Owning a Wahiawa home is a dream come true for those who have their heart set on a vintage plantation home. Famous as the site of the first Dole farmlands, this is a place steeped in the agricultural era of Hawaii's history. For that reason you still regularly find enchanting homes from the 1930's to 50's on the market that look like an old picture postcard come to life.
North of Mililani, Wahiawa is in the center of Oahu, cradled between the peaks of two different mountain ranges. The town is also uniquely surrounded on 3 sides by the fresh waters of Lake Wilson, one of the reasons it was a prime location for the Dole company's operations for so long.
Just up the road from your hometown is the world-renowned North Shore, with all of its beaches and surfing spots waiting for you whenever free time arrives. It's close enough for even a shave ice run!
Although the lands in Wahiawa no longer hold the fields of pineapple and other crops, the local economy has remained steady, changing to center on the nearby military presence at Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Air Force Base. Many of the residents work on one of the two installations or at businesses that benefit from their communities.
That stability has resulted in many longtime, even multi-generational, resident families, who have remained in the original homes purchased decades ago. That continuity has preserved numerous older, now vintage, residences like few other neighborhoods. For example:
There are 1,232 Wahiawa homes that were built in the 1950's, over 4 times the number built here since 2000.
The following decade, the 1960's, contributes another 1,018 homes to today's landscape.
More existing Wahiawa houses went up in the 1940's than the 1990's (511 vs 487).
The picture is crystal clear. The houses in the Wahiawa area are a time-capsule of Old Hawaii charm that is almost impossible to find elsewhere in Oahu real estate – and certainly not on this scale or as affordable. The median sale price currently falls in the low $400K, even in the currently heated Oahu market.
Take a look at the current listings and you'll probably find classic plantation-era homes elevated from the street level on a band of volcanic rock wall. Or undeniably mid-Century houses with large picture windows and sleek lines, yet still rooted in the Island style. Many eras, all contained in this one town.
If you're willing to do some work you can get an even better deal. Often there are period diamonds in the rough for sale that need maintenance or even renovation. Beautiful properties that can shine again with your help.
Though the homes are from years ago, the rest of the area's amenities and resources are distinctly moving toward modern urbanization. Nothing that would make you think you're in Downtown, of course, but all the conveniences are in town. The Wahiawa Shopping Center & Town Center, for example, has all the essentials with Foodland & Long's, plus numerous eateries, shops & salons as well.
In spite of that buildup, Wahiawa, especially the eastern areas, have preserved green spaces across the entire town. Concrete sprawl has not taken over, by any means.
What you do have here is a wonderful opportunity to inhabit a Hawaii that has been wiped out in too many neighborhoods on Oahu. With the flurry of new condos and rapid change on this Island, it's good to know that the romance of those vintage local homes is not only alive somewhere, but well. Take a look at and just try not to fall in love. It won't be easy.
The price range of houses for sale in Wahiawa is $185K to $1.68M with a median price of $575K, median interior of 1,296sf and median land size of 5,495sf.
The median price of houses sold in Wahiawa year-to-date (Jan - Feb 21, 2017) is $605K. In previous years it was $561K (2016), $517K (2015), $492K (2014), $435K (2013), $397K (2012), $395K (2011), $400K (2010), $395K (2009), $417K (2008), $490K (2007), $450K (2006), $410K (2005), $325K (2004), $259K (2003).
12 houses have sold in Wahiawa year-to-date (Jan - Feb 21, 2017). In previous years, the total number of houses sold were 86 (2016), 72 (2015), 72 (2014), 77 (2013), 62 (2012), 69 (2011), 61 (2010), 44 (2009), 54 (2008), 67 (2007), 66 (2006), 91 (2005), 88 (2004), 58 (2003).
On average Wahiawa houses were on the market for 28 days before they were sold (Jan - Feb 21, 2017). In previous years it was 94 days (2016), 85 days (2015), 90 days (2014), 92 days (2013), 61 days (2012), 77 days (2011), 48 days (2010), 72 days (2009), 73 days (2008), 75 days (2007), 71 days (2006), 45 days (2005), 42 days (2004), 53 days (2003).
The average days on market for Wahiawa houses before sold were 32 days January 2017 compared to 92 days January 2016.
The ratio of Wahiawa houses sales price vs list price were 99.4% January 2017 compared to 98.5% January 2016.
7 Wahiawa houses were sold January 2017 compared to 3 houses sold January 2016.
The total dollar volume of houses currently for sale in Wahiawa is $20.96M and the sold dollar volume year-to-date (Jan - Feb 21, 2017) is $8.72M. In previous years sold dollar volume was $48.91M (2016), $37.07M (2015), $35.24M (2014), $36.06M (2013), $25.06M (2012), $28.28M (2011), $24.33M (2010), $18.28M (2009), $24.41M (2008), $35.16M (2007), $31.96M (2006), $38.59M (2005), $29.38M (2004), $15.51M (2003).
The most recent sale in Wahiawa was a house located at 113 Circle Drive, sold for $579K on Feb 17, 2017. It had 1476sf of interior. 9 other recent sales include: 923 Peach Street (1,200sf) sold for $575K on 2/16/2017. 203 Circle Makai Street (1,706sf) sold for $590K on 2/10/2017. 1987 Alai Place (590sf) sold for $1.2M on 2/2/2017. 1817 Kalie Place (2,081sf) sold for $700K on 1/31/2017. 1131 Aheahe Avenue (1,026sf) sold for $500K on 1/30/2017. 235 Iliwai Drive (1,734sf) sold for $620K on 1/27/2017. 164 Hauola Avenue (4,249sf) sold for $1.4M on 1/20/2017. 1803 Eames Street (2,536sf) sold for $825K on 1/19/2017. 534 Kulia Street (1,765sf) sold for $660K on 1/19/2017.