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

4999 Kahala Unit 264, Honolulu HI 96816

$220,000

4999 Kahala Unit 264, Honolulu

Renovated in 2006 from floor to ceiling, this fully furnished unit is ready to move in to or to rent. Unit can be sold individually or together with unit 266. Contact lis...

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 2.0
  • MLS 201406589
  • Bldg. Kahala Beach

2895 Kalakaua Unit 1201, Honolulu HI 96815

$1,747,000

2895 Kalakaua Unit 1201, Honolulu

Beautiful Oceanfront One Bedroom/One Bath unit. Great Ocean Views with Direct Beach Access.

  • Beds 1
  • Baths 1.0
  • MLS 201406587
  • Bldg. Colony Surf Ltd

4999 Kahala Unit 171, Honolulu HI 96816

$175,000

4999 Kahala Unit 171, Honolulu

Situated on the first floor of the 4th building and facing east, this unit is closet to the Kahala Hotel & Resort and offers greater privacy with no neighbors looking in....

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 2.0
  • MLS 201406519
  • Bldg. Kahala Beach

4999 Kahala Unit 364, Honolulu HI 96816

$179,900

4999 Kahala Unit 364, Honolulu

BEACHFRONT CONDOMINIUM ON KAHALA BEACH-A GREAT LIFESTYLE. Spacious 2BRM. 2BATH w/glass enclosed lanai go enjoy serene tropical garden views. TWO covered parking. Maint...

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 2.0
  • MLS 201406502
  • Bldg. Kahala Beach

4999 Kahala Unit 122, Honolulu HI 96816

$139,000

4999 Kahala Unit 122, Honolulu

SHORT SALE... needs work, easy to show

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 2.0
  • MLS 201406497
  • Bldg. Kahala Beach

5599 Kalanianaole, Honolulu HI 96821

$6,488,000

5599 Kalanianaole, Honolulu

BEACHFRONT VILLA -Panoramic vistas of Pacific Ocean on Oahu’s calm southern, reef protected shore. Sunrise over Koko Hd & sunset over Diamond Hd from exceptional archite...

  • Beds 5
  • Baths 5.01
  • MLS 201406426

44-223 Malae, Kaneohe HI 96744

$1,395,000

44-223 Malae, Kaneohe

Charming bay-front Kama'aina style home, nestled amongst lush landscaping, with a legal boat dock. Huge wrap-around lanai encourages indoor/outdoor living and the board a...

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 1.0
  • MLS 201406307

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