1997 sale to its current owner, Kirin Planning. “Schutter was the kind of guy who would drive around town in a Rolls Royce convertible with the license plate ‘Sue Em.’”
8 bedrooms • 9 full and 9 half bathrooms • 20,094-square-foot interior • 42,175-square-foot lot
How things have changed. When we rounded up the 25 most expensive homes on Oahu in 2005, this Kahala house topped the list. This time, it’s not even the most expensive Kahala property. The place remains impressive, though. The man behind the masterpiece is architect Roy K. Yamamoto, whose work includes the Westin Maui and Hilton Waikoloa. Homeowner Tomomi Kimura, chairman of a Tokyo-based shipping company, commissioned the house in 1992, the same year the summer Olympics were held in Barcelona. “[The owner] wanted the design to reflect that Barcelona style,” recalled Yamamoto when HONOLULU interviewed him in 2005. The sprawling mansion also includes a spa, tatami room and commercial-grade kitchen that’s “five times bigger than a lot of restaurants in town,” says Yamamoto.