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Enter BIA Parade Of Homes By May 16 For Special Benefits

The 55th Annual BIA Parade of Homes will be presented by the Building Industry Association of Hawaii October 8, 9, 15, and 16 with open houses Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is no admission charge and free Parade of Homes Guidebooks, which include locations, maps, and details on the entries, can be picked up at the open houses and various retail locations.

This premier statewide showcase of new homes will educate Hawaii consumers on the latest trends, technology, and design innovations in residential construction. The theme of the 2011 event is “Sustainable Lifestyle…Sustainable Homes.”

Early Bird entries, that is, those who submit their entry forms and payment by May 16, will be eligible for advance media exposure. The final deadline for all entries is July 18.

Developers, contractors, designers, Realtors, and home owners may enter single-family and multi-family homes, town homes, highrises, builder spec homes, units in vacation ownership projects, and conversions.

Numerous awards for excellence in design and construction as well as affordability will be given. Hawaii BuiltGreen awards will be based on the American National Standards Institute Green Building Award criteria for residential construction. A panel of judges representing the construction, design, financial, and real estate industries will select the winners in the various categories; one will be named the Grand Champion.

Awards will be presented at the 55th Annual BIA Parade of Homes Gala on October 4 at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

For more information and to almost exclusively of upscale single family homes and large estates, some of which remain intact and some that have been redeveloped. A notable exception is the neighborhood that lies between Kalakaua Avenue and Diamond Head’s western slope and extends from Poni Moi Road to Pualei Circle. Within this area are a diversity of home styles in a wide price range, a school, City and County facilities, and 300 acre Kapiolani Park.

At the top of Poni Moi Road is La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls and the La Pietra town-homes, which, together, occupy the former estate of Walter and Louise Dillingham. The historic Dillingham home, built in 1920, was designed by architect David Adler and modeled after Tuscan villas, principally La Pietra in Florence. Hawaii School for Girls, founded by Lorraine Cooke and Barbara Cox Anthony, opened in 1969 and includes five acres of the property.

The La Pietra townhomes were completed in 1970 on an adjacent five and a half acres. The gated community consists of 38 two story wood structures surrounded by well maintained gardens. The choice location and cachet of the new upscale condominium residence attracted kamaaina buyers and gained a reputation for exclusivity, one it still enjoys. The current price range for available units is from $1,295,000 for a three bedroom listed by Case Properties International to an upgraded two bedroom listed by Sachi HI Pacific Century Properties for $2,350,000.

On Pualei Circle, a community of lowrise condominium apartments was developed in the mid 1950s with young singles, couples, and first time buyers as the target market. The choice location near Kapolani Park remains a primary selling point in addition to attractive pricing. Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Realtor Sherri Kandell is currently listing a one bedroom apartment in the Hale Pua Lei. “This is one of the best buys in the community,” Kandell said. “Over the years I’ve sold numerous properties here and primarily to people who enjoy an active outdoor

Waikiki, the special events and Farmers Market at the Waikiki Shell. These apartments also attract investors since they are almost always in demand as rentals. Nothing has sold for less than 90 percent of the listed price in the last six months. The apartment I’m listing in the Hale Pua Lei is being sold fully furnished for $288,000…and it’s a corner unit with great treetop views across Kapiolani Park to Waikiki.”

Above the La Pietra town-homes is an enclave of upscale homes and walled estates commonly referred to as the “Noela area.” “This is certainly one of Diamond Head’s most desirable residential areas,” said Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Realtor John Peterson, who has listed a distinguished residence at 3929 Noela Place for $3.9 million. “This part of Diamond Head’s western slope is the site of architectural gems that were the ‘dream homes’ of kamaaina families who built here several generations ago. Many were designed by noted architects of the day and have been remodeled over the years… which is the case with the home I’m currently listing. Most are situated on half an acre or more with extensive plantings and expansive views of the ocean and coast all the way to the Waianae range. The main house was built in 1950 and designed by Albert Ives for the owner who brought in Japanese artisans to do the construction in authentic Japanese style. Later Vladimir Ossipoff designed the swimming pool pavilion. The most recent upgrade included the kitchen and baths. This is a house a buyer who appreciates vintage Hawaii architecture would fall in love with…it is totally unique and reminiscent of another time in Hawaii’s history.”

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