Nestled on eight acres near the former sugar plantation town of Ninole, this estate is far from any tourist resort and surrounded by incredible lush landscaping overlooking the ocean.
32-1056 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Ninole, Hawaii
For sale: $26.5 million
A lot of properties claim to be "one of a kind," but as far as real estate agent Kelly H. Moran knows, there really isn't anything else like this Hawaii estate — either on the mainland or the Big Island.
Waterfalls border the north and south ends of the property, with many of the rooms capturing both waterfall and panoramic ocean views.
"It would be very difficult to replicate," said Moran, owner of Hilo Brokers, Ltd. "I haven't ever seen anything else like it."
While the home boasts a lengthy list of over-the-top features, it's the location that sets the property apart.
Nestled on eight acres near the former sugar plantation town of Ninole, the home is far from any tourist resort and surrounded by incredible lush landscaping overlooking the ocean.
Waterfalls border the north and south ends of the property, with many of the rooms capturing both waterfall and panoramic ocean views, Moran said.
The home was a labor of love by the current owners and developers Scott Watson and Laurie Robertson. They purchased the land seven years ago, Moran said, and set about building a unique resort estate with recreational features.
The home was a labor of love by the current owners and developers Scott Watson and Laurie Robertson. They purchased the land seven years ago.
“We started out with a Frank Lloyd theme— we wanted to do a Fallingwater type house,” said Watson.
“But Falling Water is just two bedrooms and we wanted something bigger. We incorporated a lot cantilevers and Frank Lloyd-type design. It’s not Fallingwater, but we call it Waterfalling.”
Built from engineered concrete and steel, the home is built to last—something Watson calls a “forever structure.”
Watson owns a development company and many of his projects, including the Ninole home, include Olympic-caliber features.
The home that not only has an Olympic swimming pool — with three lanes and starting blocks, a 16-foot-deep diving pool with both a platform dive and Olympic springboard — but also a professional tennis court that holds stadium seating for 450.
Don't expect the tennis court to be used just for a Saturday session: There are plans to use the court for an upcoming University of Hawaii at Hilo tennis scholarship fundraiser.
If tennis isn't your thing, the home also boasts a golf course, "kiddie pool," outdoor wet bar, grill and dining area. An additional structure holds the four-car garage and guest suite.
Erika Riggs, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties and home design trends. Read more of her work here.
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First published August 22 2013, 10:52 AM