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Diamond Head may be considered one of the best neighborhoods in the Honolulu metro area. With the way the home sites curve around the Crater of Diamond Head, the views are simply spectacular. Even those that are situated at the base of the crater offer amazing panoramic water views. The actual neighborhood considered to be Diamond Head sits just south of Waikiki and is a bordered on the north by Monsarrat Avenue and Diamond Head Road; Diamond Head Road as it continues around the eastern and south side of the cone; and, Kalakuau Avenue and the Gold Coast on the west and south.
Diamond Head goes back hundreds of thousands of years as the volcano is an estimated 200,000 years old. Experts say there has been no activity for about 150,000 years. As part of the Honolulu Volcanic Series, geologists do not believe that Diamond Head will ever erupt again. Originally called Le’ahi by the Hawaiian people, British sailors changed it to Diamond Head after mistaking crystals for diamonds during a trip there in the 19th century.
The Diamond Head neighborhood encompasses homes on the eastern and western slopes of the Diamond Crater as well as the areas around Kapiolani Park and Fort Ruger (Triangle) Park. No matter the location, living in Diamond Head means living in an upscale neighborhood known for its views and close proximity to everything in the area.
The great thing about Diamond Head is that residents can get anywhere they need to go within the Honolulu Metro area within less than 30 minutes at the absolute latest – usually much less than that. Waikiki is about 10-15 minutes away as is Downtown Honolulu while Hawaii Kai is only about 20 minutes.
Within five to 10 minutes in any direction is a plethora of things to do that make living in Diamond Head so much fun. It is such a great area to be part of the action if that’s the plan or squirrel away in peace and quiet.
As for shopping, Diamond Head is about 15 minutes from the most popular shopping centers – Ala Moana Center and Koko Marina Center and only about 10 minutes from Kahala Mall. The time it takes to get to these may be less depending on which side of the Crater residents live.
There are several restaurants very close to Diamond Head. Since most people who live here love sushi, Hawai’i Sushi is at the top of the list. It’s situated on Monsarrat Avenue at the corner of Kanaina Avenue. In the same shopping center, as well as within a few short blocks, there are several dining options including burgers, juice bars, pizza and more. People living in the Diamond Head neighborhood also tend to travel to Waikiki or Hawaii Kai to eat out as it’s only a 15-20-minute drive.
On a side note, for a great burger or hot dog, Magoo’s Burgers may have the best around. As one of the most well-known burger “joints,” Magoo’s is actually a food truck located in the Diamond Head Crater. The hike up there makes up for the calories consumed from their unbelievable burgers and other foods although it is still possible to reach it by car. Oh, and the fresh pineapple and shaved ice hit the spot especially after the hike up the crater.
Speaking of hiking up to the Crater, the Diamond Head Trail is a great trail that goes to the top and showcases the most spectacular views. Inside the crater, there is the Diamond Head Summit Trail that is very popular as it’s a 1.5 mile loop that people love to hike (don’t forget to bring cash for Magoo’s).
Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park sits at the base of Diamond Head. This is an 11-acre beach park with a narrow strip of beach and sea cliffs as a backdrop. The cool thing about this beach is the green hue of the sand that seems to glitter in the sunlight. This is from the calcite crystals in the sand that brought the British sailors to the island in search of diamonds. To go to Kuilei Cliffs, people can stop at one of three lookout then walk down a paved trail between two of these lookouts. Note that this beach is not a good spot for swimming although surfers love it because there is a reef that generates decent waves most every day. If there are strong trade winds, windsurfers often head to this area.
Kapiolani Park is a large, 500-acre level park that is very popular with the residents of Diamond Head, Waikiki and other surrounding areas. There are a lot of activities including tennis courts, archery, and more. It is also the site of the finish line for the Honolulu Marathon as well as many outdoor concerts.
Across the street from Kapiolani Park, Kaimana Beach is situated and is considered one of the best swimming beaches in all of Honolulu. It features lifeguard stand, lots of parking and plenty of beach on which to set up shop for the day. Located along the oceanfront Gold Coast is the Outrigger Canoe Club, a popular social spot among Honolulu’s movers and shakers.
Diamond Head Real Estate
Diamond Head real estate features some of the nicest in Honolulu – think nice, large homes with amazing views and lots of space. It’s a relatively small area compared to other areas around Honolulu with only about 60 homes right on the water at the base and the rest scattered around the crater and a bit further inland. If one comes on the market for sale (which is very rare), buyers must act quickly because these premium properties are snapped up.
The architectural style in Diamond Head varies with a smattering of historic homes built as early as the 1920s and more palatial new construction estates. Most of the homes are lucky enough to have ocean Waikiki skyline and Koolau Mountain views.
Sale prices for homes in the Diamond Head neighborhood typically fall between $2 million to $15 million. Lots are within about 3,500 square feet and one acre with the heated square feet averaging about 4,000 square feet.
Diamond Head offers residents the ability to be close to downtown Honolulu for work along with the privilege of escaping to a quiet sanctuary. Those who live here choose this perfect existence because of its luxury and beauty.
One of the main attributes that draws families to Diamond Head is its proximity to excellent public schools. Children attending elementary school are assigned to either the Waikiki or Kahala school district depending on which side of the crater they live. Middle and high schoolers attend Kaimuki Middle School and Kalani High School – two of the top area schools that have consistently high rankings.
Most people stay in Diamond Head once they move there. As one of the most exclusive areas in the Honolulu metro area and Oahu’s south shore, there is nothing like living here. Just one drive through the area and it makes sense why so many long to live in Diamond Head.
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