About Downtown Honolulu Downtown Honolulu represents the historic, governmental, business and financial center of Hawaii. A mix of architecturally rich historic buildings as well as modern skyscrapers - up to 429 ft tall - fill the Downtown Honolulu skyline. Many residents who work in Downtown choose to live in a condo located in Downtown to minimize their work commute. With expensive parking and heavy traffic during rush hours it makes good sense for many busy working professionals. Downtown Honolulu condos for sale are typically valued in the $300,000 to $2M range.
Insight to Downtown Honolulu Condos & Neighborhood Some of the notable Downtown Honolulu Condos include the popular modern Capitol Place (2008), the luxurious exclusive Pinnacle Honolulu (2008), Harbor Court (1994) with fabulous ocean views, Honolulu Park Place (1989), Honolulu Tower (1982) and Harbor Square (1971). Honolulu’s downtown skyline consists of mostly high rise office buildings with about a dozen residential condos scattered in between.
Four distinct and diverse districts make up the Downtown Honolulu neighborhood:
The historic Chinatown District in the north, which is bordered by Nuuanu Stream and Vineyard Blvd.
The Capitol District, which dominates the few blocks between Richard St and along Punchbowl St and also marks the transition to neighboring Kakaako.
The Business District with it’s towering buildings surrounding Fort St Mall and Bishop Square.
The Waterfront District which wraps along Honolulu Harbor and marks the western boundary.
Lot’s of great dining options and small coffee shops are frequented by the daily business crowd that fills the busy streets. Bishop Square is a nice green central park and popular lunch time hangout for office workers as well as some of the 7,000 plus students attending the private Hawaii Pacific University close by.
After hours the action moves across Ala Moana Blvd to the Aloha Tower Marketplace along Honolulu Harbor. Happy hour, live music and nightlife options start lighten up the boardwalk around sunset. Aloha Tower, overlooking Honolulu Harbor, was for many years the tallest building in Hawaii, but is now dwarfed by Honolulu’s modern and changing skyline.
The price range of condos for sale in Downtown Honolulu is $53K to $2.19M with a median price of $425K and median interior of 729sf.
The median price of condos sold in Downtown Honolulu year-to-date (Jan - Sep 23, 2017) is $408K. In previous years it was $375K (2016), $375K (2015), $385K (2014), $390K (2013), $385K (2012), $335K (2011), $391K (2010), $370K (2009), $450K (2008), $358K (2007), $320K (2006), $271K (2005), $220K (2004), $191K (2003).
129 condos have sold in Downtown Honolulu year-to-date (Jan - Sep 23, 2017). In previous years, the total number of condos sold were 188 (2016), 182 (2015), 176 (2014), 180 (2013), 162 (2012), 143 (2011), 128 (2010), 125 (2009), 167 (2008), 182 (2007), 161 (2006), 280 (2005), 217 (2004), 206 (2003).
On average Downtown Honolulu condos were on the market for 48 days before they were sold (Jan - Sep 23, 2017). In previous years it was 84 days (2016), 86 days (2015), 90 days (2014), 81 days (2013), 62 days (2012), 66 days (2011), 58 days (2010), 87 days (2009), 66 days (2008), 64 days (2007), 61 days (2006), 43 days (2005), 62 days (2004), 81 days (2003).
The average days on market for Downtown Honolulu condos before sold was 28 days August 2017 compared to 104 days August 2016.
The ratio of Downtown Honolulu condos sales price vs list price was 99.9% August 2017 compared to 97.0% August 2016.
11 Downtown Honolulu condos were sold August 2017 compared to 16 condos sold August 2016.
The total dollar volume of condos currently for sale in Downtown Honolulu is $37.98M and the sold dollar volume year-to-date (Jan - Sep 23, 2017) is $57.43M. In previous years sold dollar volume was $81.2M (2016), $78.95M (2015), $77.78M (2014), $75.39M (2013), $69.28M (2012), $56.2M (2011), $52.73M (2010), $51.57M (2009), $79.69M (2008), $74.05M (2007), $58.4M (2006), $86.74M (2005), $58.39M (2004), $44.58M (2003).
The most recent sale in Downtown Honolulu was a condo located at #E1406 , sold for $375K on Sep 22, 2017. It had 615sf of interior. 9 other recent sales include: #D404 (615sf) sold for $366K on 9/18/2017. #2803 (805sf) sold for $695K on 9/15/2017. #2108 (773sf) sold for $439K on 9/15/2017. #502 (1,403sf) sold for $558K on 9/13/2017. #1704 (1,014sf) sold for $570K on 9/13/2017. #811 (506sf) sold for $60K on 9/8/2017. #812 (400sf) sold for $52K on 9/8/2017. #E/2606 (615sf) sold for $385K on 9/7/2017. #1111 (590sf) sold for $195K on 9/5/2017.
In Downtown Honolulu there is currently 56 fee simple and 21 leasehold units for sale. 35 of the condos have ocean views, 8 have Diamond Head views and 43 have mountain views.
There are 2 studio floor plans, 40 x 1 bedroom floor plans, 31 x 2 bedroom floor plans and 4 x 3 bedroom floor plans.
Downtown Honolulu History The first residents of Honolulu were Polynesians who found a home here as early as the 11th Century. For generations they led a quiet agricultural life, interrupted periodically by conflicts between local chiefs. This existence was completely upended by the 1794 arrival of the 1st European ship in Honolulu Harbor, changing this place into a bustling international port.
In the early 1800's, though, Honolulu lacked any real city structure or planning. Some felt the old land system wasn't a solid basis for the growing economic activity. The Hawaiian concept of land use at the pleasure of the Ali'i was increasingly under attack as merchants & businessmen sought private ownership.
Under pressure, a Board of Commissioners was set up in 1844 to hear testimony and begin making land grants. It was through this process that Downtown Honolulu took solid shape with formal streets designated and lots laid out.
The district near the harbor grew quickly, taking on even more significance when this was made Hawaii's capital in 1845. The Downtown area, especially around Fort St, was Oahu's primary shopping district until the 1960's, only losing that status with the opening of Ala Moana Center.
The accelerating population growth brought on by the end of World War II and Statehood produced a boom in building larger and larger commercial and residential buildings. The mounting demand for business space and new zoning are why you find today's downtown Honolulu condominiums primarily on Nimitz Hwy or the mauka side of Beretania St.
Condos in downtown Honolulu are still in demand for the same reasons residents flocked here in the 19th Century. They sit in the business and government center for not only Oahu, but all Hawaii, while gazing out over a waterfront that never fails to fascinate.