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Where to Retire in Honolulu and Home Prices

There are some active developments in the area but they are difficult to find. Many are small scale, while many residents live in the general community. Two upscale gated communities of WaiÊ»alae Ê»iki and HawaiÊ»i Loa Ridge. Other neighborhoods include Wahiawa, Waipahu or Kanehoe. The median price of a home in Honolulu is very high, Zillow.com reports the median price to be $665,400 in early 2017, The National Association of Realtors reported it to be much higher at  $745,000 in the 3rd quarter of 2016.

What is special about Honolulu

The weather, the scenery, the beaches, and the relatively slower pace of Hawaiian life are all very appealing. The unemployment rate is low.  Honolulu has a Walk Score of 63 from walkscore.com.

What is not special about Honolulu

Hawaii is one of the most expensive places to live in the USA. It is obviously very far from the mainland and possibly, friends and family.   Just about everything you need except for food needs to be imported.

Climate and Physical Environment

Honolulu is the southernmost city in the US and the 50th state's largest city. It is located on one of the world's great harbors on the island of Oahu. The temperature is remarkably consistent and is normally in the 70's. 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

As a large and thriving city Honolulu has an outstanding collection of cultural institutions. Its symphony is the oldest one in the US west of the Rockies. The Neal Blaisdell Center Concert Hall and Arena is the main music venue. It has opera and art museums such as the Honolulu Academy of the Arts.

Crime

Honolulu crime rate is a little above average with most crimes being property related, not violent crimes.

Medical facilities

The city has the most extensive health care system in the Hawaiian islands. Kaiser Foundation operates one of the largest hospitals.

Transportation

 Honolulu Internatioal airport;  Honolulu is above average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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Honolulu Travel Guide

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