“The Ultimate Art Project”: Explore this $3.25M Wailea estate designed by acclaimed Hawai'i artist

Posted by Staff Writer on Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 2:54pm.

Welcome home — to what Maui No Ka Oi magazine described as “The Ultimate Art Project.”

Lovingly designed by highly-acclaimed Hawai’i artist Robert Suzuki, this four-bedroom architectural masterpiece offered for $3.25 million in the heart of Wailea is truly a work of art. Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents Debra Merle R(B) and Cathryn Paxton-Haines R(B) are listing the home, which boasts 3,780 square feet of bright, airy and elegant living areas.

“I decided to build a house to showcase my art,” Suzuki told Island Sotheby’s International Realty. “That was the intention: to build a house to showcase my work while keeping the feeling of the home beachy yet contemporary.”

Suzuki drew inspiration from the colors he frequently uses in his paintings — the colors of Maui’s sea and sky. After designing and constructing five homes prior to this Wailea estate, Suzuki brought a breadth of experience and carefully calculated architectural elements to the design of the home, which drew on influences from both contemporary and Japanese architecture.

Upon entering the home, one enters the genkan, a traditional Japanese entryway area that eases the transition from the outdoors to the home’s interior. Once inside, there is a 10-foot-wide painting by Suzuki, one of the many art pieces he crafted to be showcased in this specific home.

“I also use the same kind of tile from the outside into the genkan so it’s a very smooth transition,” Suzuki said. “You don't really realize that you move from out to in until you close the door.”

He meticulously curated even the finest details — like the movable, custom-built shelves that can enclose the television in the living area and the Japanese-made tansu cabinets. The main level includes the great room, kitchen, master suite, powder room and second bedroom with bathroom. A large laundry room is also situated on this level, along with a room that could become your office or den.

The lower level boasts two more bedrooms, including one with an entirely private entrance, in addition to a family room with wet bar. The house and all its bathrooms were constructed to be ADA-accessible; but for someone planning to retire in the home, it is also perfectly suited for single-level living.

“It lives like a single story home because everything you need is on the main level,” said Merle, one of the agents representing Suzuki. “You don't have to worry about going up and downstairs every day.”

Other features include home security, central AC, 32 photovoltaic panels, solar-heated hot water and Fleetwood sliding doors. The home opens to an expansive patio with a pool, spa, waterfall and outdoor dining area, artfully planned by Suzuki himself.

“It was built in 2015 so it is newer than most homes in Wailea,” said Merle. “It has such quality building material.”

Explore more of this incredible home at WaileaMasterpiece.com.

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