Today on my tour of Broker’s Open Houses in Kailua, I decided to stick with the Beachside area of Kailua, since summer is prime selling season for those homes.
152 N. Kalaheo Ave.
First, I visited 152 N. Kalaheo Ave., a 3 bed/1.5 bath Beachside lane cottage built in 1953. Listed at $1,480,000, this home is the lowest priced Beachside listing on the market. It’s a reasonable asking price since the home across the street recently sold at $1,550,000 with a slightly larger lot and floor plan.
Stepping into this home is like going back in time to “old Hawaii,” but better. The home has been well maintained and upgraded with a new roof, new windows, and some modern touches. The actual square footage appears to be greater than the listing shows, as a lanai was enclosed. The home does border N. Kalaheo, so there is some road noise, but a large wall provides a buffer. This home is for the buyer who has been looking for the quintessential “little grass shack” at the beach.
28 Kalaka Pl.
Next, I stopped at 28 Kalaka Pl. to see a 4 bed/3 bath home, just one lot from the beachfront and listed at $2,888,000. The home has a large footprint and a beautiful pool area with views of the ocean over Kalama Beach Park.
28 Kalaka Pl. (MLS# 201421599)
This is a true beach home, with generous living and entertaining spaces, window walls which fully open to the pool deck, and saltillo tile indoors and out. While the condition is a bit dated, the bones are there to make this an excellent selection in a very desirable location. With the beach park as the side neighbor, the lot feels spacious and open, which is unusual for a beach lane.
Finally, I viewed two homes on Kaapuni Loop. 136 Kaapuni Lp. is on the beachside of the loop, but sits in front of 128 Kaapuni Lp., the oceanfront home. House #136, built in 1973 and listed for $2,650,000, has been upgraded over the years but could use some cosmetic and handyman work.
136 Kaapuni Lp. (MLS# 201502536)
The layout of the home is enticing, as the master suite is separated from the rest of the home by a central courtyard. The 1970’s tile work is actually “new again,” and would be a fun touch when worked into a contemporary interior design.
128 Kaapuni Lp. is the star of the day, albeit a tarnished star. The 1960’s home is full of original beach cottage detail, but the next owner will likely renovate it entirely.
128 Kaapuni Lp. (MLS# 201420710)
The main attraction is the 28,000+ square foot oceanfront lot with a wide grassy lawn overlooking a quieter section of Kailua Beach. The home’s current footprint is generous, and the second floor views are superb.
View from 128 Kaapuni Lp.
At $8,750,000, after a reduction from $12,500,000, this home is ready to move, and is ripe for renovation into a grand estate home like its neighbor at 28 Kaapuni Dr., currently for sale for $18,900,000.