Must Love Trees: Makiki Heights
Perfect for the modern-day Swiss Family Robinson, this 2,800-square-foot Makiki Heights casa is clean, cozy and framed by a giant monkeypod tree. If you want unobstructed views, this isn't the place, although you get just enough city, ocean and Diamonhead views to justify the over-a-million price tag. No, this place is for folks who want home to feel that way, but still want all the amenities and a prime address.
The master's on the main floor, which is different, especially since it opens to the view and still manages to be private. The kitchen has been partially redone (wish it had some flashy appliance action, but it doesn't), and the previous owners chose to retain the cool '50s stainless steel countertops in one half of the kitchen. It was a good choice.
Below ground on the lower level, three all-purpose rooms-one of which is a wet bar-open to screened-in porches. Awesomely breezy and private, I predict this as the next owner's trashy-novel reading spot.
And if you're interested in such things, there's bona fide royalty next door. With any luck, neighbors Dialta and Vittorio Alliata di Montereale-princess and prince, respectively-will invite you over for bellinis or to check out their collection of art. La vita è bella in the trees.
Money talk: Listed for $1,685,000, fee simple. Currently in escrow.
Contact: Cliff Colvin, Coldwell Banker Previews International, 381-6703, email@example.com.