Purchasing a home of your own in the Aloha State—no matter which island you choose—can be pricey.
However, we’ve found a bargain alternative, and it offers a clear (and affordable) vision. This glass pyramid on the Big Island sits proudly in the vicinity of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, in the aptly named town of Volcano, HI, the home of about 3,570 residents.
On the market for $120,000, this angular residence is an edgy twist on life in the tropics.
And although the structure is one of a kind, the price tag on this fascinating glass house doesn’t hover too much above the town’s median list price of $75,000.
Many of the neighbors are hobby farmers who grow bananas, tea, vegetables, citrus fruits, and bamboo. Tucked into the Royal Hawaiian Estates neighborhood, the area offers a side of Hawaii worlds apart from the tourist-heavy destinations of Waikiki or Lahaina.
There are no mammoth luxury resorts here—just plenty of unspoiled, rugged beauty. Which isn’t to say there’s nothing to do in this southern part of the Big Island. Volcano does offer a farmers market on Sundays and hosts many shops, galleries, and restaurants.
This mystical-looking pyramid was erected in 2019. Double-glazed half-walls of glass are reinforced by a metal frame. Inside the home, you’re surrounded by views of nature and mostly native landscaping. Measuring a petite 356 square feet, the current configuration includes a bedroom and home office in an open layout.
Included in the listing—outside the pyramid—is a covered dining area and an exterior rock enclosure with a sink, toilet, and bathroom. There’s also a system for off-grid power and dual catchment tanks for water. If you’re wondering about electricity, yes, this pyramid is equipped with LED lighting, so you can see after nightfall.
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The pyramid is equivalent to the size of a studio, and the listing refers to the dwelling as a “futuristic spectacle.” We can’t argue with that!
While the residence is very small, you shouldn’t be cooped up for long with the natural beauty all around you. After all, this is Hawaii, and the beach, breathtaking hikes, and balmy year-round weather are the main draws. In fact, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is only 5 miles away, Hilo a 35-minute trip, and the famed black-sand beaches at Punalu‘u a 40-minute drive.
Because the pyramid sits on a quarter-acre lot, a buyer could opt to build a larger home—and keep the pyramid as a studio or guest housing—or create a entire village of glass pyramids as a new riff on the tiny-house trend.
JJ Jasinski of Keller Williams Realty Maui-Ka is handling the listing.