Hawaii’s Heavenly Heights
Seventh in a series
Extending up a ridge above the shores of Pearl Harbor, Aiea Heights is one of the oldest and most diverse neighborhoods in the Aiea / Pearl City district.
Accessed by Aiea Heights Drive, the residential subdivisions flank the winding road, many developed on loops and cul de sacs that provide both privacy and view channels for the homes. Property types include single family homes, some considered historic, condominiums, town-homes, CPR units, and a privately owned adult residential care home.
At the top of the road is Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area, a 384-acre park with campgrounds, picnic areas, access to the 4.8 mile Aiea Loop Trail, and a healing temple believed to be constructed in the 16th Century.
A distinctive feature of residential development on Aiea Heights Drive is that it includes many homes that are tied to the history of the area. Pearl Harbor and Camp Smith military and civilian workers and employees of the Aiea Sugar Mill at the bottom of Aiea Heights Drive built homes on the hillside both for its convenience and cooler weather. The population of the area and demand for homes increased with the expansion of military bases and the growth of the sugar industry. In 1996 the Aiea refinery closed and the mill was demolished two years later. The decline in agricultural activity was the natural forerunner of expanded commercial development which accelerated in the immediate area in the 1960s and 70s.
The addition of schools, shopping malls, and recreational facilities such as the Pearl Country Club and Aloha Stadium, all within close proximity to Aiea Heights, enhanced the desirability of the area and the amount of available, buildable land diminished.
As with Aiea’s other hillside developments, real estate values on Aiea Heights Drive have continued to increase for the larger, best maintained view homes on the larger lots.
One of the newer homes in the area, a spacious view home built in 2008, is being offered for sale at $1,399,000 by Realtor Boo Young Lee of LIST Sotheby’s International Realty. Located on a 10,927-square-foot lot, the four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home overlooks Pearl Harbor, the ocean, and the Waianae mountain range.
“This house, which is already spacious under roof with 4,186 square feet, includes another 804 square feet of outdoor deck area,” Lee said. “The decks, which have a broad overhang, provide additional space for dining and, of course, enjoying the spectacular view with all the harbor activity just below and the ocean all the way to the Leeward coast. The sunsets from this vantage point are fabulous and light up the sky from the horizon to the Waianae mountains.
“The interior was designed with an open floor plan and large windows to take advantage of natural light and ventilation, as well as the views. The 20-foot-high ceilings add a touch of elegance to the home which has many high quality finishes – flooring is Brazilian cherry hardwood and marble. The kitchen is really special with Viking appliances, granite counters, custom cabinets, and a U-shaped island with a dining counter and lots of storage space. Each room has both split ductless air conditioning units and ceiling fans. A photovoltaic system was recently installed to defray electricity costs.
“The property includes a three-car garage and driveway that can accommodate additional cars. This is a great family home with its large, mostly level yard. Aiea Heights is also conducive to family living with many parks and schools in the immediate vicinity.”
Lee is showing the home by appointment.