Hawaii’s Heavenly Heights
Along Oahu’s North Shore – the stretch of seacoast between Kaena Point and Kahuku Point – are ocean-front neighborhoods recognized as both premier surfing destinations and some of Hawaii’s most prized real estate. Waimea Bay, Haleiwa, and Sunset Beach are names that evoke images of sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and rolling surf, attracting buyers from virtually every part of the world. Local residents have, over the years, favored the North Shore for second homes and weekend retreats, but not only the beachfront areas. The hillsides, valleys, and plateaus of Oahu’s North Shore region are other options that have continued to attract buyers whose priorities may be sweeping ocean and coastal views rather than beach adjacency.
Richard Sterman, a North Shore specialist and Principal Broker of Sterman Realty, notes that interest in the mauka properties has increased in recent years. “Some buyers favor the ‘upcountry areas’ with views of the coastline…as long as the beaches and surf spots are conveniently close,” Sterman said. “We are currently listing two properties in the North Shore’s newest subdivision, The Bluffs at Waimea, one a completed custom home listed at $2,997,000 and the other, priced at $2,150,000, under construction and scheduled for completion in 2016.
“The completed home, situated on a 7,675 square foot lot in a cul de sac, captures ocean and coastal views from Haleiwa to Waimea Bay. With 4,000 interior square feet, it includes three bedrooms, four baths, a spacious main living/dining area designed with an open floor plan, and two large lanais on the upper and lower levels. The master suite, which is located on the upper level, incorporates a luxurious master bath and opens to a lanai with a built-in pool.”
The second Sterman listing at The Bluffs is also a two-story home with three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and panoramic ocean views from both floors. Its 2,439 square foot interior is augmented by 757 square feet of lanais. “This home was designed by well-known Hawaii architect Joe Lancor, and it incorporates unique features that I’ve never seen before…such as the entire kitchen and dining area opening up to the grand lanai allowing indoor-outdoor living. Wood-framed, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open up the entire main living area admitting natural light and ventilation. The home is situated on a 7,500 square foot lot, one of the eight upper bluff-front lots…the property also includes an oversize garage and ample space for additional vehicles. This is just the first of ten homes by this developer who has adopted the marketing theme, ‘Surf, sunsets, and sanctuary’… very appropriate for this choice location.”