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Kauai’s ‘Butterfly House’ Is a Rare, Architectural New Build on the Hawaiian Island’s North Shore – Mansion Global

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Location: Hanalei, Hawaii 

Price: $12.5 million 

This brand-new beachfront home, scheduled for completion by the end of this year, is a rarity both for its contemporary design and its location on one of Hawaii’s best-known beaches. 

Dubbed “The Butterfly House” for its soaring roof lines, it’s the first newly constructed house on the North Shore of Kauai (Hawaii’s northernmost and fourth largest island) in the past two decades. The contemporary design features a wing-like metal roof and a wide-open view of breaking waves and the ocean reef. Hawaii-based architect Deborah Rosenblum of Design/Create Space designed the home, said co-listing agent Tiffany Spencer. 

The property’s grassy yard opens directly onto the North Shore’s beach and is steps away from the ocean.

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“The naming of the home actually comes from Deb Rosenblum,” added co-listing agent Ben Welborn. “I personally love the contemporary architecture and the high floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors that allow you to take in the views..”

Situated on more than one-half acre, the house has 615 square feet of lanais and captures views in two directions: the coral reef out front and the lush mountain and waterfall views behind. 

Indoors, the three-bedroom home has expansive rooms filled with natural ambient light throughout from modular wall plates (up to 16 feet in height) and custom Fleetwood sliding doors that create a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor living areas.

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One design highlight is the wide built-in bench seat near the dining area. Set against a high bank of windows, it frames the dramatic scenery of the Kauai mountains.

The agents noted that the designers have employed a range of natural materials in earth tones to give this home a modern yet airy beach vibe. The buyer will have the option of choosing their own finishing touches.

“This really is a rare opportunity to move into a brand-new oceanfront home on the North Shore of Kauai,” Ms. Spencer said. “The buyer will immediately be able to enjoy a beautiful oceanfront home, without the headache of designing and building, which typically takes years due to strict permitting requirements in Hawaii.”

The ocean’s crystal-clear waters are mere steps away from the house.

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This 2,121-square-foot home has 615 square feet of lanais, three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half bathroom. It sits on a 27,500-square-foot lot.


The home includes a long list of design features, including BESA pendant lighting and HALO recessed lighting, teak hardwood floors, Accoya decking from New Zealand and a copper alloy metal roof. 

The three en-suite bathrooms feature Kohler Undermount soaking tubs (with optional steam showers). The kitchen features a Wolf six-burner gas range with oven, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Miele dishwasher.

Neighborhood Notes

The property is tucked away in a peaceful location, approximately 10 minutes from the town of Hanalei on Kauai, which is Hawaii’s fourth largest island. Sometimes called the “Garden Island,” it features emerald valleys, tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls. 

The famous Tunnels Beach, a favorite for snorkelers and scuba divers, is a five-minute bike ride away. The North Shore is an idyllic beach town known for its iconic Hanalei pier, which is popular with pro surfers and tourists alike. The Club Wyndham Bali Hai resort is also nearby.

Nearby beach tree hammocks provide the ultimate spot for relaxing.

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Agents: Tiffany Spencer and Ben Welborn of Hawaii Life

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