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Spotlight On: Portlock, Koko Kai, and Triangle.

On the east side of Honolulu, on the western slope of Koko Head, you’ll find one of the most desirable areas to live on Oahu: Portlock.

Ancient legend says that groups of voyagers from the Pacific islands first landed here in Maunalua Bay. Portlock was named after a Captain Nathaniel Portlock, an American trader, who arrived with Captain Cook.

This area is quiet, with gentle sloping streets, barefoot kids running around, and fishermen heading toward the ocean.

The area actually consists of three smaller neighborhoods: Portlock, Triangle and Koko Kai, each with unique features and different price ranges. There are some similarities though. The lots are large, and the houses - most built in the 60s and 70s - have since been renovated, from large and modern family homes to luxurious, opulent estates. Portlock is popular among mainland transplants and long-time Hawaii residents alike, with a variety of options to choose from.

Triangle is what one might call the "lower" end of Portlock, but don't let that designation fool you. A fixer-upper in Triangle will still set you back upwards of 2 million dollars. Triangle is a great investment opportunity, though, with many homes featuring large lots, mountain views, and the closest proximity to nearby Koko Marina Shopping Center. The homes here are smaller, 3 or 4 bedroom family homes, averaging 2500 square feet. As your rise further up the hill, so too do the prices, but you will be rewarded with some of the best views on Oahu, consisting of the Hawaii Kai marina and Maunalua Bay.

Koko Kai is located at the top of the Triangle neighborhood, cliffside, with larger luxury homes featuring dramatic, sweeping views. On a clear day, you can view whales and dolphins from the comfort of your lanai, or count the ships as they cruise behind Diamond Head toward Honolulu Harbour. As you get closer to the water, the views get more dramatic and the houses become larger, along with their pricetag.

Portlock is arguably the most expensive of the three developments, located on the flatlands, the neighborhood is beachside and quiet, with a true Hawaiiana feel. Comprised only of Portlock Road, the lots here are the largest, and the homes the most luxurious. With multiple beach access alleyways, and calm, shallow water beyond, Portlock Beach is a small but hidden gem, and a favorite of local fishermen, stand-up paddlers, and local families looking to hide away from the crowds. A few investment opportunities can still be had in Portlock though, with some remaining cottages and older homes looking for some TLC.

Located just fifteen minutes from downtown, Portlock offers everything Hawaii Kai has to offer while still being private, exclusive, and secluded. There is great shopping on offer, from big-box retailer Costco at Hawaii Kai Towne Center, to exclusive local boutiques at Koko Marina. If food is more your thing, there's fine dining close by at the famous and original Roy's, to a quick bite at local favorite, Zippy's, and everything else in between. The dining options are plenty.

Hanauma Bay is just a short five minute drive away and Maunalua Bay offering stand-up paddling, snorkeling, diving, fishing and other activities is literally at your doorstep. Along with the luxurious executive lifestyle and great schools, such as Koko Head Elementary which is consistently highly rated and part of the IB school curriculum, and compared to similar luxury neighborhoods like Kahala, Portlock is still rather "affordable" as far as the luxury market goes.

Portlock will remain the "place to be" on Oahu for many years to come. Call Michelle if you'd like to view any of the available listings today! (808) 218-2899

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