Executive Lifestyle Awaits You in Portlock
As you drive through Hawaii Kai on Kalanianaole Highway toward Hanauma Bay, you'll see a beautiful neighborhood on your right. You’re looking Portlock. This is a secluded and exclusive neighborhood popular among wealthy business executives and professionals due to its abundance of luxury oceanfront and beachfront properties and privacy.
Recreations in Portlock
Portlock and Hawaii Kai share the same community. When you live in Portlock, you get the same amenities and convenience as living in Hawaii Kai.
Water sports enthusiasts would enjoy what the Hawaii Kai and Portlock have to offer.
China Walls is a popular local surf spot for its big long riding waves. It is famous for its breathtaking beauty, but at the same time notorious for its treacherous and sometimes deadly waves. Many people have lost their lives over the years from fatal accidents.
Not too far from China Walls is the Spitting Cave of Portlock. This is a pretty neat natural phenomenon. As the name implies there is a cave and it involves spitting “of ocean water”. Obviously, the cave spits out the ocean water when the wave crashes into the cave. Good luck finding the beach access. When you do, there is a somewhat steep descent down to the cliff, but it's worth it.
If you’re adventurous, you need to check out this 4.2-mile hike from China Walls to Spitting Caves to Koko Head to Hanauma Bay
The Maunalua Bay beach park is popular for water sports such as standing-up paddling, canoe-paddling, jet ski-ing, and recently kite surfing. Water-loving residents can water ski inside the Hawaii Kai Marina. In fact, this is the only place on the island where you can jet ski and water ski in protected water. Maunalua Bay is a huge protected place to enjoy all kinds of water sports. There are also commercial boat rentals available, where you can rent a ski boat or dive boat on any day.
Sandy Beach, also home to the Halona Blowhole, is a popular body surfing location for the local crowd. It is a pristine beach not crowded by the tourists. This world-class body surfing beach is sometimes called "Break Necks”. Don't be fooled by the size of the surf. The waves here can be intense. Each year several people are injured while body surfing at Sandy Beach because of the powerful waves.
The Hanauma Bay is the most famous snorkeling spot on the south side of Oahu, and hosts more snorkelers than any other beach in Hawaii. It serves as the marine-life sanctuary and fishing is absolutely prohibited to preserve the natural beauty of marine life.
If water sports are not your thing, Hawaii Kai also has some beautiful hiking spots with breathtaking views, such as Makapu’u lighthouse Trail, Koko Head Crater Trail and the Mariner’s Ridge Trail. The Mariner’s Ridge Trail was recently closed to public access. Now you can only access this trail with designated hiking groups.
Next to Sandy beach is the Makapuʻu lighthouse, which is an easy hike which overlooks the beautiful Makapuʻu Beach, Sea Life Park and the windward coast. In the winter season, you can even watch whales coming to Hawaii for the warm water. This is also where 50 First Dates starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler were filmed.
How could a community be completed without shops and restaurants?
There are three main shopping centers in Hawaii Kai - The Hawaii Kai Towne Center, The Koko Marina Center, and the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center which host grocery stores, theater, coffee shops, restaurants, Costco, doctors’ and other professional offices. You can enjoy the beautiful marina view in any of these locations while doing your shopping or lunch.
Who Lives in Portlock?
Portlock offers the best executive lifestyle in Hawaii, making it an excellent choice for highly successful business executives/professionals and their families. You’ll have neighbors with similar background and interests. Business executives and professionals make up 68.5% of the workforce in the Portlock. About 33% of the adults here have a Master’s degree, medical degree, Ph.D. or law degree.
These career-driven professionals keep themselves busy with their work and businesses, but they also make sure their homes are comfortable and filled with amenities that suit their needs, such as private tennis courts, large swimming pools, custom-made kitchen for hosting parties, beach houses, guest houses, boat docks, etc.
Commute from Portlock averages between 30-45 minutes depending on where your place of business is.
Portlock shares the same school district as Hawaii Kai, which is one of the best public school districts in Honolulu. It is home to Henry J. Kaiser High School, Hahaʻione Elementary, Kamiloiki Elementary, and Koko Head Elementary Schools. All these schools are highly ranked by the Honolulu Magazine and GreatSchool.net each year based on test scores, high parent involvement and great support from the community.
If public schools aren't your thing, there are many private preparatory schools to choose from in Hawaii Kai and in Honolulu, which is only 15-20 minutes away.
Portlock is part of the Hawaii Kai neighborhood, and it’s definitely the most prestigious neighborhood in Hawaii Kai. Median home prices are $1,715,675. These luxury homes in Portlock tend to maintain high real estate appreciation rates. Portlock properties have achieved a total appreciation of 195% since 1990, averaging an annual appreciation rate of 4.72%.
Portlock is actually made up of three areas – Portlock, Koko Kai and the Triangle.
Properties at Portlock are mostly luxury home from medium (three to four bedroom) to large (four to five or more bedroom) single-family homes and townhomes. Most homes are owner-occupied. Some homes are older, well-established buildings built between 1940 and 1969. A majority of them were built between 1970 and 1999. And many have been nicely updated and remodeled.
Properties at Portlock offers spectacular ocean views, and unparallel oceanfront or beachfront living lifestyle. Depending on the location of the properties, you’ll be able to enjoy sight of whales during winter months when whales come to the warm Hawaiian waters.
Properties on the low-lying flat area by the beach start around $2 million for a fixer-upper, and go up to $15 million for a mini-mansion of several thousand square-feet. The water in this area is calm with little waves near the shore, so you get a very quite peaceful ocean view every day.
Properties at Koko Kai on the cliff-side extend about a mile towards the ocean. The luxury homes here offer dramatic ocean views of waves crashing against the cliff, and Diamond Head, and whale watching during winter months. Prices range from $5 to $12 million.
The "lower" end of Portlock is Triangle , which offers more modest homes averaging 2,500 sq. ft. in living area with 3-4 bedrooms and feel like your average home on the mainland.. Home prices here are more affordable than Portlock and Koko Kai. Prices range from $1.5 to 3 million. Despite the modest price compared to Koko Kai and Portlock, Triangle homes also offer the spectacular ocean and marina views.