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The 1956 Honolulu home by George J. Wimberly was recently renovated

A-frame house with pool in tropical setting.
The A-frame was designed in 1956 by local architect George J. Wimberly.
Photos courtesy of Hawaii Life

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Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Price: $4,380,000

An A-frame of the beachiest order, this 1956 home in Hololulu by local architect George J. Wimberly—known for the Sheraton Waikiki and Kauai’s Coco Palms Resort—sits mere feet from the ocean. Boasting a one-of-a-kind design characterized by locally sourced materials like lava rock and timber, the recently renovated three-bed-three-bath unfurls across 3,248 square feet of midcentury-meets-island living.

The residence is modeled after a Samoan longhouse, with a massive roof creating a dramatic vaulted space in the living room. Sliding glass doors open up the interiors to a lanai, 40-foot swimming pool, and, of course the beach for the ultimate tropical indoor-outdoor experience. A massive fireplace separates this space from the dining room and remodeled kitchen, beyond which are two bedrooms and 1.5 baths.

A twisty staircase leads to the second floor, where a huge master suite with a bathroom to match, plus an office, hold court. Distressed oak wood floors, original polished concrete floors, whitewashed driftwood ceilings, and shutters are found throughout, while island motifs like twin dolphins and orchids decorate the pool. Located at 256 Paiko Drive, the property, which enjoys 55 feet of ocean frontage, is offered at $4.38 million. (It reminds us of this jewel.)

Courtesy of Hawaii Life