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Quality Design Is Key To Neighborhood’s Enduring Popularity

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Among the residential subdivisions developed in Kalama Valley in the 1970s under the comprehensive Hawaii Kai masterplan, Queen’s Gate continues to maintain its image as one of the most desirable of the community’s single family neighborhoods.

The development consists of three increments, Queen’s Gate I and Queen’s Gate II, both gated communities, with a total of 120 homes and Queen’s Gate South with 27 homes. In 1978 one of the models in Queen’s Gate I won the Best In Show “Grand Champion” Award in the Building Industry Association’s annual Parade of Homes.

The homes and, in fact, the subdivision itself were designed by architect David Stringer working together with developer Sheldon Zane. Stringer had been brought to Hawaii from Los Angeles by Henry J. Kaiser in the late 1960s to collaborate on the Hawaii Kai masterplan.

Buyers could choose from a variety of floor plans and roof styles and were offered the opportunity to customize interiors. Soaring open beam ceilings, oversized bathrooms, and an open floorplan were standard features and innovative for the time. Architects Kimbal Thompson Associates produced varying designs for the 15 homes in the Queen’s Point and Queen’s Gate Custom VI increments of the development.

Numerous recreational options are within minutes of Queen’s Gate – Koko Head District Park, Kamiloiki Park, Koko Crater Botanical Gardens, Koko Head Shooting Complex, Hanauma Bay Beach Park, Sandy Beach Park, Koko Crater Equestrian Center, and miles of hiking and riding trails. Queen’s Gate I and II are adjacent to the Hawaii Kai Golf Course, and many of the homes have direct golf course frontage.

East Oahu Realty Realtor Gloria Fowler, a resident of Queen’s Gate I, has sold 26 homes in the neighborhood over a 30 year period. “I originally bought our own home in Queen’s Gate as an investment, but became so fond of the neighborhood that we decided to move here. I’ve found this to be typical of clients looking to buy in Hawaii Kai…they may not come out here with Queen’s Gate as their first choice, but once they see it, they love it. Homes in the gated subdivisions are low density and either have direct golf course frontage or view channels. Tennis, racquet ball, and handball courts, and the private roads are maintained by the Queen’s Gate Association.

“Most yards are nicely landscaped and the roadside plantings are cared for by the Association. It’s a great place to take long walks with your dog. Although it may seem to be ‘way out there,’ it only takes minutes to get into the center of the Hawaii Kai business district…about the same as if you were coming in from Koko Kai.”

East Oahu Realty Realtor and Broker In Charge Dan Madden, who publishes the quarterly “Hawaii Kai Real Estate Newsletter,” noted that home prices in Queen’s Gate peaked in 2006 with an average sale price of $1,275,000 for 2 sales; bottomed in 2009 at $870,000 with 11 sales; and have rebounded since then to an average of $984,000 in 2010 and 2011 with 7 sales. The most recent Queen’s Gate sale at press time was a three bedroom, two bath upgraded home with a swimming pool priced at $940,000 and sold by Madden to a family from Japan.

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