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Pixar director Lee Unkrich sells scenic Hawaii getaway for $6.3 million

Lee Unkrich’s Hawaii retreat
The two-acre estate centers on a tropical Craftsman built with seven different types of wood.
(Gregory Blore)

At long last, Oscar-winning director Lee Unkrich has sold his Hawaii home. The coastal estate, which had waffled on and off the market for the better part of a decade, just traded hands for $6.3 million, records show.

Unkrich, who left Pixar last year after a quarter-century run during which he directed such hits as “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” first sought $12.5 million for the property in 2011. It was most recently relisted late last year for $6.8 million.

It’s perched on a bluff on the North Shore of Kauai, taking in sweeping views of the ocean and a 3,000-foot secluded stretch of sand known as Secret Beach. The two-acre spread centers on a stylish abode that the listing describes as “tropical Craftsman.”

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True to the Craftsman style, the single-story spot combines seven different types of wood: teak, ebony, ipe, koa, mango, fir and redwood. Other architectural flairs include custom glass doors, tongue-and-groove ceilings and a lava rock fireplace.

On the main level, there’s an expansive great room, a chef’s kitchen and a dining room. A hand-carved staircase leads upstairs to the master suite and a loft with trundle beds. In total, there are two bedrooms and three bathrooms in 3,639 square feet.

The outdoor spaces are just as impressive. Three pavilions surround a custom swimming pool and spa out back, and elsewhere, waterfalls, hammocks, palm trees and picnic benches fill out the grassy grounds. A lounge with a fire pit overlooks the ocean, and a wooden walkway descends to the sand.

Hannah Sirois of Elite Pacific Properties holds the listing. Paul Pacuilla of Reside Kauai represented the buyer.

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During his time with Pixar, Unkrich worked on the blockbuster hits “Monsters Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story 2,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Ratatouille” and “Cars.” The 52-year-old won a pair of Academy Awards for best animated feature for directing “Toy Story 3" and “Coco.”


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