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Hawaii is home to some of the most stunning houses in the world. But one was just unveiled that’s poised to be one of the most expensive homes in the state at $78 million. And it isn’t even built yet.

Three contiguous oceanfront lots were just listed for $35 million in the exclusive residential community of Kaupulehu on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. Listing agent Carrie Nicholson of Hawai’i Life envisions one buyer for all three lots. And while the piece of land is stunning, it’s the approved architectural building plans for a sprawling nine-bedroom residence from famed architect Paul McClean of McClean Design that make it one of a kind.

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McClean is known for his lavish ultramodern concepts that highlight the surrounding environment. These plans are no different. The approved architectural building plans feature a nine-bedroom main home as well as a separate two-story structure, pool, and fountains that highlight the incredible ocean views. There would be over 18,590 square feet of interior living space.

Of course, the renderings also reveal extensive expertly-designed outdoor space. The pavilion-style structures all appear to have covered patios that open onto a lush green lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Some of the rooftops were utilized to enhance the indoor-outdoor living with greenery planted on top of them and seating areas arranged.

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Black lava rocks can also be found scattered throughout the property and towering palm trees to make for a unique landscape design. Pathways linking the building also create a mini sense of exploration as you make your way across the property. Ultimately, it feels like a mini island on an island because of the sense of privacy, diverse topography, and unobstructed views.

The lots alone, when combined, would be $35 million. The estimated cost to build the McClean-designed residence would be $43.86 million. Combine the two, and you get the record-setting price tag and some serious bragging rights.


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