|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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The only Frank Lloyd Wright home built in Hawaii is now available for your next vacation. This 3 bedroom/3.5 bath, architecturally significant residence will comfortably accommodate a family of 6 in a setting that is truly one-of-a-kind. Features of the home include a complete kitchen with upgraded appliances, an expansive living area (with a fireplace) and an outdoor lava-rock hot tub overlooking the ocean and breathtaking mountain views. The bedrooms are located upstairs and “float” over the main level of the house. The master bedroom has superior views with a private bathroom, walk-in closet and private outdoor balcony. The second bedroom has it’s own private bathroom with a queen size bed. The third bedroom has two twin beds and the fourth bedroom is currently being used as an office and/or playroom. There is a grass yard in front of the home that is shaded in the morning, making for the perfect space to have an outdoor breakfast or to practice yoga.
This architectural gem was constructed on a 3-acre gated property between the Kohala Coast and the town of Waimea. The half-moon shaped residence is perched over the Waiaka stream with expansive ocean views a perfect panoramic view of three of the Big Island’s awe-inspiring volcanoes (Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai). Throughout the landscaped property guests will find numerous secluded seating areas, a hammock and a small soccer field. Unique to this FLW home, guests are only a short 10 minute drive to beautiful white sand beaches, world class resorts and plentiful golf courses on the Kohala Coast. Also within a short drive is the country town of Waimea where bountiful farmer’s markets will supply you with all the fresh locally-grown ingredients you will need to make memorable meals during your stay.
HISTORY OF HOME:
Completed in 1995 the home was commissioned by Sanderson Sims who partnered with Taliesin Associated Architects, John Rattenbury and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to bring the unbuilt plan to life. Originally conceived for the Cornwell Family in Pennsylvania in 1954, the 3,700 sq. foot passive solar hemicycle home embodies FLW’s principles of organic architecture in which the structure blends harmoniously with the natural landscape. A series of towering glass doors topped with windows reveals floor to ceiling views along the entire span of the home. The second floor appears to float over the expansive curved main living area and is in fact suspended from the beans in the ceiling and hidden steel frame circumnavigating the home.
The home has rounded walls made of coral aggregate block from Oahu, FLW’s signature Cherokee-red concrete floors, and is built into a hill offering indoor/outdoor living that is sheltered from the consistent trade winds. It is furnished with licensed reproductions of original FLW-designed furniture including his ‘Barrel’ chairs, ‘Origami’ chairs from 1949, and ‘Taliesin’ floor lamps. The home has extensive built-in seating per the FLW design, as well as custom built furniture to integrate with the home’s round walls. A series of opaque skylights bring natural light into the home and warm lighting behind opaque glass illuminates the house at night.
There is no air conditioning in this home, however, windows on opposite sides of the home provide for natural ventilation.
5 night minimum - maximum occupancy of 6 people
*No Special Events*
A cleaning fee of $450 + tax will be collected with each reservation. This includes a housekeeping service 1/week (once per every 7 days of your stay). Laundry facilities and detergents are provided in the home for guests to use. Additional housekeeping services can be purchased for a fee.
Tax ID# W53469309-01
We booked this property for a family vacation in November 2014, and the home was magnificent. Set just west of Waimea, it is about 2500 feet above sea level. The late afternoon breezes from the East would roll in with a pleasant mist, and climate-wise it was similar to that of Northern California. On our arrival through a driveway lined by towering foliage, we were greeted by five wild turkeys bouncing about the lawn and even bounding onto the roof. Alas we were unable to catch the slowest one for Thanksgiving dinner.
Entry into the home via the garage's entrance, one is embraced by the structure, almost claustrophobically as was one of Wright's features in his Taliesen homes -- he wanted guests to be welcomed and enwrapped on arrival. From there through the dining area, the layout opened up to reveal the large expanse of the living area with Wright furnishings including barrel chairs, origami chairs, and classic mission style furniture and thoughtful lighting. The lawn was putting green worthy and stepping toward the Eastern edge of the house, one finds a welcome hot tub. The bedrooms on the upper level were classic Wright, and decking from the master lent southerly views. This home is quite private with the front of the home facing the Keanuoimanu stream which can be heard trickling toward the sea. It is within 10-15 minutes' drive to beautiful beaches on the Kohala Coast, and travelling to Hilo and Volcanoes' National Park were picturesque jaunts over the Saddle road or along the Mamalahoa Highway. On a trip to Mauna Kea Observatory Visitor center where astronomy enthusiasts set up telescopes at nightfall and are generous in sharing their copes and knowledge of the night skies we took the Saddle Road and witnessed a five minute+ sheep stampede crossing from North to South, so do be careful with driving here at night [unless you want mutton]. We did not spot any donkeys, however, caution signs notwithstanding. Merriman's restaurant in Waimea was a great spot to wind down our visit the last night on the island and is but 10 minutes away. Excellent meal and stellar service.
The house is well appointed:fully stocked cookware, dishes, washer/dryer units, and linens. Property management were always available, prompt and courteous. [She came out to check out a brush fire on the hillside in front of the house which was addressed by the local volunteer fire department. not a common occurrence rest assured.] A Wright afficianados dream.