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Ocean View Estates on Large Acreage for Sale in Kohala

Two newer listings in North Kohala offer options for the buyer looking for a private ocean view estate on acreage or an upscale property with potential for sustainable agriculture. Though very different from each other, they each check similar boxes for real estate buyers who like the rural sophistication that characterizes the Hawi lifestyle.

Residence, barn, farm buildings on 141 acres with sunrise to sunset views in Kohala (MLS 606626)

Architecturally Distinct Kohala Mountain Road Ocean View Estate

A few years ago I wrote a blog post about what architects design for themselves in Hawaii. One of the featured architects, John Wallis, brought to fruition the unique vision of his client on a 30-acre parcel in the most sought-after location along Kohala Mountain Road not far from Hawi. Imagine a bird soaring along the coast…translated into concrete columns supporting 26-foot high ceilings (MLS 605460).

Aerial photo shows the home envisioned as an osprey perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean.

The seller explains that he patiently offered to buy this land for years, recognizing the location as having the optimal west-facing sunset-into-the-ocean views, at the perfect “rain line” elevation where the green of Kohala Mountain Road meets the dry sunny climate typical of the Kohala Coast resorts. Once he had the land, he built a home particular to the place.

Entrance with 26′ ceilings, clean finishes and neutral color palate to frame the green pastures and blue ocean below.

The residence has 4,800 sq ft of interior space and a full 3,200 sq ft of covered lanai. Over the top finishes and fixtures include Venetian plaster, custom crafted doors, a glass chandelier you would swear is a Chihuly (itʻs not), and my favorite part of the house: the American Range stove and oven in the kitchen.

Each “wing” of the house contains a master suite with the living areas in the body of the house. Above the garage is another guest suite currently used as a ping pong room. The other buildings on the property are very modest and not built with permits, but might be suitable for a farm worker or caretaker.

Although the property has County water, it is completely self-sufficient for electricity. A couple of sweet donkeys are in residence and the property would work well for horses.

Asking price for this unique property is $9,500,000.

True Farm with Expansion Potential Near Hawi Town

At the other end of the spectrum is an agricultural property of 141 acres with a simple but tasteful home, custom barn with office and equipment bays, a greenhouse and a Coverall building for more farm equipment (MLS 606626). On a recent broker caravan, we sampled gourmet chocolate bars made from the rare Criollo cacao beans grown and dried on the property.

A big advantage of this property is that it consists of two parcels, so a larger, more substantial home could be built higher up on the property where the views span sunrise to sunset.

Logical site for an estate-quality home on this North Kohala farm or equestrian property with ocean and Maui views.

The home has a grid-tied photovoltaic system and the farm has access to both County water and agricultural water from two catchment tanks. The opportunity for expansion as a working farm is tremendous. It could also become a fabulous horse property with room to ride.

Asking price for this farm property is $3,998,000.

For more information about these or other North Kohala agricultural properties, call or email directly.

A hui hou,

Beth Thoma Robinson R(B)

Direct: 808.443.4588


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Forrest Arnold

July 14, 2017

Most lovely, Miss Beth — I really like your capture of many good details… Would LOVE to work the sale with you…. Thanks Forrest

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