When you step off the airplane in Hawaii and walk down the indoor-outdoor corridor to catch a ride to your destination, the smell of beauty can overwhelm. The flowers in this tropical climate exude smells that are sumptuous and redolent. That’s when the desire to move to paradise cements in your heart.
Less than a year later, the newest residents often make haste back to the mainland because they got the fever… the Rock fever. What exactly is Rock fever? It’s a condition caused by homesickness, claustrophobia, or a feeling of being trapped on a “rock” in the middle of the ocean.
If you can overcome Rock fever, Hawaii is definitely a top destination for people wishing to make a life in paradise. The islands offer gorgeous, affordable real estate, but know in advance that the prices increase as the views become more desirable. You can choose between six of the eight islands to call home – one is forbidden (the forbidden island of Niihau) and one is uninhabitable (Kahoolawe with usage mandated to be only for native Hawaiian cultural, spiritual, and subsistence purposes).
One would think the Big Island of Hawaii would have the greatest population, but in fact Oahu maintains that distinction. Condominiums are deliciously affordable in Honolulu with prices starting as low as $29,000 for 300 square feet of living space. As in any place you consider living, however, be sure to check out the neighborhood before committing to a purchase.
If you prefer to live in a single family residence, real estate in Oahu can be found for less than $300,000. These homes range from 1-bedroom to 4-bedrooms and are scattered across the island. However, if you have to dream about living in Hawaii, dream big. One of the nicest homes is in Kailua and costs almost $13 million. The stunning beach-front house has five bedrooms, six baths, 6,452 square feet of living space, and views of both the ocean and mountains. Over on the island of Maui is another favorite called the Ualei Place located in Wailea. The home boasts stunning panoramic views of the ocean, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and lanais connected to each of the five bedrooms in the home.
If you are fortunate enough to afford a million dollar home, Hawaiian style, just hope you can keep the Rock fever at bay. Your spirit and soul will appreciate the sheer beauty of the islands that really are paradise on Earth.