For as long as most Oahu residents can remember, Koa Ridge has been that elusive master planned community that never seemed to get off the ground. Part of it has been blamed for how "slow" things move in Hawaii and many have doubted that this project would ever get off the ground as it has been talked about for the last couple of decades. The developer has also faced many issues through the controversial reclassification of land (trying to change the 576 acres from Agriculture to Urban zoning). But after much perseverance they were able to get it done and officially broke ground in 2017.
The neighborhood community will be developed by Castle and Cooke. Their main focus will be to place pride and importance on sustainability and smart growth; aiming to always be up-to-date in the most environmental ways as possible. Their current plans feature wide pedestrian and bike-friendly paths (aiming to promote alternative modes of transportation and promote green living). The beauty in a master planned community is that everything from shops, restaurants, schools, parks, etc is supposedly just a short distance away and within the community. Koa Ridge will offer a wide variety of home offerings and will be a great addition to the Central Oahu real estate market.
The Koa Ridge neighborhood located near Costco in Waipio will be approximately 20 minutes from Honolulu and Kapolei. When completed there will be approximately 3,500 homes with a community center, multiple schools, over 7 miles of bike paths, and wide array of shopping, dining, and retail options. The intention of the developer was to make it so that owners of Koa Ridge will have everything at the tip of their fingertips and that they won't have to go far. Upon completion, the community will be a thriving community with everything within a close proximity.
The map shown above depicts the various residential areas for Koa Ridge. The location will be close to the H-2 freeway and will be close to many parks and out door areas to promote an outdoor lifestyle where residents can enjoy the outdoors and bike upon bike paths to get to various areas within the community.
The master planned community at Koa ridge aims to provide a wide array of home options for every household. The current planned housing options will be:
At the moment there isn't any clear indication on whether the homes will be offered as a lottery or first come first serve basis. For their previous project at Mililani Mauka there were a mix of both.
The project announced a general timeline for the project. Whether or not they fulfill their statements is another story, but if things go according to plan, you can expect the first phase of homes to be completed in 2021. It is always good to be optimistic, but we have been accustomed to believing it when it happens. Hopefully everything will go according to plan and sales would start some time in 2019/2020.
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