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Study ranks Waianae as a top beach housing market

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 01:20 p.m. HST, May 23, 2014

<br />SPT - Paddler Clifford Chillingsworth, 80, paddles out in a one-man surfski on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Pokai Bay Beach in Waianae.  Chillingworth also paddles for Na Keiki O Ka Moi.   (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).<br />

Waianae, Oahu and Wailuku, Maui are among the top five beach housing markets in the U.S., according to a new analysis.

California-based RealtyTrac sought to find the top 100 U.S. beach housing markets based on average temperature, percent of sunny days, percent of days with good air quality, and crime rates.

The top 100 were then filtered according to median value of single-family homes and condominiums, from lowest to highest. The median value in all top 20 markets is below $1 million.

The top 20 markets were listed by RealtyTrac as follows: 1. Hobe Sound, Fla.; 2. Naples, Fla.; 3. Waianae, Oahu; 4. Wailuku, Maui; 5. Marco Island, Fla.; 6. Los Osos, Calif.; 7. Kahului, Maui; 8. Ewa Beach, Oahu; 9. Kihei, Maui; 10. Waipahu, Oahu; 11. Morro Bay, Calif.; 12. Lahaina, Maui; 13. Honolulu, Oahu; 14. Pearl City, Oahu; 15. Kaneohe, Oahu; 16. Dana Point, Calif.; 17. Seal Beach, Calif.; 18. Kailua, Oahu; 19. San Clemente, Calif., and Key Biscayne, Fla. at No. 20. 

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false wrote:
Waialae or waianae? Come on man...
on May 23,2014 | 09:28AM
Jerry_D wrote:
Waialae??? Puh-lease! Show me a beach in Waialae that even compares to the beaches on the Westside. Maunalua Bay can't even compare to the ocean of the Westside when it comes to beauty and serenity. For that matter, not even the ROADS on the Southside can compare to the roads on the Westside. The only thing Waialae has is a bunch of overpriced houses for people who feel the need to be close to Downtown.
on May 23,2014 | 09:48AM
serfboy wrote:
"The median value in all top 20 markets is below $1 million." Where in Waialae are you going to find a home for under $1 million? Apparently you haven't been to Waianae in a while. It is beautiful, spacious, and not crowded. There are properties there that were bought and made into expensive beach homes. Most, if not all, are from the continent.
on May 23,2014 | 07:21PM
Jerry_D wrote:
WESTSIDE! Damn right Waianae is a top housing market...the beaches are beautiful, the roads are well-paved, and the weather is hot and sunny! Don't care what everybody else thinks of Waianae....I'm originally a Central Oahu boy (born in Wahiawa, raised in upper middle-class Mililani) who bought a place in Waianae nearly 10 years ago. I have NO REGRETS WHATSOEVER. Much better place to live than Mililani (with all the property crime and young punks in Mililani), and don't have to deal with the fascist, money-hungry MTA or other property association. Those of you who dis Waianae do so out of ignorance ("monkey see, monkey do" mentality) and have never lived out here. Your loss...
on May 23,2014 | 09:40AM
keola2011 wrote:
Minus the traffic lol
on May 23,2014 | 02:08PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Should I move out there?
on May 23,2014 | 06:01PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
By the way, congratulations to Kahunui Foster, who graduates from Wai'anae High tonight and is the first Wai'anae grad to be admitted to Harvard in 34 years. She will pay zero tuition. See
on May 23,2014 | 06:05PM
SueH wrote:
Let's see if she's still there 4 years from now....
on May 23,2014 | 07:14PM
Jerry_D wrote:
The REAL question is: How did Waipahu, Pearl City, and Honolulu get on that list???
on May 23,2014 | 10:01AM
h20dragon wrote:
I can see the higher housing prices now!
on May 23,2014 | 10:48AM
Skyler wrote:
Yeah that's what i was thinking.
on May 23,2014 | 02:32PM
false wrote:
By all means... stay there
on May 23,2014 | 11:04AM
false wrote:
ok, i'll stay here and you stay there...
on May 23,2014 | 11:05AM
false wrote:
on May 23,2014 | 11:05AM
false wrote:
It does give a new meaning to the phrase "known to frequent the waianae area" in the mid week...
on May 23,2014 | 11:08AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I like to go to the Pearl City beaches and lay on that warm white sand, fire up the hibachi and cook some teriyaki chicken. The Pearl City beaches are so wide and clean and the surf is so nice...it's paradise. Even better than the Whitmore Village beaches and the Mililani Mauka beaches!
on May 23,2014 | 01:26PM
Skyler wrote:
on May 23,2014 | 02:32PM
false wrote:
California-based RealtyTrac came up with a sure-fire formuela to get their name in the paper. Unfortunately it came at the cost of making themselves look ridiculously stupid. But, heck, same goes for most politicians.
on May 23,2014 | 03:01PM
false wrote:
A better story would be the one that the worlds second largest and most expnsive yaught parked itself in the harbor
on May 23,2014 | 03:10PM
HD36 wrote:
Simply based on the number of sunny days in a year would qualify any beach house in Hawaii in the top 10. Factor in the time, gas, and frustration from driving to town from Waianae and you quickly drop out.
on May 23,2014 | 04:29PM
Jerry_D wrote:
Driving to/from town from Waianae isn't any different than, for instance, driving from Central Oahu (been there, done that). The traffic is about the same. What makes Waianae traffic not seem as bad is that as soon as you make hit that bend around Kahe Point (going westbound), the majestic ocean view opens up and a subtle sense of serenity settles in...makes the traffic along Farrington Hwy not so bad. I've decided to catch the bus to/from work (Waianae to Downtown Honolulu). Takes an hour each way -- same as driving from Mililani -- and I get to sleep and meditate on the bus. It's actually not bad once you get the hang of it, and I actually look forward to my "quiet meditation time" on the bus.
on May 23,2014 | 08:06PM
Skyler wrote:
Not to mention getting your car busted into - same with Kailua, etc.
on May 23,2014 | 09:06PM
jomama wrote:
Its a one man canoe, not surf ski. Surf ski has no ama. Good try SA!
on May 23,2014 | 05:27PM
Ronin006 wrote:
This could make Waianae the next Kohala or Lanikai Beach of Hawaii. Imagine the Obamas vacationing there. OMG, where will all the poor locals go?
on May 23,2014 | 06:44PM
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