Spotlight On North Shore – Waialua
The way North Shore communities have developed, or not developed, has largely been a function of their geography, zoning, cultural background, and lifestyle of the residents. In some areas, infrastructures are not adequate to support new subdivision and commercial development. Much of the undeveloped land consists of farms, parks, ranches, and protected shoreline. Dating back to the early 1900s, large portions of the mauka land were dedicated to the cultivation of sugar. Generally, up-zoning has been resisted by both long-time residents and newcomers protective of the “country” lifestyle.
The sister communities of Waialua and Mokuleia are distinguished by the diversity of the properties currently being marketed…everything from condominium apartments priced in the mid $100,000s to beachfront estates listed at nearly $5 million. Large horse ranches are located in Mokuleia, as well as the Mokuleia Polo Field.
The westernmost of the two communities, Mokuleia, extends from the beginning of Crozier Drive to the last driveable roads that dead end at Kaena Point. While Mokuleia residential development is concentrated along the coast makai of Farrington Highway, Waialua subdivisions and commercial development spread inland from the coast to the deep valley at the base of the Koolau mountains.
These communities, in general, offer a less transient lifestyle than others on the North Shore and also are favored for their proximity to highways providing direct access to Mililani, Honolulu, and the airport, eliminating the need to travel on the more heavily trafficked sections of Kamehameha Highway.
Price escalation and depletion of inventory in other North Shore communities has generated increased interest in Waialua and Mokuleia properties among both local and out-of-State buyers.
Century 21 All Islands FH&E Realtor Patty Bell has listed a unique Waialua beach-front property with a custom-designed residence consisting of two separate but connected structures. For both, main living-dining areas, kitchens, bedrooms and baths, and large covered outdoor lanais are located on the second and third floors, with garage/storage areas at ground level. The larger of the two structures with 1,506 square feet includes three bedrooms and three baths, plus a 960 square foot garage; the 1,488 square foot unit includes two bedrooms, three baths, and 840 square feet of garage and storage space.
“These homes were designed by a local owner/builder to take maximum advantage of the lot space and ocean and coastal views,” Bell said. “They are ideal for a large or extended family, and great for entertaining visiting guests due to the separate-but-together layout. Or you could live in one side, and rent out the other.
“When the current owners first saw this property, they were captivated by the views and impressed by the quality of the construction. The original owner/builders, who completed the homes just ten years ago, utilized an amazing variety of hardwoods…teak, mahogany, cherry, iron-wood, ohia, and bamboo, much of it milled on the site. The shingle siding is rare in new construction and totally appropriate for the beachfront neighborhood. Polished wood finishes are complemented by natural stone flooring throughout interior spaces…by top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances and granite countertops in the modern, open kitchens.
“Behind the scenes are steel saddles, screws and nails, as well as insulated walls, which you would expect to fi nd in solid, well built homes. The oversized, finished garages with wide doors mauka and makai are designed for an ocean-lover’s lifestyle, with space for surfboards, kayaks, and boats as well as vehicles. Equipped with electricity, these are also great spaces for a workshop.”
Bell pointed out that attractions of the Waialua area extend beyond the long stretches of sandy beach. It is also a neighborhood with a strong sense of community, highly rated schools, and an award-winning library offering special programs for children and arts and literary events on a regular basis. Free concerts are staged on Sundays at the historic bandstand in the heart of town. The old Waialua Sugar Mill is now the site of the Waialua Community Kitchen, shops and boutiques, and a Farmers’ Market offering produce from local farms engaging in diversified agriculture on the former sugar cane fields that blanketed the Waialua countryside.
Bell has listed the Waialua property at $3,190,000 for both units purchased together. Or, the units may be purchased individually: the three-bedroom, three-bath at $1,695,000 and the two-bedroom, three-bath at $1,495,000. Bell, who works out of the Kailua office of Century 21 All Islands, is showing the property by appointment.