A 1956 picket A-frame residence close to Diamond Head in Hawaii is available on the market for $3.75 million, and it comes with lava rock partitions and ocean views — test it out

It took Sophia Lin three tries earlier than she lastly managed to purchase the 4-bedroom A-frame residence in Honolulu, Hawaii, that she’s had her eye on for over a yr.

The exterior of the A-frame home.

The outside of the A-frame residence.

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Constructed in 1956, the 0.21-acre property was designed by well-known native architects George Wimberly and Howard Cook dinner, per the itemizing. 

“The third time’s the allure with this home,” Lin, a designer, informed Insider. The primary time she got here throughout the itemizing was in 2020. It was within the early months of the pandemic, and Lin and her household have been planning to maneuver to Hawaii.

“I reached out to the proprietor — an getting older gentleman — and he mentioned that I may go check out the place, however there was a tenant inside that didn’t need to present it and didn’t need to transfer,” Lin mentioned. “I forgot about the home. I believed it wasn’t meant to be.”

Lin ended up shifting to Hawaii in August 2020. A yr after, in 2021, the house — which she refers to because the Diamond Home — was up available on the market once more.

The front of the Diamond House.

The Diamond Home comes with a wraparound deck and a sizzling tub (pictured within the far proper of the picture).

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“That was after I was capable of go see it in particular person,” Lin mentioned. “We put a proposal in however they accepted one other supply.”

However luck was on her aspect: Barely a month later she acquired a name telling her that the property fell out of escrow — and asking if she was nonetheless .

Lin ended up getting a 3rd likelihood to purchase the house, and she or he paid $2.5 million for it in September 2021, per itemizing data.

“I felt it was meant to be because it got here again round into our lives after 3 times,” she added.

After a whole restoration of the A-frame residence, Lin is placing the property on the market for $3.75 million. It is positioned close to Diamond Head — Hawaii’s well-known volcanic landmark.

A bird's eye view of the neighborhood, with a blue arrow indicating where the A-frame home is.

A hen’s eye view of the neighborhood, with a blue arrow indicating the place the A-frame house is.

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Location-wise, itemizing agent Noel Shaw with Hawaii Life informed Insider that the neighborhood — Kahala — is an upscale space.

“Due to this, lots of the authentic houses within the space have been torn right down to accommodate trendy luxurious properties,” Shaw mentioned. It is uncommon to discover a newly restored mid-century trendy home like this, she added.

The broader space of Waialae-Kahala has a median itemizing residence value of $2.5 million, per real-estate platform Realtor.com. There are at the moment 35 single-family houses on the market within the space, with costs starting from $1.1 million to $26.99 million.

“The neighborhood this house is in we name Kaikoo, off of the road identify and the favored surf break that sits in entrance of the road with devoted ocean entry. It’s positioned proper on the aspect of the famed Diamond Head State Monument and a brief stroll to the beginning of the mountaineering path,” Shaw mentioned.

Through the restoration course of, Lin stored all the unique Hawaiian architectural options, together with the lava stones and timber beams.

The open living and dining area.

The open dwelling and eating space.

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“All the large architectural parts, like shoji screens, the lava rocks, and wooden beams, are authentic to the home. I did not need to mess with something that was the center of the house,” Lin mentioned.

The roof, specifically, is a marvel, she added. It is constituted of massive timber beams that begin from the skin of the home and so they join proper on the tip of the roof.

“It is one lengthy piece,” Lin mentioned. “Architecturally, it is a tremendous cool design, particularly contemplating that it was from 1956.”

The A-frame house is being supplied turnkey, together with all of the furnishings and decor objects as proven within the itemizing, Shaw mentioned.

The kitchen.

The kitchen.

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One in all Lin’s favourite architectural types is an A-Body, and she or he had at all times been on the lookout for a possibility to repair one up.

“After I noticed that there was one right here I used to be actually shocked. I did not know they existed in Diamond Head,” Lin mentioned.

She furnished the complete place on her personal, sourcing furnishings regionally in addition to from different components of the US. 

“I had to determine who would ship to Hawaii and the right way to get stuff right here,” Lin mentioned.

Even with the excessive ceilings, what makes the A-frame residence distinctive is that the primary bedrooms aren’t positioned within the loft area, Lin mentioned.

The loft.

The loft area has some couch beds.

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“I believe historically in A-frames, individuals attempt to stick a bed room up there and you find yourself getting a bed room with bizarre partitions,” Lin mentioned. As an alternative, the A-frame roof is over the kitchen and shared dwelling area, whereas the primary bedrooms are within the again.

“You get one of the best of each worlds — you get an A-frame with out the bizarre pitched roof over your mattress,” she mentioned.

Lin says she purchased the house with the intention of shifting in when she was performed with the restoration, however modified her thoughts.

One of the bedrooms in the house.

One of many 4 bedrooms in the home.

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“My household and I’ve our most important residence the place we’re dwelling. This A-frame was a challenge that I used to be going to repair up, hire out, after which finally transfer into when my husband and I grow to be empty nesters, which is in 4 years,” Lin mentioned.

Nevertheless, the couple, who has two teenage sons, fell in love with their present residence — which can be in Honolulu — and determined to remain put.

“We spend our time between California and Hawaii, so we’re not truly right here full-time,” Lin mentioned. “It made sense to simply promote the house as a substitute of attempting to maintain it round.”

Because of the home’s shut proximity to the ocean, a great purchaser can be anyone who enjoys browsing and entertaining, Lin mentioned.

One of the bathrooms in the house.

One of many loos in the home.

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Not solely is the home “proper throughout from among the best surf spots in Honolulu,” the out of doors deck overlooking the ocean can be ideally suited for many who prefer to entertain, Lin mentioned. 

Future house owners may also flip the house right into a rental if it meets the minimal keep length, she added.

In April final yr, Honolulu mayor Rick Blangiardi signed a invoice that might require a 90-day minimal keep for Airbnbs and different short-term leases positioned outdoors of resort areas, per Lonely Planet.