The Central Ala Moana is a residential new construction project slated to start sales in late 2018. Sam Koo is the developer for the project who also built Kapiolani Residence which sold out in a matter of months. Sam Koo is a developer from South Korea who has a history of building great projects throughout Seoul and now Honolulu. It is likely that the building will be a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.
If you're considering a market unit in this building you should consider Azure Ala Moana as well. Azure Ala Moana will be located right around the corner on Keeaumoku street. I can definitely say because we haven't seen a model unit for The Central, but I think Azure will be a slightly more luxurious project with a tad better finishes.
The Central Ala Moana will feature some of the best views in the Ala Moana Midtown neighborhood for two reasons. The first, is the location directly behind Ala Moana Shopping Center. Unless someone builds high-rises above the shopping center your direct ocean view will never be blocked. The second reason is the building orientation. If you notice the other buildings behind The Central on Kapiolani boulevard are oriented perpendicular to the road where The Central runs parallel. This means more units (on the oceanside of the building) will have direct views of the ocean.
At this time it is unsure whether there will be any amenities for this project. Kapiolani Residence has very little amenities to keep maintenance fees low. From what I've been hearing, this project will be superior to Kapiolani Residence so I'm expecting there to be amenities on offer which could include in a pool, BBQ cabanas, party rooms, and a fitness center.
The Central Ala Moana is part of the TOD (Transit Oriented Development) district of Ala Moana which be home to the last stop of the rail line. Ala Moana, similar to Kakaako, will evolve into one of Honolulu's most exciting urban communities with exceptional walkability, biking, and transit access. TOD is all about making the best use out of the immediate areas surrounding rail stations. Urban sprawl is a huge problem on Oahu and contributes to Oahu being one of the worst places in terms of traffic in the Nation. TOD will try to eliminate urban sprawl by concentrating density and development around specific rail stations. With the Ala Moana TOD being close proximity to Ala Moana Center, you will have access to grocery stores, restaurants, shops, and anything else within walking distance of your residence.
It's definitely too early to tell what types of finishes, appliances, and overall vibe the project will have but from I've heard it's going to be a slight step-up from Kapiolani Residence. For those of you that are new to Kapiolani Residence, the project will feature Samsung appliances and very nice cabinets with sleek grey quartz countertops. If you're looking for something new and relatively affordable The Central will be an excellent option. Wifi connected refrigerator with touchscreen panel, keyless entry system, windless AC will also be a feature of the building.
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