Kailua Real Estate
Just over the majestic Pali, only 20 minutes from the bustle of downtown Honolulu, lies the popular beach community of Kailua. Residents who own Kailua real estate feel their worries slip away as the beautiful turquoise ocean become visible at the end of the tunnel. A quiet beach town, Kailua has received international attention through President Obama’s annual vacations. It maintains the laid-back, friendly feeling of a small town but with the conveniences of modern life: a brand new Whole Foods, chic boutiques, & gourmet restaurants. Many people never feel the need to leave.
Kailua is known for its natural beauty with Mount Olomana over-looking the town and Kailua Beach bordering the ocean. The 2.5 mile crescent shaped beach has consistently been listed as one of the top beaches in the world, with wide sandy stretches and fun but safe waves. Kailua beach is popular for kite surfing, surfing, fishing, kayaking, walking, and family outings. People who own Kailua homes tend to be active, outdoor types, enjoying multiple public parks, tennis courts, canoe clubs, boat ramps and playing fields. Additionally, there are well-used hiking trails, bike lanes and walking paths where neighbors greet each other. There are no hotels in Kailua so visitors stay in bed & breakfasts or rent private homes.
Kailua homes along the beach lanes – “Beachside” – are very desirable, with prices generally ranging from $1.5 to 15 million. Kaimalino, which has a rocky shoreline, is a less expensive alternative to luxury beachside homes, generally costing $1-2 million. More affordable Kailua real estate can be found in Aikahi, near the Marine Corps base, ranging from $700,000 to $1.3 million; Kuulei Tract, featuring quiet streets with oversized level lots in walking distance to the beach and Kailua town priced at $1.3-1.8 million; Enchanted Lake, a planned neighborhood surrounding the man-made lake costing $500,000 – $1.4 million, and several hillside areas offering views of the lake, ocean and town. Kailua has several condo complexes, mainly located in the center of town. Windward Passage is the only high-rise in the area, with commanding views and resort-like amenities in a secure building.
Just over a rise at the end of Kailua Beach, lies the secluded community of Lanikai, home to many celebrities. Lanikai’s soft sandy beach, calm waters, and the famous view of the Mokulua Islands off shore has also received top billing on the best beach lists of the world. The shady tree-lined one-way loop that runs through the community is a popular walking, biking, and running spot for many residents. In a similar price range as Beachside (typically $1-10 million), Lanikai homes are an eclectic mix of high-end new homes, gracious kama’aina oceanfront estates, hillside homes with sweeping views, and quaint beach cottages. The sense of community is great here with a neighborhood association, community park and garden, craft fairs & the Lanikai Canoe Club.
Just past Kailua sits the old-Hawaii town of Waimanalo. Considered a part of the Kailua region for real estate searches, much of Waimanalo is agricultural with farms, nurseries, and horse ranches. Waimanalo real estate is generally less expensive than Kailua real estate, ranging from the low $200,000’s to $3.5 million for beachfront. The lots are larger close to the mountains. Waimanalo has some of the best beaches on Oahu, and it is a scenic place to drive with stretches of Malibu-like mansions and the quiet beach community of Waimanalo Beach Lots.
Kailua real estate is ideal if you prefer a more relaxed, outdoor lifestyle. Quiet, uncrowded beaches, beautiful mountains, and family-friendly neighborhoods. Honolulu is close by and easy to access with the Pali Highway, H-3 and Likelike Highway nearby.