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With so many Kakaako condominium projects in the works, it’s tough to know which one is right for you. Timing is crucial, so a few things I always tell my clients to consider when looking for their home sweet home are location, amenities, space, and view.
Location, Location, Location
Deciding which part of Kakaako you want to live in is half the battle. If you’ve just got to live a five minute walk from the beach, consider something just across the street from Ala Moana Beach Park like 1350 Ala Moana, Hokua, Nauru Tower, Six Eighty, or the soon-to-come Aloha Kai. If you’re in the market for a neighborhood within a neighborhood, consider some of Kakaako’s planned live-work-play options that have parks, amenities, restaurants, shops and even supermarkets within the development like Alexander & Baldwin’s The Collection or Kamehameha School’s Keauhou Lane.
The View From Here
Whether looking out over the vast Pacific or into the always-lush Koolau mountain range, a view of paradise can be magical for both you and your condo’s resale value. Be sure to consider whether or not there will be a future development near or in front of your building and if that development might block your views. If that’s important to you, thinking about moving forward on a building on Ala Moana Boulevard like Hokua, Hawaiki Tower, Nauru Tower, Howard Hughes’ upcoming luxury tower, or the slightly more affordable 1350 Ala Moana. Buying here means that as long as the Pacific Ocean stays put, your view will too
Infinity Pools, state-of-the-art gyms, valet service, and in-house dry cleaning are just some of the amenities that Kakaako condominiums have to offer. So what’s the catch? The amenities and the services are typically reflected in the maintenance fees and yes, you still have to pay even if you don’t use them. It’s important to ask yourself, “will I use these luxuries?” If you can do without the infinity pool and would prefer to park your own car, you’ve got plenty of more affordable options. One of my favorites is 909 Kapiolani. Situated at the corner of Ward Avenue and Kapiolani Boulevard, the condo features one of the lowest maintenance fees in all of Kakaako. If you want it all and you’re willing to pay the price, Hokua is a must see–tennis courts, steam room and sauna, basketball courts, a business center and valet are just some of the top-of-the-line amenities you’ll enjoy.
Lastly, if you have your heart set on Kakaako but you don’t have millions to spend, don’t worry. You might consider a slightly smaller unit, like renting a studio loft at Six Eighty or purchasing a one-bedroom condo at Moana Pacific. You might have to de-clutter, but you won’t miss out on the dynamic and exciting growing community that is Kakaako.
Your turn: Are you in the market for a new condo in Kakaako? If so, what are you looking for most? Tell me in the comments below, or join the conversation on Facebook. You can also reach me direct at Holden@Kakaako.com