Neighborhood information about Wilhelmina Rise: Wilhelmina is probably one of the oldest neighborhoods in east Honolulu. Like any more established older neighborhood, it becomes evident the reason why people chose to inhabit such areas was because it was prime real estate at the time. Wilhelmina still is today. Directly inland from Diamond Head crater, Wilhelmina has so many things going for it.
Although older, Wilhelmina is much closer to work in Downtown Honolulu than the newer ridges such as Waialae Iki, Kahala Kua and Hawaii Loa Ridge. It is also just minutes from fabulous shops and restaurants in Kaimuki and Kahala Mall. I used to own a home in Wilhelmina and loved it!
For those that choose to send their kids to private schools in Manoa (as so many of them are there), you can easily get to Manoa without having to get on the freeway.
Wilhelmina Rise is the main street that shoots up and down the hill. It probably earns the title of the longest steepest street on the all of Oahu. Some choose to drive up and down it daily, however those that wish to conserve their car’s transmission and brakes can use Sierra Drive, which transverses back and forth from the bottom to the top of the hill. There’s also Koko Head Ave. that can be used to access the eastern slope of the ridge.
The majority of homes on Wilhelmina are older single family dwellings as I mentioned before. However, just like other east Honolulu neighborhoods that occupy prime real estate, gentrification is constantly occurring in older homes that are either being remodeled or built new. There are some really charming homes however and the owners that have more of a “restoration” game plan vs. “remodel” one often come out with a superior product with the right TLC. Last, but not least, the majority of these homes have some great ocean views.
If you’re considering a move to Wilhelmina or own a home on Wilhelmina and are looking to sell it for top dollar, feel free to contact me for more information.