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Waimanalo Beachfront Attracting Out-Of-State Buyers

Photo by Phil Spalding III

The five and a half mile coastline of Waimanalo extending from Makapuu Point to the Olo-mana Golf Links includes the three-mile sandy crescent considered one of the best beaches in Hawaii. Waimanalo Beach is the name generally used to identify the entire sandy shore of Waimanalo Bay, although the northernmost section is also known as Bellows Beach. Adjacent to Bellows between the highway and the coast is the Waimanalo State Recreation area with public facilities and campgrounds.

At the south end of the strip is the Laumilo beachfront community consisting of approximately 36 single family homes with frontage on one of the best sections of beach. These are choice properties with a minimum of 10,000 square feet extending from the beach to Laumilo Street.

Choi International has listed an exceptional Laumilo Street home at $4,250,000. Situated on an 11,252 square foot lot, the home was designed by the owners and completed in 2006. The design incorporates many features reminiscent of “old Hawaii” beachfront homes, with broad verandas and decks overlooking the ocean and gardens.

The open floor plan of the two story, four bedroom home incorporates a great room with views of the beach and offshore panorama and such details as ipe wood flooring, African mahogany trim, a handcrafted staircase, and a fireplace. Quality features in the spacious kitchen include South African Azul granite counters. The landscaped, fenced, and secured property includes separate guest quarters above the garage and a solar heated swimming pool with poolside cabana. The home is co-listed by Principal Broker Paticia Choi and Realtors Barbara Baehler and Amy Conley.

Baehler commented that Waimanalo Beach has been “discovered” by out-of-state buyers who favor its pristine ambiance, the reef-protected bay with opportunities for virtually every type of water sport, and the privacy afforded by the large R-10 zoned properties.

Realtor Geoff Heise, also with Choi International, recently sold a Laumilo home to a Southern California buyer for $2,150,000, which Heise noted was a “great value” for a large, architect designed home on a 14.250 square foot beachfront lot. Built in 1957 and remodeled in 1998, the home includes a master suite that occupies the entire second floor. “This was one of the features that particularly appealed to my client,” Heise said. “But the location was the main attraction. The views are spectacular from all parts of the property…behind you is the backdrop of green mountains, often laced with waterfalls…out front is the one-of-a-kind panorama of the Windward Coast. At night, the beacon of the Makapuu Lighthouse shines across the bay.”

Heise noted that his client, who was in the organic foods business in California, was also interested in Waimanalo as an area where much of the land is dedicated to agriculture and the cultivation of organic produce.

Realtor C. Maureen O’Guin of Carvill & Company has listed a Laumilo home which is currently in escrow with 5,168 interior square feet inclusive of five bedrooms and a 688 square foot studio with a separate entrance for $2,995,000. The spacious two story home incorporates decks and screened lanais that take advantage of the sweeping ocean view and overlook gardens with tropical plants and mature trees. A large hot tub is adjacent to one of the lanais. Interior features include high ceilings with open beam detailing, hardwood and travertine floors, African mahogany trim and framing around doors and windows, and a remodeled kitchen with azure granite countertops. The 13,421 square foot property is gated and surrounded by a lava rock wall.

“Waimanalo is often thought of as a remote rural community…it may be rural but it isn’t really remote,” O’Guin said. “Hawaii Kai is a 15 minute scenic drive down the coastal highway…heading in the other direction, you can be in Kailua in 10 minutes. If you want to dine out close to home, you’ll find a nice collection of locally owned restaurants right in Waimanalo. The Olomana Golf Links and Hawaii Kai Golf Course are minutes away. And if you love beaches and water sports, it doesn’t get any better than this Laumilo neighborhood.”

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