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It's one thing to own a home in Hawaii, but another to own part of its past. This incomparable kamaaina property is historically-and literally-on another level. Ensconced at 4,200 ft. amidst Kula's mist shrouded ranchlands, this 5-acre property holds a timeless charm that dates all the way back to the Territory of Hawaii and harkens a bygone era. Designed by Vladimir Ossipoff- the renowned architect who at one time was called "the master of Hawaii modern architecture" -the home encapsulates his design aesthetics of suiting a home to its surroundings. Long rows of windows provide ample natural light, while also showcasing bi-coastal views that extend to four different islands. As one of Maui's highest-elevation homes, there are days where you seem to be floating above clouds that burst with color at sunset, and the pastoral silence is only pierced by the call of a distance pheasant. Pull on a sweater for a morning walk down the long, private drive, which brings you past towering magnolia trees, native ohia and tall koa. Some of the protea found of on the property date back to the initial introduction of the flowers to Hawaii by the home's original owner, who served as Hawaii's Territorial Forester and chose this property, backed up to open ranchland, for its Mediterranean climate. Part of the home was designed specifically for formal entertaining and is separate from the comfortable family living spaces. Koa wood paneling, patina redwood walls, and custom cabinetry built right into the walls help round out the sense of island heritage that only a handful of Maui homes can capture as fully as this one. This is vintage, rural Hawaii at its best, where time seems to stop and stand still at the gate, like a portal to far simpler times.
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