If you are interested in purchasing a home in Honolulu, there are several neighborhoods where you will find a variety of luxury homes with a median price above $2,000,000. In the following we will review 7 of the most exceptional single-family home neighborhoods in Honolulu.
Hawaii Loa Ridge is an exclusive gated community in Honolulu and a 20-minute commute from Downtown. This exclusive neighborhood is located on a ridge between Aina Haina and Niu Valley at the foothills of Oahu’s Koʻolau Mountains. The community includes more than 500 homes, most with varying degree of ocean views.
Modern architectural styles as well as Mediterranean homes are abundant in Hawaii Loa Ridge, several with pools and median lot sizes around 11,000 sq ft and 4,000 sq ft of interior. ft. This first-class neighborhood also includes a clubhouse with tennis counts, a park and the Hawaii Loa Ridge Hiking Trail (open to the public).
Hawaii Loa Ridge was a gift from King Kamehameha I to Alexander Adams, the man who created the Hawaiian flag. The area wasn’t developed until the 1980’s and homes in the neighborhood rapidly became very desirable. Year 2017 there were 23 sales in the $1,688,000 to $6,900,000 price range with a median price of $2,500,000.
There are some tear-down homes in Diamond Head, in between all the luxury, and that has kept the median sales price to ‘just’ $2,300,000 for year 2017. However, Diamond Head is one of the most luxurious communities in Honolulu, with 20 homes selling year 2017 between $1,280,000 to $11,500,000.
Diamond Head is home to more than 650 homes, with just 60 of them located on the beach. The median lot size of a home in Diamond Head is 8,000 sq ft with 2,500 sq ft interior.
The community is known being an indulgent atmosphere for the wealthy. Heiress Doris Duke once lived in a cliffside estate located in Diamond Head called Shangri La. Some homes in Diamond Head are within walking distance of Waikiki and Diamond Head Lookout, which is a surfer’s paradise with extravagant views. The historic Diamond Head Lighthouse is also a popular attraction in the area and is on the most southern point of the island.
Kahala is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the area nestled between Diamond Head and the Waialae Golf Course. It is considered the Beverly Hills of Hawaii, with 46 homes, year 2017, selling between $1,300,000 to $5,600,000 and a median price about $2,400,000.
This quiet neighborhood includes around 1,200 homes ranging from charming older single-level homes to modern lavish estate sized homes.
Kahala homes have a median lot size of about 10,000 sq ft and 2,600 sq ft interior. It is a relatively flat neighborhoods and the vast majority of the homes do not have ocean views, except for the 1 mile stretch of about 40 oceanfront homes along Kahala Avenue. Nearby is the famous Kahala Hotel & Resort and Waialae Golf Course.
The Waialae Golf Course neighborhood is a golfer’s paradise and consists of just under 150 single-level homes surrounded by the exclusive Waialae Golf Course. There are around 40 homes located directly on the golf course, complete with luscious greens and spectacular ocean views.
There were 4 sales in year 2017 between $930,000 and $4,310,000 with a median price of about $2,500,000. This prestigious neighborhood boasts wide streets and level lots are typically generous in size – median lot size is about 12,500 sq ft with a median interior of about 3,250 sq ft The exclusive neighborhood is enclosed by the Waialae Golf Course, which hosts the annual the PGA Sony Open Golf Tournament every January.
Portlock is lavish oceanfront neighborhood situated at the base of Koko Head within the Hawaii Kai region. The serene neighborhood is situated along just 2 streets – Portlock Rd and Kalanianaole Highway – and consisting of approximately 120 homes priced in the $1,500,000 for a tear down to about $20,000,000 for the most stunning oceanfront estates.
Most homes were built in the 1940’s and 1950’s, with 40 homes located directly on the ocean. The oceanfront homes have views of Maunalua Bay and are well protected from offshore winds. The median price of Portlock homes was about $2,650,000 year 2017, with 5 homes selling between $2,330,000 and $2,950,000. The median lot size is about 16,500 sq ft with 5,000 sq ft interior. This was the neighborhood Henry Kaiser lived – the developer of Hawaii Kai.
The Koko Kai neighborhood has about 130 homes located adjacent to Portlock. Koko Kai is often mistaken with Portlock as well as the Triangle neighborhood because of its proximity and blended borders. Many homes boast spectacular ocean views with some oceanfront cliffside homes nestled along the rocky coast.
Year 2017 there were 5 sales between $1,930,000 and $3,000,000, with a median price of $2,600,000. Most homes typically range in price between $1,500,000 and $5,000,000, with a median lot size of 16,000 sq ft and 3,300 sq ft interior. Many residents enjoy spectacular unobstructed ocean views and peace of mind thanks to the guidelines from the Koko Kai Association, which restricts building heights of no more than 16 ft from the highest point.
Paiko Lagoon is a unique coastal community of around 120 homes in Honolulu bordered by Hawaii Kai and Niu Beach. Nestled within the neighborhood is the Paiko Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary. The neighborhood is connected to a freshwater springs fishpond opening into the Maunalua Bay. This secluded sanctuary has many homes located on the lagoon front or oceanfront, with a few exclusive homes bordered by both the lagoon and the fishpond. This secluded hidden jewel feels like its own private island and even has one home surrounded by the ocean on all sides.
Year 2017 3 homes sold between $2,995,000 and $3,900,000 with a median price of $5,630,000. The median lot size is about 26,000 sq ft with 5,800 sq ft of interior.