Things You Need to Know Before Buying Land in Kona, Hawaii
If you're in the market to buy your own piece of paradise in Kona, Hawaii, you should know a few things first and this is a good place to start. Zoning laws, climate zones, building restrictions, use restrictions, cultural considerations, access to utilities, you name it! Every state, county and neighborhood across the country is different and you need to know the things that may affect your use and enjoyment after you purchase land in Kona, Hawaii.
Now, the easiest way to handle this is to, of course, call me. I will answer your questions, find out what you are looking for and help you find a great property in Kona. I have been selling real estate in Kona for over 20 years and I can honestly say experience is not expensive, it's priceless.
I could never cover everything you need to know about buying land in Kona in a blog but let's touch on a few items.
What climate do you want to live in? The Kona district of Hawaii sits on the flanks of the beautiful 8,271 foot tall, Mt. Hualalai. There are subdivisions that go as high as about 5,000 feet, where you can buy land. A general rule is that, as you go higher up the mountain, the rainfall increases. It also gets cooler. The Kona Coast is very dry with rainfall totals around 20" per year. Most of the rain on the coast falls at night and summer is wetter than winter. You can drive just a few miles up the mountain and have over 60" of rainfall per year. On any given day it could be 80 degrees at the coast and 70 degrees at 1,500 feet elevation only a few miles up the hill. The climate is mild and comfortable no matter where you are in Kona, but some folks like 73 degree weather every day and others prefer it in the 80's.
Does the lot have access to county water? If you are looking for land above Mamalahoa Hwy, it may not have access to county water. In most areas of Kona the water lines follow Mamalahoa Hwy at about 1,100 feet elevation. Many lots above the highway need to pump the water to their land or just collect rainwater from their roof into a catchment tank. These catchment systems work very well at elevations of 1,000 feet and higher, due to the abundance of rainfall. There are also filtration systems that keep the water very clean. I have references to very competent catchment tank companies that I can provide. Most of the land below Mamalahoa Hwy. has access to county water but you have to make sure that the Water Department will issue a water meter for that specific lot. That is something that I will help you with during the due diligence period of the purchase transaction.
Does the zoning allow you to do what you want with the land? In Hawaii there are specific uses allowed for land depending on the zoning. Do you want to build a home and a guest house? Do you want to subdivide the lot and sell one? Better check the zoning. Are there CC&R's and design guidelines that restrict the style or size of home you would like to build? Buying land in Kona is almost never a blank slate where you can do whatever you want. However, with the right agent to guide you through the process, you can find land in Kona that you can enjoy with friends and family for a lifetime.
Rich Bosselmann R(S) - Excellent buyer and seller representation.
Real Estate Agent
Cottages on Alii Drive - New Housing Development on Alii Drive
There is a new housing development getting ready to break ground in Kailua-Kona. Cottages on Alii Drive will consist of 58 single family homes and a neighborhood park on a 10 acre parcel. Soon there will be more information about floor plans but at first glance, it looks like there will be both single story and two story homes with lot sizes ranging from 5,000 to 13,000 square feet, with most in the 5,000 range. The developer is Stanford Carr, he has built quite a few, well received condominium and single family developments in West Hawaii and on Oahu.
The location for these plantation and craftsman style homes is fronting Alii Drive, across the street from the ocean and about a mile south of historic Kailua Village. Hawaii County recently purchased a 10 acre, ocean front lot, that will be developed into a park only a few hundred feet from this new development.
With the highly desirable, Alii Drive location and record low inventory of available homes in Kona, demand will definitely be very high. Prices have not been released but are expected to start in the low $800,000 rage. Reservations for the first release of single family homes at Cottages on Alii Drive will be available sometime in December 2021. Remember, it doesn't cost anything to have expert buyer representation. Developer agents represent the developer. Contact me today to see how you can reserve a home at pre-construction prices at Cottages on Alii Drive.
Rich Bosselmann R(S) ~ (808) 785-4664 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Real Estate Agent