Livable, Loveable Heirloom Homes
While there’s plenty of new construction on Oahu, anyone with a penchant for peaked gables, dormer windows, French doors, wide-plank hardwood floors, arched doorways and wrap-around verandas will find the current selection of available historic homes enchanting. This evocative collection of homes for sale is centered around neighborhoods with a high concentration of early 20th century homes: Manoa, Dowsett and Kahala. For a complete list, check out the Honolulu Board of Realtors website at hicentral.com. Each listing shows the year the home was originally built. As you will see below, these living gems don’t come cheap.
YEAR BUILT: 1913
ADDRESS: 2231 Mohala Way
LISTED BY: Properties of the Pacific LLC
Listed on both the National and State Register of Historic Places, this 106-year-old masterpiece was included in the first group of homes defining Manoa’s College Hills area a century ago. Impeccably restored/preserved ohia wood floors, coffered ceilings, crown moldings, chair rails, dormers, Queen Anne casement windows, Doric columns, cornices and corbels make this authentic piece of history a true treasure.
YEAR BUILT: 1927
ADDRESS: 3044 Manoa Road
LISTED BY: OahuRE.com
While Manoa is known to have a high concentration of historic homes, sadly many of these structures have been torn down. Those surviving homes are highly sought after, and come with befitting price tags. This is especially true when, like this gem, they have been lovingly preserved.
Situated on an 11,150-square-foot lot, complete with heirloom fruit tree and across from a park, this classic includes three bedrooms, two baths, and new electrical and plumbing.
YEAR BUILT: 1936
ADDRESS: 3136 Alika Avenue
LISTED BY: Engle & Volkers Honolulu
On an 18,485-square-foot corner lot in the Nuuanu neighborhood of Dowsett, this grand 5,089-square-foot home retains its traditional styling while including some modern upgrades. The red brick walkway welcoming visitors is timeless. The throwback white kitchen comes complete with glass-paneled cabinetry and retro flooring. The home was recently fitted with photovoltaic and solar systems.
YEAR BUILT: 1939
ADDRESS: 4817 Aukai Ave.
LISTED BY: Inspired Life Realty, LLC
Listed on both the National and State Register of Historic Places, this single-story home predates the attack on Pearl Harbor and the World War II. Vintage 1930s detailing and artisan craftsmanship is found throughout, including the retro swimming pool, adding period character. The main home was renovated in 2013, including a 20-panel photovoltaic system. The accompanying guest cottage was renovated in 2017.
YEAR BUILT: 1960
ADDRESS: 4345 Papu Circle
LISTED BY: Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties
A relative newcomer, this charming Diamond Head home preserves the retro look with a modern finish yet exudes the Hawaii of yesteryear, with classic oak hardwood floors, many utilitarian built-ins, open shelving and a spiral staircase. A flexible floorplan offers a total of six bedrooms and four baths, with a total of 3,692 interior square feet, sited on the largest parcel on Papu Circle, measuring 11,274 square feet.