Perched high on a bluff overlooking Kauai’s breathtaking North Shore, the home has over 1,022 square metres of space. And the adjacent lot is available, too
Dave Walters loved his cars. His eclectic collection of over 100 included some of the sexiest Ferraris ever built. His meticulously restored 1947 Chevy station wagon took best-in-class honours at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Which is why, when he designed his stunning 1,022-sqm compound on the North Shore of Hawaii’s Kauai island, he included a showpiece, 465-sqm, glass-walled car showroom to display 22 of his favourites. And in true “man cave” style, it included a workshop with a car lift, an office with miles of bookcases to display his automotive memorabilia and – naturally – a pool table.
Sadly, Walters passed away in 2009 after a long battle with cancer. The 66-year-old was best-known for his Kauai-based property development company Pahio Resorts, which essentially came-up with the concept of timeshare rentals. He sold it to Wyndham in 2006.
Now, his widow Lucette has decided to list the sprawling three-bedroom home overlooking the crashing Pacific with a US$15 million (S$20.31 million) asking price. She’s also prepared to throw in an adjoining 0.6-hectare lot for an additional US$5 million (S$6.77 million).
“It is almost unheard of in Hawaii to have the opportunity to build a second substantial ocean-view property alongside an existing one. Someone could create a truly remarkable family compound here,” Josh Jerman, listing broker with Hawai’i Life Real Estate, tells Robb Report.
Built in 2001, the home is part of the exclusive Anini Vista enclave of luxury residences close to the town of Princeville. Situated on a high bluff above Kalihiwai Bay, the estate enjoys jaw-dropping views of the ocean, and the towering Bali Hai peak to the west.
A short stroll or golf cart ride takes you down to Anini Beach, which boasts one of the longest reefs in the Hawaiian islands. The two-mile fringing reef provides calm, protected water that’s perfect for swimming, snorkeling or paddle-boarding.
“What sets the house apart is its unique, curved design. The two wings curve around a central koi pond with curved concrete walkways leading into the home,” explains Jerman, who shares the coveted listing with his Hawai’i Life colleague Matt Beall.
There’s no shortage of curves in what is arguably the home’s showcase feature: its huge living room with its curved (naturally) floor-to-ceiling windows providing 180-degree views of the Pacific.
“Right now, it’s the largest home for sale on Kauai, and every room is oversized. The primary suite is just huge and features his and hers bathrooms, large closets and dressing areas and a private lanai facing west for sunset views,” Jerman adds.
While there are just three bedrooms, Jerman says it would be easy to turn that vast car showroom into two or three additional suites. Remember, there’s also a traditional four-car garage on a lower level. The home’s oversize office could also be converted into one more bedroom suite.