Jan. 24, 2019

Buying a 100 year old house to flip

I'm currently buying this beautiful Manoa classic home built in 1923. It has really cool old features that you can't find in homes built these days, like flared tails under the eaves, solid hardwood ceilings, and an attic that is over 15 feet tall! 



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As we began to inspect this 2000 sqft home, we kept finding more and more cool features, many of which will remain in the house even after we renovate it. The most recognizable feature from the street is the green hard carved shutters. We can't figure out what the design is supposed to be, but these are unique and worth saving, though I will move them to another area of the property and use them as decor.  

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Our plan is to completely gut the house, since almost everything is original. The kitchen, baths, floors, and a lot of the walls will be redone and brought up to modern standards.  I expect this to take about 6 months, mostly because the permitting process in Hawaii is so slow.  

Check out this original old kitchen, complete with board and batten interior walls! 

Manoa kitchen

Posted in hawaii house flip
Oct. 18, 2018

3 Hawaii Luxury Dream Homes On The Market Right Now

Hawaii will always be a sought after destination to live as well as own a vacation home and when it comes to luxury, it's hard to beat it here. These homes don't get sold all too quickly and often are waiting years before the right buyer comes along. Lately there has quite the boom within the luxury market here so I thought we'd take at the inventory and see what really stands out from the pack. 

$30,000,000 USD - 145 Kailuana Loop, Kailua

This gorgeous home is one of the most expensive properties in all of Hawaii and it has it all inside and out. Nearly 15,000 square feet of luxury living space nets you ten bedrooms and eleven bathrooms through this estate. On the overall 60,000 square foot property you'll fin a lagoon, tennis courts, gym, outdoor pool table and a lot of grounds to enjoy any time of year.

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$35,000,000 USD - 1118 Ala Moana Boulevard Honolulu

This is one of the nicest penthouses ever to go on sale in all of Hawaii and this grand residence in Honolulu has some of the best views money can buy in all the country. This penthouse in the Waiea Village boasts six bedrooms and seven bath over 10,000 square feet high in the sky. 

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$17,750,000 USD - 280 Poipu Drive Honolulu

This stunning palatial estate is one of the best ocean view homes for sale on Oahu and properties like this are not often on the market. The living area on this 60,000 square foot lot sections off just over 6,500 square feet of living space which includes six bedrooms, five full bath and two half bath. 

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Posted in Buzz
Aug. 10, 2018

1199 Bishop St #11

Just Listed! 

The Pinnacle Honolulu - A huge downtown Honolulu condo with over 3000 sqft of total space and 4 parking stalls!

1199 Bishop St, #11. $1,699,888 MLS 201821117

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Aug. 1, 2018

Share The Same Hawaiian Beach As The Obamas With This Estate

Would you like to own a world class home on a white sandy beach right next to the Obama's vacation home in Hawaii? This oceanfront estate is also just a few houses down from the legendary Magnum PI estate. Waimanalo Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Oahu and one of the most famous in all of Hawaii. 

This world famous beach has also been a set on Lost and as well been featured on the Hawaii 5-0 tv show numerous times. This home however has its own bit of beach along with one of the finest beachfront outdoor spaces that is more like a resort than a home. There's good reason why this Waimanalo Beach home is currently a world-famous vacation rental home that has seen royalty and celebrities stay within its walls. 


pool Hawaii beach house

Then here is a stunning 9000+ square foot 9 bedroom 7 bath property in East Oahu built for owners with the highest standards. With a resort style pool overlooking an amazing white sand beach, this magnificent property is perfect for entertaining large groups and family

The property sits on one of Oahu's best beaches. White sand and crystal clear water for miles, with a country feel but just a few minutes away from downtown Honolulu. You can feel like you're away from it all here without being too far from the best restaurants, shopping and entertainment. 


The wide open kitchen features hand carved wood cabinets, viking appliances, and a wide open ocean view from all of the many bar stools. 

The kitchen nook has one of the best views in the house, and opens to spacious outdoor dining overlooking the pool and beach. It feels like a resort , but with the amenities of a luxurious home.  


In this large living and dining room, there are plenty of seats and viewing areas for all of your friends. It has more custom carved wood throughout. 

And how is the view from this room? Just another day in paradise. 

Everyday is beautiful here in Hawaii, so we eat many of our meals outside.  You can see Kailua bay in the background of this picture. 

Downstairs, there is a pool side entertainment area complete with outdoor kitchen, pool table, foosball, and seating for over 20 guests. 


And when you're in the pool at night, the house looks amazing. Coming down that water slide or sitting in the hot tub, you can enjoy the night sky and warm air of Hawaii at this world class estate. 



View Listing: https://www.alohatony.com/search/details/47h/9/

Price: $16,900,000 USD

Beds: 9

Bath: 8

Built: 1991

June 23, 2018

Luxury Townhomes At 4607 Kahala Avenue

One of the most exciting new townhouse developments we're excited for is Kahala By The Sea in Honolulu. This is a very well known area home to celebrities, families and some of the finest homes on the Island. In fact, there are only 47 oceanfront lots on Kahala Avenue and only 28 of them run from the street to the beach.

There will be only six luxury residences developed on this lot and they will be starting at $8,999,000 USD when finished. The properties will be two-story residences that will range from 3,442 to 3,647 square feet and will have three and four bedrooms. 

Posted in Developments
June 19, 2018

This Oceanside Estate Has An Outdoor Pool Table

We love finding the unique aspects of homes on the market and 145 Kailuana Loop in Kailua has a lot going for it, but the one feature we loved was its outdoor pool table. While we see a lot of stunning luxury homes here we cannot remember the last time, or if ever, that we saw a pool table outside like this. 

This gorgeous home is currently on the market for $30,000,000 USD and it has ten bedrooms and eleven bath over 14,834 square feet. You're steps to the ocean here, there's plenty of more outdoor space and if you would like to see all the pictures for this home please click here or give us a call.


Posted in Home Of The Week
June 17, 2018

‘A‘ali‘i Condos At Ward Village

‘A‘ali‘i condo development is a much talked about development in the Ward Village and it's going to be a dream spot to live in for its new tenants. What we love the most is that at the penthouse level, you'll find a full-floor oasis for relaxing and socializing with gorgeous 360° views of land and sea.

Architectural Digest recently named Ward Village the best master planned community in the U.S. because of its attention to art, architecture and building community. Getting into this building won't be easy but if you're looking for a luxury condo with a sense of community this may be the spot for you. 

If you're interested to know more about ‘A‘ali‘i in Ward Village please give us a call or email us to represent you.

Posted in Developments
June 4, 2018

Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach Condo For Sale

If you're in the market for something a little bit fabulous you may want to consider this gorgeous four bedroom condo in the Ritz-Carlton Residences at Waikiki Beach.This beautiful split level four bedroom + den also has five bathrooms it comes fully furnished. The views from here are second to none and you'll have commanding ocean views over the Fort DeRussy park.

It is currently on the market for $8,280,000 USD and since you're in the Ritz-Carlton, you'll have access the luxury amenities. This includes their lavish infinity pool, world-class concierge services, valet parking, and a full service spa. If you would like to learn more please email us or call directly via (808) 351-9795 any day of the week.

Posted in hawaii real estate
June 2, 2018

Oahu's Most Expensive Home Right Now Is $35,000,000

I thought we could take a quick look at one of the most incredible and expensive properties for sale right now on Oahu. For a cool $35,000,000 USD you could be the new owner of this six bedroom penthouse in the Waiea building which is second to none here. Let's take a look at this rare offering inside an out and see what all the hype has been about surrounding this development. 

This penthouse was designed by architect James K.M. Cheng and the interiors were masterfully styled by interior designer Tony Ingrao. The word Waiea is the Hawaiian term for "water of life" which refers to the building's sweeping, water inspired glass façade. This links the structure to the importance of water in Hawaii's coastal landscape which you can see flawlessly from every window and patio. 

High above it all you'll have 8,485 square feet of luxurious living space with room for the whole family and then some. There are also 7 bathrooms throughout and just about every room has incredible views that your family and guests will never get tired of. I'm not just talking ocean views either, but Diamond Head, the mountains and Waikiki and beyond makes this place that much more special.

If you're interested in learning more about this listing contact us or if you would like to lear more about the floor plans and options in this penthouse checkout the full listing online.

Posted in Home Of The Week
May 24, 2018

Million Dollar Hawaii House Flipping Case Study

Over the past 18 years, I've flipped several homes and had clients flip over 30. Of all those homes flipped, this Aina Haina property is one of my favorites. For one thing, I live in Aina Haina, but for another, the finished product is the cleanest, most wide open layout that I have seen in a long time.

Located just a few miles East of downtown Honolulu, this Aina Haina home was occupied by hoarders who had neglected the home for decades. When I first saw it, I knew this home had huge potential, with its concrete block construction, mid century modern style, and large 11,000 sq ft flat lot. For all its positives, this home still needed a total gut.

After we emptied the hunk left behind by the hoarders, we took down a couple walls to open up the tiny kitchen, because in the 1950's, people liked to hide their kitchens.

Then we ripped out everything else we could. Floors, windows, cabinets, showers, doors, you name it. The house became a dirty, gross, empty shell. Now we were ready. The kitchen was expanded to about double the original space, with an open bar to the living room. New flooring everywhere. New paint, windows, doors, and a new huge master bathroom, which was expanded into the existing closet. This meant we had to build a new closet, which was part of the large living space before.

This house is now on the market for almost $1.6mil. We had multiple offers immediately, and I expect the client to make a good profit on it. Flipping houses in Hawaii is just as hard as it is anywhere else, but since prices are high, the margins can be higher.

Final Product:

Don't get me wrong, I've seen a house flip lose money here too. Not because the deal was wrong, but because the client did a poor job managing the project and didn't deliver a good product. You can make a lot of money flipping houses, or you can lose just as much. It's not magic. It's hard work. It's a job that pays well or it can cost you everything.

Are you looking to get into house flipping here on Oahu and don't know where to start? Please come talk with me before getting start and we can make magic happen. 

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