A Banyan Tree House. Banyan trees are some of the largest trees in the world. The largest extends over 4 miles. In some cultures, they are considered sacred. Though not native to Hawaii, they were brought here by Indian Missionaries. The oldest Banyan tree on Hawaii is in Lahaina, Maui and was planted in 1873. These large and beautiful trees are majestic.
“The Banyan House” on Kauai was built around the mature banyan tree on the property. The half acre lot is perched on the Rim, overlooking Wailua Valley and the Wailua River below. The views and setting are spectacular. The large Banyan tree brings peaceful energy to the property.
Upon entering, there is a beautiful wooden walkway made of solid Brazilian IPE that bridges the garage and house over a boulder and fern lined drainage canal. Edible fruit trees and fragrant tropical flowers dot the landscape. A 2-car garage was built with an extra 240 square foot studio space on the back, complete with shower, sink, and toilet is perfect for guests or use as an office space.
Inside the house, bamboo flooring, IPE decks, solid granite countertops and VG fir doors and trim demonstrate the quality and durability that is evident in the whole house design. Energy and waste conscious, there is a 3-panel solar hot water system, whole house water filtration system, Smart Panel termite resistant exterior trimmed out in red cedar, copper rain gutters, Tech-Shield radiant barrier and solar vents that guarantee cooler temperatures and efficiency.
An open flowing floor plan integrates the kitchen, dining and living spaces. Three of four lanais are screened in, creating an enclosed extension of the living space to capture the magnificent views.
The tranquility and peacefulness of this property allow for the sounds of the river below and bird songs to be heard. It is a great spot for quiet contemplation and relaxation with lots of privacy — a writer’s paradise.
The neighborhood of high-end estates is off the beaten path so there is no through-traffic. Within minutes you can be at great hiking trails, the Wailua River, or the serenity of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery. Close to beaches, the Homesteads Park and Wailua General Store.
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