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WARD VILLAGE : An integrated, walkable neighborhood

Homes-081014---1The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Ward Village, has received approval to sign a 35-year lease for the revitalization and operation of Kewalo Basin Harbor, another major phase in the transformation of the neighborhood into a unique gathering place for both local residents and visitors.

“Each improvement to the area enhances the desirability of living in the heart of Honolulu,” said Andy Ardila, vice president of residential sales at Ward Village.

He noted that the first residential tower, Waiea, at 1118 Ala Moana Blvd., is more than 80 percent sold and broke ground on June 7. Anaha, located at the corner of Auahi and Kamakee streets and consisting of a 400-foot-tall, 38-story tower with 238 residences and a mid-rise component with 73 townhomes and flats, is 68 percent sold.

A Ward Village sales gallery has been opened in the recently renovated IBM Building at 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. Full model units are on display on the 6th floor; a scale model of the entire Ward Village development can be viewed on the first floor of the building.

“We’ve had very positive comments from people who visit our sales center in the IBM building, which has also become a wonderful public space with community events,” Ardila said. “Our Courtyard Cinema, which premiered in June, is presented in partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival and Consolidated Theaters, and open to the public. A new film is shown the second Thursday of each month.

“We are finding that buyers are attracted by the concept of an integrated, in-town master planned community where the developer is creating residences as well as diverse retail and recreation options and open public spaces. The property across from Anaha on Kamakee Street, formerly occupied by Nordstrom Rack, is set to become the location of Whole Foods’ flagship store in Hawaii. There are numerous existing amenities and many more planned close to or within Ward Village, creating an integrated, walkable neighborhood for residents.

“Anaha will offer some of the most diverse and unique lifestyle amenities available in any condominium in Honolulu, including a deluxe fitness center, yoga room, steam, sauna and treatment rooms, a resident theater/performance room, resident dining rooms with catering and chef’s kitchen, barbecue pavilions and Victoria Ward Library. Other recreational features include a billiards room, indoor golf simulator, putting green, swimming pool and hot tub, tennis court, sand volleyball court and dog park. All of this and more will be right at the front door. And, of course, Ala Moana Beach Park is just a short walk.”

As of the second quarter of 2014, 70 percent of buyers at Anaha are Hawaii residents, according to Ardila.

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