Central Oahu’s “Hidden Valley”
Launani Valley is a unique residential community developed in a forested area north of Mililani Mauka in the late 1990s. Although it includes over 900 units, the project has maintained a comparatively low profile over the years. It has also retained the ambiance of a new development – homes, that still appear to be freshly painted, are bordered by well kept gardens and manicured lawns…the common areas reflect dedicated maintenance by the community associations.
The original developer, Wai-huna Joint Venture, was a partnership of Towne Development and a Japan-based company, later bought out by Towne, which completed the project in the mid 2000s. The 220-acre CPR development is actually a composite of six separate neighbor-hoods – The Ridge, The Gardens, Streamside, The Terraces, Wood-creek, and Woodcreek Crossing – each with its own owners association. Town homes, single family detached, and single family attached homes in the community represent a wide price range from the low to mid $200,000s for a townhome to more than $500,000 for a single family detached home.
Sales were handled initially by
Towne Island Homes. An afford able housing requirement provided that 15 percent of the total housing inventory be made available to buyers earning less than 80 percent of median income for Oahu. Prices were kept low, and the majority of the original home owners were first time buyers.
The homes were designed by two of Hawaii’s most prominent architects Glenn Mason AIA and Fritz Johnson AIA. Towne Devel opment created the infrastructure and served as general contractor.
Within the neighborhoods are small pocket parks and children’s playgrounds. A community recreation center includes tennis and basketball courts and picnic grounds. Two 18-hole golf courses, Mililani and Leilehua, are close-by.
The rural atmosphere of Lau-nani Valley is enhanced by the multi-level design of the development and the winding country roads that access it from the highway. Tree-lined ridges form the backdrop of the built-out areas. Much of Waikakalaua Gulch, the original name of Lau-nani Valley, remains rural with trails and streams that attract hikers and mountain bikers.
Although Launani conveys a sense of isolation, it is only min utes from the commercial centers of Mililani and Wahiawa. Regular bus service connects Launani with the Mililani Transit Center.
Century 21 All Islands Realtor Bridget Arrastia, currently listing a single family detached home in the Woodcreek neigh-borhood, said, “Launani is a great place to raise a family due to the friendly neighbors and amenities. The forested areas that surround the community appeal to people who love nature. A high percentage of buyers and renters are from the nearby military bases, primarily Schofield and Wheeler. My Lau-nani clients always comment on the quiet, serene atmosphere.” Priced at $509,000, the home is a 2 level, 4 bedroom dwelling with a rock wall and garden and views of the valley and ridges.