It’s no secret that Grammy winner Will Smith once owned a property perched on a bluff, above the secluded Kauapea Beach (known as Secret Beach) in Kauai’s North Shore.
According to public records, the Hawaiian house was picked up by Smith and his wife in 2009, and it soon shot to fame. After only two years, the property was no longer used by the multi-talented famous family.
Reports by The Wall Street Journal state that the Smiths eventually sold their three-bedroom home off-market in 2013. It was soon revealed that it was bought by a trust connected to Russian heiress Ekaterina Rybolovleva, daughter of businessman-billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, for US$20 million — nearly 50 percent more of what the Smiths paid.
Only a handful of residential properties have ever sold for more than US$20 million in Kauai’s history. Plus, all of those encompassed more than a hundred acres. The Smith’s property came with just seven levelled acres.
The trust has since added extra acreage to the property, and the elevated 28 acres is now going for close to US$30 million. Roni Marley of Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers and Zackary Wright, executive director of Christie’s International Real Estate, jointly hold the listing.
A statement released by Christie’s describes the more than 2,000-square-foot main home, built in 2006, as nestled amid landscaped grounds, framed by the ocean, mountain and extended coastal vistas. The estate also features a gym; a swimming pool with adjoining hot tub; a covered pavilion with daybed; and an outdoor shower.
Trails wind through an orchard of organic avocados, grapefruit, star fruit, bananas and oranges, which ultimately leads to Secret Beach itself. The almost 1km expanse of sand and surf is noted for its sheer size and privacy.
Wright says: “This estate epitomises casual elegance while showcasing Hawaii’s rugged splendour. Three additional building sites offer a wide range of possibilities. The property could be sectioned off into multiple homes or re-imagined as a large estate. The potential is endless.”
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