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

2987 Kalakaua Unit 302, Honolulu HI 96815

$679,000

2987 Kalakaua Unit 302, Honolulu

Watch the Shimmering OCEAN & the SAILBOATS Go By! This PREFERRED CORNER Unit Has Both OCEAN & DIAMOND HEAD Views! ALL NEW WINDOWS Facing Diamond Head Installed in 2012!...

  • Beds 1
  • Baths 1.0
  • MLS 201413782
  • Bldg. 2987 Kalakaua

85-175 Farrington Unit A114, Waianae HI 96792

$99,900

85-175 Farrington Unit A114, Waianae

Beach front building with ocean view, completely remodeled, newer appliances, owner occupied, your chance to own your dream getaway, next to the pool and the beach, secur...

  • Beds 1
  • Baths 1.0
  • MLS 201415438
  • Bldg. Makaha Surfside

5307 Kalanianaole Unit I - L, Honolulu HI 96821

$2,495,000

5307 Kalanianaole Unit I - L, Honolulu

ONE OF A KIND LISTING! Rarely available oceanfront property in Aina Haina! Situated on Oahu's South East shore, this 1/3 acre corner lot features 70 linear feet of unobst...

  • Beds
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  • MLS 201415384

5307 Kalanianaole Unit I - L, Honolulu HI 96821

$2,495,000

5307 Kalanianaole Unit I - L, Honolulu

ONE OF A KIND LISTING! Rarely available oceanfront property in Aina Haina! Situated on Oahu's South East shore, this 1/3 acre corner lot features 70 linear feet of unobst...

  • Beds 5
  • Baths 5.0
  • MLS 201415383

1777 Ala Moana Unit 2122, Honolulu HI 96815

$607,000

1777 Ala Moana Unit 2122, Honolulu

High floor with Lagoon view. Tastefully furnished, renovated and decorated. Open Kitchen. Excellent condition

  • Beds 1
  • Baths 1.0
  • MLS 201414322
  • Bldg. Ilikai Apt Bldg

4767 Kahala Unit D, Honolulu HI 96816

$13,800,000

4767 Kahala Unit D, Honolulu

Kahala Hotel end of Kahala Avenue with 125 feet of sandy beach frontage and ability to purchase two additional street lots makes this an incredible offering for that buye...

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  • MLS 201414306

68-159 AU Unit 211, WAIALUA HI 96791

$825,000

68-159 AU Unit 211, WAIALUA

Breathe the air of this RARELY AVAILABLE OCEAN FRONT condo. Live the Hawaii dream of waking up to the sounds of the sea and sights of monk seals, turtles and sunsets. Ne...

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 2.0
  • MLS 201414244
  • Bldg. KONANE KAI

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