Nuuanu Real Estate
Living in Nuuanu
Nuuanu is a beautiful area located on the town (Honolulu) side of the Pali Highway. Its very
conveniently location is just a short, straight shot into downtown Honolulu and an easy drive to the H-1 freeway and Windward Oahu. Despite the close proximity to the busy downtown area and though the Pali Highway runs through the middle of the neighborhood, Nuuanu is an incredibly quiet, peaceful place to live.
Following the slope of the Koolau Mountains as they descend toward the ocean, the
neighborhood feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, enveloped by
mountains and lush, green vegetation.
Insight to Nuuanu Homes
The houses in Nuuanu are on either side of the Pali Hwy, down quiet roads that
intersect with the Pali and wind toward the mountain ridges on either side. The
neighborhood stays so quiet because its narrow roads dead end into the mountains.
There are no through streets that offer shortcuts into downtown or to the Windward
side. There’s also no real town center or commercial area in Nuuanu. It’s almost 100%
residential – and residents like it that way. But because of the close proximity to town,
residents have easy access to shopping centers, malls, and everything else that
Honolulu has to offer.
Nuuanu is an area with a lot of history. The land that’s covered by homes today, was
once covered by taro fields, and the irrigation ditches that watered the taro hundreds
of years ago still run through the yards of some Nuuanu homes. The Queen Emma
Summer Palace is also located in Nuuanu. Built in the 1800s, this is the place King
Kamehameha III and his wife Queen Emma chose to escape the summer heat. The
palace is a beautiful summer home, surrounded by an array of native Hawaiian
flowers and plants, and open to the public for tours. The Oahu Country Club is another
historic landmark. this highly-respected club is over 100 years old, has a beautiful golf
course offering views of the Koolaus in one direction and downtown and the ocean in
the other. With fine dining restaurants, an extensive fitness center, pool, and social
events throughout the year, it’s a desirable place to spend your free time.
You can find a variety of homes in Nuuanu, from small country cottages to large
estates. Most of the homes here were built in the early to mid-20th Century, which
adds to the old Hawaii charm of the neighborhood. There’s also more variety in the
design of Nuuanu’s houses than you’ll find almost anywhere else on the island. You’ll
find homes with significant Asian influences, houses that channel the design of a
Mediterranean villa, plantation-style homes and cottages. A typical Nuuanu home sits
on a 5,000 – 8,000 sq. ft. lot; however there are estates here boasting 4 or more
bedrooms that sit on much larger lots of land. The views from homes in Nuuanu vary
depending on their location. Houses at the top of the hill can offer spectacular views
of Honolulu and the ocean, others offer unbeatable mountain views, while houses at
the end of Nuuanu’s streets are surrounded by so many trees and flora that it feels
like you’re in a mountain rain forest. The Nuuanu Stream and smaller streams run by
homes at the back of the neighborhood as well, offering an even more organic feel to
Families tend to hold onto their Nuuanu homes. Many have been occupied by
members of the same family since they were built, which demonstrates what a special
area this is. In many cases, the homes have been renovated and modernized as the
younger generations have moved in and taken ownership.. Those that haven’t been
renovated present a great opportunity to create the home that you’ve always wanted.
Nuuanu, with its history, natural beauty and incredibly convenient location, offers
beautiful homes in a great location. It’s ideal for anyone working in downtown
Honolulu or in any of the three hospitals located within 5 miles of the neighborhood.
More-affluent singles, families and retired couples make their home in this peaceful