Best Place to Live in Honolulu
Best neighborhood to live in Honolulu? Well, first of all, could there really be a bad one?! You’re in Hawaii! How many first time visitors to this paradise haven’t exclaimed how they’re ready to move there and make a life of it pronto. If you’re one of the lucky, you’re already livin’ the dream! So, the whole best neighborhood discussion comes down to what you consider to be a great neighborhood? Is it real estate? Commute? Crime? Here’s the run down on some fabulous neighborhoods in Honolulu:
TOWN: The downtown area of Honolulu, the business districts, and possibly China Town. The people of Honolulu call this simply “town” and if you live here, you’re a “townie”. If you find yourself surrounded by condos and high rises everywhere you look, you are in town. If you leave the airport and head east for Diamond Head, you are in town.
There are so many areas of town it’s hard to group them all together and they’re each distinctive enough to have their own name. Even if you lived in Honolulu for over a decade you’d probably never see all the individual neighborhoods.
Living in town is much like any kind of city living. There’s lots of people, some areas are dirty and there are some definite really nice places to live in town. How can you tell which ones are nice? Usually by the price. You really do get what you pay for in Honolulu. If a rundown house costs a pretty penny, it’s probably in a great neighborhood, if a brand new house seems like a deal, then the neighborhood probably isn’t all that desirable. Neighborhoods worth checking out in town could be Manoa, Pacific Heights, and Old Pali.
WINDWARD SIDE (Kailua, Kaneohe, Laie): Many consider this the definition of heaven on earth. So, as you can imagine the prices are hefty to match it’s reputation for living on streets of gold. This area is full of lush foliage and beautiful mountains.
Kaneohe is hugely influenced by military families and Laie is mostly full of retired people and vacation homes as it takes about an hour to commute into town from there.
EAST OAHU AND THE EWA PLAIN: Right after you pass Diamond Head on H1, you’ll see lots of zoned and residential property. This means lighter traffic and a more upscale feel. Hawaii Kai was the first planned neighborhood in Oahu and it’s very lovely. Things to know about this area? It’s the place to find orderly and organized neighborhoods, new construction and the only perhaps negative….commute can be long as many people working in the city live here.
WEST OAHU AND THE EWA PLAIN: Everything here is new and you can get more house for your money. You have to like to drive though as there is only one way in and out of town.
LEEWARD SIDE, CENTRAL, PEARL CITY AREA, AND NORTH SHORE: The Leeward side is absolutely beautiful. Central is where the trees remind people of Japan and housing can be a little cheaper. Pear City area is a great alternative to living in the city if you still want to be near the city and North Shore has multi million dollar houses and the locals call it the “country”.
Whatever you’re looking for, Oahu’s probably got it. Contact Oahu Homes and Real Estate to begin your search today.
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