Drive up the Leeward Coast of Oahu, on past Waianae, and eventually you'll come to the last neighborhood on this side of the Island. In fact, go past it just a little further and you'll come to a dead stop where the road ends its climb up the Western shores. Makaha is that last stop before you reach the end. It's a frontier community, left alone by most outsiders except for surfers who come to take on the waves that put up a challenge for even the most experienced riders.
Though there is the popular Makaha Beach Park and one or two hotels, you might as well be on a different Island than places like nearby Ko Olina or Kapolei. Makaha is a small, tightly knit community, where you know not only your neighbors, but just about everybody else who lives here. There's a pride and an identity in being from Makaha. You're living out on the edge and you're loving it.
Nature Abounds Freely In Makaha
The beaches here are exceptionally beautiful and, best of all, uncrowded. You're not jockeying for space on these sands, even on the weekends. If there's a best kept secret in Oahu beaches, this might be it. The sunsets? Incredible. What makes them even more special is that they feel personal in the quiet and solitude that reigns over these lands. Like they were painted just for you.
Up here the climate is drier than the rest of Oahu, with one of the lowest rainfalls. This can make for some warmer days, but nothing like the punishing summers of the Mainland. It's a tropical heat that was made for spending part of the day under the cover of shade and smart habits.
Don't mistake the frontier label for a lack of modern, or even luxury, conveniences, however. Makaha real estate is a varied collection of residential options, from old Hawaii plantation-style houses to beachfront condos and some estate properties as well. There truly is something for everyone at the end of this road.
The full shopping and dining conveniences of Kapolei are about 25 minutes south. It is a little bit of a trip, but with planning and smart shopping, you should do just fine. Besides, for most needs, you'll be able to take care of them in Waianae just down the road.
For those willing, or even attracted, by the remoteness of this town, you're rewarded with home prices that can be more affordable than comparable properties in Oahu real estate. One reason? The commute to Honolulu is a longer one, ruling it out for many who'd normally jump at the chance to live in a rural, unspoilt part of Hawaii. Their loss can be your gain.
Mahaka Real Estate - Something for Every Homebuyer
Dreamt of a beachfront or ocean view condo, but discouraged by the high entry? The Makaha Shores' oceanfront condos is a very attractive offering that could be in your range. Their studios start at just $200K, putting you in a home fronting one of the finest beaches on the west Oahu shores. Why pay more when the views are as good, if not better, than anywhere else? That's just one of the area's condo buildings that sit right on oceanfront property.
Go back further toward the mountains and you find more affordability, without sacrificing quality one bit. The Mahaka Valley Towers stand against the cooling mountains, yet they retain a view of the ocean in the distance. 1BRs begin in the range of just $100K here.
If more space is required, there's also the Makaha Valley Plantation townhomes, some of which are within sight of the ocean. The townhome layout starts at 2BRs, but the pricing levels commence at the same $100K range. Beauty and affordability rarely go together, but Makaha succeeds in bringing both to the table for you. Now, what about the homes?
Beginning at the shoreline, we'd have to mention the beach homes on Moua, Upena and Makau Streets. You get not only that window onto the fabled Makaha waters, but also large lots to view them from, in sizes from 10,000 to 20,000 sq ft. Rarely do you get that kind of space on the ocean. Here it is common.
Even this far up the coast you'll find new construction as well. The Makaha Oceanview Estates were built in 2013, creating homes of 4,000 to 5,000 sq ft lots on Kili Dr. All 5 models available in this gated community are 3 or 4 BR houses, starting at only $400K. Enough room for even large families.
Head deeper into the valley and you'll find other secured neighborhoods that include every kind of residence for sale â€“ condos, houses & townhomes. The most prestigious addresses, however, are on Maunaolu St. Many locals don't know these estates even exist.
The mansion sized houses lie on lots of 1 acre or more, protected by the mountains on 3 sides. They look out over 2 golf courses, then further on to the ocean sparkling beyond. It's your retreat and hideaway from the stresses of life that only this level of country living can bring.
Those golf courses should tell you something further about Makaha. You are in a different world, no question, but going without isn't part of the entry fee. Unless you count going without traffic jams, noise and high-rises that block you in from the wonders of Hawaii you long to see.
Instead, for the right people, it's a place of great gains. The chance to disconnect from the always accelerating world that has reached even Hawaii's shores. The quiet of tropical evenings broken only by nature's whispering wind and the swaying of palm trees. Most of all, the deep satisfaction that, out here, old Hawaii still has a remarkable spring in her step.
Makaha Houses - Trends & Statistics
The price range of houses for sale in Makaha is $35K to $1.89M with a median price of $520K, median interior of 1,214sqf and median land size of 7,572sqf.
The median price of houses sold in Makaha year-to-date (Jan - Oct 24, 2016) is $550K. In previous years it was $440K (2015), $502K (2014), $418K (2013), $270K (2012), $257K (2011), $310K (2010), $245K (2009), $437K (2008), $405K (2007), $300K (2006), $290K (2005), $217K (2004), $179K (2003).
41 houses have sold in Makaha year-to-date (Jan - Oct 24, 2016). In previous years, the total number of houses sold were 71 (2015), 62 (2014), 59 (2013), 39 (2012), 30 (2011), 29 (2010), 19 (2009), 26 (2008), 34 (2007), 61 (2006), 77 (2005), 88 (2004), 59 (2003).
On average Makaha houses were on the market for 114 days before they were sold (Jan - Oct 24, 2016). In previous years it was 117 days (2015), 104 days (2014), 112 days (2013), 77 days (2012), 87 days (2011), 106 days (2010), 90 days (2009), 90 days (2008), 112 days (2007), 82 days (2006), 56 days (2005), 74 days (2004), 104 days (2003).
The average days on market for Makaha houses before sold were 104 days September 2016 compared to 148 days September 2015.
The ratio of Makaha houses sales price vs list price were 98.6% September 2016 compared to 98.5% September 2015.
3 Makaha houses were sold September 2016 compared to 10 houses sold September 2015.
The total dollar volume of houses currently for sale in Makaha is $18.94M and the sold dollar volume year-to-date (Jan - Oct 24, 2016) is $20.81M. In previous years sold dollar volume was $34.31M (2015), $30.2M (2014), $25.91M (2013), $14.22M (2012), $10.96M (2011), $10.97M (2010), $5.23M (2009), $12.83M (2008), $15.99M (2007), $28.44M (2006), $29.14M (2005), $27.17M (2004), $14.4M (2003).
The most recent sale in Makaha was a house located at 84-686 Farrington Highway, sold for $265K on Oct 21, 2016. It had 960sqf of interior. 9 other recent sales include: 84-126 Water Street (1,320sqf) sold for $280K on 10/21/2016. 84-670 Upena Street (2,012sqf) sold for $420K on 10/14/2016. 84-910 Alahele Street (3,463sqf) sold for $1M on 10/14/2016. 84-583 Kepue Street (944sqf) sold for $237K on 10/11/2016. 84-860 Moua Street (1,216sqf) sold for $540K on 10/6/2016. 84-729 Manuku Street (796sqf) sold for $158K on 9/20/2016. 84-575 Kili Drive (1,474sqf) sold for $668K on 9/9/2016. 84-575 Kili Drive (2,113sqf) sold for $705K on 9/9/2016. 84-861 Lahaina Street (748sqf) sold for $265K on 8/26/2016.
10 of the houses have ocean views and 20 have mountain views.
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The MLS properties are based on information from the Multiple Listing Service of Hicentral MLS, Ltd. Listings last updated on September 22, 2016. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.