September 5th, 2017 by Darcy

Crozier Drive, not part of the 7 miracle miles, however, an equally delightful beach

Ocean Villas and Turtle Bay Hotel above and below a portion of the 7 miracle miles

 

 

From Haleiwa to Sunset Beach is known as the 7 miracle miles. Three of the most famous surf breaks in the world are located here.
Waimea bay with the placid lake like profile in summer to winter’s waves reaching 50 feet. In Hawaii we measure wave size from the back of the wave not the front.
Ehukai (Pipeline), home of the Pipeline Masters surf contest in December. When this wave breaks in the shallow, it is only for the brave and trained waterman.

Sunset Beach, the second stop in the surfing triple crown event. 2017 holding period for the Vans Triple Crown is November 12 to December 20. Beautiful sunsets and great strolls on the beach in the summer time.

Haleiwa town has been shaped by the surf culture that permeates and feeds the community. An abundance of restaurants, gift shops, art galleries, and shopping opportunities abound.

August 12th, 2017 by Darcy

Summer is here and the waves on the North Shore have diminished. Waimea Bay is now like a lake with sailboats moored out by the point. Lots of activity in Haleiwa Harbor.

Beachfront sales have been remarkable for the past 5 months from Turtle Bay to Mokuleia. Please feel free to ask for the statistics. darcy@homesbythesea.com.

August 10th, 2017 by Darcy

Now that the neighborhood has been picked, time to eliminate the ones that do not meet your criteria. If you are looking to raze the beach shack and build new, shoreline setbacks need to be considered carefully to ensure the home of your dreams will fit. As you can see from these photos the owner is preserving the positioning of the existing structure. It is called the repair and replace trick. This renovated cottage will be coming back on market for purchase. Contact me if you have an interest.

August 8th, 2017 by Darcy

Is it time to buy that special home at the edge of the Pacific ocean? There are many things you will need to consider in Hawaii, depending on the location of your choice. There are State regulations that need to be carefully considered. The home if it is a new build has to be 40 feet from the seaward boundary;

The shoreline is defined as the “upper reaches of the wash of the waves, other than storm and seismic waves, at high tide during the season of the year in which the highest wash of the waves occurs, usually evidenced by the edge of vegetation growth, or the upper limit of debris left by the wash of the waves”

This is determined by a shoreline survey. The survey needs to be approved by the governmental agencies monitoring coastlines in Hawaii.

August 3rd, 2017 by Darcy

The beach where the monk seal birth occurred is called Kaimana beach, this is the prime beach of the Gold Coast of Honolulu. Located across from Kapiolani park this neighborhood is beach or oceanfront.

There are seventeen oceanfront residential and hotel buildings in the area on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki in Honolulu. Those buildings turned out to be politically very unpopular, and after they were built in the 1960’s the city of HOnolulu banned any future high rise buildings in that area.

The Diamond Head Preservation Area was created at that time to preserve the area at the base of Diamond Head and protect it from future high rise construction. According to current regulations, if any of the current high rise buildings in this area are knocked down or damanged beyond repair they will not be rebuilt. New structures are limited to a height of 3 stories.

No changes in structure or use of the current 17 buildings can be made without a significant government approval process. For example, even though the Colony Surf was once a hotel, it cannot revert back to beging a hotel unless it receives special approval. Until recently Michel’s restaurant was only allowed to serve dinner but they finally received approval to serve Sunday brunch. Residential buildings can only be rented as vacation homes for a minimum of 30 days.

The New Otani Kaiman Hotel, San Souci, Colony Surf, Colony Beach are located on a sandy beach. The remained of buildings are oceanfront. Some buildings do have a small beach at low tide.
Each building has it’s our nuances and personality.
More information about the unique buildings in another post.

August 1st, 2017 by Darcy

on 29 June Rocky the female monk seal gave birth to a pup at popular Kaimana Beach. At the zoo end of Waikiki and next door to the Outrigger canoe club many people use this beach year round.
However, because of the mom and pup activity fewer people are in the water.
An area is cordoned off as a no people zone, but paddleboarders, surfers and canoes are out in the ocean.
Hawaiian monk seals are an endangered species and the only warm water seals.

July 6th, 2017 by Darcy

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Are you ready to start the process of selling your home? Staging is a way to declutter and make your home desirable for the maximum number of buyers in your price range. I personally call it the ‘fluff and buff’ or the ‘smoke and mirrors’ act. The staging helps make the home attractive to many and less personalized. Please feel free to contact me for help on the road to selling your home.

July 3rd, 2017 by Darcy

Surprisingly this is still an accurate portrayal of the island of Hawaii. Wonderful shots and great narrative from Don Blanding.
Enjoy, it is a bit long but worth every bit of it.

June 21st, 2017 by Darcy

“Summer is typically the peak of housing sales and this year we’re off to a great start with May bringing near-record closed sales,” said Sue Ann Lee, president of Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. “Single-family home sales were the highest we’ve seen since August 2013 and condominiums are up by double digits. With the continued demand for housing and limited inventory, it’s not surprising that pending sales quickly translated to closed sales from eager homebuyers in all price ranges. We anticipate a high number of closed sales in the coming weeks as pending single-family home sales are up by 37.7% and condo sales are 25.3% higher than last May.”

Call your Realtor for the particular statistics for your neighborhood.

 

June 20th, 2017 by Darcy

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