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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Portlock home is like a local Versailles

It's hard to find properties in Hawaii with enough land to create your own palace, but this grand chateaux in Portlock is a reasonable facsimile. In fact, if Louis XIV of France (known as "the Sun King") were still alive today, this home might have been his Island escape.

Sitting on a 25,024-square-foot lot, this award-winning masterpiece by renowned architect Jeffrey Long of Long & Associates is worthy of anyone who fancies themselves to be a sun king (or queen).

Upon entering the 8,200-square-foot home, a spacious two-story Grand Hall is revealed below with a panorama of Maunalua Bay, the Koolau range and Diamond Head in the distance.

Long says the main space of the home radiates from a central core; the heliocentric design is based on the ancient practice of tracking the setting sun at the horizon throughout the year—much like the Salon of Apollo in Versailles. In other words, this Grand Hall simulates a solar calendar.

According to Long, the arched plan's central axis is aligned with the setting sun at the spring and fall equinoxes, and is contained on the southwest by the sunset at winter solstice and on the northwest by the sunset at the summer solstice. From the central core, the progress of the sunset is tracked throughout the year as the sun travels past four pairs of battered stone monoliths that define the edge of the Grand Hall and covered lanai beyond it (perhaps like Stonehenge).

There are five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, a media room, gourmet kitchen, and 2,900 square feet of open lanai area. These are just little side details compared to the grandness of the rest of the house, but nice to know!

The garage is 600 square feet, but you have a massive driveway for the rest of your guests to park. That's assuming you'll be entertaining-and with a house like this, you'd probably want to. (Click here for more details.)

Money talk: $14,888,000 fee simple
Contact: Dolores Bediones, Prudential Locations, 808-732-5037, dolores.bediones@pruhawaii.com

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 in Permalink

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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