Dream home in Kahala

This home is just 10 years old, but still looks brand new. In fact, the entire estate still looks new … all 34,174 square feet of it. (Click here for details.)

The current owners bought the lot, which originally had an older home on it, and tore it down. From there, they worked with renowned architect John Hara to design a new home, and Armstrong Builders built it in 2002. It’s listed on Armstrong’s website as “Hawaiian mixed with Asian feel.”

Despite its size, it’s very private. It’s located down a lane off Kahala Avenue and is surrounded on the mauka side with a private driveway gate and privacy walls. The front of the home has a huge, open lawn that goes down to the beach, with a low hedge across the front with a path to the sand.

The home is L-shaped and has 5,838 square feet of living area, and 2,175 square feet of “other roofed area.” There are high ceilings throughout the residence, with one exception to the single-level design: an oceanfront library built with display cabinetry and stairs that lead to a “catwalk” and more display cabinets.

Its large, rectangular pool with automatic cover and pool bath is located behind the home in a large courtyard. The covered outdoor dining area features an authentic pizza oven, which is a fun element. The kitchen looks a little industrial; it’s probably meant for large parties, as it’s designed with commercial style equipment such as an Imperial brand gas stove and cooktop, stainless steel countertops, refrigerator drawers and a commercial Hobart dishwasher in addition to a KitchenAid dishwasher. A large wine cellar that holds 1,500 to 2,000 bottles is off the garage.

The guest quarters consist of a living room with kitchen area and one bedroom and has a separate entrance from the main house.

There are “only” five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in this gigantic home. The master suite faces the ocean and features a large bath area with double sinks, double enclosed toilets, and a large room with dressing area. The biggest appeal in the master bath is the glass-enclosed, combination shower/furo soaking tub.

Money talk: $16.5 million, fee simple
Contact: Patricia Choi, Choi International, 808-734-7711, hawaii@choi-realty.com