Waikiki Real Estate
Last year, Hawaii clocked a record 10,424,995 visitors. If you were one of them, or if you’ve ever visited Hawai, you’ve probably visited Waikiki as it is one of Hawaii’s hottest areas.
With all those fancy hotels and happening tourist spots on the beach, you may not have thought much about living in Waikiki. But there’s a largely residential section of condos with a lot to offer for those who want to live the high life near one of the most famous beaches in the world.
Let’s take a closer look.
Living in Waikiki
Waikiki is a long stretch encompassing nearly two miles of beach and a few blocks inland on the southeast side of Oahu. Extremely popular with the tourists, it is a bustling, active area and there are always activities and events going on. With an average of 271 days of sunshine per year, residents can enjoy near-perfect weather all year round.
It’s about 3 miles from downtown Honolulu and in light traffic in only takes about 10 minutes to get there. However, because of the close proximity and nice weather year-round, many people bike or walk to work. The average commute time is 19 minutes.
The area itself is extremely walkable with pedestrian-friendly crosswalks and sidewalks. It’s also a safe, family-friendly atmosphere and it feels safe to be outside walking around, especially on the beach.
The hotels are mostly concentrated along the beach, which is where the most activity is. Move inland a couple of streets and you’ll find a mostly residential section with lots of condos. These areas are relatively quiet (it’s still Waikiki, mind you) and the condos offer a variety of views ranging from the mountains of Honolulu to the city to a spectacular view over Waikiki Beach itself.
Though a safe, family-friendly area, most people who live in Waikiki don’t have kids. However, there is a small handful of public schools that serve the area. As with most schools in Hawaii, they offer residents an excellent education.
A myriad of shops and interesting boutiques line the streets of Waikiki offering to sell all sorts of intriguing wares. Just walking around and roaming through the shops can make a fun afternoon outing.
If you’ve got something more specific in mind, head over the bridge to Ala Moana Center. This huge, four-level shopping center offers over 340 stores with big names like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Target. There is also a myriad of small boutiques and plenty of restaurants and other dining options.
In Waikiki itself, you can visit the International Market Place which offers not only high-end retail stores like Fabletics and Swarovski, but also fun events like hula, yoga, and lei-making.
For some true high-end shopping, check out the Royal Hawaiian Center. Keep your eyes peeled, you might even spot some celebrities browsing the aisles!
In Waikiki, you don’t have to go far to find world-class healthcare. Several medical centers including Queen’s Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Medical Office are located in the area. There is also a smattering of smaller Urgent Care centers and private doctors and dentists to choose from.
Recreation in Waikiki
As you might imagine, with so many days of nice weather and so much going on, you can always find something to do in Waikiki. Check it out!
The ocean around Waikiki is warm, gentle, and relatively free of coral and other dangers. Residents can enjoy virtually any kind of water activity under the sun from paddleboarding, boogie boarding, waterskiing, jet-skiing, bodyboarding, and of course, surfing.
There are a few parks around Waikiki where you can enjoy the outdoors. A couple are beach parks that offer shallow waters perfect for kids to play in. Some offer amenities like BBQ facilities, tennis courts, and workout equipment.
Want to get your golf game on? Head on over to Ala Wai Golf Course. As a reasonably-priced public course, it has the distinction of being one of the most golfed courses in the world. You can also visit the 18-hole mini-golf course for a fun time with friends.
Diamondhead State park offers a jaw-droppingly scenic hike that serves up a view of Oahu that can’t be beaten. The trail is paved and it takes most people about two hours to complete it. Don’t forget your camera for this one.
Bicycling is common in Waikiki both as a mode of transportation and for recreation. You can even join the Hawaii Bicycling League and participate in regular cycling events.
Zoo and Aquarium
Animals lovers will enjoy visiting the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium. The zoo features many exciting animals such as lion, tigers, and even elephants. The aquarium hosts a variety of aquatic life including playful seals and some interesting jellyfish.
If you ever get bored in Waikiki (extremely hard to do) you can always head down to the beach and people watch. As a popular tourist destination for people from Australia, China, Japan, and the States, there are a lot of interesting people to observe. If you’re feeling particularly friendly, try striking up a conversation. You just might make a new international friend!
Additionally, street performers like hula dancers, bands, caricature artists, and more are always hanging about, ready to entertain the crowds.
Moving to Hawaii’s Hottest Spot
All in all, if you are moving to Oahu and looking for an energetic, eclectic place to live, Waikiki is a perfect spot. With lots of outdoor activities, a rich history, and plenty of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife, you can be certain that you’ll never be bored!
Looking to buy a home in Waikiki? Don’t hesitate to contact us! As a full-service, local real estate team, we have our finger on the vibrant pulse of Waikiki and can help you find the perfect place to call home!