Ask a Realtor about a house and you’ll usually find yourself given a laundry list of amenities: number of bedrooms and baths, remodeled this or that, possibly square footage, if it has a pool or not – the usual items.
Stunning Honolulu views from this Ossipoff home
Sometimes, if the architect is very significant and widely renowned, like Frank Lloyd Wright, or regionally pertinent like Willis Polk in San Francisco, or Lutah Maria Riggs in Santa Barbara, then that provenance is also attributed.
Original Condition Ossipoff Home in Honolulu
Here in Hawaii that ‘go to’ name is Vladimir Ossipoff. Born in Russia in 1907, raised in Tokyo, and then attended UC Berkeley, he moved to Honolulu after graduating in 1931. He is our Modernist par excellence, and we are fortunate to have many of his homes still in existence.
One such is 2345 Makiki Heights Dr. Offered at $3,298,000, this is an original condition Ossipoff, and it is easy to see why he was a master of designing for the Hawaiian Lifestyle.
6 bed/5 bath Ossipoff home (MLS# 1211206)
A mostly single story home, the house features fine details and wonderful choices of materials, but the shining quality is the home’s ability to exist both as shelter from the ‘outdoors’, and as a foyer from which to welcome in its surrounding environs.
With so many other homes crying out for attention from the street, their ‘curb appeal’ as it were, this home focuses its attention in other ways more rewarding for the occupants, namely, its own site, and the amazing views of the city of Honolulu.
As luxury homes today go, there may be others that are larger, or use more expensive building materials, but rarely can you find a home as masterfully built as this, enabling its inhabitants to live the serene Hawaiian Lifestyle.