The duo of Kaaawa and Hauula go together very well, two oceanside neighborhoods that have much to offer, sharing an unspoilt stretch of coastline that is off the tourists' radar and a setting where a dog's distant barking is the loudest thing you'll hear at night, outside of the surf coming in, of course.
That sounds very intriguing, but how do the homes measure up? Come with us up the Windward Side and find out.
KAAAWA Kaawa is the smaller, and the southernmost, of the two towns, with just under 1,100 residents currently. This is generally considered part of the North Shore, not just because of its location high on the east side, but also the lifestyle and undeveloped environment of this community.
Despite the homes' coming from a wide range of years, from the 1920s to present day, they mainly fall into that North Shore style. Wood framed houses with white trimmed windows, often raised off the ground. It's a style linked with the beachside life and that's exactly what you get here.
Most lots are good sized, usually spreading over 6,000 or more sq ft. They can seem even more removed & private due to the fact that much of the area around you remains untouched, plus the freely growing trees and vegetation provide further separation.
One of the rare condo communities on this coast, Makua Village, stands here on an enviable site looking out at the ocean that plays just across the road. Residences are split into Studios (381 or 581 sq ft), 1BR (492 or 649 sq ft) and 2BR (757 or 887 sq ft).
HAUULA The town of Hauula almost triples the population of its neighbor, to a little over 3,000, but is still firmly rural. In fact, the transition between the two areas is hard to discern as they both have succesfully made 'keeping the country country' a reality.
Another factor that blurs the two is the use of the same beach house architecture. However, don't mistake that for a cookie-cutter approach.
The variations you'll find are endless, bringing a personal touch to a general style that makes the houses familiar and yet individual. The build date varies widely here, too, with a 1930's structure standing next door to one built last year.
Sizes of both the interiors and the lots themselves are one other area that can be almost anywhere on the scale. The majority, though, fall in the roughly 1,000 to 2,000 sq ft size indoors and a minimum of 4,500 sq ft of land. There's the occasional huge beachfront estate, too, that shows just what level of paradise a certain price tag can buy.
WHY BUYERS LINE UP FOR HOMES IN KAAAWA & HAUULA The proximity to the ocean, from an easy stroll to living on the very edge of it, makes these homes something special, even in Hawaii.
Your commute may be longer, but if there's a place you just might be safe from Oahu's marching development, this is it. More than a refuge, Kaaawa and Hauula are places where you can still listen to the aina. And it could be calling you.
The price range of houses for sale in Kaaawa / Hauula is $395K to $2.1M with a median price of $899K, median interior of 2,030sf and median land size of 7,953sf.
The median price of houses sold in Kaaawa / Hauula year-to-date (Jan - Mar 29, 2017) is $680K. In previous years it was $600K (2016), $629K (2015), $679K (2014), $575K (2013), $468K (2012), $368K (2011), $499K (2010), $409K (2009), $587K (2008), $555K (2007), $669K (2006), $554K (2005), $415K (2004), $365K (2003).
9 houses have sold in Kaaawa / Hauula year-to-date (Jan - Mar 29, 2017). In previous years, the total number of houses sold were 61 (2016), 36 (2015), 28 (2014), 37 (2013), 41 (2012), 46 (2011), 29 (2010), 24 (2009), 27 (2008), 39 (2007), 43 (2006), 56 (2005), 69 (2004), 51 (2003).
On average Kaaawa / Hauula houses were on the market for 77 days before they were sold (Jan - Mar 29, 2017). In previous years it was 97 days (2016), 121 days (2015), 142 days (2014), 110 days (2013), 78 days (2012), 76 days (2011), 113 days (2010), 81 days (2009), 82 days (2008), 110 days (2007), 79 days (2006), 38 days (2005), 62 days (2004), 74 days (2003).
The average days on market for Kaaawa / Hauula houses before sold were 17 days February 2017 compared to 76 days February 2016.
The ratio of Kaaawa / Hauula houses sales price vs list price were 97.6% February 2017 compared to 93.7% February 2016.
1 Kaaawa / Hauula house was sold February 2017 compared to 3 houses sold February 2016.
The total dollar volume of houses currently for sale in Kaaawa / Hauula is $33.58M and the sold dollar volume year-to-date (Jan - Mar 29, 2017) is $7.5M. In previous years sold dollar volume was $40.07M (2016), $23.94M (2015), $19.15M (2014), $22.68M (2013), $20.64M (2012), $20.91M (2011), $15.04M (2010), $11.1M (2009), $16M (2008), $23.97M (2007), $29.77M (2006), $35.41M (2005), $30.25M (2004), $18.96M (2003).
The most recent sale in Kaaawa / Hauula was a house located at 51-131 Kaaawa Park Lane, sold for $680K on Mar 17, 2017. It had 1360sf of interior. 9 other recent sales include: 51-477 Kamehameha Highway (936sf) sold for $1.69M on 3/10/2017. 53-378V Kamehameha Highway (1,309sf) sold for $815K on 3/8/2017. 53-448A Kamehameha Highway (1,732sf) sold for $900K on 3/3/2017. 54-047 Waikulama Street (1,000sf) sold for $610K on 2/15/2017. 53-034 Pokiwai Place (812sf) sold for $505K on 1/25/2017. 53-692 Kamehameha Highway (1,104sf) sold for $580K on 1/18/2017. 51-244 Kamehameha Highway (1,711sf) sold for $1.18M on 1/13/2017. 53-014B Makao Road (1,072sf) sold for $529K on 1/13/2017. 54-055 Waikulama Street (1,105sf) sold for $550K on 12/28/2016.
23 of the houses have ocean views and 24 have mountain views.