“Hidden Hawaii Loa” on Alewa Heights
Believe it or not, I drive up near the top of Alewa Heights quite a bit, since a lot of my running friends live (or have lived) nearby. Because of this, I know that homes are rarely for sale on the mountain, especially as you get closer to the top.
Alewa Heights, as a whole, is an older, established neighborhood, so you're likely to find people who have lived there for decades or have moved back as the homes are passed down to the next generation. A realtor once referred to it as the “hidden Hawaii Loa,” since it offers spectacular city views from a different perspective.
This listing is located about four or five houses from the turnaround area at the top (past the house with the famous tiger statue!) and, although it’s on a very steep incline, the lot is flat. In fact, it’s a rim lot, so you have no neighbors in back. (Click here for details.)
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom single-story home was built in 1958 (as many of the homes here probably were) but the interior has been nicely renovated in recent years with granite countertops, new cabinets, laminate flooring, plumbing and electrical upgrades and a freshly painted exterior.
The living room, next to the kitchen, features recessed lighting and built-in speakers. There’s also a separate family room, which makes it great for entertaining.
This home is 1,620 square feet and the lot is 5,352 square feet. Alewa Heights is in the Maemae Elementary School district, by the way.
Money talk: $795,000 fee simple
Contact: Coreen Tomita-Supnet, Primary Properties, 550-0818, firstname.lastname@example.org