In the old days on Kaua’i, the wood that was to be used for building homes was floated in the ocean to salt-cure it, thus making it bug and rot resistant. Wood from old-growth forests was also denser than wood today. This might be the reason why so many of the Kauai’s older, SINGLE-WALLED homes withstood the force of three hurricanes, while newer homes often collapsed.
One of Kauai’s oldest homes of record was just listed for sale in historic Waimea Town. Built in 1923, the two-story, wood-frame house has a storied past. Some say it was once a photography shop, while others say it was a house of ill repute. The two large bay windows in the living room could have been used to display the wares, whatever they were! In the old days, people lived above their businesses, and this property’s unique zoning, both commercial and residential, still allows the new owner to do the same. The lot measures a tiny 2589 sq. ft., but it has the best mango tree in town. The house is a generous 2232 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms and an office upstairs, and a full separate mother-in-law unit downstairs. It is located directly across the street from the post office in “bustling” downtown Waimea, which gives it high visibility. The bank, grocery store and beach are all within a stone’s throw, making this property a throwback to Kauai’s golden days. Contact Micki Evslin (one of the property’s owners) for further info at 808 639-6853.