Live and Work in Downtown Honolulu

The way a property is zoned determines the kind of use that is possible.  Most people are familiar with residential zoning which is designated by R-3.5, R-5, R-7.5.  These designations are used to determine areas for urban residential development.  The numbers correspond to the minimum lot area (in square feet) upon which a single family, two-family, or duplex might be constructed.  For example, a zoning of R-5 means that a minimum of 5,000 SF of land is required to build one detached single family dwelling.  Whereas R-7.5 would require 7,500 SF of land to build one detached single family dwelling.

Here are some other zoning designations:

AG-1, AG-2 = Agricultural

P-1, P-2 = Preservation

A-1, A-2, A-3 = Apartment 

I-2, I-2, I-3 = Industrial

B-1, B-2 = Business

There are also special mixed-use zoning designations such as AMX and BMX. 

AMX = Apartment Mixed Use.  This zoning allows some commercial uses in apartment neighborhoods to support the daily and weekly needs of the neighborhood, conserve transportation energy, and optimize the use of land and urban services and facilities.

BMX = Business Mixed Use.  This zoning is to recognize that certain areas of the city have historically been mixtures of commercial and residential use and encourages continuance of this pattern.  Zoning of this nature ocurrs especially where residences are in very close proximity to empoyment and retail opportunities.

One such example of a BMX development is Executive Centre in downtown honolulu.  This building allows both commercial and residential use of their condominium units.  Here is an example of a unit for sale in the building:

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About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.