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Hawaii’s Ranch Lifestyle


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Mt. Kaala Ranch, a 50-acre tract of former cattle grazing land in Waialua, has been redeveloped as a CPR subdivision consisting of five main units, including two ranch-size properties: a 16.649-acre parcel and a 4.064-acre parcel, priced at $1,195,000 and $749,900, respectively, and offered by LIST Sotheby’s International Realty Realtor Jeff Hughes.

According to Hughes the owner purchased the land to create a country-style community on the North Shore and is herself a resident. “This is a prime location for anyone who wants to live off the beaten path and pursue a ranch lifestyle, but with easy access to shopping, restaurants, beaches, and the H2 to Honolulu or the Airport…only about a 45-minute drive since the local roads in Waialua and Mokuleia bypass the most heavily trafficked North Shore areas, such as Haleiwa and Sunset Beach. For surfers, the proximity of the famous surfing beaches just down the highway and some of the local favorites at Mokuleia are additional attractions of this Waialua site.

“As you drive up to Mt. Kaala Ranch from Wahiawa, a picturesque landscape unfolds… farmlands and the forested foothills of the Waianae Mountains rising to 4,025 feet at the peak of Mt. Kaala, Oahu’s highest mountain. The elevation of the property, approximately 500 feet above sea level, provides sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, the coast from Waialua to the Ke Iki area, and the farmlands below, formerly cultivated with sugar cane.

“The old Waialua Sugar Mill is now a tourist attraction, with shops and farmers’ markets that sell produce from local farms. Vestiges of Waialua’s past as a plantation community survive, particularly in Waialua town with its little country stores, many of which have been in families for generations, and the Waialua Bandstand where concerts and special events are presented…the town even has an award-winning library.

“Historically, the upcountry areas were utilized as pasture for cattle and horses by the ranches, the best known being the Dillingham Ranch. Just across the highway from the ranch is the Mokuleia polo field, where the Hawaii Polo Club hosts games on Sundays from April to September.

“Although Waialua and Mokuleia are still horse country, most ranches in the area have cut back on their cattle operations and are diversifying into agriculture. The soil is fertile and suitable for growing a wide range of crops, including all types of greens, herbs, and fruit, including citrus, papaya, and avocado. Buyers are attracted to the area by both the opportunity to cultivate crops, as well as for the privacy and opportunity to create their own country estate.”

The two Mt. Kaala Ranch parcels Hughes has listed are zoned AG-2, which allows for one farm dwelling on each, plus agricultural structures and barns. Horses can be kept on the property. The lots are being sold with deeded rights to water from a community well. Access to the property is by a private easement off Farrington Highway. Hughes is showing the property by appointment.

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