In this unique house, Kona architect John Parazette married modern design with tropical vernacular architecture. The house is situated in one of Kona’s most desirable locations near the art village of Holualoa. The post-and-beam cedar structure takes full advantage of ocean breezes and its 1,000 ft cooler elevation. The home is sited strategically across its park-like grounds, and is hidden from the street. Oversized posts support lofty ceilings, a pattern echoed outside by rare native Hawaiian and other tropical trees. Inside, views of ocean, coastline and garden are ever present.
The 3 interconnected structures, Main House (LR/Kitchen/3BR/2BA), Cottage (LR/1BR/1BA suite) and Ohana (1BR/1BA), together with multiple lanais, total over 4,000 sq ft of indoor and covered outdoor living space. There are many cozy nooks and thoughtful built-ins.
The residence incorporates materials consistent with its tropical ethos, including solid mahogany, teak and koa cabinets; ipe hardwood floors; and fossil-inspired porcelain tile. The open kitchen is configured for cooking and entertaining, and includes an Imperial commercial range. A variety of paths, and over 500 ft of paved walkways, meander through the terraced garden. There are over 800 sq ft of covered craft and work space; two secure dry storage rooms; a wood-fired pizza/bread oven; two laundry centers; an outdoor shower; and several mosaic features (only mosaics incorporated in structures are included). There is covered parking for up to 3 vehicles, and additional parking for 3 more.
The owned photovoltaic system, 3 solar water heaters, and a car-charging station minimize fuel costs. The owners long ran a hosted vacation rental in the Ohana, no permit required, netting $30-$40,000/year.
This flexible and multi-functional residence would be perfect for those seeking space to work from home; for retirees looking for project or hosting space; or for a family, including a multi-generational one.