There is nothing like buying a brand new home. It's better than a new car, and even comes with its own distinctive just built new-house smell. In the previous post I mentioned Hale Alii in Hawaii Kai, but there are a few other options as well, all on the West side of Oahu.
In Kapolei there is Kahiwelo by Schuller homes, a division of Dr Horton. It's a nice neighborhood of single family homes overlooking Kapolei and the ocean. Some are a little too close to the freeway, but the rest have a great view of the Ewa Plain and Pearl Harbor in the distance. The homes are around $600k-$700k, and about 1700-1900sqft with as many as 4 bedrooms. I've purchased 2 homes from DR Horton in the past, and they were both very nicely constructed.
Also in Kapolei is another Schuller offering called Nanale at Mehana, a townhome community with units as large as about 1900sqft. I went by there the other day and saw the models. Nicely upgraded units but very small closets. For around $450-$480k, they are a good deal and there is nothing quite like them for sale out there.
Way out on the Waianae Coast, in Maili, is Schuller's Sea Country project, single family homes and attached homes around $400-$600k. Nice newly neighborhood with a park and general store. Great beach there, especially after the city cleaned it up this year.
In Ewa Beach, Gentry has 4 projects: Tides, Latitudes, Haleakea, and Cypress point, in order of ascending prices. Tides start around $400k, and Cypress point goes up to about a million dollars. They have now started putting free solar panels on the houses and paying for all the lanscaping as the market slowed. Now all of a sudden with very little inventory, these new homes may be your best option in Ewa.
Also in Ewa is Haseko's continuation of Ocean Pointe, called Ka Makana. Complete with private golf course and soon to come (hopefully) marina resort, it is the next big thing in Ewa. And since the road widening project has all but eliminated the traffic in Ewa, Ka Makana is a great option for those looking for a brand new home between $400k-$900k. They have homes as small as 1200sqft and as large as 3000sqft. I have always thought Haseko builds great homes, with very nice floorplans and upgrades.
There is also the long awaited rumor of some townhomes to be built in Kailua by Schuller homes someday, but that remains to be seen. Who knows when that will come, but I'm sure they will sell out fast in any market.