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?

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Our Steal: 7432 Deerwood Avenue, Oakland, California, listed by Mark Lederer and Derrick Tyler of The Lederer Team, Red Oak Realty for $589,000.

Real estate can surprise you in unexpected ways. Such is the case in Oakland, California. Movers and shakers in the industry are suddenly seeing the Oakland housing market transform. Prices keep going up, demand continues to surge, and a nice crop of wonderfully updated older homes and new construction beauties are changing the face of Oakland as we know it. So this week, we zeroed in on two fantastic Oakland offerings for our latest Splurge vs. Steal. Why Oakland you ask? We say, why not? 

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