Any architecture buff will know what to look for. Large arched first-story windows, with less decorative upper-story windows, a Spanish-tile low-pitched hip roof, and the asymmetrical L-shaped floor plan, are all classic Italian Villa or Italian Renaissance styles originally popular between 1890 and 1935.

Designed with a distinctly Tuscan romantic flair — with touches of Hawaiian influence as well — this Italian Villa set low on Hawaii Loa Ridge on a private, coveted cul de sac is available for the very first time since its construction in 1999.

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Stunning vistas from Koko Head to Diamond Head are spectacular from almost every room through large windows and from trellised lanais overlooking lush grounds and gorgeous garden setting — dramatically nestled against a vine-draped hillside — is reminiscent of European royalty.

“Enjoy the best of island entertaining on lovely large patios surrounding a very romantic swimming pool for seamless indoor outdoor living,” says Margaret Murchie, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties and the listing agent, who has sold more than 60 properties in the neighborhood.

Inside the home, a kitchen inspired by Tuscany serves as the home’s hearth. There you’ll find a classic arched range hood made of stone. Dramatic French doors and transom windows open to the outdoor area and fill the rooms with natural light, and arched walkways suggest the warm and welcoming style of a piazza. Equipped with gas appliances, a floor-to-ceiling pantry, and marble topped counters and less formal dine-in area. “The chef is center stage of this high-ceilinged gathering place and will surely be inspired by yet more glorious views,” says Murchie.

“This very special home was designed and built on a choice 23,000-plus square-foot lot by the current owner for himself and his wife, a renowned artist,” says Murchie. “This is the first time it is being offered for sale. It has a distinct Italian/Mediterranean flavor with lots of beautiful custom features, including hand-painted ceilings, genuine antique doors and windows — all in excellent taste.

A grand hand-carved Brazilian cherry wood staircase graces the main living area, and is resplendent with high ceilings — the beautiful details and craftsmanship adding to the home’s comfortably elegant style. Book lovers will appreciate the huge floor-to-ceiling bookcase in the great room/office with skylights. The two-story villa of approximately 4,500 square feet has 4 large bedrooms, most with cedar-lined walk-in closets, and 4.5 baths. This includes a delightful artist studio or guest quarters above the detached 3-car garage.

“This well-maintained home enjoys breathtaking views of the ocean, mountains, Koko Head, and Diamond Head,” Murchie adds. “This is a Mediterranean style home with distinct Island flair — comfortably elegant. It incorporates quality materials throughout, such as hardwood flooring, marble and granite finishes. There are high ceilings, lots of natural light and a flowing open floor plan with lots of interesting custom features sure to please the most discerning.”

Bells and whistles include a large game room, lavish use of natural stone and Cherry flooring throughout, a large covered patio beside the gorgeous swimming pool and lovely garden … and the most incredible views you could possibly imagine.

272 Kaialii Place is offered at $4,850,000 by Margaret Murchie, Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties in Kahala.

Written by Hawaii Home guest contributor Lisa Scontras