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Oceanfront Options — Kaaawa


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A charming hybrid of Hawai-ian country town and beachfront vacation home community, Kaaawa extends along the Windward coast from Kualoa Point to Kahana Bay.

Large properties with multiple structures and CPR developments are typical of the area. Newer and remodeled single family homes with mountain and ocean views, many within walking distance of the beaches, attract investors and second home buyers.

Real estate activity in Kaaawa gathered momentum with completion of H-3 which makes the business centers of Honolulu and the airport more accessible. However, neither the natural or built landscape of Kaaawa is likely to change to any extent in the foreseeable future due to limitations of zoning and the basic geography of the area…a cape with minimal available, buildable land between the coast and the mountains.

Second home buyers, renters, and an increasing number of full time residents, are attracted by Kaaawa’s serenity, scenic features, and recreational opportunities. The reef-protected waters are conducive to a variety of watersports as well as fishing. Along the coast is a lineup of beach parks, some with picnic and camping facilities.

The major recreational and cultural resource in the area, as well as popular location for film production, is Kualoa Ranch with 4,000 acres encompassing hiking and riding trails, party facilities, and a Hawaiian fishpond. Eco tours, guided horse rides, and boat trips are offered through the Visitors Center, which includes a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch featuring grass fed beef from cattle raised on the ranch and oysters and shrimp from the fishpond. These items and other local produce can be purchased at the Ranch gift shop.

Although shopping and dining options in the area are limited, most residents agree that Kaaawa’s lack of commercial development only adds to its appeal. LIST Sotheby’s International Realty Realtor Beth Worrall Daily, who has been ac tive in real estate sales on the Windward coast, noted, “Buyers don’t consider the scenic 20-minute drive to the shopping malls of Kaneohe an inconvenience. Both full time residents and visitors who patronize the vacation rentals love the rural ambiance of the neighborhood. When homes go on the market, there is usually no shortage of buyers, and those with beach frontage are seldom available.”

Worrall Daily has recently listed a two bedroom, two bath cottage situated on one of the best sections of Kaaawa’s sandy beachfront. Priced at $1,125,000, the 1,056-square-foot home features an open floor plan with a great room and dining area overlooking the ocean and manicured lawn that extends to the seawall. The lot is large for the area, with 7,113 square feet.

“This is a home where you can literally step off your lanai onto a secluded stretch of sandy beach. The gorgeous, unobstructed view embraces turquoise ocean, offshore islands, the picturesque coastline, brilliant sunrises, and dramatic backdrop of the Koolau mountain range,” she said. Worrall-Daily and her co-lister Realtor Cheryl Shope are showing the home by appointment.

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