Relocating to Waikiki

For those unfamiliar with the geography of the Hawaiian Islands, Waikiki can become interchangeable and confused with all the other similar-sounding regions in the area – Maui, Kahului, Kailua, Lanai, etc. The list of unfamiliar words stretches on. However, Waikiki is one of the most well-known and most-visited regions in the state, which gives the area a leg up amongst its competition.

2016-06-12 13.35.43Located on Hawaii’s third-largest island of Oahu, Waikiki is a beach-y area of the capital, Honolulu. In fact, this beachfront neighborhood is highly in demand in the world of real estate, and is a prime spot for luxury hotels, resorts and condos. There are several beaches within Waikiki, but obviously the most popular is Waikiki Beach, which is just steps from shopping, nightlife and excellent dining. Whether you’re a visitor or a native, there’s no denying the appeal Waikiki holds for families, singles, couples and businesspeople alike.

In addition to the typical shore activities associated with a tropical beach getaway, such as all the sunbathing, beach volleyball and sandcastles you could want, Waikiki’s beaches give you an excellent opportunity to explore nearly every popular water sport – surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddleboarding, you name it. Since the area is also just steps away from some of the best hiking in Hawaii (Diamond Head, anyone?), you can also find a strenuous workout on land, while still enjoying all the tropical flora and fauna your heart desires.

If you’d rather skip the sweat, Waikiki is also quite close to a variety of luxury shopping, with some of your favorite recognized international brands, from Tiffany to Chanel, and also offers plenty of fine dining. The local cuisine is also not to be missed, and you may find yourself coming away with a new favorite! The locals particularly love their malasadas from Leonard’s Bakery, shave ice and a healthy helping of spam.

For visitors with a taste for the nightlife, there’s plenty of that as well. All of the luxury resorts and hotels in the area have their own version of a trendy and hip bar, lounge or club. Happy hours start early and you’ll find signature cocktails alongside popular drafts and inspired appetizer plates. The area has its own set of gay and lesbian bars, particularly around Queen’s Surf Beach. Regardless of your tastes, you’re sure to find something to satisfy, as this trendy neighborhood is always vying to capture the most attention on the international travel and tourism stage.

Many home buyers, whether searching for a year round home or a vacation home, choose Waikiki for a variety of reasons.  Of course, there’s the obvious. The home shoppers in Hawaii are a mix of relaxed retirees with a hefty budget, and laid back millennials wanting to divert away from the hustle and bustle that comes with living on the American mainland. When you get down to it, however, it’s just a simple fact that many are looking for their own slice of paradise, which just so happens to be readily available in this island state. Waikiki offers just about everything a home buyer could want in an island home – excellent views of the water and Diamond Head; close proximity to the beach, restaurants, shopping and nightlife; easy access to the business side of Honolulu; and just a short drive away from leaving it all for a different kind of paradise, tucked inside the tropical rainforests of the inner island. Add in the perfect weather and a huge variety of homes and condos to choose from, and moving to Waikiki is an easy choice, regardless of your current place in life.

Of course, it’s always helpful to go into the buying process with at least a little bit of an idea of what you want to end up with. Going to your realtor with a blank slate of ideas won’t bode well for either them or you in the long run. Waikiki offers much of the same options you’ll find all over Hawaii, but there are a few things you should consider.

When you purchase a condominium within a condo complex, you’ll also get the association of apartment owners along with it. This can be either a huge help or a pain in your rear. Before purchasing a condo over a stand alone house, give it some thought. Sometimes, association fees are well worth the maintenance, landscaping and special access membership affords you.

Another point worth keeping in mind is the difference between fee simple properties and leasehold properties. With the former, you own your home and the land it’s on. Simple, right? With a leasehold property, you own your home, but not the land it’s on, and you’ll have to pay the owner of that land a sort of rental payment each month. This may not be agreeable to some.

If you’re planning to use your new home as a vacation home rather than a permanent residence, also consider if you’d be open to renting it out to travelers during your absence.

Another option? Owning a condo located within a resort, which comes with its own set of perks.

Overall, regardless of how you choose to do it, buying a condo or stand alone home in Waikiki can be a great option, whether you just want a retreat to get away to or a place to start a family and a life with loved ones. The pros of living in this vibrant, colorful and attractive neighborhood are immense. The recreational opportunities are endless, the location is superb and the amenities come in every shape and form. Whether you’re on a tight budget or a large one, you’re sure to find something to fit your needs and tastes, whether you want something right near the shore, or something close to public transportation and work. While moving to such a coveted and desirable area of the world may seem out of reach for you, you would probably be surprised. Explore your options with a qualified realtor and discover that you, too, can live the Hawaiian life.

Luxury Diamond Head Single Family Home

A brand new luxury custom home is now available in Diamond Head and is waiting for you! Built in 2008, this beautiful home is basically brand new and comes with so much you will think the price listed is actually too low.

MLS# 1303984

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This grand custom home features ocean views and a very spacious layout. This home includes travertine marble flooring, custom mahogany cabinets, high ceilings, central AC, gated entrance, home theatre, wine cellar, photovoltaic, and an in-ground salt water pool with waterfall.

As if this wasn’t enough to get you interested, all of this sits on 1.24 acres of landscaped grounds with ocean and Diamond Head views! Possible 5th bedroom if needed, or use it for whatever type of room you want.

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Not only is this luxury single-family home in the Diamond Head area ready to make all your dreams a reality, but the home also comes with a huge list of amenities and inclusions, all of which will make you want the property even more.

Amenities and inclusions include landscaped, lawn sprinkler, patio/deck, storage, wall/fence, workshop, ac central, auto garage door opener, blinds, cable TV, ceiling fan, chandelier, convection oven, dishwasher, disposal, drapes, dryer, microwave, photovoltaic, range/oven, refrigerator, security system, smoke detector, solar heater, and a washer.

To make the home even more attractive, the space also comes with a number of included utilities such as cable, connected, public water, telephone, underground electricity and more!

If you are on the market for a luxury single-family home in the Diamond Head area that is listed at a reasonable price and comes complete with just about everything, then take a minute to view this listing and others like it.

Are You Planning a Trip to Hawaii?

Because of its spectacular beaches, out of the world hotels, insinuating landscapes, impenetrable forests, fascinating cultures of the islands, volcanoes that are scorching, implausible wildlife and endless horizons Hawaii is the place that attracts thousands and millions of people to come and visit this place almost every year. If you are also planning to take a trip to Hawaii make sure you are making this a trip of your lifetime and so before you can pack up your bags take some time out to actually plan your vacation. Following are some of the information that is given to make you aware of the travelling ad being in Hawaii for an unforgettable vacation.

Remember that great planning is the key for the success of your vacation and thus the intentions of your trip will have a lot of concern with the means of your travel, activities and other accommodations so first you must know why you want to go to Hawaii only for your trip. After knowing this getting the information regarding your travel issues are necessary since it depends upon how many of you will be going on the trip and they include your friends or your family members plus the date you want to leave for Hawaii and the place where you would be staying.

You must also make yourself familiar with the geography of Hawaii and for this a little research is required on the places that are attracted to go, the things that are interesting to do etc. You must get the most out of your vacation and for this the major factors are the islands, cultures and the people you want to have the experience with. So along with the travelling details you must take the necessary information about the places that you want to go in Hawaii, you can travel by two means to Hawaii, either by sea or by air.

The most significant ways to travel to Hawaii are the planes because there are so many international airlines that offer trips to the place. You can easily find any flight to get to nay island from other international airport but apart from the international airlines several domestic airlines have flights to go to Hawaii.  This way of getting to Hawaii is a way better idea than traveling by the sea since it is a faster way to reach here.

Quaint Kalakaua Studio Awaits – Diamond Head Beach Hotel

Living in town is a dream for many. While sometimes prices can be higher, there is no doubt that every once in a while a great deal comes along that you have to jump on. Such is the case with this quaint studio/condo that is now available on Kalakaua.

MLS # 1208825

Located in the Diamond Head Beach Hotel, this well priced unit features amazing views of Kapiolani Park and the Waterfall. Nestled nicely within the Diamond Head Beach Hotel building, this unit delivers small maintenance fees and those fees go toward cable, hot water and sewer.

The unit itself includes an ac window unit ad drapes and is within a gated community with excellent security. Want to feel safe where you live? This is the unit for you.

Perfect for someone starting out, this unit has a lovely area next to the water where you can just relaxing or walk along the ocean and use the ladder to reach the beach for swimming. You can also place your unit in the rental pool when you are out of town, helping you cover fees and allowing you to enjoy another place.

The building is secure and includes a community laundry room, so you won’t need to go far to get laundry done. If you have ever dreamed of living in the town area of Oahu, and you are looking for something with an excellent price range, then this quaint studio/condo unit in the Diamond Head Beach Hotel building may be exactly what you are looking for.

Take a few minutes to view this listing and others. If you are on the market for something small and affordable with plenty of amenities, then you will want to see this unit.