Private, large Tantalus estate

Photos courtesy of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties

I was lucky to catch a special broker’s open for this new listing on Tantalus Drive recently, as the home will not be open to the public for any other showings. It’s already got the allure of old Hawaii, having been built in 1928 and only three owners during that time.

The Alexander family (who played a big part in Hawaii’s modern history) originally owned the home. The current owner is designer Jonathan Staub of Philpotts & Associates, the renowned interior design firm. Staub, who is famous in his own right, has updated the home while keeping its integrity and charm of a bygone era. (Click here for more photos.)

It’s just off the main road, but is very private due to a long, gated driveway. Since it’s so secluded, it’s perfect for people who want privacy but don’t want to be too far from the action in town. But the estate’s size and the home’s layout makes it perfect for large parties.

While the two-story residence is 2,976 square feet, the estate itself is about three acres, since most of the lush grounds are preservation land. When you stand on the back porch facing west, it’s kind of cool to watch the parrots flutter from tree to tree in your own private forest, while you have a view of bustling metro Honolulu in the distance.

On the east side of the house, the sloping garden has been landscaped and has a spot for taking in the view of Diamond Head. You can also just gaze at this same view from the sunroom inside.

There are three bedrooms upstairs, an art room/studio/guest quarters under the home and a cottage attached to the garage.  (Click here for more information.)

Money talk: $2,990,000 fee simple
Contact: Cliff Colvin, Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, 808-381-6703,