There are plenty of tropical destinations that are vibrant, laid-back, and beautiful; in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the islands of Hawai’i are the farthest island chain from any land mass, yet they are easily accessible to and from the mainland American continent by plane. Living in Hawai’i is an experience that offers the seclusion of the vast Pacific while still maintaining a connection to the continental U.S. For these reasons, and countless others, many have decided to make Hawai’i their home.
Add to that the availability of all things American – including the language — and you have a place with the advantages but without the disadvantages of living in a high-pressure society where relaxation is a dwindling commodity.
Hawaii has always been a magnet for vacationers, but land scarcity over the past few decades has affected the region. Luxury real estate prices in choice areas are now among the priciest in the world.
On the largest of the islands, the Big Island of Hawaii, there is an intriguing new property for sale on the verdant northeast Hamakua coast, which is quieter and less visited by tourists than the well-known resort town of Kona. It’s a 51-acre gated estate with nearly a mile of Pacific oceanfront– nearly a mile!
Located near the tiny settlement of Honomu and the bigger town of Hilo, even the entrance is a show. The drive onto the fenced property through Norfolk pines, royal palms, acres of macadamia nut, citrus and avocado trees and expanses of emerald lawn is an appropriate prelude to the grand home.
The more than 9,000-square-foot residence, built in 2004, has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half baths and a one-bedroom, one-bath Ohana apartment unit.
The home’s striking stone entryway opens to a sweeping staircase, although an elevator i
s available for those who prefer an assist. Luxurious indoor and outdoor living and dining areas face the sea. The kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, including a convection oven, 6-burner gas stove and wine cooler.
A massive 2,800-square-foot primary bedroom suite on the second floor is surrounded by a covered lanai with views of the coastline and sunrises over the Pacific.
Bathrooms are marble showplaces, the closets are huge, and of course, there’s a lap pool. Also on the estate is an equipment barn and the machinery necessary to care for the property.
Serviced by local utilities, this estate also boasts its own deep water well and a photovoltaic array to meet the water and electrical needs of the estate, according to the listing.
To reach this stunning property, two airports are available: Kona International, about 90 minutes away by car, and the smaller Hilo Airport, less than 30.