Almost everyone in Hawaii would love to live in Kailua if they could afford it. Some of the best real estate in Hawaii is located in Kailua, with properties that are priced well into the multi millions. A lot of movie stars own homes in this beautiful area, mostly in the neighborhood of Lanikai. If you are looking for Kailua real estate, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re buying or selling a Kailua home, this site will help you find all the info you need.
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Kailua: Homes & Condo Properties
In Kailua, homes are the dominant property type, though there are a few condos and townhouses as well. There are some condominium developments bunched together in the middle of town on Auloa St. and Auloa Pl, such as Windward Passage, Gardenia Manor, Poinciana Manor, and Hokulani. There are unfortunately no beachfront condos in Kailua, and there are far fewer complexes here than in other areas of Hawaii.
There are a few great townhouse complexes like Bluestone in Lanikai, and a couple smaller ones around Enchanted Lake, but that’s about it. The limited availability of multi-family properties in the vicinity is what keeps the price of Kailua condos and townhomes higher than in other areas.
Gorgeous homes can be found throughout Kailua, amidst its many neighborhoods. Each enclave is a little different from the rest, which gives real estate buyers a great selection.
The largest residential neighborhood in Kailua is Enchanted Lake. This community was built in the 70’s around a man-made lake. This lake is fed by the ocean, but I don’t recommend swimming in it. Then there are the neighborhoods of Kailua Bluffs and Keolu Hills, which overlook the lake. While these two neighborhoods are a bit older, many of the homes have been rebuilt or remodeled.
If you’re looking for waterfront real estate in Kailua, Beachside and Lanikai are the two main beachfront neighborhoods in the community. Both feature large waterfront estates that are priced up to $15 million. For around the $1 million mark, Kailua home buyers can find properties that are just a few houses away from the beach.
There are several other great neighborhoods near Kailua Beach such as Kailuana, Koolaupoku, and Kalama Tract. In fact, there are so many little neighborhoods in Kailua that you just have to drive around to see them all. Be sure to visit Mokapu, Kalaheo Hillside, Aikahi Park, and all the rest. You’ll see what a beautiful little beach town Kailua is; I know that you’ll love it here.
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The Beachside Neighborhood
When people hear the words, “Hawaii Real Estate,” they typically have the following image in their minds: beautiful houses set along white sand beaches, with crystal clear waters and gently lapping waves. A nice breeze blows as sunbathers lay on lounge chairs, basking in our tropical paradise.
Whether they know it or not, what they’re picturing is a neighborhood in Windward Oahu called Beachside. If you can afford to buy real estate in Beachside, then you’re going to enjoy the essence of luxury Oahu living. Beachside is the absolute best that Oahu has to offer, and is situated on the best part of the beach in wonderful Kailua. With 2 miles of white sand beach, sky-blue colored water, and the most beautiful custom homes, Beachside has everything going for it. In fact, when President Obama visits Hawaii, he stays at the end of the beach in Kailuana.
The average price for Beachside homes is about $1 million for a house that’s a short distance to the beach. Waterfront homes start around $4 million.
What’s great about the area is the fact that you can buy a beautiful house just across from the beach, with deeded beach access for about half the price of a home right on the beach. Of course, you don’t get a 24-hour view of the ocean, and you can’t walk right out your front door and hit sandyou may have to walk nearly 100ft. Yes, life is pretty great if you have $2 million to spend on a home in Beachside.
While most homes in this area were built in the 1950’s and 60’s, there are several newer homes that have been built in the last year or two. These new custom homes will fetch $7-10 million easily. They are gorgeous estates that often sit on an acre with 60-100 linear feet of water frontage.
Beachside has the great advantage of being close to the H3 on-ramp. It’s also just 5 minutes to Kailua Town, one of the friendliest and nicest little towns in Oahu. It is the best of all worldsa paradise-like retreat with the convenience of Kailua.
~ Kailua Information ~
Kailua is a beautiful little town that is located south of Kaneohe, north of Waimanalo, and situated on the windward side of Oahu. It has amazing views, beautiful beaches, and a wonderful little town.
Even though Kailua is only 20 minutes (12 miles) from Downtown Honolulu, it may as well be on another island. Kailua is its own city with its own infrastructure, and the town itself has lots of amenities and services such as grocery stores, movie theaters, banks, shopping centers, a bowling alley, and lots of small shops.
People who enjoy quaint small towns love Kailua for its layout. A great facelift was done on Kailua Town just a few years ago that has really brought new life to the community. There are many small stores to look around in, and the area’s outdoor restaurants are a fun way to spend the afternoon.
In Kailua, Christmas and Fourth of July parades are highlights every year. Don’t miss the Kailua Thursday Night Farmers’ Market in the Kailua parking garage (behind Longs). The market is held every Thursday, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
The beautiful Mokulua Islands are just a short kayak ride away from the beach, and is a must-do for all visitors. From just about everywhere in Kailua you can see the Ko’olau Mountain Range, which is a majestic range of jagged green hills that has been featured in many movies and TV shows like “LOST.”
Getting to Kailua
To get to Kailua, you have to cross the Nu’uanu Palithe tallest peak in the Ko’olau Mountain Range. To drive here, take the H-1 to Pali HWY, then take the Pali north up the mountains into Kailua Town.
Be aware that after Kamehameha Hwy, the name of the road changes to Kalanianiole HWY, and then it changes again after Castle Hospital to Kailua Rd., so keep your eyes open. Don’t worry too much though; you’re mostly going straight anyway.
Kailua Area Schools
Private Elementary Schools in Kailua:
- Redemption Academy – 355 N. Kainalu Drive; serves PK – grade 12
- Kailua Christian Academy -305 Hahaini St, #109; serves grades: 1-12
- Le Jardin Academy – 917 Kalanianaole HWY; serves PK – grade 8
- St. John Vianney Parish School – 940 Keolu Drive; serves K – grade 8
- St. Anthony School – 148 Makawao Street; serves K – grade 8
- Trinity Christian School – 875 Auloa Rd.; serves PK – grade 12
- Windward Adventist School – 160 Mookua Street; serves K – grade 8
Public Primary/Middle Schools in Kailua:
- Aikahi Elementary School – 281 Ilihau Street; serves PK – grade 6
- Enchanted Lake Elementary School – 770 Keolu Drive; serves PK – grade 6
- Kaelepulu Elementary School – 530 Keolu Drive; serves K – grade 6
- Kailua Intermediate School – 145 South Kainalu Drive; serves grades 7 & 8
- Kainalu Elementary School – 165 Kaiholu Street; serves PK – grade 6
- Kailua Elementary School – 315 Kuulei Road; serves PK – grade 6
- Keolu Elementary School – 1416 Keolu Drive; serves PK – grade 6
- Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School – 140 Alala Road; serves K – grade 6
- Maunawili Elementary School – 1465 Ulupii Street; serves PK – grade 6
- Mokapu Elementary School – 1193 Mokapu Bl.; serves PK – grade 6
Beaches in Kailua, Hawaii
Kailua Beach has been repeatedly ranked among the best beaches in the world, and was named “America’s best beach” by Stephen Leatherman in 1998. Kailua Beach has the most amazing white sand, and is home to world-class wind surfing thanks to its great winds and calm waters. In addition to wind surfing, you can also snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, sail, spearfish, and surf. There are also a few golf courses right in Kailua, including Olomana, Luana Hills, and Pali Golf Course.
With trade winds blowing for 90 percent of the year, Kailua stays nice and cool with frequent rains. Don’t worry if you get rained on in Kailua, it’s probably going to let up in a few minutes.
Beaches on Oahu are posted with special signs that alert swimmers when there are Portuguese Man-of-War in the surrounding ocean. They look like bright blue floating sea creatures, and are best to avoid. Their sting can be very painful and may lead to serious injury. If you are stung, call the lifeguards for help. If it’s a serious case, call 911 for medical evacuation.
Restaurants in Kailua HI
Kailua is home to a variety of restaurants and eateries, including Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Italian, Pacific Rim, Hawaiian, Chinese, and much more. My favorites are Cinnamon’s for breakfast and Maui Tacos for dinner. Also, Mexico Lindo is a great Mexican place right in the middle of Kailua Town.
- Buzz’s Original Steakhouse – located across the street from Kailua Beach Park.
- Zia’s Café – located on Hamakua Dr., next to Boardrider’s. This place offers simple Italian fare with average prices.
- Baci Bistro – on Aulike St. This is a classically romantic Italian restaurant.
- Times Coffee Shop – situated on Hamakua Dr. Times is a small café that serves the best “fried rice” in the world.
- Pinky’s Pupu Bar & Grill – located on Kalaheo Ave.
- The Shack – off of Keolu Drive. The place features excellent burgers, and is a little bit loud and rowdy on the weekends.
- Boot’s and Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen – located on Hekili Street. This restaurant has the best pancakes in Kailua, and great macadamia nut syrup.
- Mexico Lindo – right in the middle of town, with excellent Mexican food.
Selling Real Estate in Kailua HI
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