Are you looking to buy a home near Kona?
If so — have you considered the development by D.R. Horton called “The New Wainani Estates”?
New construction homes and ocean views at the New Wainani Estates, near Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii
My Clients Had Their Requirements
I had been showing property to clients who wanted a 3 or 4 bedroom home with a garage. They did not want to be more than 30 minutes from the airport. They liked newer construction because they knew that would mean less potential problems with wood rot, settling, termites or other unknowns.
We looked at some condos at the resorts that had garages. Waikoloa Colony Villas had some very nice listings available below $500K. However, the HOA fees (although I have written about why they appear high here) were something that the client just felt were too much for their comfort.
We looked at some houses in Waikoloa Village — but the client felt that the lot sizes were too small and it felt too crowded. We found a couple of pieces of bare land but they really did not want to go through the process of building.
Bare land ready to build on in Waikoloa Village
They Thought Maybe We Can’t Find it – Should We Build?
I believe that if you are just moving to the Big Island — you are better off either renting and figuring out where you want to live over the course of 6 months or a year — or buying something that meets most your needs as opposed to tackling the task of buying bare land and building. It can be done, but you have to have patience and a reliable builder. (I know a few if you are looking for a recommendation.)
We Kept Searching
So we moved south closer to Kona and started looking at the area on the hill just above the airport. Some people refer to this whole area as “the Palisades” but there are multiple areas and subdivisions here. Some of these other communities have larger lots (up to an acre) and some have great ocean views. Unfortunately, in the price range that my clients were looking, most of the homes were right on the main road and were subject to a bunch of road noise.
I then took them to the “new” Wainani Estates subdivision by D.R. Horton.
Interior of one of the almost complete homes
Low HOA fees. Good lot sizes. No major road noise. Close to the airport. New construction.
New home being built at the New Wainani Estates
All the requirements were met. We had a winner!
Looking to Move to the Big Island?
The New Wainani Estates 3 and 4 bedroom floor plans still available. Let me know if you want to check out the development or anything in the surrounding area.
Not sure where you want to live on the Big Island? Take my Big Island Neighborhood Quiz.