Home of the Week: A Four-Level Tree House in Hawaii
This unique dream-like home perched high a top Lanikai’s prestigious hillside is a must see.
This house has been such a haven and such a remarkable gift to the heart. And I wish that this transports directly to the new buyer.” – Designer & Homeowner Steve Au.
Famous Hawaiian architect Steve Au designed this unique home for his family and undoubtedly did a remarkable job. The $2,960,000 home sprawls across four-levels and offers up unobstructed views of turquoise blue ocean, lush tropical gardens and the Mokulua Islands.
There are an abundance of awe-inspiring nuances to this home, like a garden room that leads to bridge where you will find more 36,000 square feet of preservation land with your very own mango trees, ulu, avocado, guava, papaya and other tropical native plants.
I can go on about how special this dream-like home is, but luckily coldwellbanker.com lets sellers tell you in their own words, what makes living and raising a family in their home special. Here’s a sample of what the current homeowners had to say about living in this tree house that has been featured as the Wall Street Journal House of the day as well:
“After years of designing luxuriously spatial residences for other architects and finally for my own clients, I yearned to do something that put my own personal vision into a functional form. I wanted a home that fulfilled the basic, supremely simple human needs: a living environment that merged physical space with the nurturing of the human heart. I wanted a design that expressed the enthralling joy that comes with surprise, that exemplified the tranquility of the tropical Hawaiian lifestyle. What better avenue, I thought, than an elegant tree house with a view of the sunrise, the changing colors of the ocean below, and the twin islands beyond?
Over forty years the house has become a refuge for many, a hermitage for the spirit and a lighthouse perched on the hill high above the road’s turnaround below. At night the house glows like any veritable lighthouse. This house is Lanikai’s best kept secret. It has brought joy and discovery to those whose lives it has touched. It has mended many lives and the hearts of many more. And it has soared with laughter and delight with the presence of beloved friends from all over the world. Most of all, it has provided a lifetime of memories and experiences that we take with us as we leave … a new journey … a new chapter.
I was told by a wise old man in India that I would build a special kind of house that was in the country but in the city. For years I puzzled over this conundrum. But with the house overlooking the twin islands on the one side and anchored to the 400-foot mountain range at its back, enclosing and sequestering the small community below, I realize he was correct in every way.” (read the full homeowner note)
*Video courtesy of: Slick Pixels Hawaii