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Three Perfect Days in Kailua

Kailua’s unique local businesses, scenic beauty, soft-sand beaches and friendly faces make it a place where residents and visitors alike can experience some of the most perfect days on Oahu.


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Making a Home in Kailua

The people make the place—and Kailuans are known Island-wide for their hospitality, eco-friendly outlook and laidback lifestyle. Its people—kamaaina and visitors alike who have each claimed the town as their Kailua—strive to preserve its natural beauty and neighborhood charm.

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Kailua native Scott Carvill, of Carvill & Company realty, couldn’t imagine raising his family anywhere else. “My family and I love the water, so everyday is a perfect one in Kailua,” Carvill says. “I’ll take off for an hour and fish with my kids. It’s nice that everything is available to us in this compact place.”  Founded in January 1995, by Scott’s parents, Connie and Rich, Carvill & Company is very community-focused and provides professional excellence to for all types of real estate transactions on Oahu. “We work and sell together as a team. Working with great people and having great clients, it’s such a satisfying thing” adds Carvill.

Donna Maier, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, agrees helping great people find the perfect Kailua home is her favorite part about her job. “It’s really life changing for me and my clients,” Donna explains. “I feel so honored I get to help my clients find and transition into a new home.  It’s so important to help people find the best living environment for them and their families.”

If the beach is where you want to be, look to Holly Turl, who specializes in beachfront properties as Realtor and Vice President of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties. Turl admits no matter where you are in Kailua you’re going to love it. “We have a friendly community feel. The Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle sponsors an ‘I Love Kailua’ Town Party every year to fund their beautification projects,” she says. With the robust market, Turl says the inventory of available homes is low and the prices are strong.

Knowing the neighborhoods in Kailua is key  to buying a home here.

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Knowing the perks and nuances of the different areas of the neighborhood is an important part of finding your Windward dream home. William “Bill” Boyle, owner of the oldest real estate company in Kailua, Century 21 Kailua Beach Realty, has been helping wannabe Kailuans of every walk of life find their perfect place on the windward side for the past 28 years. “We have agents that range in age from 23 to 88 years old,” he says. “Kailua real estate is such a family market, and we are very much a family company. We take care of our clients and are able to represent all the different generations of people that live here.”

Boyle has enjoyed the community’s growth over the years. “Kailua used to be a commuting community, but that has definitely changed,” Boyle explains.  Now, a good majority of Kailua residents work in the town’s several local businesses—making the daily commute miniscule.

With the cost of living so high, understanding Kailua’s market and what you can afford is the best way to start your buying process. Guidance from Kailua-based Edward Jones Financial Advisor Scott D. Hamp ton ensures you’re making smart spending choices. “My job is really to help people find peace of mind,” says Hampton. “Helping people plan for their family’s future is an important and needed community service.”

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Like many Kailua natives, Yvonne Ahearn, principal broker at cutting-edge boutique real estate company Home Shoppe Hawaii, sees nothing but good things for her town’s future.  “I expect the market to stay strong here, despite any economic hiccups on the mainland,” she says. “I love to see so many Kailua homes remodeled and neighborhoods restored, one house at a time, by new buyers and a next generation of homeowners. Every year Kailua keeps getting better.” The locally owned company has an informed and tech-savvy team to help hopeful homeowners make the right decisions. “My favorite part of my job is seeing the satisfaction my clients get when I sell their home for more than they expected, or find them the home of their dreams.”

The small-town friendliness, low crime rate, new community developments, and outstanding natural beauty are just a few of the reasons why residents like Ahearn feel no need to relocate.


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