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Ala Moana Beach Park: The full makeover

With the Kakaako-Ala Moana area quickly transforming into a luxury-condo landscape, the city is now ready to dig its shovels into Ala Moana Beach Park for a much-needed makeover. Whether to surf, jog, or just enjoy the beach, the park has served as a gathering place for tourists and locals alike for the last 82 years and draws more than 4 million visitors per year.

In April, the City and County of Honolulu released its master plan to revitalize the Park with a final plan expected this fall. If the plan is approved, construction is slated to begin in 2017 with smaller projects to be rolled out over the next 10 years.

Ala Moana Beach ParkThe community action plan aims to make the park safer, offer local favorites at the concession stands, and add a new playground. The city would almost like to plant more street trees, fix rocky beach areas, renovate the comfort station, repair the Magic Island exercise path, and hire additional park staffers.

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Other specific proposed park changes include enhanced pond edges and paths, extending the park area over the drainage channel, a new Piikoi entry plaza, renovating the McCoy Pavilion, increased irrigation, paths and trees at the Great Lawn, an improved “high spot” terrace, reconfigured free parking with no loss of stalls, a modified park drive with an added bike lane, and long-term beach nourishment.

If approved and implemented, these changes to Ala Moana Beach Park will make the Kakaako-Ala Moana neighborhood an even more desirable place to live. Boosting property value in the surrounding areas.

To view the full plan or offer your own feedback on the proposed changes, visit www.ouralamoanapark.com.

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Kakaako Named One of the Best Neighborhoods in America

Trulia, the mammoth real estate search website, recently named Kakaako one of the best neighborhoods in America. The study was completed by population size and demographics of a certain area, with the Kakaako – Ala Moana neighborhood topping the “neighborhoods with the best amenities” in a small city list. The ranking metrics were based on restaurants, beauty establishments, nightlife, trails, playgrounds, pediatricians, childcare, and percentage of quiet streets per square mile. Categorizing the Kakaako – Ala Moana area as a “small city” meant that it had to have fewer than one million people.

The Kakaako – Ala Moana neighborhood also ranked second for “neighborhoods with the best amenities for families” which used similar metrics for calculation.

If you’ve ever visited or driven by Kolowalu Park, the park at the corner of Queen street and Waimanu street behind Koolani, at anytime during the day, it’s apparent there are a lot of families that already live in the Kakaako neighborhood. Families wanting the convenience and comfort of condo living are overlooking the suburbs and willingly settling in Oahu’s urban core.

So what does this all mean? I think the article shows that Kakaako isn’t just going to be great when all these developers finish what they’re doing, or when all these amazing new restaurants open up shop, or when all of the new stores, boutiques, and coffee shops open in the area. What it shows is that Kakaako is great right now, even in the midst of all this construction, road closures, sewer rehabilitation and all, Kakaako is an amazing place to call home. Kakaako truly is one of the best neighborhoods in Honolulu and beyond.

Read more about Trulia’s report here and see what other cities made the list!

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Neighboring News: Park Lane at Ala Moana

If luxury and location are paramount for you and price is but a number, look no further than Park Lane at Ala Moana. Where else can you find expansive oceans views from the comfort of your living room while being just steps away from the world-class Ala Moana Center? Park Lane truly offers the best of both worlds.

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The project features seven unique eight-story buildings all with 10-story ceilings and expansive outdoor lanais for true island living.  The amenities were conceived with the idea of never having to leave home, or at least that’s what I was thinking when I first took the tour. Men’s and women’s spa areas featuring saunas, steam rooms, and private lockers, outdoor whirlpool and spa, 25′ x 75′ lap pool, three private suites, and private massage and treatments rooms are just a few of the amenities on the list.

Each residence, inspired by the single-family home design, includes custom wide-plank engineered hardwood floors, architectural lighting designs, Sub-Zero refrigerator, freezer and wine storage, Wolf oven, cooktop, hood and microwave, and the list goes on and on. Email me for a full list of features and amenities.

The open-air lanais average 300 square-feet featuring natural stone flooring, a seamless transition from indoor wood flooring to outside stone floor, and my favorite feature of all, the built-in and mechanically vented gas barbeque by Wolf. This is a feature unique to Park Lane, as no other condo in the Ala Moana/Kakaako area features gas grills on the lanais of their residences.

On the back of the project is something very unique to the project called The Park Lane. The Park Lane is a private walkway that connects all seven buildings through an elevated walkway away from the hustle and bustle of Ala Moana Center. It will feature palm trees, sculptures, lotus ponds, decorative stone paving, and so much more. Think of it as an outdoor escape footsteps from your front door.

If this project is of interest to you I encourage you to contact me as soon as possible. The last time I was there they were already 65 percent sold. There are many other projects in the Kakaako area to consider as well and I would be happy to give you all the details on  the ever-changing Kakaako and Ala Moana real estate landscape. Contact me for more information on Park Lane or if you haven’t made up your mind on which project is best for you — I would be happy to set up an appointment to give you the full overview of everything available. Email me at Holden@Kakaako.com.

 

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The Gateway at Ward Village

With more and more condos on the rise in the Kakaako neighborhood, developers are constantly trying to differentiate their projects from other buildings. In the case of Howard Hughes, they must differentiate each of their condos with unique selling points and amenities. Whether it be through a prime location like Park Lane, seemingly endless amenities in Waiea, or maybe it’s competitive pricing while not comprising luxury as is the case with Vida. Next on the horizon is Howard Hughes’ latest proposed condominum tower, The Gateway, designed by world-renowned architect Richard Meier.

Situated on the Ward Warehouse block in Ward Village, The Gateway will consist of an Ewa tower and a Diamond Head tower. Located between the two towers will be a nearly one-acre central plaza designed by Richard Meier, the famous architect behind The Getty Center. The plaza will feature pedestrian walkways, native plants, water features, and passage from the heart of Kewalo basin to the center of Ward Village. The Gateway at Ward Village

A few of the notable amenities beyond your typical luxury condominium include a wine tasting room and cellar, pet spa, veranda bar and four luxury guest suites so your friends from out of town can enjoy Kakaako from the luxury of their own suite.

All of the residences at The Gateway will feature 10-foot ceilings, Gaggeneau appliances, wine refrigerators, motorized window shades, and much more. I was able to get a private tour of the model unit on the first day of sales and Howard Hughes has really outdone themselves with the finishes.

“Overall wellness, health and balance can be seen in every design element in Gateway, from the private yoga rooms and ocean view fitness centers to the sprawling public living rooms and infinity-edged lounge pools,” per the developer.

With all of the luxury condominiums on offer in the Kakaako area today, there is a condo for every buyer. Howard Hughes has certainly outdone themselves with this project and the awe-inspiring design by world-renowned architect Richard Meier is a sight to be seen. If this project interests you or if you’e curious about what other projects are available in the Kakaako area, please contact me at Holden@Kakaako.com.

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803 Waimanu – What you need to know

Good news for those looking to buy or invest in the dynamic and fast-growing neighborhood of Kakaako – the condominium project at 803 Waimanu St. is moving forward. The project is being developed by California-based MJF Development Corp. and will feature a seven-story condominium including 153 market-rate units. Buyers can expect to see studio, one- and two-bedroom units.

Construction is slated to begin later this year with an estimated completion in 2017.

If you’ve missed out on sales for Keauhou Place or timing simply wasn’t right for you this is another great option.

In addition to 803 Waimanu, MJF Development Corp. has plans to build another condominium project on a 14,400 square-foot parcel located at nearby 929 Pumehana St. called “Ohana Hale.” The project will be a 21-story, 180-unit project including affordable and workforce units. About 60 percent or 108 of the project’s units will be priced in the affordable range for households earning between 100 percent and 120 percent of the area median income for Honolulu.

Construction on Ohana Hale is also planned for later this year, and will feature studio, one- and two-bedroom units.

Starting prices for both projects have yet to be announced. If you would like more information on these condos as soon as it is released, or  information on other projects in the area, please email me at Holden@HiResidential.com.

With Keauhou Place reserve unit sales happening this weekend I’ve had a lot of interested parties contacting me trying to get their hands on a reserving housing packet. With the last packet being handed out last week most of them were simply out of luck. For 803 Waimanu I encourage you to contact me early so that I can make sure that you get a reserve packet as soon as they become available. If you let me know that you’re interested I will keep track of the sales timeline for the project so you don’t have to.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

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Kakaako // What’s Going on in the Neighborhood?

Take a drive through Kakaako and you’ll see in no time that real estate is booming in the area. With both Howard Hughes’ and Kamehameha Schools’ proposed master plans underway, condos are coming up on every other block.

Waihonua was finished at the end of 2014 with neighboring ONE Ala Moana, just a few blocks outside of the Kakaako area, completed around the same time. There are currently three condos under construction in the Kakaako neighborhood including The Collection, Waiea, and Anaha, with Park Lane, located in the nearby Ala Moana neighborhood, also under construction. Keauhou Place is the most affordable condo tower in Kakaako with sales ongoing, and will begin construction soon. Sales for owner-occupant units will start on March 20, 2015. Vida  at 888 Ala Moana is an upcoming luxury project being developed by the same group as Hokua at 1288 Ala Moana. Sales will start in a few months.

With all these new projects coming up you might be asking yourself “Where do I even start?” Arming yourself with the as much information as possible should be your first task. Learning about Kakaako’s walk score and what part of the neighborhood you want to live in should be a big part of the decision making process. If the proposed rail is something you think you will be utilizing on a daily basis, choosing a condo within a few minutes walk should be a priority. If ocean views and a short walk to your favorite coffee shop is all that matters in the world, than your decision may be easier than you think.

At the end of the day if you’re thinking about making the move to Kakaako and don’t know where to start, I hope my recent blog posts will help to guide you in the right direction. For real estate advice tailored to your specific needs, feel free to contact me at Holden@kakaako.com.

 

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Units still available at Anaha and Waiea

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If 2015 is the year to make the big step forward, and Kakaako is neighborhood where you want to be, then perhaps Howard Hughes can help provide you with the solution. Having started sales last year on their two luxury project Anaha and Waiea, Howard Hughes have seen sales soar. Anaha, located at 1108 Auahi street, boasts both ocean and diamond head views. The floor to ceiling windows, along with wide open floor plans, will your new home in the sky the go to spot for get togethers.

If views, views, views, are what interests you then Waiea is the perfect fit for you. Located at 1118 Ala Moana Boulevard, Waiea featured unobstructed views of the vast Pacific Ocean. Waiea offers true luxury island living with most amenities imaginable. One of the few condominiums in Kakaako that offer four bedroom units and LEED platinum certification. So while you’re sitting back poolside, sipping mojitos, you can rest assured that the environment was top of mind throughout the entire development process.

Prices for Anaha start in the mid $900,000’s and go up from there. Waiea starts in the mid $1,000,000’s for a low floor one bedroom and can go up to $6,300,000 for a three bedroom three bath unit on the 14th floor with ocean views.

If you want more information regarding either Anaha or Waiea please feel free to contact me at 808-387-3366 or Holden@kakaako.com. If Anaha and Waiea or slightly out of your price range and are interested to see what else is out there, please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to assist you.

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400 Keawe – Low-Rise Kakaako Living

400 Keawe, a low-rise project developed by Castle & Cooke and Kamehameha Schools, will add some variety into the Kakaako real estate landscape. There are several high-rise projects for sale right now including The Collection, which just sold out it’s low-rise component of studio lofts, Keauhou Lane, which will start sales soon, The Symphony, which is currently under construction, and Waihonua, which will be completed in the coming months. All of these projects are high-rises and don’t really offer much in terms of variety for the buyers out there that prefer low-rise living.

400 Keawe will surely provide a mix in the available pre-construction inventory in Kakaako, with 5 stories of living which include one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. One-bedroom units could start at 583 sq. ft. with three-bedroom units spanning up to 1,330 sq.ft. Historically Castle & Cooke offer their homes by lottery and we can expect 400 Keawe will follow suit.  There will be a reserve housing component to this project as well with that also being offered through a lottery.

There will be 95 units available for purchase, 75 of which will be available at market value and 20 allocated for workforce housing. Prices will range from the low $400,000’s to the mid $700,000’s.

400 Keawe will be located on the block adjacent to the proposed civic rail station, another reason why there is so much demand in this area of Kakaako. There is also talks that a grocery store will go in to  the ground floor of Keauhou Place which is located on the adjacent block to 400 Keawe, the same block the proposed rail station will be built on.

If amenities are not your thing and low maintenance fees are a high priority for you, 400 Keawe is a project you should consider.

Interested? Contact me for more information regarding this project and other Kakaako residential projects. Email me at Holden@kakaako.com

 

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Keauhou Place: Everything You Need to Know

Units for The lofts at The Collection sold out in less than a day, with people waiting in line for more than 24 hours (including myself). What attracted so many buyers to the project was the low entry price for the units and the project’s close proximity to downtown.

WHO: Stanford Carr Development and Kamehameha Schools are developing the mixed-use project.

WHAT: A mixed-use residential commercial project including a 43-story main tower with 133 one-bedroom, 215 two-bedroom, and 40 three-bedroom units. Mid-rise town homes are also in the works with 20 two-bedroom and 15 three-bedroom units along South and Pohukaina Streets. A total of 85 units will be set aside for reserve housing*.

WHEN: An official start of sales date has not been announced, but we know it’s right around the corner. Contact me ASAP if you are interested.

WHERE: The project will be located 500 South street in the heart of Kakaako in the ‘Eat the Street’ parking lot bound by Skp_livingroom_400outh, Halekuwila, Pohukaina, and Keawe Streets.

WHY: What sets this project apart is its prime location — just steps from lively shops and restaurants located on the ground floor, a short drive from downtown, and in close proximity to a future rail station.

MY ADVICE: Reserved housing units will be sold based on a lottery system and I know this project will sell fast. If you missed out on 801 South or The Lofts at The Collection, don’t wait till the last minute to get pre qualified.   If you’re interested in this project, call me as soon as possible so that you won’t miss out on this great opportunity. You can reach me directly at Holden@Kakaako.com.

*Reserve housing is designed to provide affordable housing in the Kakaako area for buyers earning less than 140 percent of Honolulu Area Median Income (AMI). The current AMI is $82,600 and 140 percent of that is $115,640. All buyers will need to go through a qualifying process to ensure they meet the HCDA reserve housing requirements as well as lender requirements.

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Ready, Set, Glow at the Inaugural Ward Village NiteRun

Grab your running shoes and your glow sticks, because the countdown is on for the inaugural Ward Village NiteRun, kicking off September 20. The NiteRun is a 5k fun run that will raise funds and awareness for JDRF Hawai’i, who works to improves the lives of Hawai’i’s children, adults and families living with type 1 diabetes. You’re invited to partake in this family-friendly event, which will include donning headlamps and running or walking while taking in the sights of the dynamic neighborhood by foot.

“We’re excited to welcome the community to join us for our first ever Ward Village NiteRun, an event that truly epitomizes the fun and active lifestyle this neighborhood promotes,” said Katie Ka’anapu, Senior Marketing Manager of Ward Village. “We look forward to welcoming walkers and runners to Ward Village for this special evening under the stars while supporting diabetes research in Hawai’i.”

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The Ward Village NiteRun is open to all ages and is an untimed event which will start and finish at Kewalo Basin Harbor. The end of the race will feature a glow-in-the-dark street party with LED entertainment, food and beverages and live music by local musicians, including Paul Izak, Erika Elona, local jazz funk favorites The Deadbeats, Jerome James and Roothub and more. Festivities will include a costume contest with prizes, giveaways from Ward Village retailers and restaurants, and a selfie-wall (yes, you read it right, a selfie-wall) complete with props to share the fun.

“The Ward Village NiteRun provides a unique and easy way for our community to join us in honoring the courage and perseverance of those facing the everyday challenges of type 1 diabetes,” said Stacy Acma, executive director of JDRF Hawai’i. “Local partners such as Ward Village are critical to the progress in type 1 diabetes research, and we thank them for their support as we work to turn Type One into Type None.”

NiteRun was started in 2013 as a part of John Henderson’s Adventure Race Hawai’i, with the goal of creating an event that provides a fun and safe environment to promote health and well-being with a splash of adventure. Henderson and Race Director Chris Gardner have more than 35 years of combined experience directing races and other athletic events throughout Hawai’i.

To register or learn more about the Ward Village NiteRun, visit wardvillageniterun.com. Registration is $45 per person before Sept. 3, $55 after Sept. 3, and includes a headlamp, t-shirt and refreshments for each participant. A $10 discount is available for registrants with a military, student or HGEA ID. To register or find more information, visit  wardvillageniterun.com.