It’s oh-so-apropos for a dude who loves to ride sweet waves. In late March, pro surfer Kelly Slater rode into a beautiful beachfront house on the North Shore of Oahu, in the town of Haleiwa.
The legendary wave rider paid $7.8 million for a home in a town where everyone knows his name. According to listing agent Anne Hogan Perry of Coldwell Banker’s Honolulu office, Slater grew up in Florida, but his family would rent homes along Papailoa Road, which happens to be part of Slater’s new address.
“It’s always had a strong connection to him,” Hogan Perry says. “It’s one of his favorite surf breaks.” Luckily for him, the property offers 100 feet of private oceanfront.
Known as the Seven Mile Miracle, this stretch of beach “has remained very stable” and had little ownership turnover, according to Hogan Perry.
The 8,000-square-foot home is “built like a fortress … for the elements,” she adds. Slater was concerned about the hardiness of the home, which has a larger lot than its neighbors.
Influenced by Asian and Hawaiian design, the compound comprises the main house, a two-bedroom guesthouse, and a one-bedroom cottage. High ceilings, tall windows, open walls were designed to bring the outdoors in. There’s also a pool, a pond with a Buddha statue, and boardwalks with a tropical Asia setting. All three buildings open out to the pool and lush gardens.
The desirable home actually received 10 offers, but the seller chose Slater even though his bid was not the highest.
The seller “felt that Kelly was the right person to carry on the (home’s) tradition,” says Hogan Perry.