Unusual Lanikai estate

If you’ve been around Lanikai a long time, you might remember a huge water tank at the end of Koohoo Pl. that was built in 1921 and held all the water for the area. Ever wonder what happened to it?

There’s a huge, ocean view estate for sale at 1151 Koohoo Pl. (click here for details) that spans almost 60,000 square feet—that’s nearly 1.5 acres—with a three-story, custom-built home. The actual living area is 3,435 square feet with four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, plus 882 square feet of open lanai.

In addition to this, though, is 2,000 square feet of floor space, which is the dormant water tank that provided potable water for Lanikai in the 1920s. When the area became connected to the public water system, it was drained and decommissioned, but the structure remained.

Once double doors were cut into it, the tank was converted into a huge recreation room, with 20-foot concrete walls that are 18 inches thick. It currently houses a theatre-sized movie screen complete with theatre seating, a basketball hoop, wetbar, restroom and exercise equipment.  The walls provide ample soundproofing, in case your rock band needs a place to practice.

Outside of that, the house is very private, as it’s gated with a long driveway. There are open lanais on every level to take in the panoramic ocean views from Kailua Bay to the Mokulua Islands.

The home was built with the scenery in mind, so the top level is dedicated to the master suite, with a view even from the bathtub. The main floor also has views to share with everyone: with the exception of the half bath, every room on the main floor gets a look at the great outdoors.

Since it’s gated, the home will be shown by appointment only.

Money talk: $2,375,000 fee simple
Contact: Patty Bell, Century 21 All Islands, 808-386-9391, Patty.Bell@Century21.com