Beachfront & Oceanfront Ownership in Hawaii

The Ultimate Dream

A slice of heaven on the beach or ocean in Hawaii has become more rare. These coveted pieces of paradise are highly sought and give the owner some amazing advantages.

  1. Wake up to the sound of the shore or the majestic views of the deep blue ocean.
  2. End your day with a dip in the sea right outside your door.
  3. No one can build in front of you and obstruct your view.
  4. Surf, paddle, snorkel, depending on the location you choose, it’s all steps away.

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Owning a property on the shore has a few things to take into account that are unlike other properties.

BEACH FRONT is a property that has a sandy shoreline. This can be a mix of coral reef and sand, but it’s usually swimmable and inviting. Check out this well-priced beachfront property on Oahu’s northern shore that is ready for you to build your dream home:

City & County Requirements

Currently the setback from the ocean is 40 feet, in which you can build a home, within the city and county guidelines. You must apply for a building permit if you chose to do new construction or major renovations. Architectural plans are required and the process can take 6-12 months. You can hire an expeditor for a fee to help speed up this process. Minor updates and upgrades, depending on the cost, may not require a permit.

You can get more information from the City & County Department of Planning and Permitting website.

OCEANFRONT is a property that fronts the sea. In Hawaii we have bays, steep cliffs and shallow ledges with homes that usually sit on properties that have retaining walls. Some of these properties have welcoming and swimmable access. Others have rocky coastlines and jagged reefs that have their own special beauty and natural formation.

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Kaneohe Bay property with a legal sea wall, erected in the 1950s.

Sea Walls

Sea walls are no longer permitted in Hawaii, unless the structure was already built, prior to 1999. Owners can face steep fines for erecting illegal sea walls by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). For more information you can go to the DLNR website.

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This sea wall is “grandfathered” in from the 1950s


Owning a home that is on the ocean requires special insurance coverage for those who obtain financing. You will want to get quotes from a reputable insurer to find out what the yearly premium will be for flood insurance and if the property sits within a high risk flood zone. You can check out more information about flood zones and maps in Hawaii here.

For more information about this listing or other beach and oceanfront opportunities, give me a shout via text or email me. I’d be happy to send you a list of available properties that will suit your particular needs. See what my clients are saying about me:

“We have known Diana for over three years and had a great experience having her
first represent us as our property manager and then as our sales agent while we were living on
the Gulf Coast of Florida as a retired military family. She always had our best interest in mind
and despite the time difference between Panama City, Florida and Honolulu was never slow to
keep us in the loop whenever there were expenses or issues that would arise. She had
developed her own team and was personally involved with repairs and renovations and
attended to details in an extraordinary manner on some very complicated issues. She would
often send photographs or videos to help explain. Her sense of aesthetics was critical in
creating wonderful street appeal and her boundless enthusiasm helped us maintain a positive
perspective. She gave outstanding advice on when and where to spend time and
money. When she listed our property, she already knew the home better than we did and we
were delighted with the sale. She absorbed the stress of selling a home for us. She is a
people person. We can think of no higher praise than we would trust and recommend Diana
with the management and sale of any home or property. She is a true professional and a joy to
work with.”
Kate W. Woods DVM and Edward A Woods MD

With Warm Aloha from Oahu,
Diana Ricciuti
Your TOWN & COUNTRY expert since 1999

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