Hawaii Construction Boom: New Developments Coming to Honolulu, North Shore, Central, West and Windward Oahu
New developments are changing the face of Honolulu—find out what’s coming.
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3. COUNTRY SPRAWL
Modern mid-rises, low-rises and townhomes face mixed reactions across the island.
Thanks to its four-story height limit, bustling little Kailua isn’t getting any taller. But with these half-dozen, four-story condominiums replacing a series of older walkup apartments, it’s suddenly looking a lot denser. The brand-new Target box store simultaneously going in next door compounds the sense that Kailua is a town in transition. Demand for housing in Kailua is so great that developer D.R. Horton has decided to sell all of Ka Malanai’s 153 units by lottery. In round one, 128 applicants vied for the first 28 units. No word on the date for round two.
Kailua Road at Aoloa Street, $400K–$900K, 153 units, 2015
For the gentleman farmer
The so-called “gentleman farmers” of the Neighbor Islands have long known that if you want to build a mansion on land zoned for agriculture, all you need are a few horses or fruit trees and—voila—your mansion is suddenly a “farm dwelling.” That loophole in Hawaii’s land-use laws may be taking hold on Oahu. Developer Bridge Real Estate Hawaii has transformed 64 acres of former horse pasture mauka of the Olomana Golf Course into what it’s calling the island’s “only private agricultural subdivision.” Lots come with the option of a custom-built home with fruit trees in the yard. Horses not included.
240 Old Kalanianaole Highway, $1.15M–$1.625M, 23 homes, 2014
Conflict in the Country
Turtle Bay Resort’s expansion plans include building 625 new hotel rooms and a housing development that would include 590 market-rate units and 160 affordable units. The plan faces heated opposition from the Defend Oahu Coalition, a group called Keep the North Shore Country and the Sierra Club. Advocates for the project say it will add jobs and much-needed housing. Opponents want to preserve one of Oahu’s most prized, and last remaining, rural areas. Litigation could keep Turtle Bay’s expansion inching along like, well, a turtle, for some time to come.
750 single- and multi-family housing units