The Watermark condo project was completed summer 2008 on the edge of Waikiki. It is one of only a handful of new condo projects that was added to Waikiki’s skyline during the past two decades. We think it is also the very finest. What makes one condo better than another may depend on personal taste and preference. There could be many different factors to consider. See if you agree with our list of the Top 8 reasons why the Watermark is Waikiki’s Premier Luxury Condo:
The project is located in a quiet cul-de-sac at 1551 Ala Wai Blvd, just across from the Ala Wai Canal. It is the second to last building within the cul-de-sac and there is minimal street traffic. The property is set back a good distance from Ala Moana Blvd. This section of Waikiki between the Ala Wai Canal and Hobron Lane has a quiet residential feel, contrary to some of the other high traffic tourist areas. Hidden among this walkable neighborhood within a block distance you will find a grocery store, bank, small post office and several dining options.
Living here, between Waikiki and Ala Moana, offers the best of both worlds: 1.) world class Waikiki Beach and all the excitement that comes along, …as well as, 2.) best shopping at Hawaii’s largest mall, the Ala Moana Shopping Center. Close by across the street is the largest beach park in Hawaii, Ala Moana Beach. In the midst of all these neighborhood conveniences, it is surprising how quiet the Watermark location really is. Street access is either from Ala Wai Blvd or from Hobron Lane.
All units are facing west towards ocean and sunset. High floor units above the ~16th floor enjoy wide open ocean views along Oahu’s southern coastline all the way to Kapolei and beyond. This is a very dynamic view that is mesmerizing both day (video) and night (video). From here you can watch airplane action at the distant reef runway, cruise ships gliding in and out of Honolulu Harbor, enjoy the sailboats at the marina and canoe paddlers racing along the Ala Wai Canal. Truly spectacular are sunset views (video).
Watermark condos also share the unique perspective of the long view, from one end to the other, of the Ala Moana Beach Park, Hawaii’s largest beach park. The lower floor units enjoy pleasant palm tree views along the sprawling beautiful tropical landscaped grounds.
Every Watermark condo enjoys a good size usable lanai to soak in the views. You will appreciate the quiet location and distance from main traffic roads as well as surrounding buildings while entertaining on your private lanai above in the sky. Compare this with other high class buildings that are often located on busy traffic roads or include minimal or no private outdoor lanai space.
4. Award Winning Grounds
Soon after completion in 2008, the Watermark deservingly won an award for its outstanding lush landscaped garden design. The gorgeous grounds at the Watermark are a serene tropical oasis unlike any other Honolulu condo. 60% of the lot size is beautifully landscaped open space. The sprawling lawn is always perfectly manicured. There is plenty space for quiet time to meditate, read a book or enjoy outdoor yoga. There is also a magical secret garden path (video).
Enjoy nature’s solitude in the middle of the city, or spend time with friends at one of five BBQ settings among pleasant Plumeria trees, Red Gingers and Areca palms.
5. Heated Lagoon Style Infinity Pool
Hands down, the Watermark has the nicest heated lagoon style infinity pool surrounded by sculpted lava rocks and botanical gardens in all of Honolulu. The free-flow design pool features several ‘coves’ as well as a marked center swim lane from one end to the other. Regardless if you use the pool at 6am or up to 10pm, the water temperature is always perfect. Enjoy the jetted hot tub for a relaxing massage.
Other amenities include men’s and women’s sauna, showers, fully equipped fitness room, a library and media room. Wifi is available throughout the lobby, library and garden just past the pool.
6. Layout & Density
The Watermark condo is designed like a private gated boutique luxury resort with a grand open lobby that leads out to the beautiful pool and sprawling garden (video). Three exterior high speed glass elevators (video) provide nice green mountain vistas while getting to your condo. There are only 196 condos total in this project with a maximum of 5 or 6 condos per floor. That is fewer than Hokua, One Ala Moana, or most other new condo projects. The Watermark feel and lifestyle is exclusive, quiet and private. Pool, gym and other amenities are never crowded. There are no restaurants or retail shops on the property. All condos feature either 2 or 3-bedrooms and come with at least 2 assigned covered secured parking stalls. Living at the Watermark is truly a pleasure.
7. Award Winning Staff & Management
The Watermark staff shows an exemplary level of friendly and helpful service. The building is well managed and has strong reserves. It is no surprise that the Watermark condo won twice in a row the coveted IREM Building of the Year, and Residential Manager of the Year award for 2014 and 2013 respectively.
8. Energy Efficiency Initiative
The Watermark is one of Hawaii’s first residential high rise condos to have installed a powerful photovoltaic system on the garage roof. The system offsets a percentage of the common area electricity consumption and acts as a hedge against future electricity cost increases. Other energy saving measures include the upgrade of common element lights with energy saving high efficiency LED bulbs.
This simple summary is just barely scratching the surface. It is the rare combination of these unique and other benefits that make the Watermark special. You might conclude that the Watermark is not only the finest condo project in Waikiki, but it also fits well among the crème de la crème of all Honolulu luxury condos. Living here is priceless.
If you are looking for a full time residence or a Honolulu vacation home, you owe it to yourself to further explore the benefits. Feel free to contact us today to get the inside story.
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Aloha, George Krischke (R)
Disclosure: My wife and I are original owners at the Watermark and we love living here as full time residents. I currently hold an active position on the board of directors.