Top 6 Must-Haves for Remote Work in Hawaii

The pandemic ushered in a new era of remote work that will undoubtedly continue now that the world has opened back up. Dramatic demand for and availability of remote work is even changing the world we live in. As more people build their lifestyle around their ability to be mobile and office-free, the real estate market is changing as well.

Keep reading to learn more about what’s at the top of the must-have lists of buyers looking for a home to accommodate their remote work lifestyle.

1. High-Tech Homes

kauai estate work from home set up

Home office in the main house of a newly listed Kauai Estate. Love that mountain view!

While the shift to working from home has its advantages, it also comes with a new set of frustrations, not the least of which is poor internet connectivity and accessibility issues. Luxury buyers are looking for high-tech properties with innovative home offices. Homes with advanced technology for working remotely will continue to play an integral role in their purchase decision process.

2. Move-In Ready Opportunities

Being able to work from anywhere has enabled traditional luxury buyers to live a life they don’t need a vacation from. They won’t be as impressed by the “potential” a property has for a home office. They don’t want to work at the kitchen table while a bonus room is converted to an office or wait for an addition to be built (no matter how spacious and inviting the kitchen may be). Buyers with remote work arrangements are looking for residences that are move-in ready, and consider a finished, up-to-date home office (or two) an essential aspect.

3. A Self-Sufficient Lifestyle

Luxury buyers with work-from-home arrangements are seeking a self-sufficient property that is able to sustainably generate its own energy. Specifically, they are looking for luxury homes with environmentally-friendly features such as electric car chargers and photovoltaic (solar) panels. To take advantage of all the luxuries of a self-sufficient lifestyle, a property must provide them with unparalleled privacy, in addition to reliable WiFi and other amenities that provide a seamless work-from-home experience.

large kitchen and open great room

4. A Healthy Work-Life Balance

Over the last few years, quality of life and a renewed emphasis on wellness has become more important for everyone, including buyers. According to a Luxury Portfolio International report, 75% of high earners expect their home to have at least three features that support wellness.

For those working remotely, a home gym, yoga or Pilates studio, massage room, indoor pool or spa, and private gardens are desirable amenities, making it easier to maintain the balance between work and a healthy lifestyle. Access to golf courses, beaches, bike paths, hiking trails, and other outdoor activities are also a priority for buyers, who value wellness. With Kauai’s waterfalls, big waves, lush valleys, and Waimea Canyon all in an area of 562.3 square miles, working remotely on the island means it takes little effort to go from work to play to relaxation.

treadmill on backyard lanai

5. Charm & Convenience of Small Town Living

Without the stress of commutes, remote workers’ demand for suburban markets and smaller town living is motivating them to leave urban centers with their offices and cubicles far behind. Affluent buyers are not only looking for houses that support both a relaxing and an active lifestyle, but also for a community that caters to this lifestyle as well. They are ready to invest in properties that offer proximity to the amenities, attractions, and facilities of areas once reserved for vacationers and retirees. Buyers, who can take advantage of remote work arrangements, are finding that charm and convenience in the rural locations and resort destinations of Kauai.

6. Plenty of Space for Everyone

It’s becoming increasingly common for multiple members of a household to work from home and as a result, there is a growing demand for large parcels of land that can offer a multi-generational family lifestyle for remote workers. In these situations, the members of the family that work from home typically prefer separate workspaces in the home, and even multiple accessory buildings to keep home and work lives separate, without having to leave the property.

aliomanu estates home on kauai

Working From Home on Kauai

With the increase in remote work opportunities, luxury buyers now have more freedom to purchase property that complements their lifestyle and suits their geographic preferences. With its warm weather, rich culture and history, lush scenery, and sandy beaches, Kauai is an excellent location for anyone looking for work-from-home options.

Properties on the Garden Island range from near-the-beach condos to exclusive mountain-view estates with expansive acreage or oceanfront properties with sunset views from your private pool. I have been living on Kauai for 13 years now and I’m here if you have questions about luxury properties with all the essential remote work amenities.

An Ideal Work From Home Property in Kauai’s Aliomanu Estate

I recently listed a gorgeous estate in northeast Kauai that is an ideal property for remote workers. Aliomanu Estates is a 10-minute drive from Kapaa and serves as the gateway to the North Shore. Here are just a few notable features that make it such an ideal work-from-home property:

  • The 58-parcel estate community rests on a total of 250 acres of agricultural land and offers immediate access to sandy Aliomanu Beach. Sitting on 4.4 acres, this two-story estate maximizes the Kalalea Mt. and ocean views.
  • The home’s 2,032 sf. of living area casually extends into the private yard. Perfect for relaxing after a long day of work, the yard features a hot tub and outdoor shower.
  • A garden lover’s delight, this property includes a tropical flower farm section and a raised bed garden. The orchard consists of mango, avocado, ulu (breadfruit), lychee, lilikoi, and bananas. Additionally, the parcel is fully fenced and irrigated utilizing agricultural water.
  • This property features a two-story 720 sf. building with downstairs and upstairs loft, full bath, and laundry room, a 100 sf. studio with air-conditioning and a lanai, and a roofed 40 ft. container perfect for families in need of multiple remote workspaces.

All of the photos in this blog are from this property. If you’re interested in learning more, please reach out.

guest house on aliomanu estates property on kauai

This property in Kauai features multiple-accessory buildings, which is ideal for family members who desire separate workspaces.

Open spaces that maximize spacious living, take in inspiring views, offer fast internet, and feature home offices to accommodate the remote work lifestyle are now at the top of many affluent buyers’ must-have lists. Kauai is one of the best locations for remote workers, who dream of a home that supports their specific lifestyle. Whether you’re looking to appeal to buyers who work remotely, or you’re ready to purchase a property and work from home yourself, I am here to help.


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R alter

September 9, 2022

What is the pricing

Lauren Pingree

September 28, 2022

> Hi R – this Aliomanu Estates property on the northeast side of Kauai is listed for $3.6M. Here’s the listing page:

Please let me know if you have any other questions. I’d be happy to answer them. Aloha!

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