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Honolulu’s Top 10 Neighborhoods with Large Interior Homes

Roominess is a preoccupation with Honolulu real estate. With the always increasing cost of land, huge demand and the finite Island limits to build on, that’s unsurprising. Residence sizes here are often below Mainland comparable properties, leaving you to wonder where the big home are found. What is a big home? For our purposes, we’ve set the standard at 3500sq ft interiors at up, a measurement that easily qualifies as …Read More

Comprehensive Guide to Purchasing Real Estate on Oahu

This is a step by step guide to the process of purchasing real estate on Oahu – single-family homes and condos. Before we get to the guide, let’s review some ‘good to know’ items for homebuyers: What is the MLS? Real estate agents on Oahu subscribe to a service called the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), which enables real estate agents to share their listings online with all other real estate …Read More

Pristine White Sandy Beach Neighborhoods on Oahu

There’s one fact you need to know if you’re a lover of surf & sand – Oahu is the King of Hawaii’s Sandy Beaches, with 50.3 miles of it, more than any other Hawaiian Island. The State of Hawaii Data Book says so. Now that that’s cleared up, if you’re an Oahu home buyer, this leads to something more. That something is wanting to know what neighborhoods are not only …Read More

Guide to Honolulu’s Historic Homes With Map

Honolulu’s historical homes have had a rough road to reach that designation. They’ve had to last in an often tough climate for buildings, a very active termite population and the seismic spread of development in the last half a century. Fortunately a good number of notable residences are still with us, their uniqueness resting on both architectural and historical factors. Certain neighborhoods in Honolulu have more of these than others …Read More

Guide to Honolulu’s Ocean View Homes & Neighborhoods

Did you know that 81% of all serious inquiries we receive for Honolulu homes express a desire for ocean views. There is a special allure about seeing the ocean. Perhaps it goes back to our brain’s evolution from primordial times, or the distant unconscious pre-birth memory of us floating in the amniotic sac. Perhaps the calming blue color together with horizon views inspire minds to wander and forget time. Some of …Read More

Guide to Waikiki Beach Hotels – Beachfront Hotels in Waikiki

Despite its modest land surface of less than 4 mi², Waikiki attracts more than 5,000,000 visitors every year and is home to more than 50 hotels, with just 9 located directly on Waikiki Beach – a precious commodity the few lucky ones get to enjoy! This is a guide to Waikiki’s beach hotels – hotels located directly on Waikiki Beach. Before we get to the overview a few things to keep …Read More

Hawaii Kai Sailing Lessons

Who says sailing lessons can’t be done in January? Sailing lessons for kids is exactly what my 7-year old daughter took in Hawaii Kai during her winter break January 2 to January 6, 2017. This has been the second time we signed her up for one week outdoor fun in the sun offered by the Hawaii Kai Boat Club. And, she is requesting to do it again! We can’t blame her. …Read More

Waikiki’s Condotel Reality – Cash Flow vs Lifestyle

Condotels are hot!  They offer a unique combination of maximum rental income potential with maximum rental flexibility.  Because you are allowed to do short term (less than 30 days per tenant) vacation renting, your condotel investment property could serve a clever dual purpose: A.) Generate maximum short-term vacation rental income, and B.) Enjoy it as your personal vacation getaway. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too. At least with some properties, up …Read More

9 Most Expensive Luxury Homes Sold in Honolulu

Everyone knows that Honolulu real estate is some of the priciest in the US. That fact makes you wonder what is the ceiling in a market like this – and what do you get for it? Wonder no more. We’ve assembled the 9 most expensive home sales in Honolulu over the past 5 years, collecting the kinds of properties that even the super-rich would find enticing. If you’ve ever wondered …Read More

Koa Ridge: 3,500 New Homes in Central Oahu

News Koa Ridge is expected to break ground in the 2nd half of 2017 with the first round of homes being completed and ready for move in late 2019. For more information please call Michelle Johnson at (808) 352-2469 or email Michelle@honoluluhi5.com. Koa Ridge Farm Land February 2017 Koa Ridge in Brief Koa Ridge is a master-planned community, which, when build out (estimated 10 to 12 years)  will include ~3,500 properties …Read More