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Oceanfront Options – The Windward Coast – Kaalaea

Oahu’s Windward Coast is 34 scenic miles extending from Kahuku Point in the north to Makapuu Point in the south.

The Windward Oahu region itself is unrivaled in its natural beauty and dramatic contrasts – from its pristine white-sand beaches washed by turquoise waters to the verdant vertical cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range.

In 1972, Kuilima, now Turtle Bay, opened on coastal lands where the North Shore morphs into the Windward Coast. Mauka lands in the area have generally remained undeveloped, with the exception of ongoing projects of the Mormon Church.

The coast’s most prominent geographic feature, Mokapu Peninsula, site of one of Hawaii’s largest military installations, forms the southern boundary of Kaneohe Bay. Marine and oceanographic research facilities are located here, as well as at Makapuu to the south.

Residential properties along this coast range from country cottages to large estates, apartment buildings, town-homes, and condominiums. The area’s two largest communities, Kaneohe and Kailua, continue to grow, with real estate values surpassing price points for properties in some of southeast Oahu’s most upscale neighborhoods.

Nestled between Kahaluu and Kualoa Ranch along the northern reaches of Kaneohe Bay, is the small oceanside community of Kaalaea, which remains unaffected by the development and modernization that has reached other bayfront neighborhoods.

Forward Realty Realtor Greg Andrasick is currently offering a 2,279-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath Kaalaea home built in 1964 and completely remodeled in 2012 for $1,375,000. He pointed out that the split-level home on 9,505 square feet of gently sloping R-10-zoned land has access to the ocean.

“A short, grassy path to the water is part of the fee-simple property, created when the home was developed to make sure ocean access was preserved for all the owners when the lots were originally subdivided,” Andrasick said.

“The four bedrooms are all at entry level,” he explained. “A set of stairs leads to the living room area, kitchen, and outdoor covered patio. From the front door, another set of stairs takes you down to a bath and garage entry.”

The top floor, built over the spacious three-car garage, features high, finished wood ceilings and travertine flooring throughout. The kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line KitchenAid appliances, granite counter tops, and custom bamboo cabinets. Other amenities include ceiling fans, washer and dryer, solar heater, automated garage door, and a workshop.

The landscaped property is fenced and accessed by a durable concrete driveway with solid gate. Andrasick said Kaalaea is clearly outside the more urbanized Kaneohe, but schools, churches, shopping and other community advantages are still relatively close by. He noted that with the addition of the H-3 freeway and the recent widening of Kahekili Highway, homebuyers have been looking further up the Windward Coast for the opportunity to experience a more rural Oahu without having to endure a traffic-congested commute, and Kaalaea fits that bill.

“Owning a Kaneohe Bay-front property means access to one of the more special places on earth,” Andrasick added. “The Molii Fishpond, Kaneohe Bay Sandbar, Mokolii, and Secret Island are a few of its iconic landmarks that enrich the views from this unique property.”

For more information or to arrange a showing, contact Andrasick at 386-3153 or greg@forwardrealty.com.

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