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Deal – Historic Frank Lloyd Wright Hawaii Home

This is a screaming deal for a quality, historic property.

Gated driveway to Frank Lloyd Wright home (MLS# 233216)

Asking Price: $1,174,900
Assessed value: $2,274,300

An amazing Frank Lloyd Wright Home, adapted byTaliesin Architects, has now been reduced again in price by $55,000.

I have included some of my photos because they add a different perspective from the other photos used by the selling brokerage in the listing.

I love the privacy of this property and the fact you have vast mountain ranges including Mauna Kea and huge oceanviews with a seasonal river named Waiaka (probably more a stream to mainland standards) in the foreground with no buildings in view but dramatic landscape. This beautiful river was a favorite swimming spot for my children growning up in the 1980’s; I always took them to pools with waterfalls at lower elevation.

I like the fact this property does have neighbors, but you don’t feel (or see) the presence of them at all from the property! Even the gate has the feel of Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) designing, which if you are not familiar with FLW design, you will be after viewing this home  furnished with his own furniture designs.

Yep, sad to say, it is ‘Bank Owned’ and someone lost it….which on the upside means a deal for any lucky buyer. A big mahalo (“thank you”) to the previous owner for keeping the FLW designed furniture with the house!

Check it out, and let me know if you want to see it or make an offer.

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Ken Molina R(S)

August 4, 2010

OMG. I can’t believe this is still available. I sent the link to some broker friends in LA who specialize in architecturally significant homes. Maybe they have a collector client.

Ken Molina R(S)

August 4, 2010

OMG. I can’t believe this is still available. I sent the link to some broker friends in LA who specialize in architecturally significant homes. Maybe they have a collector client.

Katie Minkus, R(B), Broker-in-Charge Big Island Sales

August 5, 2010

@Ken – I can’t believe it’s still on the market either. It’s even better in person. I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time there in the past as a guest, and it’s truly an amazing architectural home. If only the banks would loosen up lending again enough so I could buy it myself – I would! Love this house!!

Katie Minkus, R(B), Broker-in-Charge Big Island Sales

August 5, 2010

@Ken – I can’t believe it’s still on the market either. It’s even better in person. I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time there in the past as a guest, and it’s truly an amazing architectural home. If only the banks would loosen up lending again enough so I could buy it myself – I would! Love this house!!

Robert L. Soto Jr.

August 9, 2010

The house really matches the landscape

Robert L. Soto Jr.

August 9, 2010

The house really matches the landscape

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Harris Cooper

August 22, 2010

>The house really matches the landscape<

Yes. Desolate and lonely. All it needs is car trouble to have a horror movie. Truly in the middle of nowhere. Ideal for the end of the world:-(

Someone would want this if it was in Kona, Waimea or Hilo.

Harris Cooper

August 22, 2010

>The house really matches the landscape<

Yes. Desolate and lonely. All it needs is car trouble to have a horror movie. Truly in the middle of nowhere. Ideal for the end of the world:-(

Someone would want this if it was in Kona, Waimea or Hilo.

Heidi White

August 23, 2010

I never thought of it like that Harris. Its close to resorts and Kamuela. Neighbors closeby too. The Makai side of Waimea has always been prefered by many. Views are Phenomenal to the north and south!

Heidi White

August 23, 2010

I never thought of it like that Harris. Its close to resorts and Kamuela. Neighbors closeby too. The Makai side of Waimea has always been prefered by many. Views are Phenomenal to the north and south!

Alexandra Bernstein

August 26, 2010

Don’t forget to mention that this site has the best weather on the entire island. Not too hot, well-sheltered by trees from the wind, and well into the “dry side” of Waimea! Also, a good location in terms of vog. Not to mention that 15 min. from leaving the driveway you can be in the ocean at Mauna Kea!

Alexandra Bernstein

August 26, 2010

Don’t forget to mention that this site has the best weather on the entire island. Not too hot, well-sheltered by trees from the wind, and well into the “dry side” of Waimea! Also, a good location in terms of vog. Not to mention that 15 min. from leaving the driveway you can be in the ocean at Mauna Kea!

Harris Cooper

September 8, 2010

Sorry if I was rude (to the house? to the seller’s agent?). Its just that few people come to Hawaii to live in the desert. This really is an odd un-Hawaiian place.

Took another look at the house on caravan last week. I knew I had seen it somewhere else. Its a copy of a Wright home called “Jacobs 2.

I believe its in Wi. I’ve seen pics of it in the snow. Its just darn odd on that stretch of desert between the hotels and Waimea. How’bout a deal on Hearst Castle, but in Nome Al.;-)

Harris Cooper

September 8, 2010

Sorry if I was rude (to the house? to the seller’s agent?). Its just that few people come to Hawaii to live in the desert. This really is an odd un-Hawaiian place.

Took another look at the house on caravan last week. I knew I had seen it somewhere else. Its a copy of a Wright home called “Jacobs 2.

I believe its in Wi. I’ve seen pics of it in the snow. Its just darn odd on that stretch of desert between the hotels and Waimea. How’bout a deal on Hearst Castle, but in Nome Al.;-)

Jeffry Borror

September 9, 2010

Interesting that this is called an un-Hawaiin place. Perhaps it doesn’t resemble the stereotypical Bali Hai image, but the Google satellite map shows about 1/2 of the Big Island is not green.

What appealed to me most about the Big Island when I visited was the vast diversity of landscape and climate, including the stark other-wordly beauty of the lava fields. Chacun à son goût

Jeffry Borror

September 9, 2010

Interesting that this is called an un-Hawaiin place. Perhaps it doesn’t resemble the stereotypical Bali Hai image, but the Google satellite map shows about 1/2 of the Big Island is not green.

What appealed to me most about the Big Island when I visited was the vast diversity of landscape and climate, including the stark other-wordly beauty of the lava fields. Chacun à son goût

Katie Minkus, R(BIC)

September 9, 2010

It’s funny… one of my favorite things when flying home to Kona is listen to the first time visitors when the plane is about to land in the middle of a lava field… inevitably someone says, “this is NOT what I thought of when I pictured Hawaii.” It always makes me giggle.

One of the BEST things about the Big Island (IMHO) is that we have 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones, which means there is literally a perfect weather pattern for just about everyone! It’s one thing when you’re talking about visiting for a week – naturally “most” vacationers want a more “stereotypical Hawaii” with white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and mai tais by the pool. But when you decide to buy a second home, invest, or live here in Hawaii, your wants and needs often change from the “vacation” experience to one that’s more suitable to how you want to live day to day life.

That’s why it’s easy to not “get” a house like this one – because it really is a spectacular piece of architecture in a near perfect location – it’s part of Waimea town without being smack in the middle of town (ie: everyone knowing your business and wet, wet, wet weather). Waimea (Kamuela) is a hotbed for art, the performing arts and upscale residential homes – this one fits perfectly into that “vibe.” Located on a seasonal stream, it only seems incredibly dry right now after 18 months of the worst drought in Big Island history. It’s only a 15 minute drive to some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, which means it’s easy to go visit the tourist “zone” and just as easy to escape back to the peace and quiet of a rural neighborhood.

@Harris – are you a Realtor here on island? I wasn’t aware of a caravan last week – I thought the last one in Waimea was on August 20th?? BTW – you may want to be careful what you label as “Hawaiian” – Hawaiian refers to a race of people, and is not generally used to describe inanimate objects, especially not houses. By your measure, ALL the modern building in Hawaii should be seen as “un-Hawaiian,” simply because the Hawaiian people didn’t build homes – or condos – or asphalt freeways – like we see everywhere in Hawaii today. In fact, if you look closely at the Hawaiian heiaus around the island, you’ll see they are made of stone, are mostly located in hot, dry areas of the island, and are more round than square… hmmm… sounds a bit more like the Frank Lloyd Wright house we’re discussing than any of the luxury estate homes you see along the coast…

Katie Minkus, R(BIC)

September 9, 2010

It’s funny… one of my favorite things when flying home to Kona is listen to the first time visitors when the plane is about to land in the middle of a lava field… inevitably someone says, “this is NOT what I thought of when I pictured Hawaii.” It always makes me giggle.

One of the BEST things about the Big Island (IMHO) is that we have 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones, which means there is literally a perfect weather pattern for just about everyone! It’s one thing when you’re talking about visiting for a week – naturally “most” vacationers want a more “stereotypical Hawaii” with white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and mai tais by the pool. But when you decide to buy a second home, invest, or live here in Hawaii, your wants and needs often change from the “vacation” experience to one that’s more suitable to how you want to live day to day life.

That’s why it’s easy to not “get” a house like this one – because it really is a spectacular piece of architecture in a near perfect location – it’s part of Waimea town without being smack in the middle of town (ie: everyone knowing your business and wet, wet, wet weather). Waimea (Kamuela) is a hotbed for art, the performing arts and upscale residential homes – this one fits perfectly into that “vibe.” Located on a seasonal stream, it only seems incredibly dry right now after 18 months of the worst drought in Big Island history. It’s only a 15 minute drive to some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, which means it’s easy to go visit the tourist “zone” and just as easy to escape back to the peace and quiet of a rural neighborhood.

@Harris – are you a Realtor here on island? I wasn’t aware of a caravan last week – I thought the last one in Waimea was on August 20th?? BTW – you may want to be careful what you label as “Hawaiian” – Hawaiian refers to a race of people, and is not generally used to describe inanimate objects, especially not houses. By your measure, ALL the modern building in Hawaii should be seen as “un-Hawaiian,” simply because the Hawaiian people didn’t build homes – or condos – or asphalt freeways – like we see everywhere in Hawaii today. In fact, if you look closely at the Hawaiian heiaus around the island, you’ll see they are made of stone, are mostly located in hot, dry areas of the island, and are more round than square… hmmm… sounds a bit more like the Frank Lloyd Wright house we’re discussing than any of the luxury estate homes you see along the coast…

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Heidi White

September 23, 2010

Well, I understand this home got four offers after this price reduction and it is now in escrow with buyers lined up….Boy I wish I were the first in line!
@Alexandra Bernstein, I agree with you, its location is superb!

Heidi White

September 23, 2010

Well, I understand this home got four offers after this price reduction and it is now in escrow with buyers lined up….Boy I wish I were the first in line!
@Alexandra Bernstein, I agree with you, its location is superb!

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