A Modern showpiece by Vincent Tai, AIA, Architect
Featured in the February 2013 issue of HI Luxury Magazine, this inspired Makiki Heights sustainable contemporary 2-story home of 6,274 sf on 13,270 sf lot is located in a quiet neighborhood on lower Round Top Drive. This HIDEAWAY, not visible from the street, is accessible by a private driveway. It is backed against the lush tropical setting at the base of Tantalus and Honolulu Watershed. A unique blend of “town and country” living with views of the ocean and the city skylines. This home is a private sanctuary within minutes to the convenience of a vibrant urban lifestyle with all its attractions: excellent private and public schools; nearby Ala Moana Beach and Shopping Center, Kakaako, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, and Downtown has abundant shops, restaurants and entertainment venues; easy access to H-1 and only 8 miles to the Honolulu International Airport.
This dramatic and light-filled contemporary two-story home is serviced by an elevator as well as a custom floating glass stairway. The Mondrian-inspired 39-feet UV sanitized and solar heated indoor lap pool with an automatic cover on the first floor is a central feature of the home. It can be viewed as a horizontal canvas complementing the gallery of paintings on the surrounding walls.
The heart of this home is the entire upper floor with an open floor plan that embraces the minimal aesthetics of the Bauhaus School of the early 20th Century: The insulated skylights and sky roof flood the interior with natural light; the Great Room with a soaring ceiling and its natural acoustic effect is ideal for entertaining and musical events; a wood burning fireplace anchored with built-in seating creates a warm and inviting ambiance; a large lanai is conducive for outdoor gatherings with a tree-top view towards the city skylines; the dining, family and office alcoves are seamlessly connected while retaining their own individual function; a “skywalk’ across the lap pool connects the multiple living areas to a spacious kitchen with a large center island that includes a Sub-zero refrigerator and a Wolf double oven and gas stove; the spiral staircase leads to the rooftop lanai with its expansive view of the Honolulu skylines and the ocean beyond.
There are 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths. There is also a large laundry room and exercise area on the first floor. The 3-car automated garage with generous storage is also equipped with a 240V EV charger in addition to 4 or more open parking spaces. The 36 paneled 255 watt Photovoltaic system reduces the monthly electric bill substantially.
The garden is abundant with tropical fruit trees including avocado, guava, kumquat, lychee, papaya, tangelo, Meyer lemon and lime, and more. A rare opportunity to own a truly exciting and distinctive single-family home in the heart of urban Honolulu!
Project area total: 7,678 sf
Living area: 6,274 sf
Garage: 660 sf
Covered lanai: 454 sf
Roof lanai: 290 sf