A rare property has just come on the market—the old Ward Estate (MLS# 247466), called the Cenric Wodehouse Estate and Poho Kala Ranch, in Keauhou Mauka on the Kona side of the Big Island.
Nestled between Keauhou Mauka and Honalo—The Old Ward mansion is nestled on over 584 acres of lush Big Island real estate on the mauka slopes of Mount Hualalai.
Adorned with flowers and beautiful trees at the driveway entrance from Old Mamalahoa Hwy., this gated estate comes with a vintage, early 1950′s castle-type mansion, a working cattle ranch with stables, outbuildings, and a large water reservoir at the top portion of this amazing property.
I took a group of clients to tour this property before it came on the market a few years ago, when it was a pocket listing at $10 Million, and I was amazed at the modern antiquity of this estate.
Former home of the prominent Ward Family (who owned what is now called Ward Avenue—prime acreage of real estate in Kakaako—Honolulu, Oahu), this home has so many original features that you will want to see before you enhance it to add your own personal touches.
Built in 1953, this castle reminds me of the fairytale Princess Rapunzel story—as she drapes her long hair down from the tower window—it has a tower? Yes, you will have your own private tower, complete with spiral staircase that leads to a window with a bench…a peaceful hideaway for meditation and reflection.
It also comes with a secret passageway behind a thick built-on bookshelf (just like in the mystery novels!)—the bookshelf is the entrance door to the hidden master suite and tower—both located on the makai side (ocean side or West) of this estate.
A cozy reading room with its own fireplace leads to the hidden master suite, so you can catch up on Sherlock Holmes, and retire to your quarters nearby.
The home has 6 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 3 half bathrooms, and 4 three-quarter bathrooms, along with a gigantic great room, and porte cochere with long entryway into the large mansion.
The huge walled courtyard to the left of the entryway is ideal for social gatherings or retreat functions—and there is lots of room for parking and meandering around the house for those private estate functions.
The great room has a huge open-type fireplace, wet bar area, formal dining area, and lots of space for living room furniture!
With a ballroom-type atmosphere, this room is the perfect size for impressing large groups of clients, or for inviting the whole family over for the holidays. It comes with very high ceilings, mahogany floors, and a very grand feeling of prominence and nobility as you walk into the room.
Poho Kala Ranch is a working cattle ranch and comes with a stable, outbuildings, fencing, gates, cattle guards, and its own private water reservoir. While many people are interested in sustainable living here on the Big Island, this property offers all of that and more!
Located in the upper portion of the ranch, you will have your own private reservoir, which helps with cattle, livestock, and any type of agriculture that grows well at these varied elevations.
Most of the upper property is pasture and raw land, but there are beautiful spots where you could have retreat areas, camping grounds, nature walks, and more! The sky is the limit with this gorgeous Big Island property and I would be happy to show it to you!
Since I’ve seen this huge property and have shown it before, I would be happy to share the information with you! The property does require a pre-registration and pre-qualification letter prior to showings, and due diligence is recommended.
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Blessings & Aloha,
Claire K. Bajo, RS