Oceanfront Property on Oahu

There are less than 2000 oceanfront parcels on the island of Oahu, so it goes without saying that there is a limited supply of this coveted category of property.   I specialize in Oceanfront property, and do so because I love the ocean and the beach lifestyle. 

 CLICK HERE to see all Oahu Ocean Front properties currently on the market.

 

Oceanfront properties for sale on Oahu have special requirements and unique circumstances such as shoreline surveys, Oceanfront building setbacks, composition of the ocean frontage, swimmability, flood zone ramifications, special managent areas, presence of outer reefs, and beach accretion and avulsion (some places on Oahu are rocky during the winter and sandy during the summer).

I can help you find a property that best suits your lifestyle, taste, and budget. 

I can direct you to the perfect home for:

  • a beachfront property with perfect white sand beaches without a lot of foot traffic  
  • an oceanfront house with good snorkeling and diving out front  

I can answer these pertinent questions:

  • Are the waters swimmable in front of a specific property?
  • Is the frontage (and therefore ocean access) rocky, sharp lava, or sandy beach?
  • How big of a boat can navigate to a specific canalfront or marinafront property?
  • Which oceanfront houses have a consistent surf spot fronting them?

I know all of the surf spots on the island intimately and can tell you which ones are for professionals and which ones are mellow and unlocalized.  Oahu has hundreds of surf spots, and although many are crowded, there are still many spots that are semi-secret, require boat access, or are off the beaten path.

I view my role in the real estate transaction to be multi-faceted and includes being my client's advocate, negotiator, educator, advisor, analyst, and fidicuary.  I work diligently on my client's behalf, enjoy what I do, and ensure that they are well represented and informed on the pertinent issues surrounding their coastal or waterfront property acquisition or disposition.  This includes the specific issues and restrictions on oceanfront & beachfront properties

Having grown up with a surfing father and in a family that regularly spent time at the beach, boating, sailing, diving and fishing shaped who I am today, and what I love and prioritize in my free time.  I try to share this passion and knowledge with all of my clients.  Understanding the nuances of oceanfront property on Oahu is not something most real estate agents have specific training or knowledge in.  One gets this information from spending a lot of time exploring the island's coastal waters and beaches, and by successfully selling waterfront property.  These are two things in which I have thorough experience.  I have represented many Oceanfront and Beachfront buyers and sellers on Oahu, and have spent much of my free time paddling, boating, surfing, and walking the coastlines of Oahu.   This is the core reason why this website is dedicated to Coastal property - I love helping my clients find the perfect coastal property, and enjoy sharing my wealth of knowledge. 

 

Oahu has two main types of Oceanfont Property:

  • BEACHFRONT

This is really a subcategory of Oceanfront (Beachfront properties are classified as Oceanfront, but not necessarily vice versa), and as the name suggests, has sandy beach frontage.  Swimming is usually easier from 'Beachfront' properties, but there is no substitute for a realtor familiar with the different oceanfront areas on Oahu.  Some areas will be swimmable year round, while other locations may have a seasonality component to the ease of ocean access.  The Honolulu Board of Realtors maintains the whole island of Oahu's MLS (AKA Tempo MLS), and has multiple categories that realtors can use to describe their listing's property frontage;  Beachfront is one of these categories.  There are by nature less Beachfont properties on Oahu than Oceanfront properties, and therefore typically Beachfront properties command a higher valuation than Oceanfront properties in the same area.  However due to the unique features of one area versus another, value is localized.  This is why it is important you consult an expert on the market.  Distance from a public access point and difficulty of public access is another important determinant of value in this coveted category of property, as the further a property is from the public access way, the less crowded and more valuable a location will usually be.   Some of the most desirable Beachfront areas on Oahu are Diamond Head, Kahala, Kailua, Beachside, Lanikai, Sunset Beach, Kawailoa, Mokuleia, Waimanalo, and Hawaii Kai. 

CLICK HERE to see all Oahu Beachfront properties currently on the market.

  • OCEANFRONT

Oceanfront is the broader definition of the two types of ocean frontage, as all Beachfront properties are Oceanfront.   If a property is categorized in the MLS as Oceanfront but not Beachfront (the MLS allows multiple categories to be selected for property frontage), then most likely it has rocky, lava, or coral beach frontage.   As explained earlier that sandy frontage is usually more valuable, rocky frontage does have its advantages.   This is because the shoreline is considered public property in Hawaii, and therefore there are no 'private' coastlines.   Some areas are more difficult to reach by public access, and therefore feel more private than others.   The main advantages that rocky or lava ocean frontage has over sandy frontage is that there is usually less public use and therefore more privacy. The best and most well known of the sandy beaches on the island (Waikiki is an apparent example) are famous for their beauty and splendor, and therefore the properties fronting them tend to have less privacy than locations that have lava and rocky frontage where people are less inclined to enjoy a day on the coast.  An additional fact to point out is that it may very difficult to enter the ocean from some rocky or lava frontage properties, while others can be fairly easy for an able bodied individual.  

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Newest Oceanfront Listings

1765 Ala Moana Unit 586, Honolulu HI 96815

$542,000

1765 Ala Moana Unit 586, Honolulu

Total remodel; like new! Enjoy glorious VIEWS of the OCEAN, Yacht Harbor, Magic Island, coastline, sunset. Grandfathered WASHER/DRYER. Open kitchen, granite counters, til...

  • Beds 1
  • Baths 1.0
  • MLS 201420241
  • Bldg. Ilikai Marina

84-965 Farrington Unit A303, Waianae HI 96792

$258,000

84-965 Farrington Unit A303, Waianae

Tastefully remodeled unit , Pictures soon to come- Magnificent ocean views with semi private beach right below your lanai. Lahilahi point is one of the nicest beaches on ...

  • Beds 1
  • Baths 1.0
  • MLS 201420207
  • Bldg. Makaha Beach Cabanas

56-501 Kamehameha, Kahuku HI 96731

$11,995,000

56-501 Kamehameha, Kahuku

ALMOST A MILE OF BEACH FRONT WITH 122 ACRES OF GOLF COURSE GROOMED ROLLING LAND. Fee simple, pristine beach front for sale. Create your own private getaway complete with ...

  • Beds
  • Baths
  • MLS 201420093

1777 Ala Moana Unit 1426, Honolulu HI 96815

$998,000

1777 Ala Moana Unit 1426, Honolulu

Beautiful Hilton Lagoon and Ocean view! Comfortable 2bed/2bath unit in famed Ilikai. It's been used as a hotel unit for many years, but now the unit needs some upgrades. ...

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 2.0
  • MLS 201420117
  • Bldg. Ilikai Apt Bldg

59 & 63 Kailuana, Kailua HI 96734

$23,000,000

59 & 63 Kailuana, Kailua

Experience this beautiful grand beachside estate which offers breathtaking views of Oahu’s famed Kailua coastline nestled on over 1.25 acres and approximately 200 linea...

  • Beds 5
  • Baths 6.01
  • MLS 201420088

84-965 Farrington Unit A401, Waianae Hi 96792

$270,000

84-965 Farrington Unit A401, Waianae

Beautifully renovated end unit with treetop views of the most amazing beach you have ever seen. Sit on your lanai and enjoy the ocean breezes and swaying palms by day and...

  • Beds 1
  • Baths 1.0
  • MLS 201420076
  • Bldg. Makaha Beach Cabanas

85-175 Farrington Unit A437, Waianae HI 96792

$109,000

85-175 Farrington Unit A437, Waianae

Incredible value for this Ocean Front Condo in Makaha! The top floor in the most desirable building “A “ with beautiful full direct ocean view! The unit is nicely ren...

  • Beds 1
  • Baths 1.0
  • MLS 201420075
  • Bldg. Makaha Surfside

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