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Shangri-la: Paradise on Earth in Pahoa, Hawaii

From the mainland, it takes just over five hours by air (four and a half if you catch a tailwind), but Pahoa, on the Big Island of Hawaii, feels worlds away. Located in the lush, jungle-like Puna District, 30 minutes south of Hilo, this small town has a ...

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Shangri-la: Paradise on Earth in Pahoa, Hawaii Trulia 5 days ago Jena Beaver From the mainland, it takes just over five hours by air (four and a half if you catch a tailwind), but Pahoa, on the Big Island of Hawaii, feels worlds awayLocated in the lush, jungle-like Puna District, 30 minutes south of Hilo, this small town has a decidedly bohemian feelFrom coffee farmers to computer engineers, artists to architects, young families to yogis, people from all walks of life congregate here.Beyond acres of papayas and New Age shops interspersed with small galleries and cafes, kitschy Old-West storefronts occupy PahoaWooden boardwalks connect strings of historic of buildings—more than any other town in Hawaii—including the Island’s oldest movie theaterIt’s an eclectic mix, but it’s what gives this place its charm. © Provided by Zillow, Inc. Pahoa, known for it’s laid-back New Age vibe, has the highest concentration of old buildings in Hawaii—and only 945 residents.Closer to the coast on the east side of town, you’ll find Lava Tree state park, a forest of fossils created when lava flow swept through the wooded landscape in 1790The trees themselves are gone now, leaving magma monuments as a stark reminder of the nearby Kilauea volcano, which serves as a backdrop to the area’s breathtaking native flora. © Provided by Zillow, Inc. Centuries-old lava formations draw visitors to Lava Tree State Park.In this verdant tropical wonderland, there’s another type of paradise to be found: Shangri-la, a one-of-a-kind, oceanfront oasisBeyond the gates, volcanic rock walls give way to unparalleled natural beautyFive thatched-roof structures, spread over half an acre, comprise this long-time luxury rental, now looking for a new ownerThe cost of pure bliss? $1,895,000. © Provided by Zillow, Inc. Lush tropical plants and lava stone walls greet guests and offer privacy at exclusive Shangri-la.The property’s most prized amenity is its 90-degree therapeutic lagoon, refreshed daily by the tideBuildings connected by footbridges sit atop beams, balancing above the water, providing views of the crystal-clear, aquarium-like ponds below.  © Provided by Zillow, Inc. Three adjoining lots were consolidated to create a secluded sanctuary, complete with fresh and saltwater therapeutic baths.But the open ocean isn’t farLess than a minute’s walk from the property lies Kapoho beach and tide pools, purported to have the cleanest air on Earth. © Provided by Zillow, Inc. Tide pools, renowned for clear waters and excellent snorkeling, extend up to 200 yards offshore at Kapoho beach.After a swim, freshen up in one of the indoor/outdoor bathroomsThe master offers a sauna and soaking tub with a backdrop of greenery and palmsMuch of the estate features open-air construction, embracing Pahoa’s balmy 74-degree year-round average temperature.  © Provided by Zillow, Inc. In keeping with the home’s Asian style, the master bathroom features a luxurious Japanese soaking tub.Meanwhile, at the other end of the property, the Balinese influence is in full effect in the romantic “Island Bedroom,” an al fresco suite accessible only by footbridge. © Provided by Zillow, Inc. Wild orchids grow with abundance in PahoaPink and white sprays add romance and a pop of color outside a bedroom suite.The guest house impresses, with waterfall views and a swim-up hammock island. © Provided by Zillow, Inc. Glassy tranquil waters shine in the Hawaiian sunAfter dark, enjoy a night swim, thanks to underwater lighting in the compound’s lagoon.And wrap-around porches provide respite: a vantage point for observation and quiet reflection. © Provided by Zillow, Inc. The suspended lanai is a perfect perch for sipping locally-grown morning coffee.It’s hard to believe a place like this exists. © Provided by Zillow, Inc. lagoon closing shot It’s no wonder this Hawaiian hideaway has been ranked one of the best luxury villas in the world.But Shangri-la is real: just steps from the ocean, this paradise is miles away from reality—and it could be yours   Could you live here? Let us know in the comments below, or check out more homes for sale near Pahoa.The post Shangri-la: Paradise on Earth in Pahoa, Hawaii appeared first on Trulia's Blog. 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