Marinafront Single Family Homes

The Peninsula 
- Located in the West Marina, there are about 50 marina front single family homes, or cottages, in the Peninsula, along with dozens of townhouses, too. The homes on the marina here are all very nice at about 2500-3000sqft, and run about $1.3 million as of Dec 2009.  If you want something new, gated, with a community pool and nicely maintained neighborhood, then the Peninsula might be for you.  The homes are kind of simple, not very grand, not very unique, but still a nice product on the water and with a dock.  It's extremely rare to see one for sale with a dock.   
 

Anchorage:  Built in the early 80's, these homes are located in the back of Hawaii Kai past the post office.  A great neighborhood with larger homes and lots with wide marina frontage.  The best part about Anchorage is the marina is very wide and there is a small bird sanctuary island in this part of the marina.  Having a location where the marina is wide is a defining characteristic among marina front properties.  The wider the marina the better.  It will afford you more privacy, openness and room to turn larger boats. 

 

Kealaula Kai
 - Is more commonly known as "Anchorage" or "Anchorage II".  Built in the late 80's, these homes are also very nice and some were built even larger than their predecessors.  The marina width is the same as Anchorage, so if you see a house for sale in this neighborhood, you probably have a winner.  If you get too far up Makaa st though, it gets more narrow, so you have to know which part of the street you're on. 




 
Luna Kai - The whole strip of marina front homes between Foodland and the bridge before Keahole st. In other words, all the homes on the marina that are along Kalanianaole Highway.  (We call it Kal Hwy.)  The obvious drawback is the noise from the street.  I would say it's a real Highway in the mainland sense, but it is a very busy street, and some of the homes are built pretty close to it.  Others have kind of a barrier that keep the noise down, but I think every house has some noise.  The good news is that after about 9pm the street is very quiet.  The bad news is that the rest of the day, cars go by constantly.  Some of the homes here are on little tiny inlets off the Highway that are very hard to get to, and even harder to get out of.  A few of the little driveways are nearly impossible to turn around in. 

Having said all that, the homes on this stretch of Kal Highway can be very nice.  They were all built with nice wide marina frontage, and they face the sunrise, so you don't have the strong afternoon sun in your face.  I've seen some large 5000sqft homes in Luna Kai, built with very high end features, but most of them are from the 60's and 70's.  If you get a nice remodeled house, or one that has been rebuilt more recently, then you're going to have a nice high end home with great marina frontage.  As far as the width of the marina, many of these are a couple hundred yards across.  You also get to watch the water skiers, as the course is just in front of Luna Kai.  Also you get a nice view of Koko Head from Luna Kai, so you can enjoy a nice relaxing Hawaii afternoon, if you can just block out the highway noise.  

Mariner's Cove - Marina front in Mariner's Cove means either Niumalu Loop or Kalanipuu st.  I've found that some homes in parts of Niumalu Loop are just ok to kind of run down, while all of Kalanipuu seems to very nice homes in great shape. These two streets are real similar to Anchorage, except that they face the opposite way - into the setting sun.  While most won't get too much sun because of Mariner's Ridge (a good thing) some are going to get a lot of sun all day.  Niumalu Loop can get you facing either direction depending on which part you're on, and all of it has pretty wide marina frontage.  

The homes in the middle of Kalanipuu st that face the bird island are my favorite in this neighborhood.  They have very wide frontage, and very wide marina depth.   (One measures your house, the other measures how far it is across the water on the marina.)  Prices tend to up upwards of $2million for a nice home, and most homes on Kalanipuu are pretty large.  The Niumalu homes tend to be smaller unless they've been rebuilt.  There is a part of Niumalu that looks straight down the entire marina, basically where Mariner's cove comes to a point, and they may have the best location of all marina front homes, period.  

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Spinnaker Isle - It's more like a street than an actual neighborhood.  Kumukahi Pl is just one forked street that many people don't know about, shaped like a big "U".  Built in the 60's mostly, the original homes were small at about 1500sqft, single story, and very simple.  About 1/3 of the homes have been either rebuilt or renovated, with a few of the homes now well over 3000sqft. $2million will get you a nice, newish home with all the upgrades and great marina frontage.  The homes on the inner side of the U shaped street are on a very narrow part of the marina, so that you could not turn a boat around.  If you can get one on the outside of the "U", then you're going to have wide frontage and good marina depth.  The ends of each side of the street and the outside of the left fork  are the best locations, looking straight down the water for several hundred yards.  



West Marina - If it isn't in one of the above neighborhoods, but it's marina front in Hawaii Kai, then it's probably West Marina.  I'm not sure where this neighborhood begins and ends, and I've never heard anyone use this term to describe where they live.  It encompasses all the little streets of Hawaii Kai that are on the marina, several of the homes that are actually on Hawaii Kai Dr, and a whole bunch of homes off Keahole st.  Since it's kind of broad, it's hard to describe altogether.  

There are tiny narrow streets like Awini Pl, Awini Way, where the marina becomes more like a tiny canal.   Homes tend to be smaller, a little more run down, with narrow streets.  However, some people have renovated some homes on these little streets and made them very nice.  If you pick up one of the old houses and redo it yourself, you're probably going to save a ton of money, while at the same time you drive yourself crazy with the remodeling process.  

There are homes on Hawaii Kai drive and just off of it, that have great marina frontage with great width, and large beautiful homes.  Ainahou st and 9 of the homes on Kaiolohia Pl are great examples of marina front living.  These rarely come up for sale and when they were built in the 80's, they were nice high end homes.  These have some of the best water frontage so if you see one, grab it! 

  
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