Oceanfront Options – The Windward Coast – Kailua
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, townhomes, 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.
At the northern end of Kailua is the neighborhood of Kaimalino, one of Oahu’s hidden real estate gems. Several dozen upscale homes occupy large lots adjacent to the undeveloped southeastern portion of Mokapu Peninsula, the geographical dividing point between Kailua and Kaneohe.
Realtor Mary Beddow of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hawaii Realty has listed a 2,349-square-foot, three bedroom, three bath, partially furnished Kaimalino home for $2,399,000. It sits on 11,070 square feet of fee-simple, R-10 residential-zoned oceanfront land off Kaimalino Street.
Beddow noted that the home was built in 1977 by Hawaiian Dredging and Construction for its president and chief executive officer at the time, Paul Banks, who had specified that the single-level structure should be able to withstand any type of weather conditions.
The home is built with solid concrete. Architectural features of the remodeled single-family home includes two spacious master suites, a large living area with vaulted ceilings, plate glass windows that face the ocean, a Monier tile roof, tile and laminate flooring, and numerous built-ins, some made of koa. The home also features a 213-square foot oceanfront lanai, an oversize garage with automatic door and extra storage space, a modern kitchen, and ceiling fans throughout.
Landscaping features include an entry garden, mature trees, and ocean-friendly shrubbery (naupaka).
A wall enhances privacy and a stretch of sandy beach with black lava reef serves as a barrier to the ocean.
“The original owner chose this lot,” Beddow said, “as it is the only place on the oceanfront where you have unobstructed views from Mokapu to the Makapuu lighthouse… capturing the entire Kailua Bay, the Mokulua Islands, and Waimanalo. Every day bring captivating sunrises, dramatic ocean views, and sense of total privacy.
“The entrance to Turtle Beach is close by if you want to launch your kayak or paddle board, or just take a dip in the ocean.
“Kaimalino is close to the Aikahi school district and the Aikahi Shopping Center, as well as the entrance to the H-3 freeway.
“The location is perfect, yet it retains its privacy and low traffic. Only in Kaimalino can you have a home on the ocean at this price point.”
The home can be seen by appointment by contacting Beddow at (808) 542-7053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.