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Diamond Head is a popular Oahu natural landmark with world-wide appeal. The landmark is an extinct volcanic cone situated between Waikiki and Kahala. Defined by Oahu real estate industry, the area includes all neighborhoods from Diamond Head Crater eastward to Paiko Lagoon. The most expensive zipcodes are found in the Diamond Head region, including 96816 and 96821. There are nine luxurious ocean front Honolulu MLS neighborhoods with homes for sale that make up the coastline. The most valuable homes in the Diamond Head or Honolulu MLS are either ocean front or offer an amazing ocean view.
The bustling up and coming Ewa Plains region is situated on the southwest side of Oahu, Hawaii. The main thoroughfare is Fort Weaver Road (State Rte. 76) which runs north (away from the coast) past Ewa to Waipahu, connecting there to Farrington Highway (State Rte. 90) and the H-1 freeway. It is roughly 21 miles (34 km) west of Honolulu, though the commute can range from a quick 30 minutes to an hour and a half depending on traffic. The Ewa Plains community is a suburban one comprised of newer master planned communities, numerous parks, beautiful beaches, and a new Disney Resort. Tired city dwellers seeking refuge from the concrete jungle will find their oasis in this family centric town with beautifully manicured lawns, parks, and retail centers. Homes in this region typically run about half the cost of comparable homes in the urban core, providing those seeking homes with outdoor yard space an affordable option.
The Hawaii Kai region is geographically positioned at the Southeast corner of Oahu real estate. The fertile land used for farming and fisheries by it's early inhabitants gave way to the vision of Henry J. Kaiser, a world renouned industrialist who built ships during the WWII era. Kaiser leased over 500 acres of land from the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate, and developed much of the residential community of Hawaii Kai that exists today.
Kaneohe is the largest of several communities on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii. It is located about 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Honolulu, a short 20-minute drive over the Like Like Highway and the Wilson Tunnel, and is adjacent to the ever popular beach community of Kailua. Kaneohe is home to beautiful Kaneohe Bay, one of the most photographed areas on the island, and is primarily residential with a commercial center that is spread mostly along Kamehameha Highway. Popular attractions in addition to Kaneohe Bay include the Kaneohe Sandbar, a popular gathering place for local residents with boats, which emerges partially during low tide. Numerous public and private golf courses, a shopping mall, and tasty eateries round out the water-friendly, laid back life style residents enjoy. Across the south end of Kaneohe Bay on the Mokapu Peninsula lies the Marine Corps Air Station.
Just over the majestic Pali, only 20 minutes from the bustle of downtown Honolulu, lies the popular beach community of Kailua. Residents who own Kailua real estate feel their worries slip away as the beautiful turquoise ocean become visible at the end of the tunnel. A quiet beach town, Kailua has received international attention through President Obama's annual vacations. It maintains the laid-back, friendly feeling of a small town but with the conveniences of modern life: a brand new Whole Foods, chic boutiques, & gourmet restaurants. Many people never feel the need to leave this quaint Honolulu MLS area.
The Pearl City region is geographically defined by Pearl Harbor on the south, Waipahu on the west, the Koolau Mountain Range on the north, and Aiea on the east. Pearl Harbor is the main tourist attractions in the Pearl City. Pearl Harbor is estimated to draw over 4000 visitors daily to the Arizona Memorial alone. The battleship Missouri is also a main attraction on the Pearl Harbor military base. The Aloha Stadium in Aiea is another popular destination to be found in Pearl City.
The ever-so-popular Metro region of Oahu is bound by Diamond Head on the east and Honolulu International Airport on the west. At the very heart of Metro Honolulu is Downtown Honolulu, the business center of Oahu and more recently the home to a budding downtown art and restaurant district. Not far to the east is Waikiki, home of arguably the most attractive tourist destination in the entire US. Visitors come from around the globe to visit Oahu, and most of them stay in one of the numerous hotel options in Waikiki. Oahu Chinatown, adjacent to downtown honolulu, is frequented daily by residents of the Metro Oahu.
E komo mai! Welcome to Oahu's World Famous North Shore! This is the home of epic waves and championship surf contests. The North Shore stretches from the old plantation town of Kahuku to the wildlife refuge at Kaena Point. There have been recent notable North Shore housing developments to note in its MLS area. Perhaps best known for its miles of sandy beaches and laidback lifestyle, the North Shore on Oahu is truly a wonderful world unto itself. Here you will see Bentleys and old pickups parked at the same shave ice shack. Dress code is an aloha shirt, sundress, and a pair of flip flops. The quaint town of Haleiwa is like walking back into the 60's. It is a bumper to bumper bustling town filled with great outdoor cafes, surf shops, and artist's galleries. Whether you get there via the Windward coast, or drive over the pineapple fields from Honolulu, you will feel it the second you arrive.. it's the Aaaahhhh factor!