In the past, sugar plantation manager’s homes often represented the pinnacle of architectural grace and grandeur for their time. Not many of these original structures remain from the days when “Sugar was King” on the Big Island of Hawaii, however, there is now a unique opportunity to own one of these genuine pieces of Hawaiian history in North Kohala.
The Union Mill Plantation Manager’s Estate is a magnificently-restored 19th century home that offers an authentic taste of another era. Surrounded by wonderful gardens and fruit trees and graced and shaded by towering century-old Australian cypress trees, the beautiful 4,250 square-foot main house offers five bedrooms, three and a half baths, expansive covered porches, a great room, sunroom, kitchen, dining room and library. The great room is an expansive, gracious environment, boasting wrap-around windows with views of the lovely 1.35-acre grounds.
The property also includes a separate four-car carport, garage structure and a storage shed, as well as the original “carriage house” quarters which offers great options for guest quarters, an office or an on-site manager.
The main house’s large, high-ceilinged rooms, wood floors fashioned from old-growth Douglas fir (with its extremely straight and dense grain) and heavy double-walled construction throughout, all speak to a quality of craftsmanship that is truly amazing by today’s standards. There are good reasons this architectural icon is not only still around 125 years after its original construction, but remains in great condition. Significantly, the property’s placement on the State Historic Registry qualifies it for minimal real property taxes of only $200 per year.
Few manager’s estates had as colorful a history as the Union Mill house. The last manager of the Kohala Sugar Company was Pierre Bowman, and for literally four decades during the middle part of the 20th century, the “Bowman house” was the social center of North Kohala. Anytime a dignitary visited the district (governors, executives, etc.), they were inevitably entertained by Pierre and Elizabeth at their famous Union Mill home. If only walls could talk…!
Located halfway between Hawi and Kapaau, the property is close to all of historic North Kohala – with many shopping, gallery and restaurant opportunities – and is only a short 30-minute drive to the Kohala Gold Coast.
As the current owner is fond of saying, the overwhelmingly gracious ambiance of the home speaks to its residents and guests saying, “Come, sit down, let me take care of you ….” It is that special. Here, you can experience Hawaiian plantation days history at its very best. This home will appeal to those who have cultivated an appreciation for historically significant properties, or have always dreamed of owning an architectural icon with stunning curb appeal. If you would like to visit the Union Mill Plantation Manager’s Estate in North Kohala, please contact me to arrange a tour. This property is currently being offered for just $1,000,000… an amazing value.