Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 million

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The captivating home of composer, artist, and activist Ryuichi Sakamoto is a wealth of inspiration. Originally designed for personal use by AIA award-winning architect Sid Snyder of Ossipoff/Snyder, this one-of-a-kind hillside villa has a unique history of housing creative and artistic souls – and it’s on the market in Honolulu for $2.95 million.

This residence in Hawaii’s Wailae Iki neighborhood was built in 1969 and sits on 14,323 square feet of land high above East Honolulu. The 2,996-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath home has an open courtyard and a 197-square foot-lanai with ocean views throughout.

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Modern home with Living Room and Sectional. Snyder originally built the home for himself on a site that was in town, but still very rural at the time.  Using the natural topography, he rotated the house to enjoy coastline views of the Oahu shoreline, from Maunalua Bay all the way to Koko Head. Photo  of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

Snyder originally built the home for himself on a site that was in town, but still very rural at the time. Using the natural topography, he rotated the house to enjoy coastline views of the Oahu shoreline, from Maunalua Bay all the way to Koko Head.

Modern home with Kids Room, Bunks, Bedroom Room Type, Playroom Room Type, Chair, Storage, Night Stands, Neutral Gender, Pre-Teen Age, Bed, and Shelves. A children's room holds a cozy bungalow for reading, a puppet show or other fun. Photo 2 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

A children's room holds a cozy bungalow for reading, a puppet show or other fun.

Modern home with Bedroom, Carpet Floor, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Shelves, Bench, Night Stands, Bed, and Rug Floor. Each bedroom has large windows with mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean. Photo 3 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

Each bedroom has large windows with mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean.

Modern home with Outdoor. Snyder was ahead of his time in layout and aesthetics and known for the concept of indoor/outdoor living and the use of “green” practices. Photo 4 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

Snyder was ahead of his time in layout and aesthetics and known for the concept of indoor/outdoor living and the use of “green” practices.

Modern home with Hallway. This home truly brings in the elements and nature and allows you to feel breezy trade winds through the use of passive design (think natural ventilation). Photo 5 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

This home truly brings in the elements and nature and allows you to feel breezy trade winds through the use of passive design (think natural ventilation).

Modern home with Living Room, Sectional, and Ceiling Lighting. Architecturally striking with large picture windows, you can see the calming blues of the Pacific Ocean from every room of the house. Photo 6 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

Architecturally striking with large picture windows, you can see the calming blues of the Pacific Ocean from every room of the house.

Modern home with Kitchen, Dishwasher, Wood Cabinet, Drop In Sink, Range, and Refrigerator. The house was never painted: chemically treated and sealed rough cut lumber create a white washed look. Photo 7 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

The house was never painted: chemically treated and sealed rough cut lumber create a white washed look.

Modern home with Outdoor, Walkways, Flowers, Side Yard, Shrubs, and Trees. Snyder’s attention to detail and tribute to history and local culture shows in various parts of the home, such as the use of stepping stones from Oahu Sugar Mill, when rocks were chiseled by hand. Photo 8 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

Snyder’s attention to detail and tribute to history and local culture shows in various parts of the home, such as the use of stepping stones from Oahu Sugar Mill, when rocks were chiseled by hand.

Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Storage, and Coffee Tables. The home is a beautiful blend of “unfinished” and “refined”. A paradox of open and airy, yet private and intimate. Perfect for entertaining but also feels like a tucked away retreat. Photo 9 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

The home is a beautiful blend of “unfinished” and “refined”. A paradox of open and airy, yet private and intimate. Perfect for entertaining but also feels like a tucked away retreat.

Modern home with Hallway. Looking closely at various surfaces of the cinder block walls you’ll see a mottled look: fresh stucco was made with sand from Waimanalo mixed with concrete and water. Photo 10 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

Looking closely at various surfaces of the cinder block walls you’ll see a mottled look: fresh stucco was made with sand from Waimanalo mixed with concrete and water.

Modern home with Bedroom and Chair. Large glass panels and exposed wood lead the eye to look at the home differently from every view. Photo 11 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

Large glass panels and exposed wood lead the eye to look at the home differently from every view.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Chair, and Ceiling Lighting. One striking feature is the window cutouts that forego glass and screens, instead using tile from the roof to allow for airflow and an interesting aesthetic. Photo 12 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

One striking feature is the window cutouts that forego glass and screens, instead using tile from the roof to allow for airflow and an interesting aesthetic.

Modern home with Outdoor, Shrubs, Trees, and Grass. Bold lines frame an intimate indoor/outdoor courtyard and allow privacy while uniting the home with nature. Photo 13 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

Bold lines frame an intimate indoor/outdoor courtyard and allow privacy while uniting the home with nature.

Modern home with Office, Lamps, Shelves, Chair, Storage, Study Room Type, and Desk. Current owner Ryuichi Sakamoto is a composer, musician, producer, and environmental activist; he has stood the test of time and continues to break new ground. Sakamoto’s devotion to environmental concerns – to turning ego into eco, as he puts it, fits with the feel of the home. 

His project “more trees” https://www.more-trees.org/en/ contributes to carbon offset through active forestation. “more trees” contributes to maintaining forests by planting seedlings and offering carbon offset credits to individuals and corporations looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Photo 14 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

Current owner Ryuichi Sakamoto is a composer, musician, producer, and environmental activist; he has stood the test of time and continues to break new ground. Sakamoto’s devotion to environmental concerns – to turning ego into eco, as he puts it, fits with the feel of the home.

His project “more trees” www.more-trees.org/en... contributes to carbon offset through active forestation. “more trees” contributes to maintaining forests by planting seedlings and offering carbon offset credits to individuals and corporations looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

Modern home with Bath Room. This shower creatively invites the outdoors in. Photo 15 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

This shower creatively invites the outdoors in.

Modern home with Living Room, Media Cabinet, End Tables, Chair, and Sofa. Clean lines and classic midcentury materials and finishings allow for an open floor plan that accommodates a variety of flexible living spaces. Photo 16 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

Clean lines and classic midcentury materials and finishings allow for an open floor plan that accommodates a variety of flexible living spaces.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sectional, Ceiling Lighting, Bench, Sofa, and End Tables. Owner Ryuichi Sakamoto found inspiration in the naturally aging piano left behind by Sid Snyder, and specifically chose not to tune the piano. Photo 17 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

Owner Ryuichi Sakamoto found inspiration in the naturally aging piano left behind by Sid Snyder, and specifically chose not to tune the piano.

Modern home with Living Room, Sectional, End Tables, Ceiling Lighting, and Chair. This home will hold its value and is a dream home to a specific group that understands and appreciates the architect and his vision.

All photographs by Mariko Reed.

Maura Fujihira of Fishcake and Diane Ito are responsible for staging of the property that is now for sale through Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties. To find out more, contact Diane Ito (R). Photo 18 of Live inspired in this Japanese Musician's midcentury indoor/outdoor home asking $2.95 millionView Photos

This home will hold its value and is a dream home to a specific group that understands and appreciates the architect and his vision.

All photographs by Mariko Reed.

Maura Fujihira of Fishcake and Diane Ito are responsible for staging of the property that is now for sale through Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties. To find out more, contact Diane Ito (R).

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Overview

Bedrooms
  • 4
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Midcentury
  • Year
  • 1970
  • Square Feet
  • 2853
  • Lot Size
  • 14323