I was recently invited to tour the pre-construction sales gallery for the new Ko’ula condo building in Honolulu’s Ward Village. To orient you, Ward Village is a 60 acre planned community just west of Waikiki and Ala Moana Center. In the past ten years this area has been transformed, with new retail construction buttressing the addition of several new condominium buildings, with more of each to come. The entire parcel is designed as a live, work, play space given its proximity to the ocean, parks, shopping, dining, and public transportation. In fact, the HART rail system is slated to eventually (though sometimes it feels like never!) dock just a block north of the building.
Ko’ula will include units ranging from 560sf studios up to three bedroom units over 1450sf. The price range is as wide as the size range, beginning at about $514,000 and escalating quickly to well over $1.7M. The building won’t be overly heavy in luxurious features, but is slated to have all the most desired options. A pool, fitness center, and community spaces are certainly expected by buyers in this price range, and they appear ample. Families will find a Children’s Play Area and room to run on the Great Lawn, or can venture out to the 1.5 acre Victoria Ward Park and nearby Ala Moana Beach Park.
The units themselves include contemporary, warm, and high quality finish options. A separate furnishings package can be purchased to outfit your home with beautiful and, in some cases, custom designed items. Everything from the dining table to the dinner napkins can be included, for a price.
There will also be an app to help owners communicate with building staff, and to facilitate visits from guests. I’m a bit skeptical of the utility of the current plan, since the building won’t be occupied for about three years, an eternity in tech time. Hopefully the vision will be updated along the way!
One of the most appealing features of this building is the design of the unit lanais, which are strategically arranged to take advantage of the Ewa and Diamond Head views, and provide privacy between neighbors. Two pets are allowed, and not just the size that fit in your purse! A Dog Park for the fur babies will be located on the second level, too. Included storage areas and parking are more than reasonable, and no annoying tandem parking spaces are planned.
Again, Ko’ula includes all the features we’ve come to expect in 2019, and hopefully by the time the building is delivered to residents in 2022 we’ll still love the plan as much as we do today! If the rail is finally running, I’m sure we will!
*Photos provided by the Ko’ula Sales Gallery.