Open House Pick of the Week: Kaneohe

Custom-built hilltop estate at Lilipuna Point.

I think it’s safe to say that a lot of people dream of having their own gorgeous estate in Hawaii. Here’s one that’s pretty fantastic, and it’s a good value for the money (if you can scrape together $2.8 mill).

First of all, size is everything: The property is situated on 33,000 sq. ft. of (mostly level) land on a rim lot abutting 4.5 acres of preservation land, so it feels like a private, tropical resort. Since it’s perched atop the hill overlooking Kaneohe Bay and its barrier reef, you get unparalleled privacy and sweeping, 270-degree ocean views. You can also find an assortment of palms and tropical fruit trees like bananas, mangoes, limes, star fruit, sour sop and tamarind throughout the expansive grounds.

The custom home was built in 1978 but completely renovated in 2005, and features exotic hardwoods—teak, murbau, ipe, opia, and mahogany—throughout. There is 3,332 sq. ft. of living space, with an open living-room floor plan, gourmet kitchen and two formal dining areas. The floor-to-ceiling windows take advantage of the views, yet you can’t see any neighbors from the property.

There are four bedrooms, two of which are grand master suites, and 3.5 bathrooms that feature custom granite bowl sinks, chiseled travertine floors and heated towel warmers. The cedar walk-in closets are a nice touch, too. For some reason, the interior of the home is sound-insulated—which seems odd if you’re away from most of civilization.

The pool area has a cabana bar, satellite TV, bathroom, changing room, outside private shower and even a playhouse. The home also has a four-car garage plus a tool shed so you don’t have to clutter the garage with all your stuff.

This home will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24. (You may want to wear comfortable walking shoes!) Click here for more photos and details. Happy house hunting!

Money talk: $2,845,000 fee simple
Contact: Susan Borochov, Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, 808-478-0330,
Diane Pizarro, Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, 808-343-0659,
MLS # 201416816