Hawaii Living

6 Dowsett & Old Pali Homes for Sale

3501 Kahawalu Drive
3 Bd | 2 Ba | 1,847 sqft
3328 Kamaaina Drive
4 Bd | 3 Ba | 2,104 sqft
Ocean view
3539 Kahawalu Drive
4 Bd | 3 Ba | 1,996 sqft
34 Dowsett Avenue
4 Bd | 3 Ba | 2,305 sqft
14 Hakumele Place
5 Bd | 3.5 Ba | 3,092 sqft
Total 6 Dowsett/Old Pali Homes - 6 loaded
Dowsett/Old Pali Homes Overview
See our video of Dowsett homes.

About Dowsett & Old Pali
For many homebuyers, there's something irresistible about finding a place that transports you to an earlier, more elegant era. That's difficult to do these days in a heavily developed place like Oahu. Difficult, but not impossible.

Tucked away at the top of the town side of Pali Highway, the Dowsett homes and Old Pali homes have preserved the bygone Kamaaina lifestyle in the hills and valleys above downtown Honolulu.

Nestled back here, much of the views of the mountains and surrounding country due to the thick growth that is all around you. Still there are ocean views to be had and they are spectacular. There are no condo towers in these communities. More importantly, from some vantage points, there aren’t any in sight. In many ways, it's just as it was 100 years ago.

Part of that is because of that old growth flora that covers both areas. The roads back here, and many of the homes on them, are sheltered under canopies of trees that cast shade down, accentuating the cooler environment you get up in these heights, as well as providing cover during the rain that falls often.

Entering Old Pali and Dowsett, you're entering a different world from the rest of the Island. A century ago, it was as if the Kamaaina were coming home to a protective green refuge that kept the outside world from intruding. The secret is this - it's still like that.

The other part of it is the fact that these two neighborhoods might have the greatest concentration anywhere on Oahu of homes from the early 1900's. Some homes in the Dowsett and Old Pali neighborhoods still have the small cottages that were used for guests or servants standing on their lands. These are the houses the upper class returned to after a long day at their Merchant St office. Large, with gardens all around, they define the gracious life that never goes out of style.

We should also make it clear that not every home in Old Pali or Dowsett is a vintage estate or mansion. Later build up in the decades after, especially post-1960, added many smaller homes, but still on the larger than average side, with at least 2 BRs. This has always been a higher-end area and remains so today.

You'll find that the style of even the newest houses fall firmly in line with the style and feel of the old. If maintaining an older structure isn't something you want to deal with, there are still excellent, later options in Dowsett and Old Pali that will fulfill all your expectations of this place. Cutting edge, or even modern, architecture hasn't penetrated this part of Honolulu, to the relief of long-term residents.

The two neighborhoods are roughly even with each other. Heading Kailua-bound, around the turnoff for Oahu Country Club, going right takes you into the Dowsett homes, while turning left takes you into homes in the Old Pali neighborhood. The latter is the larger of the two, extending further north up the hillside. Both dwell at the same general price point, starting primarily at the high 6 figures and going up the heights of the high 7 for some of the top properties.

There aren't major differences between the two, though some will certainly prefer one over the other, because their perfect property is found in one or the view is more to their liking. What is ultimately true is that you have choices on both sides of the Pali Highway that offer a different kind of Island life, rooted in a gentler, quieter Hawaii of old. How often do you have 2 perfect choices presented to you?

You may also be interested in....
Makiki Heights homes, Tantalus homes and Pacific Heights homes.  Alternatively, expand to search all Honolulu homes for sale or start broader with all Oahu homes for sale.

More Details

Dowsett/Old Pali Photos

Recently Sold in Dowsett/Old Pali

$1,058,000 (Sold Price)
238 Puiwa Road
3 Bd | 2 | 1,412 sqft
$2,350,000 (Sold Price)
4020 Poli Hiwa Place
4 Bd | 3 | 2,488 sqft
$1,750,000 (Sold Price)
3936 Waokanaka Street
3 Bd | 2.5Ba | 2,685 sqft
$1,210,000 (Sold Price)
3469 Kahawalu Drive
4 Bd | 4 | 2,503 sqft
Ocean view
$1,300,000 (Sold Price)
3251 Pali Highway
3 Bd | 2 | 2,038 sqft
Year Remodeled: 2013
$1,015,000 (Sold Price)
3003 Hoaloha Place
3 Bd | 1 | 960 sqft
Ocean view
$880,000 (Sold Price)
71 Country Club Road
1 Bd | 1 | 1,279 sqft
$2,496,000 (Sold Price)
3924 Waokanaka Street
4 Bd | 6 | 6,295 sqft
Built: 2005
$2,175,000 (Sold Price)
3005 Hoaloha Place
5 Bd | 5.5Ba | 5,041 sqft
Ocean view
$1,500,000 (Sold Price)
22 Wood Street
3 Bd | 2.5Ba | 2,142 sqft
$1,900,000 (Sold Price)
3360/3361 Kamaaina Place
6 Bd | 6 | 6,917 sqft
Ocean view
$2,025,000 (Sold Price)
92 Dowsett Avenue
3 Bd | 2.5Ba | 2,711 sqft
Year Remodeled: 2017
$1,500,000 (Sold Price)
3896 Old Pali Road
3 Bd | 3 | 1,831 sqft
$2,120,000 (Sold Price)
3916 Old Pali Road
4 Bd | 4 | 3,392 sqft
Built: 2017
$1,315,000 (Sold Price)
3092 Kaohinani Drive
4 Bd | 2 | 2,114 sqft
$1,590,000 (Sold Price)
3333 Kahawalu Drive
3 Bd | 3 | 3,258 sqft
$895,000 (Sold Price)
3690B Waokanaka Street
3 Bd | 2 | 1,576 sqft
$1,828,000 (Sold Price)
3908 Waokanaka Street
4 Bd | 3 | 2,750 sqft
$1,900,000 (Sold Price)
3649 Nuuanu Pali Drive
4 Bd | 5.5Ba | 3,327 sqft
$1,040,000 (Sold Price)
3155 Kaohinani Drive
4 Bd | 1.5Ba | 2,118 sqft
$2,258,000 (Sold Price)
3742 Old Pali Road
5 Bd | 2.5Ba | 3,164 sqft
Ocean view
$865,000 (Sold Price)
15 Hinalo Place
3 Bd | 2 | 1,577 sqft
$1,345,000 (Sold Price)
162 Puiwa Road
5 Bd | 5 | 3,230 sqft
Ocean view
$1,900,000 (Sold Price)
70 Palimalu Drive
4 Bd | 6 | 3,744 sqft
$1,370,000 (Sold Price)
3761-A Old Pali Road
3 Bd | 2 | 1,667 sqft
Year Remodeled: 2016
$1,159,000 (Sold Price)
108 Waokanaka Place
4 Bd | 2.5Ba | 1,784 sqft
Ocean view
$2,150,000 (Sold Price)
21 Kepola Place
7 Bd | 6.5Ba | 5,583 sqft