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A Former Rothschild Estate in Hawaii Lists for $32.5 Million

A two-parcel estate in Kailua, Hawaii, that once belonged to a member of the Rothschild banking dynasty hit the market last week for $32.5 million.

Harry Rothschild, who died in 2015 in Honolulu and had spent time in Hawaii since the early 1970s, dubbed the property, Kai Moena, meaning “the house of the resting sea,” according to listing agent Brandon Kim of List Sotheby’s International Realty. Rothschild owned the property through much of the 1980s, selling it in 1987 for $1.225 million, according to property records. 

Between the property’s two homes, there are nearly 15,000 square feet of living space. In total, there are 10 bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and three partial bathrooms. 

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Located on the island of Oʻahu, the homes were designed to blend into the beachy surroundings, Kim said.

The interior walls are designed “to mimic the curves in the waves; bamboo and natural weaves provide texture to the ceilings; and exotic mango, koa, monkey pod and mahogany woods create an authentic Hawaii look and feel,” he said.

Flagstone flooring, made up of large sheets of natural stone that were broken up on site, can be found both inside and out, adding to the natural flow between indoor and outdoor living. 

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The estate, which was built in 2001, sits on more than 255 feet of white sandy beach, and to protect the home from the salty air, there’s an automatic window-washing system, Kim said.

Other features include a resort-style lagoon swimming pool with a hot tub, a fitness center, a massage room, a media room, a sauna and a tennis/pickleball court. There are also two enclosed garages, one with space for two cars and the other for three cars. 

It’s “like your own mini Four Seasons Resort,” Kim said. 

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Kailua is located on the windward side of Oʻahu, meaning it gets the trade winds, and is known for its beaches, “laid-back atmosphere and vibrant community,” Kim said. It’s also popular among celebrities and other high-profile individuals, with President Barack Obama even spending holidays in the same neighborhood as Kai Moena, he added. 

The estate last changed hands in 2006 when the seller purchased it through a limited company for $13.5 million, according to property records.

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