Tucked away on the front slopes of the Diamond Head landmark in Honolulu is a Malibu-style house once owned by one of America’s most iconic fashion designers, Geoffrey Beene. The luxurious home at 3311 Beach Road is on the market with a $14 million asking price.
You might have to pinch yourself to be sure the stunning surroundings aren’t a dream as you view the beachfront home’s three stories hugging the lower slopes of Diamond Head crater as they meet the water’s edge. Stepping foot inside the custom kiln-formed textured glass entry door will likely confirm your feelings that this impressive home is indeed a retreat from the outside world.
Built in 1988, the residence features four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms in 4,878 square feet of living space. Beene bought the property in 1992, and it was gifted to the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 2003. The home was sold in 2005 to its current owner, who undertook a major renovation in 2014, the result of which is a serene, Zen-like haven.
The house is built of glass, concrete and steel. Walls of glass maximize the breathtaking sunrise and unparalleled Pacific Ocean views that one can experience in almost every room. The south-facing beachfront home’s unique position captures views of the Diamond Head Lighthouse on the side of a cliff.
Julianna Garris and Patricia Choi of the Choi Group with Hawaii Life are co-listing agents for the property.
“The moment you walk in the house you see an expansive view of the ocean, and it’s just gorgeous,” said Garris.
The residence features smart home technology, a sound system, oceanside spa, central air-conditioning and a photovoltaic system to transform Hawaii’s abundant days of sunshine into energy.
“There are 16 outside cameras, and you can remotely control the house from anywhere in the world,” Garris said.
An elevator and stairs provide access to all three levels of the home where one can admire imported limestone that was used extensively indoors and out. The bathroom walls are finished in an iridescent glass tile that’s a blend of sea salt and beige hues. Subdued shades of sea salt green paint on the bedroom walls provide a restful ambience.
The oversized garage can be accessed from Beach Road, its entrance tucked seamlessly into the home’s privacy wall.
“The wall creates a buffer between you and any public viewing,” said Garris. “When someone drives past, you can’t see into the house.”
A Jacuzzi and small, well-manicured yard are on the oceanside ground level.
The home is just steps from the white sandy beach and a few dozen paddle strokes away from some of Oahu’s most popular surf breaks. Honolulu’s business district and public and private schools are nearby.
The popular hilly five-mile loop around the base of Diamond Head takes you through some of Oahu’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Or you could hike to the peak of the Diamond Head Summit Trail from the entrance to Diamond Head State Park and Recreation Area, just five minutes away.
Fine dining, boutique and luxury retail shopping, nightlife and every possible convenience are available in Waikiki, less than two miles from the home’s front door and an easy stroll along the water’s edge of Kapiolani Park.
“Diamond Head is a coveted area,” said Garris. “Not many people could afford to buy in this area. And then to be on a beach with a beautiful sandy coastline, that’s pretty darn rare. It’s an opportunity for someone who wants the best of the best on this island.”