If there's one part of Oahu that's seen truly dramatic change in the last two or three decades, it's the Ewa Plain. Other areas have certainly seen development change their landscape, but in this case an entire new metro area has been created where sugar fields stretched not long ago.
New residents flocked here for the better price points, larger lots and the chance to have a yard of their very own. One of the major subdivisions, Ewa Gentry
, had its first homes open in the late 1980's with additions still coming. The homes extend from 3 to 5 bedrooms, pricing mostly in the 400Ks – 500Ks. More recently, larger, more luxurious houses have been added that can top even the magic $1M mark.
is another matter. This longstanding community existed long before the end of the plantations created the rest of the neighborhoods. For that reason you'll find homes that reflect the individual owner's tastes and budget, rather than a developer's.
Everything from mid-20th Century plantation style houses to structures that have barely passed their 1st birthday are found in Ewa Beach. A little more affordable than Gentry, there are some oceanfront homes, too, that pass the $1M mark.
crowns the area as both its downtown and civic center. All major shopping and government offices are concentrated there, a recognition of its central role on the Leeward Side. Its homes, like the majority of its neighbor communities, are almost all the product of major developments.
It also had the initial draw with entry-level homes that gave buyers bigger lots than eastern Oahu. Now Kapolei claims some of the best golf courses on the Island as well as some of the best high-end residential communities built around them. You can expect to pay in the high 6 to low 7 figures on those with the best vantage points.
There's no question that Ewa and Kapolei still offer more real estate for your money. To create a real broad-based city there, though, they've understood that every strata of the market needed to be present. So far, they've succeeded and that means there's probably a home just right for you, too.