SELLERS: Steven and Dayna Bochco
LOCATION: Kamuela, Hawaii
PRICE: $22.995 million
SIZE: 6,301 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A little birdie we’ll call Nene Natterbeak made digital flight across the Pacific over the weekend to let us know that prolific veteran television producer Steven Bochco and his wife Dayna Bochco — an accomplished attorney, television producer and environmental issues activist — have slapped a $22.995 million pricetag on their ocean view but not oceanfront compound on Hawaii’s Big Island. As best as we can tell from a careful parse of property records, the 1.62-acre property, in the prestigious “Bluffs” section of the swanky and semi-remote Mauna Kea Resort community along the preposterously scenic Kohala Coast, was purchased by the Bochcos in July 2001 for $5.3 million.
The high-profile but low-key couple quickly engaged the services of high-end Hawaii-based architect Hamlet Charles Bennett to custom-design a Polynesian village-inspired series of interconnected, green tile roofed pavilions, and fancy-pants Miami-based decorator Charles Allem was brought in to gussy up the day-core with a casually elegant mixy-matchy amalgamation of Balinese, Oriental and South Pacific elements. Almost as soon as the paint was dry the multi-structure compound was photographed for the August 2005 issue of Architectural Digest (A.D.) and a quick comparison between the A.D. photographs and current listing images shows little if anything has been altered, decoratively speaking, in the last decade of their ownership and residency. All together, per current listing details, the Bochcos’ laid-back if clearly luxurious and decidedly polished Hawaiian hideaway sleeps 10 or more in five en suite bedrooms and has a total of 6.5 bathrooms in 6,301 square feet of interior living spaces that spill out through numerous banks of glass sliders to a multitude of sheltered outdoor living areas.
The central pavilion, with chatoyant chocolate-colored wood floors and a bamboo-accented vaulted ceiling, houses a comfortably commodious combination living and dining room and features a wide wall of glass panels that disappear into the walls when open and join the room to a deep and spacious ocean-view lanai. The neighboring kitchen has high quality if somewhat dated bull-nosed stone countertops on custom cabinetry with bamboo cloth insets, a full collection of au courant stainless steel appliances, and charmingly kooky wallpaper that depicts a variety of fish. A separate pavilion, with vaulted ceiling and at least two more disappearing walls of glass sliders, holds a media room outfitted with built-in entertainment unit and comfy seating for eight or more in a dense group of thickly cushioned sofas and armchairs. The master suite, smartly positioned in its own pavilion away from the other bedrooms for optimal privacy, is accessed by a concrete bridge over a koi pond and, like several of the guest bedrooms, opens directly to terraces with sweeping views. The simply but lushly landscaped grounds were designed by landscape architect Greg Boyer, according to the 2005 A.D. article, and include a sprawling lawn and a meandering, dark-bottom pool anchored on one end by a gazebo with chaise lounges for watching the sunsets. At the other end of the pool, a second gazebo was floated like an island in the pool and is set up as an open air dining spot.
A deep dive into various property record databases reveals the Bochcos maintain a property portfolio commensurate with their success and vaunted position within the pantheon of Tinseltown movers and shakers. In addition to their village-like Hawaiian compound they also own another residence less than a mile away in the same resort community — a 3,577-square-foot townhouse-type residence with four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms they scooped up in February 2006 for just under $4 million — as well as a picturesque 47-acre hill-top spread in the estate-dotted mountains west of Oakville in northern California’s wine-soaked Napa Valley that appears to have been bought in 2008 for an undisclosed amount. In Los Angeles the Bochcos own a photogenic and much gabbed about Richard Neutra-designed residence in the leafy and affluent Royal Oaks neighborhood of Encino that they hoisted on the open market in mid-May at $4.995 million and, as of today, is in escrow with an unknown buyer at an unknown price. We also turned up evidence that, just a couple of months ago, Missus Bochco quietly shelled out $3.095 million for a newly built five bedroom and five bathroom contemporary residence near the eastern border of Venice.
Missus Bochco recently ended her four-year term as a commissioner on the influential and all-powerful California Coastal Commission, and Mister Bochco, a 10-time Emmy winner and TV Hall of Fame inductee who’s created, wrote and/or produced an impressive plethora of primetime hit shows — “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” to name a few — also co-created and is currently writing and producing the cable crime-drama “Murder in the First,” starring the unconscionably comely Taye Diggs.
Listing photos: Mauna Kea Realty