Check your compromises at the door (sponsored)

When you’re looking for a home, so much of the time it feels like an exercise in compromise. City or country? Extra space or upgrades? Fancy kitchen or gorgeous view?

When you walk into 47-422 Lulani Street in Kaneohe, there isn’t a compromise anywhere in sight. The entire house was stripped down to the studs and redone in 2004 by John Sutton—with painstaking attention to detail that absolutely shows. Ultimately, this home is everything (and quite possibly more) that you could want in a Hawaiian retreat.

The first thing you’ll notice when you step out of your car and onto the property is how quiet it is. This home feels like it’s in the country—but—you’re only minutes away from Kaneohe. See? Compromise averted. Plus, the property even boasts a view. The breathtaking lanai, which runs the entire width of the house and is decked out (no pun intended) with travertine floors, African mahogany trim and woven bamboo ceilings, looks out to the Kaneohe sandbar.

And it’s not just the outside of the home that’s an oasis. The kitchen looks like it’s straight off of a Food Network set—like Giada should be fixing up some pasta on the rare aquamarine granite countertops. With stainless steel appliances (including a fridge more than large enough for regular Costco runs) and deep mahogany wood cabinets and floors, this kitchen is the stuff that home cook’s dreams are made of. 

In fact the entire interior living space is perfect for entertaining, but what is even more perfect is that the home has its very own two-bedroom suite for guests. Want to have your in-laws over but need some quiet alone time too? See? Again, compromise averted. 

The master bedroom, which opens onto the lanai and looks directly out onto the Kaneohe sandbar, is as light and airy as a room with walls can be. The super-high vaulted ceilings make the already spacious room feel even bigger than it is. As an added bonus, in the morning, you can rise, shine and head straight to your Tatami yoga studio for a few sun salutations.

A second bedroom on the main living level looks straight onto the home’s impeccably maintained garden. Waking up in this bedroom is the closest you can come to feeling like you’ve just woken up in a tree house, without actually having to purchase a home precariously perched in a pine.

And should you ever want to go outside (yeah, right, did we mention there’s also a working darkroom?) the grounds that surround the house are absolutely spectacular. Quiet, verdant and lush, the property feels more like the sanctuary in a temple to nature than a suburban backyard. So really, with a home like this, the biggest compromise you’re going to have to make is whether you’re going to drink your glass of wine inside or out.

Money talk: $2,595,000, fee simple
Contact: Maureen O’Guin, Realtor at Carvill & Company, (808) 263-5900 x 107,
MLS number: 1203098