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For $65M, Own the 2,700-Acre Birthplace of Hawaiian Polo

The 2,700-acre Dillingham Ranch was established in 1897 by Benjamin Franklin Dillingham, a sailor-turned-railroad magnate who founded the Oahu Railway and Land Company. His son Walter had an equally impressive life, creating Waikiki Beach—now one of the world's premier surf destinations—from 1,000 acres of swamp land, dredging Pearl Harbor, and building Dillingham Lodge on his father's land.
Known as the "Big House," Dillingham Lodge has just undergone a multimillion-dollar, period-appropriate restoration and boasts a 3,000-square-foot great room and eight bedrooms. The grounds include 19 acres of oceanfront, coconut trees, monkey pods, a variety of other flora and fauna (peacocks and ducks included), and an equestrian center and polo grounds—Walter cofounded the Hawaii Polo and Racing Club and the ranch is thought to be the birthplace of Hawaiian polo, and Dillingham Airfield, named for Walter’s son, Henry Gaylord Dillingham, an aviator killed during World War II.Then there's the folklore: author Noël Coward wrote one of his best-known songs, "A Room with a View," while sitting on the lanai—that colonnaded, wrap-around veranda—Prince Charles played polo here, and other famous visitors have included Prince Hussein of Jordan and actress Eva Gabor. While the price of the compound is listed as "upon request," Homes of the Rich cites it at a jaw-dropping, yet somehow appropriate, $65M.
· Dillingham Ranch [Christie's International Real Estate via Homes of the Rich]