Editor’s Page: We Always Want to Love Where We Live. But Now, It Feels Essential
For the first seven months working from home, I was surrounded by my failures. We had set up a makeshift office in our loft, which over the years had come to resemble an oversized junk drawer. My chair faced a pile of boxes filled with clothes and books my girls had outgrown, holiday decorations and kids crafts with bags of yet-to-be shredded bills teetering on top. The nearby futon couch was buried under old toys and myriad items that had been stashed upstairs during family parties and never taken back down. Everywhere I looked, I saw something that I had neglected to organize, donate or toss. It stressed me out until we finally cleared the room, bought new furniture and set up storage. The framed family photos that replaced the clutter in front of me have done wonders for my mood.
Where we live has taken on enhanced importance over the past year. After all, if we are to work and learn from within our own walls, we want it to be in a place we love, where we feel safe. That’s part of the reason why 8,500 people bought new homes in 2020, most in a whirlwind of quick sales and skyrocketing prices. The real estate boom during an economic decline shocked many, including many in the industry. Five Realtors took time out of their crazy schedules to give us the inside scoop on buying and selling property right now. And if you need more advice, turn to the experts in our Homebuyers’ Guide.
Unfortunately, this month, one of our ‘ohana is moving out of HONOLULU. Janelle Kalawe-Ching designed our real estate pages as one of her last pieces as our art director extraordinaire. We will miss her strong artistic aesthetic as much as the calm way she greeted every crazy idea or change. Aloha, Janelle. We’ll leave the welcome mat out for you.
Photo: Karen DB Photography
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