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Latest real estate news and articles from David E. Buck, Realtor-Broker

Aug. 16, 2019

60 Years of Statehood in Hawaii: Admissions Day and Homes Built in 1959

Today we celebrate Admissions Day in Hawaii as the 50th State in the Union. As we embark on 60 years of statehood, I though it would be fun to reflect back on some of the homes and architecture built in 1959.

Hawaii State Capitol Building

Hawaii State Capitol Building

Most of the construction taking place back then could be found in Honolulu, Pearl City and the Windward side (Kailua-Kaneohe). Some of the architecture featured Mid Century Modern homes, while others were still building "plantation style" homes, some still single wall construction. Here's some examples of homes currently on the market:

Oahu Homes Built in 1959

Waimalu Home in Pearl City Built in 1959

Waimalu home in Pearl City (MLS # 201904429) priced at $625,000

Momilani Home in Pearl City built in 1959

Momilani Home in Pearl City (MLS # 201907321) priced at $665,000

Halekauwila Home in Kaneohe built in 1959

Halekauwila home in Kaneohe (MLS # 201919620) priced at $739,000

Lower Waialae Nui Home near Diamond Head built in 1959

Lower Waialae Nui Ridge home near Diamond Head (MLS # 201829952) priced at $799,000

Remodeled Halekauwila home built in 1959

Remodeled Halekauwila home (MLS # 201919170) priced at $865,000

Remodeled Pearl City Home built in 1959

Remodeled home in Pearl City (MLS # 201922722) priced at $887,000

Keolu Hills home in Kailua built in 1959

Keolu Hills home in Kailua (MLS # 201918484) asking $918,000

Another Momilani Home in Pearl City built in 1959

Another Momilani home in Pearl City (MLS # 201921292) asking $925,000

Remodeled Lower Waialae Nui Ridge home built in 1959

Another home in Waialae Nui Ridge (MLS # 201918705) asking $1,049,000

Hauula home built in 1959

Hauula home near the ocean (MLS # 201922648) asking $1.1 million

Oceanfront Mokuleia home on the North Shore built in 1959

Mokuleia home on the North Shore (MLS # 201921418) priced at $1,329,000

Mid Century Modern Lanikai home built in 1959

Mid Century Modern Lanikai home (MLS # 201905392) priced at $1,695,000

Kahala Home built in 1959

Kahala home (MLS # 201823962) priced at $1,850,000

Lanikai Oceanfront home built in 1959

Lanikai Mid Century gem on the ocean (MLS # 201910281) priced at $5,395,000

60 Years of Timelessness and Change

Scrolling through these listings built in 1959, you'll see some that are in somewhat original condition to others that have undergone full blown remodels over the years or within the last few years. It's almost like a microcosm of Oahu. There are some things and areas that haven't changed much and others that have changed significantly. Although 1959 was well before my time, it definitely appeared to be a golden age here... If you're looking for a home with a vintage or newer style, feel free to give me a call. Mahalo and enjoy the rest of Admissions Day!

July 30, 2019

Client Testimonial - Leslie Goldman

Leslie Goldman stopped by our Harcourts office to share her experience in working with David Buck over the past 18 years and here is what she had to say:

She said David is the most patient Realtor. She gets very overwhelmed with paperwork and David sits down and patiently explains everything to her. He makes her feel safe in what she is buying because if something is not good or not a good deal, he is not going to let her buy it. However, if something is really nice and she loves it, he will sit there and brainstorm with her to see if it's the right place for her. She highly recommended him as a Realtor.

Posted in Honolulu, Testimonials
July 15, 2019

The Cliffs at Pohakea Homes in Kaneohe

The Cliffs at Pohakea is a cluster of homes in Kaneohe's Lilipuna neighborhood on the upslope of Lilipuna Road. Built between the late 1980's and early 1990's, they're all contemporary/modern in design and boast beautiful views of Kaneohe Bay. Two of the "primo" homes are now available for sale.

Cliffs at Pohakea Point Lifestyle seen through Unit G

Unit G (MLS # 201831620)

This was the original developer unit we have listed. You'll see the views, space and privacy in the video above. Built in 1992, this 3 bed, 2.5 bath has multiple living areas, decks and is a great home for entertaining.

Cliffs at Pohakea G Great Room

Cliffs at Pohakea G Bar Cliffs at Pohakea G Upper Living

Great Room, Bar and Home Office Mezzanine above

Cliffs at Pohakea G Kitchen

Cliffs at Pohakea G Downstairs Living Cliffs at Pohakea G Dining Room

Remodeled Kitchen, Living Room and Dining Room w/ Views of Kaneohe Bay

One of the big differences between this unit and the unit C next door is the large backyard oasis this property boasts...

Cliffs at Pohakea Backyard Oasis

Cliffs at Pohakea Kaneohe Bay View from Deck Cliffs at Pohakea Backyard Deck

Backyard Oasis with forever views of Kaneohe Bay...

Unit C (MLS # 201825399)

Also built in 1992, this home underwent a major renovation in 2016. The interior living area is similar, however this one is a 4 bed, 2.5 bath. Like unit G, it has a 3 car garage and also an interior elevator. The floor plan is quite a bit different as well. It has a beautiful kitchen on the same level as the main deck and backdoor space.

Cliffs at Pohakea C Kitchen

Cliffs at Pohakea C Deck Cliffs at Pohakea C Back Yard

Remodeled Kitchen, Deck and Back Yard

Kaneohe View Properties

If you're interested in the Cliffs at Pohakea Point or other homes in Kaneohe with spectacular views, feel free to contact me for more information.

Posted in Kaneohe
July 13, 2019

Sales Increase 2 Years After Marco Polo Fire

Tomorrow marks two years that have passed since the tragic Marco Polo fire. Last year I wrote an article about the real estate sales in the building a year after the fire. At that time, there were only 2 cash sales that took place. Fast forward to today and sales have increased over 500% with 11 transactions taking place.

Marco Polo Sales Before and 2 Years After Fire

Marco Polo Sales 2 Years After Fire and Years Prior to Fire

Increase in Sales and Loans Now Possible

Although sales aren't back to where they were prior (north of 20 deals per year), this was a healthy increase in transactions. Our office was able to successfully auction one off through Harcourts Auctions. Another driving factor was Territorial Savings started lending in the building. 4 of the 11 transactions got financing and the other 7 were cash buyers.

The Rebound has Already Taken Place

As I predicted last year, the building would ultimately rebound as lenders start to lend and Buyers come back into the marketplace. If you're thinking about buying or selling at The Marco Polo Apartments, feel free to contact me for more information.

May 21, 2019

Client Testimonial - Raymon House

Rayon House recently sat down to share his experience in working with his Realtor Mark E. Buck to buy and sell his Uraku Tower condos near Ala Moana.

He moved here from Florida and said he had a great experience in working with Mark Buck with Harcourts Island Real Estate in purchasing and selling his condos here. Mark showed him all the "ins and outs" of purchasing real estate here in Honolulu, which is somewhat unique compared to Florida where he came from.

The one thing unique about Mark is he has lived in Hawaii almost his entire life. He knew so much about the history, ins and outs, where to go, where not to go and really knows the islands.

May 10, 2019

Oahu Properties For Sale with Billiards Rooms

Playing pool was a fun hobby I enjoyed with friends while I was in college. However, as I've gotten older I seldom go out to bars these days. Often times, the only place to play billiards is at a local bar or facility you have to drive to. What if you didn't have to leave your property to have fun with family or friends to shoot a game of pool?

If you're into playing billiards (shooting pool), there's some great properties for sale on Oahu, several of which I have listed and would like to take the time to feature here:

Kailua Home Near the Beach

I've currently got a listing for sale a few blocks to the beach in Kailua's exclusive "Beachside" neighborhood.

Pool Table at Beachside Home in Kailua

133 Kailuana Place in Kailua (MLS # 201831626)

Outside of this probably being one of the nicest homes for sale on Oahu with a pool table, the location, high end finishes and indoor/outdoor lifestyle are hard to surpass. Here's a video showcasing the lifestyle:

Koolani Condos in Kakaako

Koolani is a luxury building in Kakaako. Built in 2006, one of the many amenities residents have while living at Koolani is their very own billiards room.

Koolani Billiards Room

Koolani Billiards Room

I've currently got unit #4203 listed at $1,060,000 (MLS # 201905115). It's a high floor unit with awesome ocean views. We currently have an accepted offer, however are looking for backups. There's also a handful of other listings for sale there if I can help.

Saint Louis Heights Home

Last, but not least - I came across this home on Saint Louis Heights while looking for a client.

Saint Louis Heights Pool Table

St. Louis Heights Home (MLS # 201913585) with billiards room

It's definitely one of the nicer homes on that ridge I've seen over the years... 

We Sell Other Specialty Properties Too

Whether it be a billiards room, swimming pool, gym, golf, tennis or basketball court on site, feel free to contact us to see if we can help find the right property for you.

Posted in Kailua, Kakaako, Luxury
April 23, 2019

Client Testimonial - Michael Chan

Michael Chan sat down recently to share his experience in selling his Pacifica Honolulu condo with Steve Fierros.

He said it was an absolutely fantastic experience. The ironic thing is Steve was his neighbor in the same building they had lived in for 5 years. He always knew Steve was in real estate, however never had the chance to work with him prior. When it came time to selling his property, Steve was the first person he thought about.

Steve had a full scale of all the different price ranges for properties in the area that he had lived in. It made it really easy for Michael to see that Steve knew what he was talking about. It made him feel comfortable and trust Steve to take charge of the marketing and pricing of his property. 

Another important thing was Michael knew the company Steve worked for (Harcourts) was in international brand. Therefore, they could represent his interests not to just the local market, but buyers from every segment of the world internationally. That's really important to him, especially in an international city. He wanted to make sure he got the right price for his property and Steve was a very good representation of what he was looking to get out of his property. 

Posted in Kakaako, Testimonials
April 16, 2019

Tiger Woods, Makaha Golf and The Masters

A little over a week ago Pacific Business News reported that PGA Legend Tiger Woods to design a golf course at Makaha Valley Resort. This is great news and could be a nice boost for Makaha real estate.

Makaha Golf Course

Makaha Golf Course

The two Makaha courses owned by Pacific Links have been in limbo for a few years and I've heard rumors from friends and clients that something good was in the works. Tiger Woods will be designing one of he the courses. Makaha has been one of those resorts that has been overlooked by many over the years and has been a sleeper with more affordable real estate product than the rest of Oahu.

Tiger Woods and The Masters

Tiger Woods Playing Golf

Legendary PGA Golfer Tiger Woods

Coupled with the announcement of Tiger designing a course here, he went on to have a remarkable comeback and win The Masters this past weekend! We as Realtors cannot promise future returns on an investment, however I doubt Tiger Woods involvement in Makaha will hurt any. This will be the first new course in over 10 years. The last was Ernie Els' course at Hoakalei. Although the clubhouse literally just got completed there, real estate prices at Hoakalei have been on a steady climb since the development's inception.

Makaha Condos at Bargain Prices

Relative to the rest of Oahu, Makaha Condos are some of the lowest entry level fee simple condos on Oahu. Right now, I've got a great unit listed for sale at Makaha Valley Towers.

Makaha Valley Towers #1508

Makaha Valley Towers #1508 (MLS # 201905697) listed for $220,000

This is a 1 bed, 1 bath unit that's been completely remodeled in 2016. Although the Pacific Links courses are private, both new courses can be seen from this high floor unit that has panoramic views of Makaha Valley and the ocean. Given it's proximity to the courses and nearby white sandy beaches, this could be a great 2nd home opportunity for one of the private members as Pacific Links member have access to courses all over the world.

Makaha Golf Course Views

Makaha Golf Course View Seen from Makaha Valley Towers #1508

Is it too late for your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? A unit just closed a few days ago for $225,000... For more info. on Makaha Valley Towers #1508 or any other real estate in Makaha, feel free to contact me for more information.

April 8, 2019

Client Testimonial - Nancy Lueck

Nancy Lueck recently sat down at the Harcourts office to share her experience in working with David and Mark Buck on the purchase of her Honolulu home.

Nancy met David through research on the internet. She was looking for someone with market knowledge in Honolulu and also someone that had a history in Honolulu and somebody that she could relate to personally. She thought David and his father Mark had all of those qualities.

She started looking four years before she was actually going to move here, but wanted to get an understanding of the market and see various places on the island - Which ended up being a funny joke between she, David and his father Mark as she dragged them everywhere :) They made it fun and in the end she found her dream home! She knows it would not have happened without David and Mark's assistance.

Posted in Honolulu, Testimonials
March 19, 2019

Tennis Tuesdays: 3 Harcourts Listings with Tennis Courts

This Tuesday, we're featuring 3 of our office listings that have tennis courts. One of the advantage of purchasing real estate on Oahu with a tennis court is you may not have to wait long to play like the typical public courts or those at the local country clubs. Here are 3 listings in town where home ownership and a great match of tennis could go hand in hand:

Koolani Tennis Court

1. Koolani #4203 (MLS # 201905115

This 2 bed, 2 bath condo is in Kakaako and listed by David E. Buck, Realtor for $1,080,000.

Honolulu Park Place Tennis Court

2. Honolulu Park Place #1310 (MLS # 201904102)

This 1 bed, 1 bath in Chinatown already has an accepted offer on it and is listed by Steven G. Fierros, Realtor-Associate for $549,500 and includes 2 parking stalls!

Marco Polo Tennis Court

3. Marco Polo #2204 (MLS # 201904720)

This 1 bed, 1 bath condo in Kapiolani is being auctioned this Thursday by Dianne Willoughby, Realtor

They're all great buys and sure beats the price of paying for a country club when you can play tennis on site where you live, whether it be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or any day of the week for that matter! If you're looking for a tennis property on Oahu, feel free to contact us for more information.

Posted in Honolulu, Kakaako, Tennis