Living in the Heart of O’ahu: Downtown Honolulu

ByShannon J. Cortes

Oct 3, 2022

When people think of living in Hawaiʻi, beach bungalows and cabins nestled deep in the rainforests may come to mind. And quiet serenity. But downtown Honolulu is a very different story. Home to a fusion of urban culture, artistic vision, the freshest local cuisine and loads of trendy bars, all within a few miles of some Hawaiʻis best beaches, downtown Honolulu really has it all.

Downtown and Kakaako offers wonderful lifestyle options with easy access to markets, hospitals, eclectic Chinatown, golf courses, private clubs, theaters, museums, schools, dog parks and beaches says Curtis J. Jackson, specialist agent at List Sotheby’s.s International Realty and a Hawaii resident since 1989. All of these features make living in the Downtown Honolulu neighborhood a very unique experience for residents who want all the bells and whistles to suit every lifestyle.

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And Jackson is right. From art lovers to foodies to career-driven professionals, Downtown truly has something for everyone. Considerably more urban than most other neighborhoods on Oʻahu, the arts have grown considerably and places like NextDoor ( and Marks Garage (artsatmarks.comlisten)) are known for hosting live music and art performances throughout the year. And with bars and bistros, like Artizen by MW ( and Party (—in the area, you have easy access to some of the trendiest dining experiences on the island.

Since Downtown is also the Islandsbusiness center, youwill likely be within walking distance of work. And if youre a remote employee, places like Cafe Daisy (1132 Bishop St., Suite 131) and Sip Honolulu ( are great places to work if your home office feels stuffy. Downtown Honolulu has four main districts: CBD, Capital, Chinatown, and Waterfront,” says Jackson. Each zone has its own social characteristics and are convenient and perfect places for a variety of professionals, from office workers to entrepreneurs, lawyers and doctors as well as nurses, civil servants, active retirees and students.

Downtown Honolulu at night

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For nature lovers, dondon’t worry, just because downtown is the closest Oʻahu has to big city livingI do not think sos far from beaches and hiking trails. Ala Moana Beach Park, one of the biggest and best beaches in Ohahas South Shore, is a few minutesdrive from downtown, and the less popular but equally enjoyable Sand Island Beach Park is also nearby. And since Oʻahu is a small island, residents who want to explore the north coast, hike to the East Side for a day in the sun at Lanikai Beach, or take a drive to Yokohama Bay on the West Side have always wont have to travel more than an hour each way.

Prospective owners will also be happy to know that there is a wide variety of affordable and luxurious apartments and condominiums for sale in the area. Buyers and investors can expect to find a variety of FS (fee simple) and LH (rental) condominium and apartment units on the market, many with spectacular ocean and mountain views at sell in downtown, ranging from $165,000 to $2,000,000 more,” Jackson says.

For more on downtown Honolulu homes, visit the Sotheby’s Lists International Realty website for a list of real estate agents and properties.

Curtis J. Jackson, Realtor®, e-PRO, MRP, SRS, HI License RB-22974, (808) 291-4404, [email protected] Visit his profile here.