March 5th, 2009 categories: Military
This post is for military folks that are PCS'ing to Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. If you are planning on living off base (click here to check your BAH), then this post should help you understand the neighborhoods that are in close proximity to Hickam. Note that I have selected areas that within 25 minutes or less of Hickam.
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Aiea and Aiea Heights
Approximately 10 to 20 minutes from Base, depending on the section of Aiea you are considering. There is a good cross-section of condos and houses this region. With proximity to the core of Honolulu, I believe you will find that this area will be a good area in which to invest.
Approximately 5 to 10 minutes from base. Most of these homes were built in the late 60's and early 70's. If they have not been remodeled, they probably need to be remodeled. Foster Village's central location makes it desirable to many different market segments and, therefore, you should expect it to be a good area in which to invest.
Halawa and Halawa Heights
Approximately 10 to 15 minutes from base. This area is just above Aloha Stadium (the traditional home of the NFL Pro Bowl) and it is central to freeway access, as well as, shopping and dining in Pearl City. Most of the homes were built in the late 60's and early 70's and, like Foster Village, if they have not been remodeled they probably should be remodeled
Kalihi and Kalihi Valley
Approximately 10 to 15 minute from base. It is difficult to target a general part of this area that one could say would be good for a military transferee to choose. You may find a specific home or street that would be a good option. When selecting a home in this area, be sure to be very complete diligence on the neighborhood and surrounding area. With houses you should expect smaller lots and older homes (Kalihi is one of Honolulu's older communities). As for condo's, most of them were built in the 60's and 70's and are three story walk up buildings.
Kam Heights (Kamehameha Heights)
Approximately 10 to 15 minute from base. Kam Heights abuts Alewa Heights, Kalihi and Kalihi Valley. Due to its' proximity to Kamehameha Schools and down town Honolulu, it would be a good place to invest. Known mainly for houses (there is one high rise condo) you should expect older homes on smaller lots.
Approximately 10 to 15 minute from base. Moanalua is one of the more desirable communities close to Hickam. Generally speaking its neighborhoods are well kept and do not experience that much turnover. Most of it is served by one of Honolulu's best public high schools, Moanalua High School. Given that private high school tuition is running around $17,000 per year, it is nice to have the option to send your children to a school in your neighborhood.
Approximately 10 to 15 minute from base. This neighborhood is similar to Moanalua in the sense that it does not see much turn over. Even though it is an older neighborhood, it is a generally well-maintained and there are many long-time residents living here. It too is served by Moanalua High School which offers a very good public high school option for your children. There are no condo's in this area.
For the golfer, a nine hole private golf course, Moanalua Golf Club, is located at the front of the valley. Even though it is a private club, I am told it is very easy and inexpensive (by Hawaii standards) to become a member.
Approximately 15 to 25 minute from base. Newtown abuts Pearl City and Pearl Ridge and is very desirable to local buyers. I believe this desirability is a result of larger, newer homes (most built in the 70's and 80's) and its access to the core of Honolulu. Other than houses you can find town homes, but no high rise condos.
Pearl City and Pearl City
Approximately 10 to 20 minutes from base. This area offers just about everything you need. Lots of shopping, dining and entertainment is located in Pearl City. The only reason to leave this region is if you want to go to the beach.
Salt Lake is approximately 5 to 10 minutes from base. Centrally located and this is a very good area to find an affordable condominium. The homes in the area were mainly built in the 70's. Proximity to down town Honolulu means that this should be a good place to be long-term.
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