For the finest urban living in paradise, look no further than the Metro region of Oahu. With close proximity to central downtown Honolulu and convenient access to beautiful parks and beaches, there’s something for everyone in the Metro region.
Here, you’ll find world-famous Waikiki, the State’s most well-known visitors’ destination full of gorgeous resorts as well as apartments and condominiums. Kapahulu, a quieter and more residential neighborhood, is just a heartbeat away. A few of the big draws in this area are the Honolulu Zoo, Kapiolani Community College, Leonard’s Bakery and Rainbow Drive-In.
Depending on where you are in Waikiki, the Ala Moana neighborhood is probably within walking distance. This area is centered around Ala Moana Shopping Center, the world’s largest open-air shopping mall which not only includes big-name brands like Macy’s, Sephora, Forever 21 and much more, but also grocery stores like Foodland and Longs Drugs – easy and convenient for residents. Both locals and visitors enjoy Ala Moana Beach Park which is close by the mall, perfect for kayaking, swimming, lounging and standup paddle boarding.
Nearby you’ll also find Kakaako, a hip, fast-evolving neighborhood that has plenty of money pouring in for developments like luxury condominiums, local boutiques, popular restaurants, yoga and dance studios and much more. If you have a car, downtown Honolulu and Chinatown — the financial and business district – is just 10 minutes away and is also easily accessible via bus, bike and soon, the Rail.
Metro Oahu also includes the island’s biggest hospitals like Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children and the Queen’s Medical Center. There are many schools including the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Roosevelt High School, Punahou School and ‘Iolani School, just to name a few.
In terms of size, most living spaces in Metro Oahu are on the smaller side, although there are always exceptions. Price points vary widely as well as style of homes and condos. However, a common two-bedroom apartment typically ranges from 800 to 950 square feet and a home on the larger side is around 2500 interior square feet. Neighborhoods like Nuuanu, Manoa and Makiki have older style homes built in the 1930s and 40s, while Salt Lake is mostly condominiums.
Folks who call Metro Oahu home can enjoy a dynamic and exciting lifestyle while still enjoying the island’s idyllic beaches and parks. Living in Metro Oahu is unbeatable when it comes to having both modern convenience and an endless supply of outdoor recreation and entertainment choices.
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