Finding Hawaii’s Affordable Condos
Fourteenth in a series
For buyers looking for a condo on the North Shore that is both affordable and beach-accessible, Waialua is a neighborhood where such discoveries often turn up.
Another attraction of the area is that it continues to retain some of its “old plantation town” atmosphere, although the sugar mill has been closed for 17 years. It is now a shopping complex with businesses owned by local residents and the site of a farmer’s market where produce from local farms and fish from the ocean are sold.
Former Castle & Cooke plantation lands have been subdivided for diversified agriculture, including organic farms, and residential development that covers a wide spectrum of home styles and prices. Top-ping the price range is a single family home on Crozier Loop offered at just under $2.8 million. Waialua condominiums are currently listed as low as $150,000 and range upward to $600,000, those with ocean views and ocean adjacency commanding the highest prices.
In addition to its sandy beaches and reef protected waters, features of the neighborhood include a community recreation center, a bike path that runs through the town, a bandstand in the center of town where concerts are presented monthly, and an award-winning library. One-and-a-half-acre Aweoweo Beach Park with picnic areas, a playground, and a dog run is favored by local families.
Prudential Locations Realtor Lisa Cloward has listed a one bedroom condominium apartment in the Ono Vista located on Au Street half a block from beach access. Priced at $239,000 fee simple, the 586 square foot unit includes an outdoor lanai and fenced yard with a seating area. “This condo has many nice upgrades including granite counters and stainless steel appliances,” Cloward said. “It has its own washer and dryer, a dishwasher, double door refrigerator and freezer. It would be perfect for out-of-state buyers and investors in addition to local residents looking for a second home or weekend getaway. The ground floor location and private yard make this unit especially convenient for seniors as well as surfers.”
Cloward noted that the proximity of access to major routes to Mililani, military bases, and Honolulu eliminate the need to travel on Kam Highway which often has heavy traffic.
“Although located on the North Shore, which is now, more than ever, a real estate “hot spot,” Waialua is still off the beaten path, which enhances its appeal to local people looking for a quiet weekend retreat. The Waialua population base tends to be less transient than other North Shore communities and is a mix of permanent residents, retirees, commuters, and military. The lifestyle is ocean-oriented with opportunities for just about every type of water sport…primarily board surfing and kite-surfing, as well as reef fishing and shorecasting. There are lots of options for shopping and dining just five minutes down Kam Highway in Haleiwa…Mililani is about a 20 minute drive.”
The Ono Vista complex consists of two five-story buildings on more than an acre of landscaped grounds and includes a swimming pool, sauna, and recreation/barbecue area available to residents.