When you get off the plane in Hawaii and walk down the inside-outside corridor to take a trip to your destination, the smell of beauty can overwhelm. The flowers of this tropical climate exude sumptuous and fragrant scents. That is when the desire to move to paradise is consolidated in your heart.
Less than a year later, newer residents often rush back to the mainland because they caught the fever … Rock fever. What exactly is Rock fever? It is a condition caused by nostalgia, claustrophobia, or the feeling of being trapped on a “rock” in the middle of the ocean.
If you can beat Rock fever, Hawaii is definitely a top destination for people who want to live in paradise. The islands offer gorgeous and affordable real estate, but know beforehand that prices rise as the views become more desirable. You can choose from six of eight islands to call home – one is off-limits (the forbidden island of Niihau) and the other is uninhabitable (Kahoolawe, which is required to be used for Native Hawaiian subsistence, cultural, and spiritual purposes only).
You would think that the Big Island of Hawaii would have the largest population, but in fact Oahu maintains that distinction. Condos are delightfully affordable in Honolulu with prices starting at $ 29,000 for 300 square feet of living space. However, like anywhere you consider living, be sure to visit the neighborhood before committing to a purchase.
If you prefer to live in a single family residence, real estate on Oahu can be found for less than $ 300,000. These houses range from 1 bedroom to 4 bedrooms and are found throughout the island. However, if you have to dream of living in Hawaii, dream big. One of the nicest houses is in Kailua and it costs almost $ 13 million. The stunning beachfront home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, 6,452 square feet of living space, and views of both the ocean and mountains. On the island of Maui there is another favorite called Ualei Place located in Wailea. The home features stunning panoramic ocean views, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and lanais connected to each of the home’s five bedrooms.
If you are lucky enough to be able to afford a million dollar house, Hawaiian style, I just hope you can keep Rock fever at bay. Your spirit and your soul will appreciate the sheer beauty of the islands that truly are paradise on Earth.