The North Shore
Ke Iki Road
The North Shore of Oahu – the epicenter of the sport of surfing – is awaiting the winter swell and big waves that set the stage for surfing competitions held at the beaches during the late fall and winter months. These events, as well as the scenic attractions of the North Shore, are widely covered by international news media. The surfing season also generates an influx of visitors, surfers, and competitors from around the world, as well as real estate buyers expecting to find an inventory of the best that the area has to offer on the market at attractive prices.
Ke Iki Bungalows – a unique beachfront property located between Banzai Pipeline and Shark’s Cove -has been placed on the market at $8.895 million by Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties. Consisting of six buildings, the complex is situated on an acre-and-a-half parcel fronting 207 linear feet of wide sandy beach and sited high above the shoreline.
Located at 59-575-1 Ke Iki Road, the Bungalows is within the area known as the “Seven Mile Miracle,” encompassing the North Shore’s most popular and best known surf breaks where most of the surfing competitions are held annually.
The Bungalows was developed in 1952 by Herb and Helen Talbott both as a family home and as rentals made available to Hawaii residents, travelers, and military personnel from nearby bases. Its six buildings comprise 12 units with a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom accommodations with kitchen and bath facilities. Zoned R-5 for residential use, the Bungalows provides both short and long term rentals and retains transient vacation rental licenses on some of the units.
Two of the beachfront buildings were originally part of the historic Haleiwa Hotel, built in 1889 and razed in 1952. Utilized by the U. S. military as accommodations for service members during World War II, the buildings were salvaged and purchased by the Talbotts who had them towed to Ke Iki Beach where they were remodeled and integrated with other structures in the development.
Talbott family members continue to own the property and have renovated and upgraded it over the years. The gardens have been enhanced with collections of tropical plants, fruit trees, and palms collected from all parts of the island and introduced throughout the complex.
Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties sales agent Carl Higgins (R), co-lister for the property with Tracy Allen (RA), noted that generations of the same family have returned to the Bungalows as guests over the years. “For some visitors, it’s become a ‘home away from home’,” Higgins said. “There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else on Oahu.”
“The Ke Iki Beach Bungalows on the North Shore is a rarity and a true island treasure dating back to the 1950’s,” Tracy Allen said. “This property with more than an acre of land with pristine sandy beachfront is zoned R-5, so the possibilities for a buyer are limitless…the new owner would have the option of maintaining a a charming beachfront retreat for guests or building a private estate.”
Ke Iki Beach Bungalows is within walking distance of Shark’s Cove, a favorite snorkeling spot. A supermarket is close-by and shopping and restaurants are a short drive up Kam Highway in Historic Haleiwa Town.