Oceanfront Options – The North Shore – Sunset Beach
By the time the winter big wave surfing competitions conclude at the famous beaches of Oahu’s North Shore, visitors and competitors from all parts of the world will have been exposed to the energy and ambiance of this unique part of Hawaii. Many have purchased their own personal “piece of paradise,” contributing to the diversity of the North Shore communities.
North Shore real estate has continued to appreciate dramatically over the past three decadess. Homes along the stretch of coastline between Kahuku and Kaena Point range from “beach shacks” to multi-million dollar estates and condominium developments. Kamaaina families have continued to maintain both primary and secondary residences on the North Shore, and companies such as Billabong, Hurley, and Volcom have purchased properties in choice beachfront locations. Commercial development is concentrated primarily in Haleiwa Town, where several new commercial projects have just been completed. Despite the extensive media exposure and the increase in upscale residential real estate development, the North Shore of Oahu continues to resist excesses of urban encroachment and retain its country atmosphere.
One of the most iconic destinations on Oahu’s North Shore is Sunset Beach, located at the top of the so-called Seven Mile Miracle of wide, sandy beaches that stretch virtually uninterrupted to Haleiwa with numerous other legendary surf spots in between.
It’s also where $2.5 million will get you two houses for the price of one on 7,730 square feet of fee simple land that includes 50 lineal feet of direct access to the ocean.
“The beach and waves are right out front,” said co-listing agent Julia Napua Fetzer, a Realtor with Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers. “You can see the surfing contests at Sunset Beach from the front deck, or take a five-minute walk and be there.”
Protected from the ocean by a permitted seawall, the property includes the oceanfront, cottage-style main home, built in 1947 and consisting of three bedrooms and two baths, and the permitted, two-story second home, built in the mid-80s, with one bedroom and one bath, plus “one of the most stunning ocean and mountain views from the upstairs loft.”
Fetzer said the main home has been remodeled through the years, most recently in 2015. In 2016 PV-solar was installed for both homes.
“The fully fenced and gated property is one of the larger lots in the area, and if one wanted to rebuild, there is plenty of room and yard space,” she added.
The current ownership goes back to the 1970s, “when the Sunset Beach neighborhood was primarily the escape spot for surfers from the Mainland or the weekend retreat of people from town (Honolulu),” Fetzer said.
Neighboring homes are now utilized both by owner-occupants and renters, with more short-term rentals during the winter surf season and holidays. She noted that her listing similarly could be rented out, whether all or just part of it.
A full-service grocery store, a coffee shop, and food trucks are close-by. Broader shopping options are available in Haleiwa and Laie.