Discovering the Treasures: Oahu’s Windward Side
(Sponsored) Once you drive through the lush ridges of the Koolau mountains, escaping the crowds and hustle of Honolulu, relaxation takes over. From Waimanalo to Kahaluu, Windward Oahu’s unique local businesses, scenic beauty, and friendly faces bring kamaaina and visitors alike to this low-key paradise.
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Picturesque beaches, great schools and charming neighborhoods draw homebuyers to the Windward side every year. From Waimanalo to Kahaluu, this side of the island is idyllic for those looking to escape the city and put down roots.
Photos: Courtesy of Hollace "Holly" A. Turl, Ed Medeiros
According to the talented realtors at Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, Hawaii’s leading real estate firm, the Windward side holds the most active and exciting market on Oahu right now. “We are absolutely off the charts right now,” says Holly Turl, Realtor and vice president of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties. “Our sales are up 30 percent from last year.” If the beach is where you want to be, look to Turl, who specializes in finding hopeful homebuyers their perfect beachfront abode. Turl says there’s something for everyone on the Windward side—whether you prefer the lush landscape of Kahaluu or to be walking distance from the bay in Kaneohe, the versatility in surroundings and price point is quite accommodating.
Photos: Raymond Rippel, ANDY LANDGRAF
“There are more ways in and out of Kailua then any other city on Oahu. When H-3 opened, that really put us on the map, as well,” says Mary Beddow, Realtor/vice president and previews property specialist for Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties. Beddow says another reason people are packing up and heading to the Windward side is because the zoning for these neighborhoods, especially Kailua, carries restrictions for further development, keeping the area’s charm and small-town feel intact. As long-time Kailua residents, Beddow and her family work to find their clients the home of their dreams. “I work with my husband Chris and our niece Malia Barger together as a team, so when you hire me, you are getting all three of us to ultimately sell your house and to help you find one to buy,” she adds. “We give over 100 percent to our clients and we perform at a level of service and commitment that is hard to find.”
Photo: Alicia Camacho
With the Windward Side’s diverse neighborhoods, it’s easy to find something for everyone. Born and raised in Kailua, Donna Maier specializes in Windward Oahu real estate as a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties. “It’s important to find an agent who understands the market and is familiar with the area,” explains Maier. “Homebuyers who want a more rural lifestyle, away from the crowds of Kailua and Kaneohe, should escape to Waimanalo and Kahaluu. My goal is to help my clients find the best living environment for them and their families.”
The team at Coldwell Banker represents more buyers and sellers than any other real estate firm in Hawaii. Always willing to go the extra mile for her clients, Maier has assisted hundreds of homeowners in finding their perfect place on the Windward side.
“I feel so honored I get to help my clients find and transition into a new home,” says Maier.
Photo: Courtesy of D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes
Balancing upscale urban design with Windward Oahu’s beach-town charm is D.R. Horton - Schuler Homes’ new Kailua condominiums Ka Malanai. “Condominium living provides freedom from the myriad of chores associated with living in a single-family home,” says Mary K. Flood, vice president of sales and marketing, D.R. Horton - Schuler Division. “Yet unlike renting it allows a person to be a homeowner with the opportunity to gain equity and battle inflation while enjoying a convenient lifestyle.”
Inspired by the breezes that flow through Kailua, Ka Malanai is a modern community offering residents an urban lifestyle in a small-town setting. The six four-story buildings are centrally located and offer a selection of floor plans and spacious outdoor living areas. “D.R. Horton - Schuler Homes has built over 8,000 homes in Hawaii since 1974,” says Flood. “Ka Malanai embodies the features and engineering derived from years of experience and listening to what homeowners want in condominium living.”