Spotlight On North Shore – Kawailoa
Lined up along Oahu’s north coast between Kahuku and Kaena Point is a series of communities, each defined by distinctive geographical features and residential components. Sunset Beach, Waimea, Kawailoa, Haleiwa, Waialua, and Mokuleia are essentially composites of diverse neighborhoods where real estate options may include upscale estates, island-style beach houses, agricultural properties, and condominiums. Prices for oceanfront homes have climbed to nearly $19,000,000.
Kawailoa is actually an ahupuaa stretching from the foothills of the Koolau mountains to the ocean and comprising some of the North Shore’s most desirable residential properties in its makai sector. The one-street Papailoa enclave with its high-end residences has been described as the North Shore’s “Kahala Avenue.” Mauka are former sugar cane fields and farm land. The subdivisions along the coast include predominately large lots, many extending from Kamehameha Highway to the rocky coastline.
For homeowners and prospective buyers, Kawailoa’s lack of a sandy beachfront is considered an asset rather than a liability, according to Realtor Abe Lee of iProperties LLC, who has listed an ocean-front home on one of two portions of a lot he CPR’d five years ago. He explains that the owner of the original 38,285 square foot property CPR’d it into two lots and sold them to two separate buyers. The current owner of the 15,177 square foot lot built a new home on it in 2013. “Without a sandy shore that would necessarily attract beachgoers and swimmers, these Kawailoa properties enjoy more privacy than homes in other North Shore neighborhoods. Of course, there are several popular surf spots offshore, but they are seldom approached from the rocky coast.
“In addition to the proximity of surfable waves, the ocean, when calm, is clear enough for snorkeling and diving. There’s good fishing off a rocky island just in front of the property. Then there are the spectacular views of the coast, ocean, and mountains plus the nightly sunsets the North Shore is known for.”
Lee noted that the home, which is approached by a long private drive off Kamehameha Highway, is fronted by a sea-wall, a unique feature of some Kalaeloa properties. Listed for $2.95 million, the 1,594 square foot home includes three bedrooms, two baths, an office, a great room with dining area that flows to an open kitchen, and 224 square foot lanai; it is equipped with both and solar water heating and photovoltaic systems. Abundant windows extend across the ocean side of the house providing panoramic views from main living areas, with high ceilings contributing to the sense of spaciousness. The property is being shown by appointment.