Would you pay $70 million for absolute paradise?
If paradise was for sale, it might look a lot like this Kauai, Hawaii, estate. Situated on top of a lush cliff on the island’s North Shore, the property—called Hale ‘Ae Kai—has an uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean, with private access to the wide sands of the aptly named Secret Beach and clear sightlines to the Kilauea Lighthouse.
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If that blissful setting doesn’t quite reach paradise level, consider this: The property consists of 15 acres of verdant land, with a fully operational farm and palm, coconut, lemon, lime, banana, and grapefruit trees. This is all overseen by an on-site farm manager, so enjoying farm-fresh produce every day doesn’t take time away from relaxing next to the ocean (or the enormous infinity pool). The surrounding farmland also serves as a natural barrier to the outside world, promising privacy for the property’s residents and guests.
The last ingredient in this recipe for total paradise is the central compound of well-appointed, Balinese-inspired pavilions. All are decorated with dark woods and natural textures, complementing the natural surroundings and establishing a soothing, tropical atmosphere throughout the gated property. All four pavilions have water views, with extensive outdoor spaces (think lanais and open-air showers) for enjoying these vistas and the surrounding greenery as much as possible.
The large central pavilion houses common areas, including a gourmet kitchen and a state-of-the-art home gym. The living areas overlook the massive infinity pool, which is surrounded by elegant outdoor living spaces (and enough lounge chairs for a crowd). The grassy lawn beyond the pool slopes toward the sea, with access to the private steps that lead down to the beach below. The other three pavilions are private suites, with an expansive master suite in one and intimate bedroom suites in the other two. The property also has two building lots, possibly for the future addition of more residential pavilions.
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Hale ‘Ae Kai is listed for $70 million by Neal Norman of Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, making it the most expensive home on the market in the state. Scroll on for more photos of the stunning property:
Photos: Dave Tonnes