Fort Shafter, Camp Smith and Tripler Medical Center are all practically neighbors, so military home buyers from any of them will be interested in the same general neighborhoods. Camp Smith is located furtherest to the west, near Aiea, while Tripler & Fort Shafter sit more squarely within Honolulu's borders.
We start on the town, or east, side of Fort Shafter, where you’ll find the Kalihi-Palama neighborhood (see Kalihi-Palama homes for sale now). Kalihi is one of the more affordable parts of Honolulu, stretching from its east boundary of downtown to its west boundary at Salt Lake & Moanalua. This part of Honolulu is urban, at least for Hawaii.
Kalihi has many shopping centers spread across its entire area, including a Costco, which is extremely popular with locals. You’ll also find numerous small restaurants serving mouth-watering food from the wide variety of cultures that are represented in Kalihi. If you want the full mall experience, both Ala Moana Center and Pearlridge Mall are in easy driving distance as well.
There are a number of houses and condos usually on the market at any time, so you should find many options here to look over. Smart shopping is needed, though, so a knowledeable real estate agent is important.
Being such a large, developed area, there are many schools for Kalihi-Palama kids, including Kalihi Elementary, Kalihi Waena Elementary, Kalihi Uka Elementary, Kalihi Kai Elementary. Older kids have Dole Middle School, King David Kalakaua Middle School, Farrington High School, and Damien Memorial High School.
Kalihi-Palama Neighborhoods Include (Click linked areas to see all houses & condos for sale there): Dillingham Area, Kalihi Area, Kalihi Kai, Kalihi Uka, Kalihi Valley, Kalihi-Lower, Kalihi-Upper, Liliha, Palama
Kalihi borders right on Salt Lake & Moanalua, two areas that are very close to Camp Smith and Tripler. The Salt Lake neighborhood has more of the high-rise condo communities than Moanalua, though both have their share of houses.
Salt Lake is more developed, being centered around the main, well traveled artery of Salt Lake Boulevard. Home prices in either neighborhood will be higher than in Kalihi.
Many military home buyers have purchased properties here. The proximity to many of the major bases here is a big selling point. That includes Fort Shafter, Camp Smith & Tripler Medical Center, of course. It also has shopping centers that can serve most daily needs so those are easily taken care of without too much extra time.
Despite the level of concrete-and-pavement around Salt Lake Boulevard, you have many parks and hiking trails that are found off the main drag. It’s a welcome way to spend time, let go of your worries for a while and enjoy Hawaii’s beauty.
Aiea stretches from above Salt Lake to where Kamehameha Hwy borders Pearl Harbor, ending at the point that Pearl City begins. If there’s one thing people know about Aiea, it’s that Pearlridge Mall is there. It’s also a great place to live, too, though.
The many shopping centers and development along Kamehameha Hwy give way to greener and roomier properties as you head north and up the hills. There you’ll find many neighborhoods with both single family houses and condos that enjoy a quieter environment. With only about 9,000 residents, it's smaller than you'd think from the activity along the highway.
The presence of Pearlridge and the many smaller shopping centers means you’ll rarely have to leave the immediate area for anything. That translates into less time running around to get shopping and errands done. If you’ve got children, there are 3 elementary schools - Pearl Ridge, Aiea & Waimalu Elementary Schools. There’s also Aiea Intermediate School & Aiea High School if your kids are a little older.
The way for you to start may be to search by the general area and type of home rather than individual neighborhoods. That way you get a broader view of what's available and where. You can do that using the links below, divided into the 3 districts nearest to where you're stationed, whether that's Camp Smith, Tripler Medical Center or Fort Shafter. Start looking now!
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