la means ‘whale’ in Hawaiian. That’s not just a reference to the beach. The house’s owners have an enduring connection to the Aloha State: they met and then got married there. In a way, that tells you everything you need to know about this stylish family beach house. It’s not a cookie-cutter rental property. It’s a beloved home, and a home you are sure to fall in love with. The vital statistics are impressive. Kohola can comfortably sleep 10, making it perfect for families or groups of friends. The split-level design includes two bedrooms on the entry level – a king with an en-suite, ocean views and balcony access, and a bunk room – along with the airy, vaulted living area and kitchen. The level below also features two bedrooms – a king and a king with an en-suite, each with access to the covered deck, along with a separate living area and the pool. The infinity pool is a sight to behold, with uninterrupted views north along the white sands of Whale Beach (just five minutes’ walk away) and up the Barrenjoey Peninsula. The decks on both levels are substantial, offering plenty of room too entertain or relax. There are multiple indoor and outdoor living areas, heating and cooling, a laundry, an internal garage with space for two cars and all the modern conveniences like Netflix and a multi-room music system. But a list of features doesn’t do justice to a house like this. The list of luxuries – and Kohola has plenty -is less important than the way everything works together to create a sense of unfussy relaxation. The soaring ceiling of the main living area and the sea view. The crisp white walls and the tasteful modern furniture. The carefully curated artworks. The teal of the internal shutters and the hazel bedspreads. You’ll sense it as soon as you step inside. True luxury isn’t showy. It feels like this.