Ewa Beach Structure
Ewa Beach real estate - as in properties that belong to the city of Ewa Beach - stretches across several areas of which some have significant differences, others have great similarties. We created a total of 6 neighborhoods:
Ewa Beach (this page, predominantly older homes), Ewa Villages
(mix of older and newer homes), Westloch Fairway & Estates
(many homes from the 90's) and 3 neighborhoods with predominantly newer real estate- Ewa Gentry
(20+ Gentry neighborhoods), Ocean Pointe
See our aerial video of Ewa Beach real estate
, flying across several neighborhoods within the city of Ewa Beach.
About Ewa Beach Homes
Ewa Beach homes for sale are mainly in the $400,000 to $800,000 price range, making these homes some of the more affordable within the Ewa Beach city limits. Most of the attention on the Ewa Plain lately has rested on the 2nd City and the development that has sprang up on the old plantation lands inland. Maybe the homes in Ewa Beach for sale are part of a too sedate and small town in contrast, but, then again, this is exactly what some home shoppers are looking for today. A large percentage of the residents can walk to the beach, which stretches the entire length of the southern end. In addition, Ewa Beach is bookended on this side by Oneula Beach Park as its west border and Ewa Beach Park on the east. The appeal only increases when you see the lots, which are bigger than what you'll find, on average, in Honolulu. There's a good chance you'll have a yard when you buy a house here, possibly even a fruit tree or two.
Unlike its neighboring residential areas, Ewa Beach has more organic roots, rather than being born from a developer's plans. You'll see homes on these streets from the mid-1950's on up to the present. There's a history here and you'll live next to more than a few locals who remember when almost nothing but cane fields surrounded the place.
That unplanned growth also means that Ewa Beach houses vary not just in age, but in size, layout and every other way you can imagine. Recent entries with multiple bedrooms sit next to small plantation style houses, bridging the past and present of the community. It's all low-rise here, too, so the sky, and your view of it, is consistently open and inviting. That has also preserved a quieter atmosphere that residents treasure as the rest of the Ewa Plain grows busier.
If you're planning to live on the west side of Oahu, but prefer an old town feel, then homes in Ewa Beach should definitely be on your list of shopping stops.
Ewa Beach Houses - Trends & Statistics
- The price range of houses for sale in Ewa Beach is $325K to $2.95M with a median price of $637K, median interior of 1,575sqf and median land size of 5,386sqf.
- The median price of houses sold in Ewa Beach year-to-date (Jan - Oct 21, 2016) is $545K. In previous years it was $545K (2015), $492K (2014), $460K (2013), $432K (2012), $400K (2011), $390K (2010), $400K (2009), $435K (2008), $491K (2007), $480K (2006), $442K (2005).
- 49 houses have sold in Ewa Beach year-to-date (Jan - Oct 21, 2016). In previous years, the total number of houses sold were 141 (2015), 134 (2014), 120 (2013), 110 (2012), 109 (2011), 112 (2010), 99 (2009), 105 (2008), 123 (2007), 156 (2006), 188 (2005).
- On average Ewa Beach houses were on the market for 80 days before they were sold (Jan - Oct 21, 2016). In previous years it was 75 days (2015), 83 days (2014), 64 days (2013), 50 days (2012), 61 days (2011), 68 days (2010), 83 days (2009), 98 days (2008), 71 days (2007), 67 days (2006), 34 days (2005).
- The average days on market for Ewa Beach houses before sold were 56 days September 2016 compared to 79 days September 2015.
- The ratio of Ewa Beach houses sales price vs list price were 99.2% September 2016 compared to 97.6% September 2015.
- 5 Ewa Beach houses were sold September 2016 compared to 3 houses sold September 2015.
- The total dollar volume of houses currently for sale in Ewa Beach is $17.05M and the sold dollar volume year-to-date (Jan - Oct 21, 2016) is $27.24M. In previous years sold dollar volume was $76.47M (2015), $68.26M (2014), $57.42M (2013), $47.39M (2012), $44.32M (2011), $45.19M (2010), $40.06M (2009), $48.6M (2008), $60.41M (2007), $78.33M (2006), $89.4M (2005).
- The most recent sale in Ewa Beach was a house located at , sold for $525K on Oct 13, 2016. It had 1031sqf of interior. 9 other recent sales include: (880sqf) sold for $363K on 10/12/2016. 91-174 Ewa Beach Road (1,986sqf) sold for $675K on 10/7/2016. 91-809 Launahele Street (1,705sqf) sold for $630K on 10/4/2016. 91-819 Launahele Street (1,705sqf) sold for $650K on 10/4/2016. 91-1204 Hanaloa Street (822sqf) sold for $300K on 9/30/2016. 91-701G Pohakupuna Road (1,032sqf) sold for $475K on 9/23/2016. 91-736 Kilipoe Street (836sqf) sold for $477K on 9/16/2016. 91-281 Ewa Beach Road (1,295sqf) sold for $575K on 9/14/2016. 91-833 Launahele Street (1,910sqf) sold for $687K on 9/7/2016.
- 4 of the houses have ocean views, 2 have Diamond Head views and 2 have mountain views.
More About Ewa Beach
Ewa Beach real estate tends to be an afterthought when the West Oahu area is discussed. It lacks the glamour of a Ko Olina or the excitement of Kapolei's growth. It shouldn't be dismissed so quickly, because it has its own appeal and attractions that have drawn homebuyers here long before the 2nd City was even a concept.
No neighborhood is utterly perfect so you're choice of a home has to rest on a foundation of seeing the full picture. It is true Ewa Beach does have some drawbacks, like its climate. The temperatures can run higher on this side of Oahu, so residents sometimes feel the heat more than their eastern neighbors. You will be warm on those June and July days.
Homes are also clustered closer together than the newly built communities of the 2nd City, a matter of this being the only residential land for years during the Plantation era. With so much property taken up for farming then, there was only so much available to build houses on, creating the sometimes snug conditions you see today.
The long establishment of this town will also mean your home is almost certainly older in comparison to the communities that border it. Newer houses have been built here and there, but much of Ewa Beadh is made up of homes that have a few years on them, with the upkeep that can come with that.
Those concerns must be part of your decision, but don't make up your mind just yet. There's much you can put on the Positive side of your list for Ewa Beach - and that's not only equally as important, it's also probably even more persuasive.
Ewa Beach Real Estate - Where it Shines
Affordability is consistently cited as a prime reason for moving westward, but the real estate in Ewa Beach holds the trump card for this entire region. For example, year 2014, the average Ewa Beach home sales price was about $64K less than Kapolei's. For many in Hawaii's home buying market, squeezed by the high cost of living here, that is a huge factor. One that can be the crucial difference between becoming a homeowner or not.
The 'Beach' in the name is another attraction, that, for whatever reason, isn't highlighted as much as it should be. You can live within walking distance from the ocean and long stretches of sands that are among the best kept secrets on Oahu. How many can claim they live so close to the waves - and at this price point? Not many.
Lastly, residents of Ewa Beach get the same benefits from the growth of the 2nd City as everyone else. Though they may be a little farther for you than your Kapolei counterparts, Ewa Beach is as much a beneficiary of the same incredible shopping, dining and economic advantages as the rest of this broad community.
Over time these rewards will only increase as the Ewa Plain's clout gets larger as well, bringing further business, educational and, yes, transit rewards home here. Some of this is already happening.
Being a part of that will produce opportunities that may be unseen today, but they promise a future that grows brighter and brighter. For those with families, this should be an especially powerful reason to be looking at homes in Ewa Beach.
The Future of Ewa Beach Real Estate
Ewa Beach real estate does have distinct differences from its neighbors. Having existed for so long, there isn't room for large, new neighborhoods to be planted. The available lands for building have long been taken for one use or another.
That does limit supply, driving the prices up – and it will continue to do so. There are limits, however, due to the fact that the home values only go so far. At a certain point, homebuyers with a certain budget choose the more open spaces and newer homes of the remaining Ewa Plain. That will be the conditions for the next few years, especially as more inventory is built there.
Residences in Ewa Beach still have seen strong rises in pricing recently and that will persist, as growing demand for more affordable properties continue to be a huge need. The availability of the new amenities and services in Kapolei are an extremely strong driver here as well for potential residents.
Like all of Oahu, you can rely on your real estate to see gains, just in smaller jumps than some of the other Island neighborhoods. The lower entry and almost certain future growth, and attraction, of the 2nd City should still make this a very attractive opportunity, as a residence and an investment.
Distances From Ewa Beach to Other Parts of Oahu
Ko Olina: 10.5 miles
Waikiki: 23.5 miles
Honolulu Airport: 16.6 miles
Downtown Honolulu: 20.8 miles
Ala Moana Shopping Center: 23.2 miles
Pearl Harbor/Hickam: 16.4 miles
Pearlridge Shopping Center: 11.9 miles
Mililani: 15.8 miles
Kaneohe: 25.0 miles
Kailua: 29.9 miles
Lanikai: 31.8 miles
Waimanalo: 31 miles
(Haleiwa): 23.3 miles
Sunset Beach: 33.6 miles
Ewa's early history is shrouded in mystery. Although archeological sites have been found, we still know little about life here before the 19th Century. It seems that there were Native Hawaiians here, but in extremely small numbers and far from where the Ali'i usually dwelt, making it unimportant in the life and lineage of Oahu during the Pre-Contact years.
What ultimately sparked activity here was the same thing that impacted all of Hawaii - Sugar. In 1877 Businessman James Campbell, after first building a successful sugar business on Maui, bought 41,000 acres of Ewa real estate. This purchase was ridiculed by many because the land was thought to be completely infertile. How wrong they were.
The Ewa plantations produced a vast amount of sugarcane, making Campbell an even richer man than he was already. The fields' labor needs brought workers from China, Japan and the Philippines to the area, producing the rich mix of cultures that remains a proud part of this area today.
The US Military also made a home here, establishing both Navy and Marine Air Stations at Barbers Point in 1940. Tragically, the airfields here were the first to be attacked on December 7, 1941, even before Pearl Harbor. Barbers Point would rebuild to become a vital part of Hawaii's role in World War II.
Change must come, though. Sugar died out fully by the end of the 20th Century and the Air Stations were both closed down in the 1990's. Tourism has now taken their place fully, employing much of the population. They serve the growing number of travelers who spend their vacation on this side of the Island.
Amazingly, what was once seen as worthless land has not only proven to be fertile, it has now become a prime player in an industry that depends on attracting visitors from around the world. For James Campbell's contemporaries, who wouldn't even travel the 20 miles from Honolulu to see this same place, this reality would be incomprehensible. Campbell knew something long before anyone else - Ewa real estate is, and always has been, full of wonderful surprises.