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Do You See a Home or a Work of Art? 39 Papaua Place, Maui

“When others see a house, we see a work of art.” What better way to describe the curvilinear, organic architecture of this dramatic oceanfront Maui home than the latest Christie’s International Real Estate campaign, “Discover your masterpiece.”

The first impression of this property, driving down the private, gated Papaua Place, is of an unassuming surf shack with a geometric roof. Enter via angled walls of lava rock, crafted with no apparent cement or grout, through a massive pivoting door, to layered, open air and unfolding spaces stepping down to the ocean.

This when most everyone says, “Wow! I’ve never seen a place like this in my life.”

This is the front yard at Tahitian Pavilion…the ocean is accessible via a stone path.

39 Papaua, called the Tahitian Pavilion, was designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg who is known as an innovator in Organic Architecture; homes that blend in with their surroundings. This home was designed to open to the trade winds, misty rains, tropical foliage, and ocean views.

The home feels heavy, firmly connected to the lava rock foundation and anchored into the rocky point in Napili.  Massive lava rock columns form the central fireplaces and angled interior walls. The beams and radiating elements remind people of the stout keels and ribs in ships designed to weather storms or spinal columns that support the weight of whales.  

Stone, copper, poured cement, brass, lava and Hawaiian Koa wood elements are used throughout the home, accented with vibrant tropical fabrics, Hawaiian quilts and original art by local artists. The home boasts an extensive collection of original art, such as this stunning original oil painting by acclaimed Maui artist Jan Kasprzycki, that hangs in the master bedroom, framed by the Pacific.

Also in the master is an original oil by Philip Sabado, collectible artist originally from Molokai.

There are three original Philip Sabado pieces in the home.

Distinctive hand-painted tiles and ceramic decorative elements are featured throughout the home, as well as several pieces by another one of Hawaii’s favorite artists, Pegge Hopper.

The design allows outdoor elements to enter in whenever possible. The master bedroom balcony, on the left of this image, opens up to the trade winds and sounds of the surf and birds. Take a bath in the outdoor pool under a waterfall…or take a warm shower under the Napili rain inside the home…

Sunsets between the islands of Lanai and Molokai provide evening entertainment.

Walking down a rocky path to the ocean on certain days provides a beautiful wave to surf or on calmer days, a swim next to the turtles. I can speak first hand of how exhilarating it is to surf out front as this is a photo of me going left!

We had a great turnout recently during the Christie’s Oceanfront Extravaganza back in April.

This fantastic location borders Kapalua resort and is minutes away from fine dining, world class golf, Maui Prep (a great school pre-k through 12th grade) spas, and white sandy beaches. Oh and very importantly, the best supermarket and coffee shop at Napili Plaza.

Christie’s International Real Estate is a global network, which is supported by the esteemed auction house and offers exclusive homes to buyers worldwide. We focus on luxury residential real estate and offer you the tailored, trusted service that our discerning clients have depended on for more than 250 years. Let us introduce you to the world’s most exclusive homes.

Discover your masterpiece. I am honored to be a part of Christie’s International Real Estate’s curated network of property specialists, as a trusted advisor in the art of connecting buyers and sellers of fine homes. We recently adjusted the price on this unique home. I am available to answer any questions or give you a private tour:

A hui hou! (until we meet again)

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