Overlooking the golden sands of Sans Souci/Kaimana Beach at the foot of Diamond Head, the Sans Souci is one of Hawaii’s most coveted condos. Set on the sunny Gold Coast and flanked by boutique hotels, private clubs and parkland, Sans Souci – meaning “carefree” in French – combines the upscale lifestyle of East Honolulu with the excitement of an edge-of-Waikiki setting.
Once a landscape dotted with Hawaiian temples, by the late 1800s the coastline had transformed into stately homes and fashionable bungalow hotels with notable guests such as Robert Louis Stevenson. By the 1940s, the Sans Souci Inn had earned the reputation that “you weren’t anybody until you had lived at Sans Souci.” In 1960, the beachfront Sans Souci condominium rose in its place, with a curved design that provides every unit with 180-degree-plus ocean views.
A 15-story leasehold co-op, Sans Souci features 88 studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and penthouse suites, one of which was the home of famed dance-school mogul Arthur Murray for 35 years. Amenities include a gated entrance and secure lobby, onsite resident manager, community laundry, storage and resident parking.
Key attractions near San Souci include:
+ Secluded golden-sand beach fronting the building, with popular surf spot offshore
+ Upscale, oceanfront dining at Michel’s and Hau Tree Lanai, both right next door
+ Members-only Outrigger Canoe Club and Elks Club, within a 2-minute walk
+ 170-acre Kapiolani Park, with tennis courts, Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium
+ Central Waikiki, only a 10-minute stroll along parkland beachfront
+ Waikiki Elementary School, one of Hawaii’s highest-ranking public schools