An Ocean-Lover’s ClubhouseBy: HILuxury Team
This Niuiki Circle home brings the outdoors in.
ANYONE WHO SEEKS THAT SPECIAL sort of enclave within our expansive paradise in which to raise children and enjoy the best of what Hawai‘i has to offer, would consider a few details when purchasing a new home. First, the neighborhood must be safe; you’d want to be comfortable letting your kids loose on a bicycle, or strolling out beyond the backyard.
Now, what if your backyard was a knee-high span of crystalline ocean water tempered by gentle trade winds? What if, out of nearly every over-sized window you saw nothing but blue sky, green grass and lapping sea?
It took some digging around to find this nearly 4,000-square-foot Niuiki Circle home, tucked onto O‘ahu’s south shoreline, yet far enough off the bustling stretch of Kalaniana‘ole Highway that other multi-million dollar homes are burdened with. Designed similar to the nearby Wailupe Circle, designers dropped perhaps the most idyllic neighborhood into the sea, making it a highly coveted location. Here, you have 87 linear feet of your own ocean frontage.
They dredged the reef in select spots so that the homes along this loop could, in fact, navigate their own motorboats, sailboats, yachts or whatever tickles your fancy. For those who don’t spend a lot of time in Hawai‘i, they might be surprised to learn: The number of luxury, private homes with a drive-up dock that you can park your speedboat is incredibly limited. Not here.
Although the owner asked to remain anonymous, we learn from this mother of two daughters—the eldest of which was married on the property this past summer—the home was built with the idea of spending time with family. All the talking points are here:
Natural ‘ohi‘a tree posts spot the interior, brought over from the Big Island. Brazilian cherry wood and African mahogany are used with abandon. Custom cabinetry, lighting, recessed seating areas and the like are plentiful as well.
Four bedrooms literally capture the winding trade winds, while the eat-in kitchen evokes serenity, blending wood flooring, muted stone countertops and a home chef’s stove-oven setup. Yet the most dramatic display of elements is standing in the center of this home’s living room, as the rich woods used between the floor, staircase detailing, posts and ceiling wind your eye up, then back down—eventually settling on the “gem” of ocean in front of you. (Although not before noticing a lovely in-ground pool.)
To sit in the pool, or even in the grass that spans the home’s rear, and take in Koko Head Crater to your left, Diamond Head to your right, it’s hard not to imagine you’re in the most ideal location on all of O‘ahu.
The homeowner shares with us how she never lost peace of mind, even when her kids were younger, since the outside reef blocks all the raucous surf that draws waveriders to various secret South Shore spots throughout the summer and fall months. The waters here in Niuiki are perpetually calm, only kicking up with bolstered wind and the rising/falling tides.
Putting things over the edge are the expansive photovoltaic system, enough to drastically reduce costs to cover the central air conditioning and immense water filtration system’s energy needs. With a home that wasn’t completed until 2010, no modern technology (including security system, three-car garage and gates) were skipped here.
The only worry someone might have settling into this home would be: Shall I bring the Jet Skis, the sailboat or the motorboat?
We’re fairly certain you could do with all three.
For more information on this property, please contact Tracy P. Allen (RA) at Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties at 593-6415 or visit www.tracyallenhawaii.com