If you’re searching for a water view or waterfront home, be close to work and stay within your budget, you’ll want to look at the ocean front, beachfront, marina/canal front, or waterfront homes.
If you’re from California or Florida, you’ll most likely want to look Hawaii Kai which has its own marina.
The Kuapa Isle and Koko Isle townhome communities sit atop its own isle in the marina. You’ll find some canal front homes on Spinnaker Isle, dozens of waterfront homes at the complex named The Peninsula as well as at West Marina, Kamiloiki; and a few beach or ocean front homes on Portlock Road.
Some homes have more water deep views which stretch out to the Ocean, while others look across the canal to another canal front home. Koko Marina has good feng shui with the strong mountains protecting the rich waters below.
If you work at MCBH or Pearl Harbor, you most likely will look at Kailua or Kaneohe properties. Kailua town is experiencing gentrification and is well known to have vacation visits by President Obama and his family. The town is speckled with lively small boutiques, eateries, and cafes, hosts weekly farmer’s markets, and has many outdoor activities for the restless and energetic.
Kaneohe is a little quieter and casual. If you enjoy fishing, you’ll find the ocean front homes the perfect spot to have a dock or retractable dock at a minimum.
Of course, if commuting to downtown Honolulu is not of a daily concern during peak morning traffic, people like the North Shore when looking for a rural, beach town lifestyle. Ewa Beach has a few beachfront lots although located in an older neighborhood. Ko’Olina is often selected as a vacation home spot and you can see the ocean from the BeachVillas at Ko’Olina and at the Kai Lani.
About a 15 minute drive further northwest from Ko’Olina, Waianae also sports beautiful sandy beaches. However because of its distance and traffic, many persons opt to live closer to work despite the low housing prices.