Coastal Options – Southeastern Oahu – Niu Beach
The southeastern coast of Oahu, bracketed by Koko Head in the east and Diamond Head the west, claims some of Hawaii’s most desirable and valuable real estate.
Development along this approximately 10 mile stretch of scenic coastline, almost exclusively residential, includes primarily single family homes, a few townhome communities, and a cluster of highrise condominiums at the edge of Waikiki. A hotel, country club, golf course, and two private beach clubs constitute the only additional development. Numerous parks provide acres of open space along the coast and within the communities.
The first permanent or primary residences began replacing vacation cottages on beachfront lots nearly a century ago. Kamaaina families with primary homes in the valleys and on the heights were attracted by the sunny weather and clear, calm waters of Maunalua Bay. Today distinctive estates set the tone for upscale living in neighborhoods from Portlock to Kahala.
Over the years, southeast Oahu oceanfront neighborhoods have continued to reinvent themselves, retaining value despite negative market fluctuations and offering renewed opportunity for local and offshore builders, buyers, and investors.
Oceanfront properties in southeastern Oahu have consistently commanded premium prices due to both their scenic attributes and convenience to the commercial centers of Hawaii Kai and Honolulu. Even those with frontage on busy Kalanianaole Highway present an oasis-like environment upon turning into their driveways.
Such is the case with a 5,208-square-foot home situated on an impressive 15,567 square feet of fee simple oceanfront land at Niu Beach and currently offered by Realty Brokerage LLC for $5.6 million.
Overlooking Maunalua Bay, this exceptional property provides a sense of isolation and privacy and access to the virtually deserted sandy beach that stretches from Kawaikui Beach Park to Niu Peninsula.
Built in 1997, the two-story, four-bedroom, four-bath home is buffered from neighboring properties and the highway by tall moss rock walls and lush vegetation. The custom-designed entry gate leads to an attached garage for two cars and additional parking. The expansive back yard, with a manicured lawn extending to the beach, includes a 36-by-12-foot swimming pool and paved patio ideal for outdoor entertaining.
“You leave all the hustle and bustle behind the moment you enter this home and just relax to the sounds of waves on the beach and wind in the palm trees,” said Realtor Hana Yoo, co-listing agent with Realtor Associate Shirley Ames.
A unique design feature of the home is the double staircase in the large foyer that connects the first and second floors.
“The vision as you first step into the home is absolutely stunning, with the double curved staircase framing the oversized picture window looking directly out to Maunalua Bay,” Yoo said. “There is a quiet elegance in the architecture that complements, rather than competes, with the panoramic view.”
Upstairs are three of the four bedrooms, including the master suite with a living room, lanai, two master walk-in closets, and a large bathing area with Jacuzzi tub. Downstairs are the sunken main living and dining area, the kitchen with its less formal dining area, the fourth bedroom with bath, a laundry room that connects to the garage, an office, and a wet bar.
Design features include tile roofing, marble, granite and wood flooring, wall-to-wall carpeting, a fireplace, chandeliers, split air conditioning, bookshelves, an intercom, and numerous large picture windows.
“This is a remarkable piece of East Honolulu beachfront property with a well-designed home offering unrestricted ocean views from nearly every room in the house,” Ames said.