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Stylish Vladimir Ossipoff House in Honolulu’s Makiki Heights

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.

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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.

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Katie Minkus, R(B)

April 29, 2013

Erik, when you say “original condition” does that mean that there is a lot of upgrading that will need to be done to the interior or the house, or that the integrity of the design is intact? Or both? I’d love to see this house, please sell it so I can go over with you for the inspection! Hee.

Katie Minkus, R(B)

April 29, 2013

Erik, when you say “original condition” does that mean that there is a lot of upgrading that will need to be done to the interior or the house, or that the integrity of the design is intact? Or both? I’d love to see this house, please sell it so I can go over with you for the inspection! Hee.

Erik Hinshaw, R

April 29, 2013

Katie, The kitchen was updated with new surfaces somewhat recently but other than that it appeared to me to be in as built condition meaning original fixtures in the bath, hardware and lighting throughout. The integrity of the design is definitely intact through out the home. Even the kitchen appears to me to be only surfaces; new countertop and appliances. No bad redo’s here unlike another Ossipoff up the road for sale where all interior details have been gutted. Absolute travesty and at a much higher price to boot. This is the one for lovers of Tropical Modern.

Erik Hinshaw, R

April 29, 2013

Katie, The kitchen was updated with new surfaces somewhat recently but other than that it appeared to me to be in as built condition meaning original fixtures in the bath, hardware and lighting throughout. The integrity of the design is definitely intact through out the home. Even the kitchen appears to me to be only surfaces; new countertop and appliances. No bad redo’s here unlike another Ossipoff up the road for sale where all interior details have been gutted. Absolute travesty and at a much higher price to boot. This is the one for lovers of Tropical Modern.

Keith Winters

May 1, 2013

As usual, Hawaii Life properties are awesome. I don’t usually think ‘city views’ when I think Hawaii. But this one has views that remind you of the hills outside Los Angeles. The patio is great too, or whatever YALL call a patio in Hawaii! Much luck in sale!

Erik Hinshaw, R

May 2, 2013

@Keith. It is an amazing home with a more than amazing view. Very similar feel to the Hollywood Hills with better weather and only 10 minutes from Waikiki Beach. Actually not our listing. It is listed by another great agency and agent, Pat Choi, R of Pat Choi International. Im always pleased to represent a buyer on her listings. As for the Patio perhaps Lanai is the word you are looking for.

Keith Winters

May 1, 2013

As usual, Hawaii Life properties are awesome. I don’t usually think ‘city views’ when I think Hawaii. But this one has views that remind you of the hills outside Los Angeles. The patio is great too, or whatever YALL call a patio in Hawaii! Much luck in sale!

Erik Hinshaw, R

May 2, 2013

@Keith. It is an amazing home with a more than amazing view. Very similar feel to the Hollywood Hills with better weather and only 10 minutes from Waikiki Beach. Actually not our listing. It is listed by another great agency and agent, Pat Choi, R of Pat Choi International. Im always pleased to represent a buyer on her listings. As for the Patio perhaps Lanai is the word you are looking for.

Kathy Awai, R(S)

May 15, 2013

I’ll take it the way it is; beautiful! It reminds me a little of Palm Springs mid century modern minus the desert of course and to own something by such a famous architect would be a treat! Please sell it so I can fly over with Katie for the final walk through! ahahaha

Kathy Awai, R(S)

May 15, 2013

I’ll take it the way it is; beautiful! It reminds me a little of Palm Springs mid century modern minus the desert of course and to own something by such a famous architect would be a treat! Please sell it so I can fly over with Katie for the final walk through! ahahaha

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