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

$17 million Hawaii beachfront luxury estate

Would you like to own a world class estate home on a white sand beach in Hawaii? Then here is a stunning 9000+ sqft 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 just a few houses down from the legendary Magnum PI estate. 

pool Hawaii beach house

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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

Posted in hawaii house flip
April 18, 2018

Hawaii Kai home flip

I have several clients who flip homes, and I enjoy helping them find a good deal and designing the finished product.

Back in December, my clients purchased this Hawaii Kai house for a little under $1.1mil. The seller was in a hurry, and after sitting on the market for a while, we were able to get a good deal on it.  

Homes with good bones in Hawaii Kai are hard to buy, because there are usually a bunch of offers quickly. In this case, this home in the Triangle neighborhood had great bones - the structure was solid, and the layout was nice, but we knew we could improve it by moving some walls around, so we just waited until the seller was motivated enough. 

Here is the original front when we bought it.

Triangle real esrate

We decided to remove half of the boards in the front above the garage door, cut down the large bush on the right, and add some smaller accent color plants. The best part is probably the river rock on the front. 

Poipu home new front

Once inside the house, we knew the layout was ok, but the flooring was an old blue slate that was replaced with wood.  We also opened up the kitchen wall a bit, since the fridge was blocking the view to the living room. 

Here's how it turned out. Notice the bar counter on the left, right by the sink. 

Now everybody's favorite thing to remodel is a kitchen. In this case, we had a narrow space in a galley kitchen, with old cabinets and the appliances in the wrong places. Check out the weird mirrored ceiling. There are way too many things going on in this kitchen.  I feel like I'm in a house of mirrors. 

  

 We decided on classic white shaker style with a simple quartz counter, and moved the appliances around to make it more functional. The new layout allows you to be at the sink, looking out into the living room. We added a wine chiller, double oven, and kept the wood flowing into the kitchen, since this brand is waterproof. 

The strangest room in the house might have been the master bathroom, which had a lot of space, but a giant window so the world can look in, plus weird narrow closet with folding doors, and a small shower behind the vanity.  And since there was no separate toilet room, we had to create that for privacy. 

Check out the big wasted space in the middle. 

So we created a walk in closet, a toilet room, and a huge tile shower. Here is the shower.

We removed the huge window and made the massive walk in closet on left, with new double vanity on right. 

The kid's bath was also dated and ugly, but the layout was fine. I wonder if that mustard yellow sink will ever be back in style? 

Here's the new bath. Updated, simple, and clean! I like the rock tile in the shower.

Last but definitely not least, the outdoor space needed a face lift. It had ugly tile but had plenty of space. 

We didn't like the door, the tile, the lights, but we liked the space and especially the beams. So here's what we did. New tile, a simple off white, new outdoor ceiling fans, and a fresh paint job. 

March 28, 2018

How is the Hawaii real estate market doing?

How is the Hawaii real estate market doing? This is the most common question people ask me when they see me around town.  People ask me, "How's the real estate market?" often before they ask me how I'm doing, which is fine because it's what's on my mind as well. 

So how is the market doing as of today? My summary is - there is very little available for sale under $1.5mil, and anything priced correctly has multiple offers.  In short, the market is as hot as ever, but with little inventory, it's hard to be a buyer. 

This week we listed a couple new properties, including this nice condo at Hokulani in Kailua, that got an offer over list price in 1 day. 

Hokulani in Kailua

This great 2 bedroom condo in the heart of Kailua town will likely get multiple offers, and will almost certainly sell over the $540k asking price.  Why? Because inventory on Oahu is very low. In fact, this is the only unit available at Hokulani, so if you want one, you're probably going to compete with other buyers to get it. 

I just had a client tell me that it seems like there is nothing available for her to look at, even though her price range is up to about $1.8million.  That is the case with many buyers here, which means prices are continuing to rise. 

How's the market? It's very strong. 

Posted in hawaii real estate