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The Collection Townhomes, Rooftop Deck Included

Townhouse living in Kakaako is not something most people are familiar with. It’s a concept that Alexander & Baldwin developed at The Collection giving buyers the option to have a single-family feel, in the heart of an urban neighborhood. As a Kakaako resident myself, the appeal of living within walking distance to almost everything you could need is a dream come true. When you add that there is more than 1,800 sf of living with a very large roof top deck, you’ve got your own oasis in the heart of Honolulu. 

This is a 4-story unit complete with your own private garage and den. A large open kitchen looking out over your dining and living room. Three-bedrooms two and a half baths and your very own roof top deck. The rooftop deck in my opinion is what makes these townhouses so attractive, imagine roof top BBQs year around, it’s the perfect setting to entertain. 

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One of the biggest concerns about living on the ground level in an urban setting is security. With this townhouse comes a relatively small $631 a month maintenance fee which includes 24 hour security around the entire project to help put your mind at ease. Located on the opposite side of the block are some really great restaurant concepts new to Kakaako. 1938 Indochine will feature southeast asian cuisine and right next door at Qing Mu will be a traditional asian noodle shop featuring local organic ingredients and hormone free meats. Blue Tree Cafe will also have it’s second Kakaako location on the block with Hawaii’s first Drybar also located here. 

If you’re thinking about making the move to Kakaako and need space for a growing family, these townhouses are a great option and should be on the top of your list. For a free tour please contact me at Holden@Kakaako.com.  Take a look at this cool video tour below. 

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This is an Alexander & Baldwin Properties Project, Heyer & Associates LLC is the Exclusive Project Broker. 
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Park Lane Ala Moana: The Sky Residences

Park Lane is probably the most unique project in the Kakaako/Ala Moana neighborhood. Instead of building vertically like every other project in the area, the height restrictions presented an interesting obstacle for the developers and designers. What we have today is a “High-rise turned on it’s side” built across seven acres of prime Honolulu real estate where every unit is in touch with the landscape and beauty of Hawaii.

Built adjacent to Ala Moana Center the project is foot steps away from world-class shopping. On the front side of the property you will look out over Ala Moana Beach Park, which spans over 100 acres and some of Oahu’s best surf spots.

The Sky Residences feature both Makai (ocean) and Mauka (mountain) views and feel more like single-family homes than they do a condominium. The Sky Residences offer a chef’s kitchen and lounge with plenty of natural light. The “U-shaped” design surrounds the oversized, covered lanai, featuring a built-in Wolf grill perfect for family gatherings.

Did I mention the amenities at Park Lane are out of this world? Beyond the usual pool, spa, and fitness studios that come with every other project, Park Lane offers guest suites, grocery delivery, wine storage, valet, concierge, and residence care for those that live overseas most of the year.

Everything you need in life can be found at Park Lane. Please contact me if you are interested in pricing, floor plans, or general information. Thank you, Holden@Kakaako.com.

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Kapiolani Residence: Market unit launch

Project Overview

Kapiolani Residence, a residential project going up on Kapiolani Boulevard is getting ready to start market rate unit sales. The 45 story tower developed by Sam Koo, will feature 192 moderately priced market rate units. The 292 affordable housing units also available in the building will be picked by lottery near the end of October/early November (applications for the affordable housing units were due August 31st 2016).

The 192 moderately priced market rate units are made up of 69 one-bedroom units, 83 two-bedroom units, and 40 three-bedroom units. The market rate units will also be sold by lottery, giving potential buyers a 30 day window to submit the necessary paperwork to enter.

Some of the necessary qualifications are:

  1. U.S. citizen our Permanent Resident Alien.
  2. Hawaii resident.
  3. Intent to occupy the property at closing.

There is no shared appreciation of any kind for these units, with being an owner-occupant for 1 year being the only requirement. No pricing has been released yet.

Building Features

  • Recreational Deck & Indoor Party Room, BBQ Grills, Cabanas
  • Assigned Parking in a 9-Floor Garage with a Covered Walking Bridge
  • Electric Vehicle Stalls Available
  • Covered Building Entry using FOB Key System
  • Resident Manager
  • Secured by Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV)
  • Reception Desk & Mailroom
  • Elevator Lobby: 5 Elevators (1 Service)
  • Designated Ground Level Loading Stall in Parking Garage
  • Bicycle Storage

Unit Features

  • Private Lanai
  • Samsung Appliances
  • Samsung Split AC System, Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Stacked Washer & Dryer
  • Wired for Technology
  • Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring in Entry, Living Room, & Kitchen
  • Carpeted Flooring in Bedrooms
  • Walk-in Closet with Built-in System or Freestanding Closet System

Distance to Rail – 0.4 miles /7 minutes walk

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Vanguard Lofts: Urban living, Kakaako Style

For many, owning an open and airy loft is the city-dwellers dream, but it’s not always easy to find in the heart of Honolulu.

The history of loft living goes back decades when lofts were the home of artists who found it tough to do their work in small, conventional apartments, and lived — often illegally — in downtown commercial spaces. While lofts were first used with efficiency in mind, the industrial style became highly desireable in the 70’s as classic loft features like open floorplans, high ceilings and exposed brick and piping grew in popularity.

If features like these are on your personal checklist, you’re in luck — a rarely-available 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 2-parking unit at the Vanguard Lofts recently came on the market. Compared to many of the modern high-rise buildings in Kakaako, the Vanguard Lofts stands out for its industrial look and feel and is far from cookie cutter. Unfinished concrete wall surfaces, incredible 9-foot-4 ceilings, open water lines and duct work, and gorgeous hardwood floors are just some of the features that make this unit so coveted.

The spacious unit also boasts custom cabinetry with extra storage, professional grade stainless steel gas Thermador appliances and a private 419 square-foot with a built-in gas barbeque and wet bar overlooking a view of punchbowl.

The Vanguard Lofts is home to 36 total units, each with a completely unique floor plan. Building amenities also include a rooftop pool, hot tub, barbeque and pool cabanas on same level as this unit.

Moving into the Vanguard Lofts is a lifestyle choice that will give you a Tribeca feel in the heart of Honolulu. Kakaako loft style living in can be yours for $1.2 million. Interested in calling the Vanguard Lofts home? Email me at Holden@Kakaako.com for more details.

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Aalii: New project coming to Ward Village

Aalii – “a small bushy tree native to Hawaii”

Each new project in Ward Village brings us one step closer to a complete walkable neighborhood in the heart of Honolulu. Aalii, was the latest project announced by Howard Hughes which will be a 42 story high-rise featuring 751 units. With the recent success of Ke Kilohana and closely watching sales trends of other buildings in Kakaako, Howard Hughes has recognized that there is a strong demand for smaller (lower priced) units in the area. The largest unit in Aalii will be 900 sqft., with studios as small as 300 sqft..

Aalii

Reserve Housing

Aalii will feature 100 reserve housing units. Considerably less than what is required by the HCDA, which states all developers must designate 20% of residential units for reserve housing. That law allows developers to move reserve housing off site in to other buildings which is what they did with Ke Kilohana. Ke Kilohana houses the required reserve housing for Ae’o, Waiea, Anaha and I’m assuming some of Aalii.  Ke Kilohana has a total of 424 units, 375 are for reserve housing.

Overview

Aalii will have studio, one-, and two-bedroom units. The project will feature 19,000 sqft. of open space and 15,000 sqft. of commercial space. The tower was designed by San Francisco’s Solomon Cordwell Buenz with local partner Ferraro Choi and Associates Ltd.. Aalii will be built parallel to Ward Avenue, aimed at preserving mauka (mountain) to makai (ocean) views. Amenities will include barbecue areas, a pool, fitness centers, private rooms and lounges, some of which will be located on the 42nd floor of the tower. Sales for the project most likely won’t begin until 2017.

Sales Information

With the project not starting sales until 2017 you have a lot of time to get your ducks in a row. If you’re interested in market rate units they will most likely be released on a first come first serve basis. It’s never to early to register your interest so please fill in your information below. If you’re a first-time home buyer and would like to get in to the reserve housing portion of the project, please also register your interest and indicate that you are interested in reserve housing. I will keep everyone posted as new information is made available. Thank you and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions Holden@Kakaako.com.

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Keauhou Place: Before it’s too late

Keauhou Place is certainly one of the standout properties coming up in Kakaako. Built adjacent to Honolulu’s proposed rail line, Keauhou Place offers both amazing location and accessibility along with great prices. If you’re new to the Kakaako neighborhood and want to know what all the fuss is about, you’re not alone! Buyers from near and far are purchasing in the growing neighborhood because of the promising future it beholds. In fact, leading real estate search website Trulia recently named Kakaako one of the best neighborhoods in America. Thousands are flocking to the urban oasis for its burgeoning restaurant scene, lively nightlife, shops, playgrounds, and more. Plus, its walkability is bar none in urban Honolulu.

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Who? What? Where?

Keauhou Place is located on the westside of Kakaako right next close to downtown, restaurant row, and Kamehameha Schools’ commercial development, Salt.  Keauhou Place is a joint venture development between Stanford Carr and landowner Kamehameha Schools.

The mixed-use residential commercial project will include 388 condos in its 43-story tower and 35 townhouse units. The main tower will include 133 one-bedroom, 215 two-bedroom and 40 three-bedroom units. The mid-rise townhomes will be comprised of 20 two-bedroom and 15 three-bedroom units along South and Pohukaina Streets. A total of 85 units are set aside for reserve housing, which are currently sold out.

With The Collection completely sold out, except for a handful of townhouses still available, and Ae’o being the only other property with units priced below $1 million, prospective buyers and investors are looking toward Keauhou Place.

 

Availability

There are still nearly 30 units available:

1 bedroom’s from $692,900 ranging from 709 sq.ft. to 711 sq.ft. (3 units left)

2 bedroom’s from $871,900 ranging from 909 sq.ft to 1,075 sq.ft (11 units left)

3 bedroom’s from $921,000 ranging from 1,258 sq.ft to 1,397 sq.ft (10 units left)

3 bedroom townhomes from $1,045,000 from 1,629 sq.ft. (4 units left)

Keauhou Place is located in the heart of Kakaako and will offer a contemporary urban living experience. Think spacious floor plans, top-of-the-line energy efficient appliances, beautiful finishes and ocean and mountain views. These units are ideal for young professionals, families, and anyone looking to live or invest in Kakaako at an affordable price point.

How It Compares

The Symphony Honolulu recently finished construction with buyers moving in just a couple of months ago. We’ve seen a bunch of units hit the market in the past few weeks as investors look to make a quick return on their investment. A one-bedroom recently came on the market there: 672 sq.ft. of living on the 39th floor, facing mauka (mountains), purchased originally from the developer in late 2013/early 2014 (when pre-sales were launched) for $574,000. This unit was listed at $699,000 and went into escrow in TWO DAYS, leading me to believe they got their asking price or more. This shows there is still a lot of value in the Keauhou Place one-bedroom pricing, especially when you consider the building won’t be completed for another year and a half, which is a year and a half of time to build equity.

If you’re interested in living the Kakaako lifestyle and want to know what the first step in the process is, please feel free to reach out to me. I make it a priority to get to know each of Kakaako’s development projects inside and out so that I can help you find the perfect home for you.

Send me an email for more information at Holden@Kakaako.com.

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Kapiolani Residence: Everything you need to know

With all the new construction projects going on in Kakaako and urban Honolulu, developers are realizing there is a real need, and demand, for moderately priced housing. The HCDA does a great job ensuring that at least 20% of the housing built in the Kakaako neighborhood is allocated toward reserve housing units, and recent sales at Ke Kilohana prove that there is so much more demand then there is supply. Kapiolani Residence will hopefully ease some of that demand by providing 292 affordable housing units in the Ala Moana neighborhood. The project being developed by Sam Koo Pacific, a well-known developer from South Korea, will be located at 1631 Kapiolani Boulevard featuring a 45-story mixed use residential tower with commercial space on the ground floor.

Kapiolani ResidenceKapiolani Residence will have approximately 292 affordable housing units including 53 studio units, 107 one-bedroom units, 105 two-bedroom units, and 27 three-bedroom units. The affordable housing units will be reserved for residents of Hawaii making less than 120% of the AMI or area median income.

Kapiolani Residence

 

Along with the 292 affordable housing units, 193 moderately priced market rate units will be made available for sale. 35 studio units, 69 one-bedroom units, 72 two-bedroom units, and 17 three-bedroom units will be offered. The breakdown for unit size, number of units on each floor, approximate interior square feet, estimated price ranges, and number of both affordable and market units available in the building is listed below.

There are restrictions with the reserve housing units which include a 10-year term where the HHFDC (Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation) has the first right of refusal for a buy back on the unit. There will also be a shared equity component when reselling the unit down the road. Details about the specifics on the shared equity will be made available at a later date and possibly through an informational seminar by the project broker. Kapiolani Residence

Ke Kilohana, a reserve housing project in Kakaako with similar buyer restrictions, recently had 900 applications submitted for 375 units. Over 500 people went on the waiting list and it’s likely most of the applicants who were unsuccessful at Ke Kilohana will try their luck once more with this project.  Projects like Kapiolani Residence and Ke Kilohana offer local residents an opportunity to live in Oahu’s urban core for prices below market value.

If you would like to receive updates regarding Kapiolani Residence, please let me know by filling out our form below. Although it is too late to enter the lottery for this building, please fill out the form below to be put on our list of interested buyers for future reserve housing and affordable housing projects in the area.

Update – October 5, 2016

Market rate release is right around the corner! Read our most recent post about the market unit release here.

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Symphony Honolulu

Symphony Honolulu initially started sales in the early summer of 2013 with more than half of all market units contracted within a few months. Roughly three years later, anxious buyers are visiting their units, doing final walk thru’s, and making final arrangements before moving in. The 388 unit mixed-use building, developed by Oliver McMillan, will be anchored on the ground floor by a luxury car dealership called Velocity. Located at the corner of Ward Avenue and Kapiolani Boulevard, Symphony Honolulu features expansive ocean views with nearly unobstructed mountain views.

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With most Oliver McMillan projects, amenities are always a vital selling point as the developer tends to spare no expense when it comes to outdoor spaces and entertainment. Pacifica Honolulu, another Kakaako project joint developed by McMillan, has seen prices sky rocket since the launch of sales with all the great amenities and beautifully manicured recreation deck drawing many buyers young and old. Symphony Honolulu has been able to accomplish getting every amenity one could want into the building, while keep maintenance fees low. At 66 cents a square foot you’re on the low end compared to most of the Kakaako neighborhood.

Amenities include Bbq area, Exercise room, heated pool, sauna, whirpool, trash chute, dog park, media room and much more. Some the unit features include floor to ceiling windows, Studio Becker cabinets, engineered hardwood floors, central AC, stainless steel Bosch appliances, full-size washer dryer and more.

If you’re thinking about moving into urban Honolulu, you should certainly consider Symphony Honolulu. Resales from investor purchased units should be coming on the market soon, contact me if you would like to be put on the list of interested buyers. Mahalo!

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