SELLER: Edwin “Ed” Catmull
LOCATION: Kailua, HI
SIZE: 8,182 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 9 full and 2 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Kudos to the property gossips at Realtor.com who turned up the nearly year old listing for Ed Catmull’s his beachfront hideaway in Kailua, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, that’s currently available with — in our humble and utterly meaningless opinion — an unnecessarily complicated price of $20.138 million.
Dr. Edwin Catmull, for all the hardcore celebrity gossip glossy readers who don’t recognize his name, is am uncommonly brainy fellow who is a co-founder of animation juggernaut Pixar and the current and long-standing (if mildly beleaguered) president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. He may not be a household name outside of Hollywood but, children, he is unquestionably a Tinseltown player of the highest order. Okay? Okay. Anyhoo…
Property records Your Mama peeped show the much-lauded CGI pioneer purchased the .7-acre oceanfront property on the northeast coast of the island of Oahu in August 2007 for $6.2 million. Mister Catmull and his wife, Susan, soon engaged the services of GAST Architects in San Francisco who custom-designed a LEED certified two-story residence equipped with a (coffin-sized) elevator, seven bedrooms and 9 full and 2 half bathrooms in 8,182 square feet of interior space done up in comfortable if bland Polynesian seaside-inspired luxury by an accomplished design firm out of Honolulu.
Spacious interconnected living spaces unite the U-shaped house and blend together to incorporate several lounging and dining spaces plus a double-island kitchen with finely crafted custom wood cabinetry — probably and one hopes something preposterously expensive and native to Hawaii — and a full collection of high-priced appliances that include an integrated, under-the-counter ice making machine.
Private quarters include a handful of guest/family bedrooms of varying sizes and features — one is lined with lighted bookshelves and another has furniture built with Legos — plus a self-contained studio-style guesthouse and a second floor master suite complete with dual bathrooms and two ocean side lanai. Listing details also call out a fully equipped fitness room, a media room, an office and garaging for half a dozen cars.
Numerous patios and lanai surround the house and include an outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue and pizza oven located just outside the indoor kitchen. A resort style swimming pool, spa and waterfall are tucked privately in to the grassy and tropically landscaped courtyard making it ideal for skinny dippers and nekkid sunbathers who prefer not to be peeped by passing beach combers along the property’s deliciously pristine 125-feet of beach frontage.
We really haven’t the foggiest why Mister and Missus Catmull want to sell their Kailua mini-compound but our research shows they maintain a large and oft shifting property portfolio. In March 2012, as per property records, the couple sold another house in Kailua, this one across the street from Lainiki Beach, to another veteran showbiz executive — Dennis Rice — for $2.15 million and the next month sold the 6,621-square-foot house next door, which they bought in Spring 2004 for $1.95 million, for $3.5 million to — again as per property records — former Yahoo! Chairman Alfred J. Amoroso.
In the fall of the same year — that would be 2013 in case any of the children are having trouble following the timeline — in a deal that appears to have gone down on the QT, the Catmulls coughed up exactly six million bucks for an early 20th Century Edwardian on a corner lot at the border of San Francisco’s Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow ‘hoods. Property records show they own several other properties in prime San Francisco locales plus a small bungalow in the upscale Bay Area community of Piedmont that they picked up a few months ago for $900,000 as well as one or two homes in an affluent southern suburb of Salt Lake City, UT.
Listing photos: Choi International