Hawaii’s wealthiest community is much more than beautiful views, luxury homes, proximity to Downtown Honolulu and affluent and high-spending residents, says the owner of a small business there.
“There is a real sense of community,” said Michele Santos, owner of Sun Yoga Hawaii at the Aina Haina Shopping Center in ZIP code 96821, the wealthiest ZIP code in the state, according to a matrix compiled by Esri, a data mapping company that bases its rankings on average household income and net worth.
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The homes in the gated community of Hawaii Loa Ridge sell for millions of dollars
ZIP code 96821 runs mauka and makai of Kalanianaole Highway in East Honolulu, between Kahala Mall and Hawaii Kai. It includes oceanfront estates, Hawaii Loa and Waialae Iki ridges and various valleys, in addition to Aina Haina and Niu Valley shopping centers. It abuts Hawaii Kai ZIP code 96825, the state’s second-wealthiest community.
The community boasts the best of everything that Hawaii has to offer, particularly the views of the crystal blue Pacific and Koko Head.
What makes 96821 so special?
The Diamond Head view from Hawaii Loa Ridge, a gated ridge-top community in Hawaii’s wealthiest ZIP code, 96821.
While the neighborhood is close to town, residents like the feeling that they are in their own enclave on Hawaii Loa Ridge, where a step onto the lanai and a glance toward the ocean offer an awesome view of Koko Head. The streets are well-paved and steep, perfect for jogging. Traffic is not a problem, nor is security in the gated community. A state park at the top of the ridge is open to members of the public who hike the Hawaii Loa Ridge Trail.
The ridges are a big draw for home buyers looking for a view.
“There are many ridges with view properties in the ZIP code, which make the area desirable for local and foreign buyers,” she said. “In terms of relative value, the ZIP code looks like a bargain.”
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