A Yurt, A Pod, An Estate… Unique, With A Capital “U” Homes Available!

by | Mar 16, 2021

With inventory and interest rates at an almost all-time low, I find it amazing that home prices on the Big Island have NOT skyrocketed to the moon! It’s definitely a seller’s market, BUT, that doesn’t mean that a savvy buyer (with his or her savvy Realtor®) can’t pick up an amazing home along the Hamakua Coast, or anywhere else on our big beautiful island, and at a fair price!

Out of curiosity, I searched our MLS for homes between $500,000 and $750,000, and believe it or not, there are only seven currently on the market marked “active.” Yikes!!! (“Contingent” means a property is in escrow but not yet through all the inspections, etc. There is still a chance it can fall out of escrow.

“Under Contract” means that all contingencies have been satisfied. The chances of it falling out of escrow is next to nil.) I have also selected my favorites priced between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000!

From tiny homes to yurts, pod configurations to grand estates, the Hamakua Coast has a home for every design taste! And, it’s not just about the home that tickles your fancy…it’s the property that can make your heart sing! If gardening and yard maintenance isn’t your thing, we offer postage stamp lots in new and vintage sub-divisions. If the title “Small Rancher” gets you excited, we have one to ten acre parcels. If “Bigger is definitely better”, go for twenty+ acres of rich farm land, often right along our rugged coast!

Take a look at these four “U”nique properties…

Yurt Living In Paradise

Seldom do I find a home as “U”nique as this one! Yurt living at it’s finest! They are sustainable, and research indicates we sleep better in the round! Wake up under a 30’ round silk parachute in the main loft style living area. The kitchen includes hand burnished concrete countertops, (notice how they follow the curve of the yurt wall), white ceramic farm sink, a Wolf Oven, Dacor Gas 5 burner cooktop, and French door stainless steel refrigerator. The attached bathroom laundry area has quartz countertops, a Tea-for-Two cast iron tub, and front load washer/dryer. Inside living extends outside as you lounge under the string lights in the evening around the fire pit next to the seasonal waterfall gulch. Live off the land with a veggie garden and citrus, avocado, and guava trees, plus an abundance of tropical flowers!

This property encompasses 7.5+ acres of Hawaiian pasture land nestled in an established and healthy forest of red and yellow ohia trees. Views include the Pacific Ocean toward the horizon and the neighbors on each side are a Japanese traditional tea farm and an organic macadamia orchard. A permitted ‘minor agriculture processing building’ is also on the property.

Are you looking for a new way of life, with peace and quiet? Want to live off-grid, but offered the possibility of county water and power? Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? This one-of-a-kind property may be what you have always dreamed of!

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MLS# 639848  |  $1,980,000

P.S. — Want to learn what yurt living is really like? My Year In A Yurt, authored by yours truly, offers a first-hand peek into 14 months of living in a 24’ yurt, 450 not-so-square-feet, on the glorious Hamakua Coast. Plus, extensive yurt factoids and the world’s largest Yurt Resource Guide. Order your copy today! And, I will happily autograph it for you.

Peter Getty Estate Near Historic Honokaa!

MLS# 643120 | $1,900,000
Holy smokes! This is unbelievable. Have you ever seen a lava rock waterfall in a living room? Add a wall of windows that open completely to the outside providing panoramic views of Mauna Kea and rich pasture lands, and who would ever leave? Peter Getty created this masterpiece, investing $4.4 million. Rich woods create a warmth throughout this home that most could never even dream of: Ohia floors, maple ceilings, mahogany cabinets, redwood siding, with twists and turns from all viewpoints. The main home of 4703 square feet boasts five bedrooms, six and one-half bathrooms, and a wine cellar. The separate guest ohana (cottage) adds another 1088 square feet, with equal attention to detail, all situated on five very private acres. Approximately 20 minutes to Waimea, and 15 minutes minutes to historic Honokaa Town. You have got to see it to believe it! A rare, one-of-a-kind offering.

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MLS# 643120  |  $1,900,000

It’s All About The View…But So Much More!

Take a look at this stunning property located in the quaint town of Ninole on the Hamakua Coast. Wow…not only does it offer a stunning, up close view of the Pacific Ocean, so close you think you can reach out and touch the waves, but 2.45 lush acres of land as well! You can consider this a wonderful example of a contemporary “Pod Concept” as the residence consists of two buildings connected via a colonnade/breezeway, 2,468 square feet of living space. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a “chef’s kitchen”, covered lanai’s, all using top-of-the-line materials including a variety of unique hardwoods throughout. If hearing the lapping of the waves, and witnessing the breathtaking rise of the sun ticks your boxes, this property is for you.

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MLS# 647285  |  $1,725,000

A One – Two (maybe Three) Punch!

Ookala is a tiny community toward the north end of the Hamakua Coast. Nestled between the rugged coastline and mature stands of trees sits this private gated oasis, possibly one of the best price options along the coast! Just take a look at this panoramic ocean view! Sky high vaulted ceilings give this 2,270 square foot open concept home a true sense of spaciousness. Three bedrooms with well appointed en-suites, plus an extra ½ bathroom create a peaceful home environment. And a full acre provides the necessary privacy from the cares of the world. What is the One-Two Punch? This property has an approved County of Hawaii Short Term Vacation Rental (STVR) and NUC licenses that can transfer to you! And here is a solid Third Punch… Seller may consider financing!

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MLS# 645477  |  $738,000

Tiny House BIG Lot!

The term “Cottage” use to represent a really small home often near a lake or beach. Now the key word is “Tiny”, representing a home of no more than 500 square feet…or not-so-square feet in the case of a yurt. Currently, there are two listings which feature tiny homes on big acreage along the Hamakua Coast. For this blog, I am featuring this quaint tiny home nestled on 4.52 acres in a forest of eucalyptus and bamboo, yet a hop, skip and a jump from Old Mamalahoa Hwy in Ahualoa. (Waimea is about 20 minutes away, and Hilo is a drive of about an hour.) One large room includes the kitchen, dining/living space, and sleeping area complete with a cozy wood burning stove. You even get a bathroom…no outhouses here! And, here is the amazing thing…the owner will consider financing!

MLS# 638387  |  $429,000

P.S. — Check out my Lean Mean “Cottage” Pie recipe. Yum yum!

Jen McGeehan

JEN MCGEEHAN, RS-80881
Phone: 808.747.2365
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I am an adventurer by heart, never letting too much dust settle under my feet. But, I am also a nester, a woman who loves her home, garden, animals, family, and whatever career I happen to be in. In my latest adventure, I’ve successfully merged over 46 years of varied work and life experience into a real estate career that focuses on the goals and dreams of my clients. Are you interested in moving to the Big Island of Hawaiʻi? I’d love to talk with you about your dream goal, and help you achieve it!

Integrity is the cornerstone of my business! 

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