As a Buyer’s Agent here on the Kona Coast, I’m always on the lookout for homes with great ocean views. As you know, if you have been reading my blogs I’m also looking for homes with style. One that is popular amongst buyers is the Hawaiian plantation-style. It is quite common in the old sugar towns of Kohala and Hamakua, yet surprisingly rare here in Kona.
Plantation-style refers to a time early in the last century when sugar was king here in Hawaii. In the sugar towns, charming bungalows were built for the plantation managers. These homes featured polished wood plank floors, a touch of gingerbread detailing, bright white paint, and deep eves to keep out the tropical sun; a little bit Victorian, a little bit simple farmhouse, and a lot tropical.
Since Kona was never a sugar town, cattle, citrus, and coffee are Kona’s crops, Hawaii’s plantation-style didn’t have much of an impact here. There are a few here and there, but they rarely come onto the market. When they do, they fetch a pretty price…
Back in 2002, a couple who owned a local plant nursery gave up looking and built one. This 5 bedroom estate (MLS# 242073), priced at $1.2 million, is quintessential plantation-style with an incredible ocean view to boot. The estate is in a great location, just around the corner from Kona’s famous Aloha Theater and Cafe in Kainliu town on the border between North and South Kona. It is out in the country, but just minutes to town.
The home they built combines the style of the plantation era such as gracious lanais, double hung windows, and glossy white bead board with some luxuries from the current century like an up-to-date kitchen and media room. This is the kind of home that saves marriages by making everyone happy.
As you can imagine, since the builders owned a plant nursery, the grounds of the estate are an arboretum. Flowers, fruit trees, and even a large koi pond dot the landscape. The back lanai opens to a pool and the view of the Kona coastline and the Pacific. I can’t think of a better place to end a day sipping a Mai Tai and watching a famous Kona sunset.