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Dream Homes on the Waterfront

Whether it’s the spectacular views, beach strolls or ocean sports, sunrises or sunsets, owning a home on the beach is the holy grail of Hawaii’s real estate – and something most people dream of. Not surprisingly, the oceanfront homes on Oahu are just as unique as the people who dream about them.

“When buyers look for a waterfront home, they usually have very specific things they’re looking for. They have particular tastes, or aesthetics, or goals in mind,” says Glen Fujihara, REALTOR and Fine Home Premier Specialist at Prudential Locations. “Most buyers are looking for a turn-key opportunity: something beautiful that they can walk into without having to build or remodel.”

Fujihara says that many off-island buyers come for vacation for a few weeks and plan to find their beach home during that time. “With that short window of time, as an agent, you need to understand their desires, their needs and their goals. You need to know about the unique real estate considerations of oceanfront and luxury homes, so you can provide your buyer with expertise right on the spot, when you’re there viewing a property.”

The challenge in buying a beachfront property often lies in how few are available for sale. “There are a lot of buyers out there waiting for that perfect property at that perfect price. As an agent, to get those two things aligned can take some time,” says Bonnie Coen, REALTOR and Fine Home Specialist also at Prudential Locations. “The inventory in oceanfront homes – and fine homes in general – is low, so when a beautiful home priced right comes on the market, it sells fast.”

Dolores Bediones, the REALTOR and Fine Homes Premier Specialist who recently represented the buyer of the highest recorded residential sale on Oahu, explains that multiple buyers were competing for that oceanfront home as it hit the market. “There are buyers ready and capable. They are right there when it’s something very special, as this iconic home was.”

If you’ve dreamed of sand and surf, working with an agent with expertise in ocean-front homes can help you land your perfect property.

Here are a few beachfront homes available today:

On the bright, sunny East side, where cool trade winds blow, lies a Philip White-designed gem. Indoor and outdoor living blend seam-lessly here, surrounded by tropical landscaping. Moving from the lanai to the luxurious pool to the beach is as easy as slipping off your towel. A 4-car garage and spacious studio complete this special home, which was designed to be “green.”

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