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Historical Home Tells The Tale Of Early Palos Verdes

In 1926, the country was in the midst of its boom years. Calvin Coolidge was president and Prohibition was still in swing. In Southern California, a swath of one of its most exquisite and untamed coastlines was slowly being fashioned into a residential subdivision by the Olmsted Brothers, who were famed for a prolific list of projects ranging from parks and neighborhoods to state capitols, libraries and universities.

Among the first homes built in fledgling Palos Verdes Estates was a Spanish Revival villa architected by Winchton Risley, a model residence completed in 1926 with a red clay tile roof, white stucco exterior and a spacious courtyard flanked by two wings. “Palos Verdes was originally envisioned by the developers as a Mediterranean-type enclave in Southern California,” says Todd Stanton, whose family, longtime Palos Verdes residents, purchased the home in the early 1980s.

“It was home number fifty-five, built for the city of Palos Verdes,” explains real estate agent Teri Hawkins. The model remains today, and in gleaming condition, a rare and unvarnished slice of an earlier time. Its neatly manicured front lawn, expansive and tailored with natural stone walls and boxwood hedges, make for an apt introduction, as does the graceful arched entranceway.

Inside the home, original details abound, from handmade and painted tiles to orange-hued terracotta to hand carved mahogany doors and moldings. There are also oak floors and earthy redwood ceiling beams, some with engraving. A few smart updates, notably a sunny farm kitchen, have been made in keeping with the home’s original vision.

“There’s such an understated elegance about the home,” notes Stanton. (Given its pedigree and early 20th hand-craftsmanship, the home should remain as is. “The seller wants to sell the home to someone who understands its historic value, and wants to keep the integrity of the place,” explains Hawkins.)

Once awarded the Art Jury’s Certificate of Honor for the most notable residential architecture of 1926, the original developers were keen to place this six-bedroom, five-bathroom model where they did—it sits on one of the most prized lots on the peninsula, and on Paseo del Mar no less—and enjoys front-row views of the water. (Views that are sweetened by the fact that they’ll always remain this way.) “It sits across the bluff from Haggerty’s and RAT Beach,” says Hawkins of the home.

 

“The view is unblockable. Nothing can ever go on that bluff.” From oversized windows in the formal dining room, and large living room, one looks out at a California scene—pale turquoise skies and an endless, royal blue ocean. It inspires now as much as it must have nearly a century ago, when the home was built as a model place from which to enjoy this Mediterranean-like paradise.

These days the view includes the Queen’s Necklace, named for the sparkling nightly visage of lit-up coastal land. Recalls Stanton: “My mother used to say, ‘Your father doesn’t need to give me diamonds because I have my own strand right here.’ ”

Presented by

Teri Hawkins | 310.251.3850

DRE 01195117

RE/MAX Estate Properties

List Price $5.695 million

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF TERI HAWKINS

A Dreamy Beach Getaway

Imagine a turnkey vacation or second home with all of the amenities of one of SoCal’s top luxury oceanfront resort destinations right at your fingertips. Such is the case with this charming, fully furnished “Casita” now on the market for $2.095 million, complete with a tranquil, garden-like atmosphere complemented by sweeping views of the Pacific, Catalina Island, Abalone Cove and Portuguese Bend, along with the requirement to occupy the fee-simple property up to 60 days a year and rent it out as a vacation spot the remaining days.

“This home is located in one of the most sought-after locations on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, situated on the Terranea Resort overlooking the bluffs of Rancho Palos Verdes along Palos Verdes Drive South,” says listing agent Brok Butcher of Butcher Realty. “Terranea offers one of the most serene and virtually unparalleled settings in the nation. The site was carefully planned to protect the valuable coastal resources that define the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Of the resort’s 102 acres, 14 are preserved as natural landscape to maintain the indigenous vegetation and to support ecological balance in the area by reinforcing biodiversity.”

Found at 100 Terranea Way—amid the Mediterranean-inspired retreat built in 2009 using only the highest quality finishes and craftsmanship—Casita 21-301 features more than 2,000 square feet of living space punctuated by designer lighting and furnishings, beamed ceilings, hardwood flooring, custom cabinetry and Toto soaking tubs in each of the three baths.

Among the highlights: an eye-catching entryway consisting of a private outdoor living room warmed by a fireplace, and a trio of bedrooms with separate entrances and patios (including a guest suite with a full kitchen, and living and laundry rooms). A professional chef’s kitchen with granite countertops and high-end appliances opens to a great room with a fireplace and sliding French doors leading to a secluded covered patio, while a storage closet can be locked when the owner is away.

Both owners and guests also are privy to plenty of upscale resort amenities and services. Think nine restaurants; four heated pools; a 50,000-square-foot spa and fitness center; hiking trails; and a 9-hole, par-3 golf course. In addition, Casita owners have access to a 24-hour owner’s concierge, as well as priority dining reservations, spa privileges and more. The nearby Golden Cove Center, meanwhile, offers a Trader Joe’s, Admiral Risty and Avenue Italy restaurants, Starbucks and pharmacy.

 

“The Casita is a great investment and a rare opportunity to own a piece of the renowned Terranea Resort,” says Butcher. “Because you can rent out each bedroom individually, there is a higher potential to keep the Casita occupied. At the moment, Terranea is not selling any more of their Casitas, and as the word spreads about this superb destination, I believe it will become harder and harder to book a room at this award-winning luxury resort.”

Presented by

Brok Butcher | 310.710.6387

DRE 01880217

Butcher Realty

List Price $2.095 million

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF LING GE AND LILY BUTCHER

Craftsman Melds With Endless Ocean Views

Head to the South Shore of Kauai and one finds a sunnier and drier climate than the North. Also here is Kukui’ula, a private club community that sits on over 1,000 acres of the former McBryde Sugar Company plantation. At the top of the community, elevated above a green sweep of island land and unbridled blue ocean views is a custom Plantation-style home, a welcoming and well-appointed perch to immerse oneself in the heavenly island atmosphere. “It’s near amazing beaches and has 270-degree views of the ocean, mountains and golf course,” says real estate agent Neal Norman of the home’s charms.

The structure has been designed to open plentifully to the outdoors. From a peaceful stonework courtyard with a tranquil koi pond and menagerie of palm trees and natural landscaping, one enters an ornate lanai, open to the outdoors on two sides and filled with visual texture: There’s a raised ceiling and exposed white ceiling trusses; rustic stonework along the walls; and rich-hued wood plank floors. It’s an elegant room where one can ponder the nearby infinity pool and pleasing vista of blue sky and ocean.

It’s this breezy heart of the home where one can see friends and family gather during fun-filled getaways, which are bound to be frequent when one considers the luxurious amenities minutes away. Membership in The Club at Kukui’ula is required of homeowners, and gives one access to the $100 million Clubhouse, just a four-minute drive, along with a Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, exquisite 20,000-square-foot spa and more.

There are four bedrooms in all, including a one-bedroom guest house that’s nestled in the home’s courtyard. Also detached from the main residence is a sunny media and game room with a plum location on the northern tip of the property, with sweeping views of the ocean and mountains. The master suite is in a wing of its own—an elegant retreat with white walls, multi-toned wood floors and plentiful ocean views.

Adjacent to the bedroom is a lanai that’s enclosed and surrounded with large-paned windows that are ideal for taking in early morning views of breaking waves. One can walk through the master bathroom, adjacent to the two walk-in closets and dressing lounge, then step outside to the private stone courtyard and take a fresh-air shower amid white orchids and green palms.

 

Of note is the kitchen, a cheerful white room decked with marble countertops and custom cabinetry. Spacious to accommodate what is certain to be a frequent family gathering spot, the kitchen has farmhouse sinks, plenty of sunlight and garden views from ample windows, and a charming built-in banquette made of native koa wood.

The craftsmanship of the kitchen is testament to the home as a whole—a tasteful showcase of high-end carpentry done in the classic Plantation aesthetic. When mixed with its luxury club setting, charmed hillside location and blue-water panorama, it’s hard to fathom a better spot for fine Kauai living.

 

Presented by

Neal Norman, RB-18048

808.651.1777

Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers

List Price $11.5 million

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF NEIL NORMAN

The Best of Kauai’s Beauty In The North Shore

The Hanalei district in the North Shore of Kauai is home to epic natural beauty and some of the most valuable real estate in Hawaii. The excellent surf in the cerulean waters of picturesque Hanalei Bay, a place surrounded by verdant green mountains and peaceful valleys, is just one of its lures.

“Last year in November, we sold the most expensive home ever sold on Kauai,” points out luxury real estate agent Neal Norman. At 46.1 million for 15 waterfront acres, it was also the biggest single-family home sale ever in the state of Hawaii.

Less than a mile away from this home is another grand property, The Point at Anini Vista, designed in harmony with its near-mythical surroundings on Keawaihi Point, where it sits atop a bluff above Anini Beach. “It’s a beautiful spot because it’s a peninsula that faces East, North and West,” Norman explains. “You get great sunrises and white-water ocean views. Views of the lighthouse, the sandy beach and sunset.”

Designed by Gary Tobey and Stephen Devery, two island architects of note, and built by fine home contractor Randy Weir, the gated property was crafted to soak up its natural environment at every turn. First there’s the land—nearly 7 acres of sculpted Eden-like grounds designed by Kauai’s Martin Bryan, who focused on preserving the native trees and plants. In addition, there are calming ponds that flow through the home’s entrance and along its resort-like spa and saltwater pool.

Then, a custom six-bedroom residence spanning over 10,000 square feet of interior living area—a figure that swells to approximately 18,000 square feet when covered outdoor living spaces are added. The home’s aesthetic is Balinese in style, with a low-slung silhouette that seems to meld neatly into the manicured wild of the landscape. The home is a pod compound, with 14 units, linked together to form a whole.

The benefits are a sense of privacy—the guest bedroom suites that one reaches via a fresh-air path of cut stone, feel a world apart from the master bedroom, for one—and a comfortable work-around that allows the units to fit neatly into the bluff’s natural terrain.

Making the most of its day to night views are the home’s oversized windows and endless glass walls, stretching from floor to ceiling. “They tried to draw no lines between the inside and the outside,” says Norman of the design. It makes sense given the estate’s incomparable location, even for Hawaii, where days begin while watching the splendor of the sun rising over the ocean, then wind down over its colorful descent into the sea.

Presented by
Neal Norman, RB-18048

808.651.1777

Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers

List Price $33 million

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF NEIL NORMAN

A Sleek Beachfront Property In Hermosa Beach

Living by the ocean often translates into beachy interiors where white tones and a farmhouse style prevail. Located at 1534 The Strand, in Hermosa Beach—just a few blocks from Pier Avenue shops and restaurants—this house proves design can be done differently.

Listed at $11,900,000 by Brent Talbot of RE/MAX Estate Properties, this property’s stunning price tag has a million-dollar view to match and many other surprises that only increase its value. The project is the result of a close collaboration between three minds: the owner, designer Gunnar Jorgensen, and architect Cindy Goff. “Cindy and I are used to working together and we really are a team,” says Jorgensen who invited Goff to join the project. “With this client, it was like working with family.”

Since the beginning, the owner made clear that he wanted something different, far from the cliché of what is usually designed when it comes to coastal homes. The first goal was to create an industrial vibe. “We drew inspiration from Chicago firehouses and schoolhouses to give this urban feel,” explains Goff.

“The creative energy felt upon entering this home would appeal to anyone from an active family to a rock star.”

Steel beams; the open mono stringer staircase that Jorgensen wanted to seem original to the house; the paintable brick that brings texture; and beautiful woodwork are some of the elements that make the house stand out.

“The ample living spaces spread over 2,809 square feet,” says Goff. “The objective was to get the most of the property—which was originally a duplex with the first and the second floors identical—as the owner wanted to accomplish a lot of things, including having a master bedroom that would act as a sanctuary.” The project began, and almost finished, with the design of the two first levels only.

The ground floor, which features big windows and can be completely open to the outside patio that overlooks The Strand, hosts the main living room and the kitchen adorned with a titanium backsplash and furnished with a wine dispenser, as well as a four-car garage, which makes things very convenient given the fact that parking is quite limited by the beach. The floating stairs lead to the first floor, which hosts four bedrooms.

The master suite provides beautiful views over the beach; at the back of the property is another space (that could become a second master suite) the owner uses to practice with his band. A gym, two additional bedrooms, three bathrooms (out of a total of five in the entire property) and the laundry room are also situated on this level.

“We had almost completed the plans when the owner asked us to add the third floor,” Goff recalls. The height limit of 30 feet in South of 22nd St. where the property is located (instead of 25 feet North of 22nd St.) was then maximized. With a Jacuzzi, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and built-in furniture, “the huge rooftop deck is what makes this house so special,” says Jorgensen. Dedicated to entertaining, this area also has an enclosed bar and a private Zen garden, as well as another bathroom.

“For this project, I had to think outside of the box,” says Goff, adding that thanks to Jorgensen knowing the owner well (this is their fourth project together), everything went smoothly. “Gunnar is a visionary. He has the idea and I make it work,” Goff adds. Inside, the dark color palette reflects elegance and sophistication. “However, we kept the spaces warm at the same time,” says Jorgensen. “It’s a modern coastal home with an industrial feel”

In taking meticulous care of every detail and finish, the home shows a high level of quality and craftsmanship. “In this house, the owner wanted everything to be ‘wow,’ ” Goff notes. The home embodies this idea. “Our client likes uniqueness and it’s definitely a unique home for this area,” adds Jorgensen.

In look and feel, he touts the house as having the advantage of perfection, with ground and top floors that amp up the entertaining and a middle floor that promises privacy when the party is over. Of course, in a place with this much “wow” factor, there is something to celebrate every day.

 

Brent Talbot

310.780.1631

DRE 01272836

RE/MAX Estate Properties

List Price $11,900,000

New Redondo Beach Contemporary Home is SoCal’s Best Offering

Set in the South Bay, this home combines a soft palette of off-white tones with Ipe wood and one-of-a-kind finishes that bring contemporary beach vibes—with a view—to Redondo Beach, a community with the best of what Southern California can offer.

Located only 18 miles from Downtown L.A. and seven miles from LAX, this relaxed city is a vibrant host of sandy beaches, fine-dining options, parks and shopping facilities, all within reach. Also known for its excellent schools, the area is understandably favored by families. 

Here, this contemporary, newly built project emerges as a collaboration between Hermosa Beach-based GWC Design Architects and Lomita-based builder South Bay Design Center, which was founded in 1992 by Kamer Kosedag and has, over the years, become a popular reference, in particular for kitchen and bath remodeling, and residential construction services.

Located at 810 Esplanade and listed for $3,200,000 by Don Ruane of Real Estate West, the structure comprises a 2,200-square-foot house spread over two levels. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath property (unit C) occupies the ground and first floors of the three-story building.

Steps from the beach, the ground floor featuring the bedrooms has its own private entrance, while the first floor comprises all the living spaces with direct access to two attached garages. 

With the goals of creating a natural look while protecting against the elements, the exterior of the house was covered with Ipe wood. A solid 2.25-inch-thick, custom-made walnut front door acts as an invitation to discover the airy, open-plan space. 

The main living area features sophisticated and high-quality finishes and elements, such as the dark gray Pietra marble fireplace that stands out in contrast with the European-style wood floor. Bi-folding glass doors open up fully to the balcony, making the most of panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and stunning sunsets all year long.

In the dining room area—part of the living room—large windows reinforce the connection between inside and out. Open to the rest of the common areas, the elegant and functional kitchen is adorned with an integrated quartz sink and countertops, and furnished with two side-by-side, 30-inch Wolf refrigerator units located next to a stainless steel floor-to-ceiling backlit wine wall.

With clean lines and neutral tones, the master suite and guest rooms lead out to a charming private patio area where a floating barbecue with sink is the key element to evenings spent alfresco while enjoying the sublime panorama.

The master bathroom is designed as a luxurious haven of peace, using Calacatta marble to introduce sophistication. With careful attention paid to every detail of the construction and design, this house epitomizes high-end contemporary beach living at its finest.

PRESENTED BY 
DON RUANE, REAL ESTATE WEST | BRE# 01036347
310. 259.9815 | LIST PRICE $3,200,000 

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF KIM PRITCHARD 

beachy chic retreat

Beachy Chic Retreat

Expect breathtaking ocean and whitewater views from this fully remodeled Broad Beach Bluff retreat in Malibu. The four-bedroom dwelling can be found at the end of a gated driveway at 31654 Broad Beach Road, complete with 4,456 square feet of living space boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and wide-plank oak flooring.

31654 BROAD BEACH ROAD
BROAD BEACH MALIBU
4 BEDROOMS
4,456 SQ. FT.
$7.995 MILLION

“The open floor plan with high ceilings and the ‘beachy’ chic interior design with great indoor-outdoor flow is what everyone is looking for in a beach house today,” says Sandro Dazzan of The Agency, who is listing the property for $7.995 million. Among the highlights: a massive great room with fireplace; sleek kitchen with a center island, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, and a built-in breakfast nook; and an ocean-facing master suite sporting a spa-like bath with an oversized tub and steam shower. Outdoors, the 5,450-square-foot lot showcases large Ipe-wood decks ideal for entertaining, along with a full kitchen, spa and fire pit…not to mention stairs to a sandy beach.


HEAVENLY HAVEN

3122 NICHOLS CANYON ROAD
BEVERLY HILLS MID-CENTURY MODERN
2,510 SQ. FT.
$3.195 MILLION

Fifty Shades star Jamie Dornan has placed his Mid-century Modern home in Beverly Hills on the market for $3.195 million. Situated at 3122 Nichols Canyon Road, the Edward H. Fickett-designed residence was built in 1959, and then re-conceptualized and expanded by modernist architect Val Powelson in 1966. Think 2,510 square feet of single-level living space replete with a central atrium boasting a tranquil water feature, as well as a dining room that opens via floor-to-ceiling glass doors to a pool and spa, deck and fire pit. “The glass box-like atrium floods the home with natural light, while walls of glass provide the perfect indoor-outdoor California lifestyle,” says listing agent Jeff Kohl of The Agency. “From the large pool and outdoor deck ideal for dinner parties to kid-friendly elements including an enclosed side yard with a sandbox, this home is the ultimate haven for buyers seeking approachable exclusivity in one of the most coveted areas of L.A.” 

The Origami House a Turn-Key Modern Home Perched High Above the Sunset Strip

Commanding Views and Outstanding Architecture Are the Calling cards of this Sophisticated, Turn-key Modern Home Perched High Above the Sunset Strip

Called the Origami House, this contemporary West Hollywood residence resembles the decorative look of the paper folds that characterize the Japanese art form, only with a one-of-a-kind angular, other-worldly design shaped from cement, steel and walls of glass.

“You’re on the 50-yard line of [the] Sunset Strip, with the best views in the city, and only one minute from the action.”

Adding to the home’s striking appeal are floor-to-ceiling jetliner views spanning from Downtown L.A. to the San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

“The promontory site allows for panoramic views and a commanding curb appeal from the street,” says Patrick Fogarty, who is co-listing the property with Tyrone McKillen, both of Hilton & Hyland, for $14.9 million.

Adds McKillen, “You’re on the 50-yard line of [the] Sunset Strip, with the best views in the city, and only one minute from the action.”

Found at 8516 Hedges Place—on a corner lot that serves as one of the last great promontory view sites along the Sunset Strip—the dwelling was designed and built in 2017 by Belzberg Architects (known for its work on the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust) and Dobkin Construction under the guidance of Fogarty (also a developer of residential projects in the Beverly Hills and Sunset Strip neighborhoods).

Expect approximately 7,000 square feet of minimalist but warm living space on three levels crafted by British designer Elisabeth Fogarty, with high-quality finishes and touches throughout, including custom wide-plank white oak flooring, Carrera marble, frameless glass interior doors and a Dada Kitchen equipped with Miele appliances.

Yet other standout features of the fully automated, five-bedroom home: a day-lit basement housing a movie theater with seating for 12 and a built-in wet bar; a glass-encased, climate-controlled wine-tasting room displaying 750 bottles; and a gym. The massive, 1,200-square-foot cantilevered master suite atop the pool deck affords the best views in the house, along with spacious walk-in closets by Rimadesio and a spa-like bath featuring Antonio Lupi cabinetry and an oversized tub.

Retractable glass walls designed by Fleetwood Windows and Doors open to reveal the grounds (also designed by Elisabeth Fogarty), replete with an infinity pool and Jacuzzi. An added bonus? All of the furniture goes with the full asking price.

Photos: courtesy of Nick Springett and Jim Bartsch

Presented by

PATRICK FOGARTY & TYRONE MCKILLEN
OF HILTON & HYLAND
LIST PRICE $14.9 MILLION

Industrial-Chic Meets Striking Ed Niles-Design in Malibu

This is not your typical beach house. Although the home can be found in the seaside enclave of Malibu and does indeed offer sweeping ocean views from every room, that’s where any resemblance to a “beach house” ends.

Instead, this visionary structure designed and built by contemporary architect Ed Niles in 1999 looks as if it was plopped atop a canyon from the next millennium, dazzling with its sheer size, geometric shapes, and eye-catching glass and steel façade.

“This home was completed 15 years ago, but it feels like it is from the future or outer space and is one of the most architecturally timeless designed homes I have ever seen,” says Sandro Dazzan of The Agency, who is listing the property for $5.795 million. The most interesting aspect, according to Sandro Dazzan? The way the home is made up of five separate structures that are linked together, but inside flows seamlessly all on one level.

Found at 21757 Castlewood Drive—accessible via a private gate at Rambla Pacifico and Pacific Coast Highway—the three-bedroom estate was updated in 2004. Expect almost 3,000 square feet of open living space rife with refined touches throughout, including limestone flooring, custom Ed Niles-designed cabinetry and furniture, an elevator, and an exquisite stainless-steel Bulthaup kitchen.

Yet other standout features include a sumptuous master suite featuring ocean views, a two-story skylight, fireplace, spacious walk-in closet, luxurious bath and an office, plus an additional junior suite in the main house and a detached third bedroom with its own entrance. Outdoors, the 41,145-square-foot grounds are highlighted by numerous seating areas, a private swimmer’s pool and spa, and fully equipped kitchen. A gated motor court and two-car garage round out the home’s unique appeal.

Presented by

SANDRO DAZZAN
OF THE AGENCY
LIST PRICE $5.795 MILLION

Photographs: courtesy of The Agency

1814 N. Doheny Drive a California Dream

Designed & built by architectural great, this residence stands as a hallmark of the storied Bird Streets

Set amid the famed Hollywood Hills, 1814 N. Doheny Drive is an ultra-sexy contemporary residence crafted by L.A. architect Paul McClean, offers expansive living space side by side with amenities that characterize the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. The coup d’état? An abundance of soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, all facing breathtaking views overlooking the mesmerizing skyline below and sparkling Pacific Ocean beyond.

“Being a Paul McClean, the entirety of the home is always a work of art,” says Aaron Kirman of Pacific Union International, who is listing the property for $17.495 million. “But the water feature that begins at the entry of the home and travels the complete expanse of the home, both upstairs and down, really sets the mood of tranquility and luxury throughout.”

Situated at 1814 N. Doheny Drive, the dwelling was built in 2016. Expect approximately 8,290 square feet of seamless indoor-outdoor living space boasting high-quality finishes and touches all around, from marble slab walls to Thassos marble flooring. Yet other standout features of the five-bedroom, seven-bath home include an entertainer’s living room; screening room; full bar; office/library; and gym. In the master bedroom, a private terrace bestows an exclusive vista of a zero-edge infinity pool running the entire length of the house.

“One of the features about this home that really sets it apart is the pool that has been built overlooking the famous Bird Street View,” says Kirman.

“The master bedroom and master bath, as well as the master private outdoor space, all sit behind floor-to-ceiling pocket glass doors that directly overlook the pool and view. It really does feel like the most luxurious, comfortable and private master bedroom in the city.”

Presented by 

AARON KIRMAN OF PACIFIC UNION INTERNATIONAL

LIST PRICE: $17.495 MILLION

Photographs: courtesy of Matthew Momberger

Hagy Belzberg of Santa Monica is True to Form

Experience the pleasure of living in paradise through this rapturous example of Hawaii architecture—enjoy the view

The fact that this 8,000-square-foot residence set between cooled lava flows in Kona, Hawaii was completed in 2010 but looks as every bit as forward today as it likely will years from now, is a testament to its principal architect, Hagy Belzberg, of Santa Monica-based firm Belzberg Architects—a home both of and ahead of its time.

The entry pavilion echoes a traditional basket weave

Though easy to take the home’s measurement in the honors it has collected, including “Best of the Year Award” from Interior Design Magazine, more is required. This is architecture best appreciated as a broadly thought response to site and surround. Consider the contrast of natural elements, geometric hardscape and views of both volcanic mountains and ocean horizons.

The Kona residence is orientated in relation to the site’s primary views

The environmental sensitivities: a system for rain water collection, roof-mounted photovoltaic panels to offset residential energy use, dark lava stone to help heat the pool via solar radiation. And finally the historical references of reclaimed teak timber from old barns and train tracks and cut lava rock used for the exterior, and the inspired basket weave of the entry pavilion, meant to reenact the traditional gift upon arrival ceremony.

Openness to the outdoors is a property signature

But this is not a historical home, its contemporary in program and approach. So forward in both, any description of architectural abstractions is an abridgment at best. To experience the home is to understand it.

belzbergarchitects.com

Written by Jenn Thornton
Photographs: courtesy of Benny Chan/Fotoworks

Simply Magical 20,000+ Sqft Island Getaway Home

A sought-after coastal compound offers a gracious contemporary island getaway and legendary seaside views

Modern architect Vladimir Ossipoff passed away in 1998, but the preeminent designer left a distinct mark on Hawaiian real estate. Well-known for creating structures apropos to the natural topography, light and climates of the Islands, his legacy includes more than 1,000 completed projects.

Among them: this stunning Mid-century Modern residence set in the sleepy beach town of Lanikai that occupies 20,079 square feet of land boasting awe-inspiring views of crystal-clear, turquoise water and Mokulua Islands.

“Lanikai is repeatedly written up as one of the best beaches in the world,” says Tracy Allen of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, who is listing the property for $12.150 million.

“It is known for its calm waters where you can enjoy an array of sports from your back door. Magical sunrises and moonlight nights with the backdrop of the Islands is a daily visual. It has become even more popular, as [Barack] Obama frequently vacations with his family and close friends in this seaside town.”

Situated at 1234 Mokulua Drive in the Lanikai neighborhood of Kailua, the home was built in 1962 and remodeled in 2018, complete with 6,222 square feet of sleek, sophisticated and open living space crafted by award-winning designer Jamie Jackson. Expect high-quality touches throughout, including Indonesian teak wood, black anodized windows and doors, natural polished concrete flooring, soaring ceilings, and seamless indoor-outdoor environs.

Among the standout features of the three-bedroom home is a gourmet kitchen sporting an expansive central island, Dekton countertops, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, and a butler’s kitchen and pantry; a media room with soundproof walls, a surround-sound system and 3-Form sliding barn doors; and an office.

The master bedroom suite features built-in window seating, and a spa-like bath with dramatic basalt countertops and flooring, a solid teak vanity with dual basins, a free-standing deep-soaking tub by Native Trials and a walk-in shower.

Outdoors, the lushly landscaped grounds are highlighted by walking paths and mature tropical landscaping rife with fruit and flowering trees, as well as a two-bedroom guest cottage. The pool is surrounded by custom teak decking with built-in seating and concrete planter boxes, while a barbecue dining pavilion is flanked by a 600-bottle wine refrigeration system. An adjacent, elevated lanai offers space and flexibility for a gym or yoga room, and a three-car garage and gated courtyard has space for up to eight automobiles.

“The home’s stunning linear architectural style and dramatic pitched roofline—coupled with one of the most beautiful oceanfront locations in the world—makes this property so special,” says Allen. “This home is breathtaking beyond words and simply magical…if you are looking for an incomparable setting with surreal views and stunning modern design, welcome home.”

Written by Wendy Bowman
Photographs: courtesy of Andy Landgraf of 360 Productions LLC

Presented by 

Tracy Allen | Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties
List price $12.150 million

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