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Malaekahana

The North Shore of Oahu – the epicenter of the sport of surfing – is transformed during late fall and winter months by the north swell and big waves that set the stage for surfing competitions held there annually. 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.

Located just south of Kahuku Point, Malaekahana claims dual identity as both a North Shore and Windward Coast neighborhood. A unique residential enclave, Malaekahana consists of 40 side-by-side beachfront estates extending approximately a mile along the shore of Malakahana Bay and anchored at either end by two sections of 110-acre Malaekahana State Recreation Area.

The one-acre, R-5-zoned properties lie between an access road off Kam Highway and one of Hawaii’s most picturesque crescents of wide sandy beach. It’s an idyllic setting easily missed en route to the North Shore via the Windward Coast.

Like Laie Bay to the South, Malaekahana Bay is reef-protected and generally calm enough for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing even during the months when the North swell generates massive waves along the coast between Kahuku and Kaena Point.

Malaekahana’s favorable natural environment was one of the features that attracted many of the kamaaina families who built weekend retreats and vacation homes here starting nearly a century ago. Most of the homes are well separated from each other, landscaped to enhance the sense of seclusion and privacy, and far enough from the road so traffic noise is not a factor.

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Realtors John Peterson and Maggie Walker have co-listed a Malaekahana home on an acre-plus lot with 107 linear feet of beach frontage that they describe as “one of the best locations on Malaekahana Bay.” With nearly 1,300 interior square feet, three bedrooms, and two baths, the home is surrounded by mature vegetation, including palms and ironwoods. A covered veranda looks out to the ocean across a grassy lawn.

Walker, who has a long history with the neighborhood, said, “This particular home, built in 1948 and remodeled in 2001, has a deliciously elegant ‘beachy’ feel. It’s bright and airy with large windows, a high open beam ceiling, and a wonderful wood-burning stove which is put to good use on the occasional cold, stormy night. The house is situated well off the highway on a knoll which gives spectacular views of the ocean, coastline, and Goat Island as well as brilliant sunrises.

“This home is ideal as a vacation retreat or a full-time residence and has parking available for more than eight cars. The frontage on the access road is fully fenced and secured with a locked entry gate. The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher and other usual amenities, and a laundry area includes a washer and dryer. Cable TV, internet, and cellphone service are all on tap.”

Numerous options for shopping and dining are close-by on Kam Highway, as well as golf at Kahuku and the Turtle Bay Resort. Old Haleiwa Town with the North Shore Marketplace is about a half-hour drive north on Kam Highway.

For information, contact Maggie Walker at 294-4664, maggiew@cbpacific.com or John Peterson at 220-5555, john@residencehawaii.com. They are offering the home at $2,900,000 and showing it by appointment.

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