Hollywood Hills West Sanctuary

Hollywood Hills
West Sanctuary

Thoughtfully designed, this modern Hollywood Hills West sanctuary stuns with panoramic scenes of the city, ocean and mountains

Impeccable, eye-catching craftsmanship is the hallmark of this newly built mid-century modern home designed by notable New York architect firm Fu Wilmers Design. Situated high atop the Sunset Strip in Hollywood Hills West, the sleek structure is laden with all of the latest bells and whistles…not the least of which is some pretty stunning indoor-outdoor environs courtesy of soaring panels of sliding glass doors and windows offering premium city views, all set above a sparkling-blue, zero-edge infinity pool.

“We represent all sorts of homes in the hills, but it is refreshing to see something of such quality, sophistication and refinement,” says Jacob Greene, who is co-listing the property with Joshua Altman, both of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, for $7.495 million. “This is bespoke from inception…leaps and bounds above the competition.”

Set at 1807 Blue Heights Drive—on a quiet street with views across the Los Angeles basin to the Pacific Ocean—the gleaming, five-bedroom residence features 5,500-plus square feet of open, flowing living space on three levels. Expect plenty of opulent enhancements, including a full Miele kitchen, as well as a sumptuous master retreat boasting a knife-edged dropped ceiling, an attractive media and fireplace wall, and a marble-clad bath with a separate walk-in shower, soaking tub overlooking large windows, dual floating vanities and German Badeloft fixtures.

Adding an element of surprise is a sprawling lower-level space that serves as a sky-lit platform for the levels above, raising them high to enjoy the views. Among the posh trappings found within: a bar, wine storage and tasting room, gym and 12-seat Dolby Atmos theater—all combining to make this integrated smart home an entertainer’s paradise.


Joshua Altman DRE 01764587

and  Jacob Greene DRE 01933997

of  Douglas Elliman 310.415.2653

List Price $7.495 million


Market Influencer: Alex Abad


El Segundo’s top real estate agent on the power of investing in others.

Abad sold his janitorial corporation 16 years ago and entered real estate.

Donations from his Tower 60 merchandise go to the El Segundo Education Foundation.

In 2007, Abad founded Commissions for Education, where real estate agents contribute 1 percent of their commissions to local schools


Alex Abad has spent the last 16 years in real estate—a pivot from an earlier chapter spent building up, and ultimately selling, his majority stake in a successful Los Angeles janitorial company that he and his wife founded. During his time in real estate, the bulk of which has been focused in El Segundo, the place he’s called home for over 30 years, Abad’s been a bright light in welcoming new companies to the charmed coastal town (over 200 have come to El Segundo in last few years alone).

“There are many developing sites that are going to bring hundreds, if not thousands, of employees,” says Abad. “They all will need housing, not just in El Segundo, but in the South Bay.” Gifted with a close proximity to LAX and a charmed quality of life, which includes a strong public education system, El Segundo is a magnet for families, points out Abad. “It’s completely different than any place in the South Bay.”

A relatively low supply of single-family homes crossed with strong demand equals a strong position in local real estate. It’s a good place to be, and keeps Abad and his growing team, which includes daughter, Amie Abad-Schneider, busy at his brick office on Grand Avenue. “I’m in a constant state of creating,” says Abad. “I don’t set goals, I create motion.”


His investment in the community is increasingly moving beyond selling houses. Abad is the former head of the El Segundo Education Foundation and founder of Commissions for Education (where fellow agents donate 1 percent of their commission to the school district in which the sale took place) and has been pleasantly surprised by the grassroots momentum of his Tower 60 initiative.

It started with a photo he took of the local lifeguard tower. It was a great shot, and Abad’s wife encouraged him to put a graphic of the image on coffee cups and give them to clients as gifts. He did so, and also listed the cups on Facebook, where he was inundated with requests. “I found myself shipping cups to Hawaii and throughout the states for free, because people wanted them,” he explains. In turn, Abad suggested that recipients donate to the El Segundo Education Foundation.

That was 2016. To date, thousands of Tower 60 coffee cups have been distributed. So have nearly 20,000 baseball hats, and if you live in the South Bay, then chances are you’ve spotted a Tower 60 sticker on a car too. All proceeds—tens of thousands of dollars so far—go to the El Segundo Education Foundation, or other like-minded organizations selected by Abad. “It’s become a real symbol of a brand that gives back 100 percent,” he says.

Ultimately Tower 60 and everything it represents—El Segundo, helping others—has been rolled into the Abad brand as a whole, and there are many parallels. “It comes from the way that you work,” he says of establishing one’s professional identity. “How knowledgeable, respectful, ethical you are.” That, and investing in others


ALEX ABAD | 310.877.6488
DRE 01701311


Masterful Milestone And A Coastal Cool Home

Masterful Milestone

Created by world-renowned architectural designer Tim Morrison, this newly built home combines elements of Hollywood Regency style and the grand estates of Palm Beach to create a modern masterpiece that’s destined to become a Beverly Hills landmark. Imagine, if you will, shell stone walls, vintage lighting, soaring ceilings and a two-story skylight foyer complemented by a gourmet kitchen outfitted with stainless-steel appliances and an island with breakfast bar, along with a master suite boasting a sitting room, paneled closet and dual baths.

There also are plentiful amenities, including a mid-century bar, plush screening room, gym and wine cellar. And the outdoor environs? Even more spectacular, with formal gardens, an infinity-edge pool and spa, and jetliner views of the city skyline and beyond from its prime locale atop a promontory. “A haven for entertaining, the home welcomes guests with plentiful spaces and opulent finishes,” says listing agent Jade Mills. “It truly is an exceptional gem.”


11,000 SQ. FT

Offered by  Jade Mills DRE 00526877

of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

List Price $46.75 million

Coastal Cool

Found just a few short blocks from the beach, this new modern residence currently on the market in Pacific Palisades stuns with panoramic views from Catalina to Point Dume via walls of sliding glass doors that open to multiple decks, as well as a two-story glass atrium courtyard and rooftop deck. Designed by noted architect Colby Mayes, the five-bedroom home offers 6,000-plus square feet of living space boasting a Control 4 Smart House system, French oak and polished concrete flooring, designer lighting, book-matched stone and walnut slab doors.

Among the highlights: a master retreat with a fireplace, designer showroom closet, and spa-like bath with steam shower and soaking tub, plus a kitchen with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, double dishwashers and a sizeable island. There’s also a theater, gym and even a pet spa, while the expansive backyard showcases a saltwater pool and spa, shower, fire-pit and built-in barbecue. As described by listing agent Anthony Marguleas, “it’s a one-of-a-kind property, with views from almost every room.





6,876 SQ. FT

Offered by Anthony Marguleas

DRE 01173073 of Amalfi Estates

List Price
$9.2 million



Successful Real Estate Agents vs Unsuccessful Ones [26 Habits That Differentiate Them] - Written by Warren Dow of DIGS

Successful Real Estate Agents vs Unsuccessful Ones [26 Habits That Differentiate Them]

1.3 million Real Estate Agents in U.S.

The real estate industry is fascinating to me on several levels – 
1.) It’s a commission-based industry that has super competitive real estate agents
2.) It involves the largest and most significant emotional and financial purchase of peoples’ lives.

According to the National Association of Realtors member report, there were 1.3 million Realtors in the U.S. in 2018, all fighting it out for their share of the roughly $60 billion in annual real estate commissions distributed annually.

It’s an industry I’ve spent the last nine years in as an advocate for real estate agents – call me crazy, but as a career salesman myself, I’m passionate about the challenge agents have in differentiating themselves in this hyper-competitive and crowded space.

The real estate industry is truly “feast or famine” and survival of the “marketing fittest.”

It’s a big challenge and getting bigger by the day.

Differentiating a commodity.

Simply stated, real estate agents perform the same exact basic function in the marketplace – they act on behalf of buyers/sellers as an “agent” in the real estate transaction.

To better understand, there are approximately 200,000 active and about 95,000 active brokers agents in California in 2019.

So, what differentiates successful agents from unsuccessful agents?

Are they all the same, are some better?

Let me answer that question with a question. 

Are all Plumbers, Electricians, Physicians, Surgeons, Car washes, Dry cleaners, Coffee shops the same?

Of course not.

That’s why to me, working with realtors is a marketer’s dream.

DIGS was created for the sole purpose of helping top agents differentiate themselves:
Helping uncover their unique value-proposition
Building a strong personal real estate brand in the local communities they serve.

While I have your much-valued attention, let me share:

26 key differentiators between successful real estate agents and unsuccessful agents

  1. If you go-to-market like a commodity, then you’re a commodity.
  2. If you’re out of sight in the local community, you’re out of mind.
  3. Who are you? Why are you doing this? What’s in it for me? Know thyself, be thyself.
  4. Value, consistency, frequency, relevance, audience & story – marketing 101.
  5. Stop interrupting, soliciting, and spamming – it’s the best way to destroy your brand.
  6. The goal is to be sought, not found.
  7. Remember that knowledge is your real source of income – transfer it.
  8. You’re not in the transaction business, you’re in the “relationship for life” business.
  9. Don’t fall prey to the “this” or “that” marketing trap (i.e. “print” or “digital”?).
  10. Don’t start with the marketing channel/distribution, start with your customer.
  11. If you have listings (active or sold,) keep them visible in the community you serve, it’s the best “call to action” marketing content you have and demonstrates performance.
  12. Marketing your brand is an investment, not an expense.
  13. Don’t litter every social media channel with content for the sake of content – make sure your content has purpose and adds value.
  14. Before you ask, give.
  15. Don’t be a marketing island, go to where the real estate attention is being paid.
  16. You’re not smarter than the market, your consumer, or your competitors.
  17. Don’t send out the same bad template email newsletters that every other Realtor sends out, unless you want to stay a commodity.
  18. Don’t be “all things to all people” – stand for something, be authentic, have a point of view & remember it’s okay to be vulnerable.
  19. It’s not about you – in fact, nobody cares about you! It’s all about them.
  20. There are no shortcuts, slow and steady wins the race – stop chasing.
  21. Practice permission marketing (see Seth Godin).
  22. Start with the Why (see Simon Sinek).
  23. Clarify your message, build a StoryBrand (see Donald Miller).
  24. Become a “real estate mayor” of your community (see Gary Vaynerchuk).
  25. Don’t chase shiny new objects (see Warren Dow on LinkedIn). 😉
  26. “The customer is not a moron. She’s your wife.” ~ David Ogilvy

An Architectural Rethinking

Sun-filled sky and cerulean seas as far as the eyes can see, Hawaii has a lot on the horizon. Including shore after shore of the ubiquitously branded “luxury lifestyle resort,” whether or not it actually qualifies for the title. One property that does: Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection.

When the Kohala Coast resort opens later this year—to hallelujahs far and wide—the refined distillation of its stunning natural environ, one with its own sandy beach, a calmer bay nearby, and the five-star attributes of its class, it will restore a true-to-Hawaii vibe to an increasingly developed strand.

Image by Steelblue

“We wanted a modern, residential-feeling resort that has Auberge’s signature sense of approachable luxury and quality, but respects Hawaiian culture and stories in every way,” explains Kemper Hyers, chief creative officer, Auberge Resorts Collection.

The brand spared no expense to do it, pumping $100-plus million into the project and appointing a team to meticulously attend to every element of the design, ensuring that it met the scale and texture of the island and express an authentic Hawaii aesthetic, thanks to architecture firm Hart Howerton and interior designer Meyer Davis.

Designing an Auberge resort in the bold architecture of Mauna Lani required what Hyers describes as a “perfect blend of contemporary residential design, over-scaled West Coast style, Hawaiian culture and palette, and an approachable but luxurious take on what a Hawaiian hotel can be.”

This meant the team worked with large shutters and screens—some 30 feet high—lashed like canoes to make rooms within the larger open spaces. “This delicate wood inner ‘skin’ is a beautiful counterpoint to the strong architectural presence of the original structure,” describes Hyers, noting that spaces are focused on comfort and how guests actually live.

To this end are sofas, daybeds and roomy chairs. Some of the rich teak architecture is original to the hotel, but with a fresh feel courtesy of Meyer Davis’ design and art, along with custom touches.

Most Hawaii resorts are appraised as extensions of the natural environment for which the islands are rightly and consistently celebrated, drawing throngs of travelers and second-home owners for the vibrancy and diversity of the landscape. The same is true of Mauna Lani. “In color, in texture, in simplicity, we have looked to nature for all of our inspiration,” offers Hyers.

Image by Steelblue

Only “this hotel is distinctly modern and the interiors are filled with landscaping, therefore the furniture and details have a simple clean line that lets the adjacent nature speak.” Another dialogue with the environment is the way the team reoriented the main functions of the hotel—reception, pools, suites, bars, and more all open up to views and landmarks. “We are also designing experiences, not just interiors,” reminds Hyers, noting that places such as the Canoe House and Surf Shack will be “magical spots” on a property that is shaping up to be magic itself.

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


Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers

List Price $11.5 million



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


Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers

List Price $33 million



Kauai Estate With Open Air Design

To live at this estate on the North Shore of Kauai would leave a person with just one problem: Where to go when seeking a relaxing vacation? Given that this property is home to an open-air island residence, just over 7,500 square feet in size, and situated on more than 3 acres of manicured land, it’s a thoughtful question—one that becomes even more real after lounging at the vacationland pool area.

Poised on a bluff overlooking sparkling Kahili Bay, on land that is sprinkled with wafting palms and colorful flowers—the picture of Eden on Earth—the home is a thoughtful custom residence created by Kauai big-home builder Rohn Boyd, who’s since transitioned to selling luxury homes full-time on the Garden Island, as Kauai is called for its vivid and unspoiled natural landscape.

“It’s a self-contained resort,” explains Boyd. “I wanted to create a property that you can come and stay at—and not leave if you didn’t want to. You have every amenity here that you could want.”

The pool here is one of the largest residential ones on the island, and a central focus of the property. Snaking along the perimeter of the home, the elegant rock pool, over 100-feet in length, features a swim-up bar where one can lounge over cocktails under the Bali-style thatched roof. Tucked behind one of the waterfalls—there are two—is a peaceful grotto, and nearby is a 45-foot water slide that’s certain to make a child’s eyes widen.

Other thrills come by jumping into the pool from the rocky heights of the highest waterfall, or watching the sunset’s vivid pink, orange and blue hues while soaking in the spa tub. A regal touch to the scene is a reddish bridge, made of ipe wood and with carved railings, that stretches across the pool and links the front entrance gate to the residence itself.

The home’s style, which Boyd describes as “contemporary Hawaiiana,” sports a colorful slate roof and copper gutters, as well as a series of Dickey roofs—a style of double-pitched roof with overhanging eaves that is common to Hawaiian-style properties.

The silhouette of this estate’s roofs, more mildly angled than typical Dickey ones, lends a pleasingly angular look to the residence, and helps delineate different sections of the five-bedroom and six-bathroom home.

The home’s interior lobby is instantly peaceful, and housed in a two-story tower room where one can watch colorful fish glide in and out of the home via a koi pond that extends under the floor and along the home’s exterior.

From the grassy yard, this tower room makes a handsome sight: decked in native coral stone, with the top built in wood and lined with awning windows. Another interesting feature on the home’s exterior is Kauai beach sand, which has been secured across its surface, creating a pale-colored, textured patina that’s also low maintenance.

Throughout the home, a generous number of oversize windows and pocket doors create a direct link to outdoor leisure areas. “Living without walls,” is what Boyd calls it, adding: “It can be pouring rain and you can be sitting inside, loving life.” The finishes Boyd selected for the interior further accentuate the earthy atmosphere of the home.

Floors are laid in either hand-cut quartzite (easy to maintain and incredibly strong) or gleaming Cumaru, an exotic hardwood. Many of the rooms feature vaulted ceilings fashioned from Cambara wood, another tropical hardwood, and in the master closet, closet and drawer windows are lined with semi-opaque shoji (Japanese rice paper).

The property is located in Kauai’s only gated community, Seacliff Plantation, creating additional peace of mind when one is frolicking in the gated estate. Each owner, points out Boyd, also has exclusive rights to a private area called Crater Hill.

“It’s a mesmerizing place to walk up to,” he says. “It has 360-degree views of the ocean and mountains, and leads to Crater Beach, which you can only get to by boat or kayak.” For Boyd’s clients, Kauai is the place to come and escape one’s day to day life. “It’s very peaceful,” he says, and compared to other Hawaiian islands, is relatively undeveloped and uncrowded.

Located on the outskirts of Kilauea, a charming town built around the now-defunct Kilauea sugar plantation, which closed its doors in the early 1970s, the property is less than five minutes by car to the local markets and shops. To reach the exceptional nearby beaches, either Kahili Beach, called Rock Quarry by locals, or Secret Beach, one can cruise to them in minutes via ATV, a common way of getting around.

With the home’s open-air design and abundance of resort-like features, it’s not hard to imagine a family with young kids, or a couple with grandkids, taking over the place, and enjoying countless days of rollicking fun. Nights too.

“At night the house is amazing,” points out Boyd. Nearly 30 tiki torches light up the place, and a menu of custom lighting themes, from party time to romantic, were designed by a lighting pro and available at a button’s press. It’s a dramatic scene, yes, but even without such aids, day or night the island property remains a jasmine-scented natural wonder, one that’s been painstakingly engineered to experience the utmost pleasure in paradise.


Rohn Boyd

eXp Realty

List Price


A Prized Diamond Head Home In Oahu

Home to generations of Hawaiian-born residents, this exceptional oceanfront estate in Oahu’s coveted Diamond Head area was extensively renovated in 2016 (and again in 2019) to propel it to lofty status as one of the most idyllic properties in all of Honolulu.

Think 9,000-plus square feet of lavish living space on three levels—punctuated by hand-crafted appointments and glass-walled rooms offering jaw-dropping views of the Pacific—along with more than a half-acre of elaborate outdoor environs boasting access to 183 linear feet of ocean frontage, a pool and spa enveloped by lush tropical surroundings, plentiful lanais and much more.

“This is true luxury living on one of Honolulu’s most famed coastlines,” says Tracy Allen, who is listing the residence for $21.5 million. “The lineage of prominent kama’aina families who have lived there since it was originally built symbolizes the rarity of it.”

Nestled behind gates at 3249 Diamond Head Road, the property greets with a circular entry and stately porte cochère flanked by a green grotto and cascading water features. Once inside the six-bedroom home, an open floor plan is highlighted by special touches throughout, including an elevator, and windows, staircases and doorways adorned with etched glass.

Among the standout features: a formal living room with hardwood flooring, soaring ceiling and stone fireplace, and a family/media room with custom cabinetry. A professional chef’s kitchen wows with granite countertops, high-end appliances and a breakfast nook, while an opulent master retreat sports dual baths as well as a cedar-lined, walk-in closet and dressing room.


Tracy Allen

of  Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties


List Price
$21.5 million


Paradise Homes In Hawaii

Beachfront  Jewel

The former home of the late fashion designer Geoffrey Beene is now on the market in Honolulu for $14 million, complete with walls of glass allowing for panoramic ocean views from almost every room and access to 122 feet of sandy beach frontage. Situated at the base of Diamond Head—just five minutes from Waikiki—this stunning Malibu-style residence originally was designed by architect John Edwards and built in 1988, and then underwent an extensive $3 million renovation in 2016.

Expect almost 5,000 square feet of contemporary living space on three levels featuring imported limestone, stainless-steel doors, and Fleetwood glass windows and doors throughout. Among the highlights: a sumptuous master retreat with a large, walk-in closet boasting custom closet systems and an adjacent storage area that can be used as a safe room. There’s also an elevator, sound and photovoltaic solar systems, and a Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean.

4,878 SQ. FT.

Offered by Patricia Choi RB-11824

and  Julianna Garris RB-17280

of The Choi Group, Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers

List Price
$14 million


Slice of  Paradise

Found on the secluded island of Lanai, this impressive gated, fee-simple estate is the only offering currently for sale in Manele Bay Resort. Expect a main living space featuring a wealth of pocket sliding glass walls that open to reveal a 2,000-square-foot covered lanai, along with a lower-level family room outfitted with a sauna and granite-walled steam room.

Outdoors, 1.2 acres of manicured grounds are highlighted by golf cart paths; three levels of gardens; entertainment areas; a nursery; saltwater pool and spa; and trellised structure boasting 210 photovoltaic solar panels, which results in a zero electric bill.

The entire property (including lighting, security, pool and indoor/outdoor music systems) can be managed via an iPad or smartphone, while Island Club membership is available to all resort homeowners. Bonus: picturesque views of Manele Bay, Sweetheart Rock and the Jack Nicklaus-designed Manele Golf Course.


4,951 SQ. FT.

Offered by Gregory L. Sturm RS-65206

of Island Sotheby’s International Realty

List Price
$10.5 million


Beachfront Estate In Oahu

Kicking back and enjoying a luxe island lifestyle is effortless at this private, gated compound in the exclusive South Kalaheo area of Beachside, Kailua. Not only does the home offer sweeping ocean views and seamless indoor/outdoor environs ideal for entertaining, but the lushly landscaped lot is akin to paradise with its towering coconut trees, palms, and exotic red and pink anthurium.

There’s also an endless stretch of sandy, white beach for unbridled time, and the added bonus of having a front-row seat to Fourth of July fireworks right from your very own back yard.

“This stunning beachfront estate is situated on the coveted south end of the bay, which was just named the ‘No. 1 Beach in the Nation’ for the second time in a row,” as reported by the AP News, says Tracy Allen of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, who is listing the residence for $12.5 million.

“The indoor/outdoor floor plan is complete with numerous custom architectural details, and is further highlighted by gorgeous tropically landscaped grounds, allowing for true island living.”

Found on a 25,127-square-foot parcel of land and 83 linear feet of beach frontage property at 146 S. Kalaheo Ave.—near hiking trails and Kailua Town, known for its local shops, restaurants and cafés, and farmers’ markets—the property features a main home with five bedrooms, and a separate, two-bedroom guest house outfitted with a kitchen, living room, workshop and duo of courtyards.

Expect coastal-inspired living space flooded with abundant natural light, with one of the highlights definitely the sumptuous master suite showcasing a designer showroom closet; porcelain-tiled bath with his-and-her vanities, and an oval, jetted soaking tub; and sliding plantation shutters and glass doors leading to a flagstone deck.

Another stand-out feature: the gourmet kitchen outfitted with a butler’s pantry, custom, shaker-style white cabinetry, an oversized island with dual sinks, granite countertops, and Thermador and Sub-Zero appliances, with one side of the kitchen opening onto a lanai with a pool, lounging and entertaining areas, and the backdrop of the beautiful Koolau Mountains.


Tracy Allen RS-46610

of  Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties


List Price
$12.5 million


A Home With Special Twists

This stunning, Bali-style residence originally designed and decorated by superstar singer/entertainer Cher and architect William Long—and now owned by GoDaddy and PXG/Parsons Xtreme Golf Founder Bob Parsons and his wife, Renee—has hit the market on the Big Island of Hawaii for $10.995 million, complete with expansive sliding glass doors that open to create seamless indoor-outdoor living environs, sweeping ocean views and breathtaking sunsets year-round.

An added bonus? The closing gift, which consists of a three-day PXG Xperience for two centered around Arizona’s ultra-exclusive Scottsdale National Golf Club owned by the Parsons.

“The seller is one of the most fastidious people I have met, and the home has enjoyed every possible upgrade since purchased,” says listing agent Rob Kildow of Hualālai Realty. “It lacks nothing.”

Resting on a little more than three quarters of an acre at 72-122 Lau’eki St. in Kailua Kona—in the 685-acre Four Seasons Resort Hualālai community on the exclusive Kona-Kohala coast, with access to Jack Nicklaus- and Tom Weiskopf-designed golf courses—the six-bedroom abode was built by Pacific Tradewinds Construction in 2008 and comes fully furnished.

Expect 9,000-plus square feet of contemporary space laid out in a series of five free-standing bungalows featuring vaulted and beamed ceilings, designer lighting, hardwood inlaid flooring and Baroque stone-carved art throughout, along with a remote-controlled Savant smart-home system that controls lighting, audio-visual, Tiki torches and pool settings.

Among the highlights is an ocean-facing master suite sporting an office, wooden lounge deck with wraparound water feature, and spa-like bath with custom stone sinks, koa and mango wood cabinetry, a free-standing soaking tub and outdoor shower garden, and a media room with a surround-sound speaker system, blackout shades and wet bar with wine cooler.

The professional chef’s kitchen features Thermador professional appliances, locally built custom cabinetry with Blumotion hardware, and a center island with prep sink and bar seating. The exterior is showcased by a spacious covered lānai overlooking an adjacent infinity-edge pool and spa.

“I love the unique architectural characteristics of this home, both inside and out,” says Kildow. “The different roof heights create a remarkable arrival experience, while the flexible floor plan allows owners to live and entertain in the home in so many different ways.”


Rob Kildow RB-18723

of  Hualalai Realty


List Price
$10.995 million


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