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$7 Million Retreat On Kauai Provides A Nature Immersion Experience

The idea of a Hawaii paradise can mean many things to many people. Maybe it’s immersion in a lush tropical setting. Being close to nature, great surfing or a top bird-watching destination. Living in privacy on a secluded, amenity-filled estate. Perhaps, it is all of the above.

Tucked away outside of Kilauea on the North Shore of Kauai is a 3.5-acre luxury compound with views of vegetation-covered slopes of Mount Namahana as its backdrop. Lush gardens and forest encircle the house. Birdsong fills the air.

The gated property is part of the Kalihiwai Ridge neighborhood, an area that was developed with plots ranging from 3 acres to more than 10 acres, according to listing agent Neal Norman of Hawaii Life.

Hiking is right outside the front door or nearby at the picturesque Stone Dam or Kalihiwai Reservoir. The wetland habitat is home to several species of endangered water birds.

Rivers are close at hand for paddleboarding and kayaking. For surfers, Kalihiwai Beach is within easy reach.

The Bali-inspired estate draws from traditional Indonesia design for the 4,500 square feet of living space within the main residence and detached cottage. The structures are a study in exotic hardwoods.

Walls and beams are sturdy merbau. The interior floors are bankirai timber (also known as bangkirai). More than 3,000 square feet of ipe decking surrounds the fountain-fed swimming pool.

Beneath an open-rafter ceiling is a 1,750-square-foot great room containing the main living area, dining space and large center island kitchen. A banquette breakfast table sits by a window.

Glass doors in the great room open to the expansive deck. The infinity-edged saltwater pool and spa are encircled by stone tiles. Cabanas are outfitted with built-in seating. Stonework encloses the outdoor shower.

There are four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a half-bath. Open, covered breezeways connect to the bedroom suites and a living room-style lanai.

The downstairs multipurpose room, currently in use as a gym, has a kitchenette and ample lounging space. The room takes in views of the gardens and ponds.

Swaths of lawn at the front and rear of the home provide ample space for outdoor sports.

The asking price for 5880 Kahiliholo Rd #L is $7.4 million.

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