Splurge vs. Steal: Oceanfront Finds in Oahu, Hawaii

Our Splurge: 1 Puuikena Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii, currently listed by Dan and Julie Ihara with Keller Williams Honolulu for $6.9 million.

Off-the-beaten-path beaches, tranquil turquoise waters, epic surfing, and an island steeped in historical culture — these are but a few reasons why Oahu, Hawaii, is calling your name!

The third largest Hawaiian island is the cross-section of ancient and modern, complete with bustling night life and mellow surfer towns. With five different regions — from the island’s capital, Honolulu, to one of the world’s most popular surfing destinations at North Shore — Oahu has something for everyone and no shortage of things to do.

This week’s Splurge vs. Steal puts the spotlight on a massive oceanfront splurge and a cozy beach cottage steal. Which one would you choose?

Splurge: Oceanfront Custom Home At Base of Hawaii Loa Ridge for $6.9M

Nestled at the base of Hawaii Loa Ridge, this oceanfront estate boasts four bedrooms, three and one half bathrooms, and over 5,000 square feet of living and entertaining space.

The “private-like” beach access is one of many things that sets the property apart, and we’re absolutely gushing over the tranquil views.

This completely custom home is full of elegant interiors with clean lines and an abundance of natural light. The great room is a real stunner with cathedral ceilings, a beautiful coral rock wall, plus spacious Fleetwood glass pocket doors, and an Invisirail glass panel balcony that invites all of Hawaii’s breathtaking beauty inside.

A fully equipped chef’s kitchen is a foodie’s dream with rich custom cabinets, center island, stainless appliances, and sweeping ocean views.

Turn things up a notch while whipping up delicacies by listening to music on the built-in theater system and catch the sunset over the ocean.

Nearby, a personal gym is a nice addition and made even better when just a few steps away you can have a nice cool down session in the ocean.

All bedrooms are cozy, inviting, and come with stellar views and bathrooms that have separate glass spa-showers that are sure to mimic the perfection of a waterfall on a tropical night.

With a medical-grade air purification system, PV system, automated window shades, and the ability to control the home from anywhere in the world, it’s easy to see why our splurge is such a find!

Dan and Julie Ihara with Keller Williams Honolulu have listed 1 Puuikena Drive, Honolulu, Hawaiifor $6.9 million.

Steal: Cozy Beach Cottage With Updated Interiors For $2.1M 

For less than half the price of our splurge, you could be living on desirable Crozier Drive! This newly remodeled beach cottage is made even more charming by its spectacular location.

Situated on a peaceful, family-friendly beach, the home comes with a fully landscaped yard and instant access to waves.

The interiors boast modern updates and clean lines, making this two-bedroom, one-bathroom home perfect for second shelter seekers craving the laid-back surfer lifestyle.

An operational kitchen with stunning ocean views offers plenty of space to dish up some comfort food after an invigorating day on the swells.

Rich hardwood floors adorn the great room, which has sliding glass door access to your lushly landscaped yard with beachfront views.

Two comfortable bedrooms illuminated by Hawaii’s natural light are the perfect place for you and guests to crash after an ideal day on the beach.

Location is key with this steal as homes like this rarely come on the market!


Michael Shower of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Kahala has listed 68-533 Crozier Drive, Waialua, Hawaii, for $2.195 million.