A Haven in the Heights – Aiea Heights
Extending up a ridge above the shores of Pearl Harbor, Aiea Heights is one of the oldest and most diverse neighborhoods in the Aiea/ Pearl City district.
Accessed by Aiea Heights Drive, the residential subdivisions flank the winding road, many developed on loops and cul de sacs that provide both privacy and view channels for the homes. Property types include single family homes, some considered historic, condominiums, townhomes, CPR units, and, rarely, vacant land.
At the top of the road is Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area, a 384-acre park with campgrounds, picnic areas, access to the 4.8 mile Aiea Loop Trail, and a healing temple believed to be constructed in the 16th Century.
A distinctive feature of residential development on Aiea Heights Drive is that it includes many homes that are tied to the history of the area. Pearl Harbor and Camp Smith military and civilian workers and employees of the Aiea Sugar Mill at the bottom of Aiea Heights Drive built homes on the hillside both for its convenience and cooler weather.
The population of the area and demand for homes and land increased with the expansion of military bases and the growth of the sugar industry. In 1996 the Aiea refinery closed and the mill was demolished two years later. The decline in agricultural activity was the natural forerunner of expanded commercial development which accelerated in the immediate area in the 1960s and 70s. The addition of schools, shopping malls, and recreational facilities such as the Pearl Country Club and Aloha Stadium, all within close proximity to Aiea Heights, enhanced the desirability of the area and the amount of available, buildable land diminished.
Currently a large, view lot is being offered by Locations Realtor Aileen Wada. “This is a unique development opportunity on one of the last remaining vacant lots in the highly desirable Aiea Heights neighborhood,” Wada said. “The split zoned fee simple property consists of one acre zoned R-10 and 3.68 acres zoned P-2, or a total of 203,244 square feet.
“The site is secluded and private with views of the city, coastline, mountain, ocean, and sunsets. Mostly wooded, and including many mature trees, the rim lot is irregular with a gentle down slope and terracing in the steeper areas.
“The current seller’s parents purchased this lot many years ago with the thought of building a family home. However, only a road that goes through a portion of the R-10 acreage was completed.”
Wada said a new architectural report on building options for one or more dwellings is available from the owner, as well as a topographical map done in 2016, but the buyer will be responsible for their own due diligence.
“For a buyer who values privacy, lots of open space, lush vegetation, and sweeping views to the ocean, this property has the potential of becoming a personal haven in the heights,” Wada added.
She is offering the property for $950,000 fee simple. Showings are by appointment. Contact Aileen Y. Wada (R), GRI, SRES at 808-226-8570 or email email@example.com.