Malu Koa West
4-story mid-rise condominiums next to the Village in Koa Ridge.
Koa Ridge is a master-planned community by Castle & Cooke located in Central Oahu between Mililani and Waipio. Touted as a "surban" community, or the perfect mix between urban and suburban, it will offer everything in one place: eateries, green spaces, beautiful views of the Waianae Mountain Range, walkable and biker-friendly paths, a hospital, a school, a community center, and of course, more than 3,500 homes.
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4-story mid-rise condominiums next to the Village in Koa Ridge.
Waioha offers single-family condo homes with 8 floor plans.
Condo townhomes with 5 floor plans & 5 lottery phases.
Affordable townhomes with 487 to 1,079 sqft of living area.
Detached single-family condo homes with larger living areas.
Smaller-sized 3- and 4-bedroom paired (duplex style) homes.
The homes of Koa Ridge will be released in phases over the next 10 years. Residences will range vastly in order to be functional for the housing needs of the city. With an average lot space of 4,500 square feet, you’ll be able to choose from condos, townhomes, single family homes, homes for seniors, duplexes, and multi-generational homes.
As of 2020, sales have begun for Koa Ridge homes, however, new homes sales are open only for Waioha and Walea. The detailed Master Plan, which integrated community members’ input into its visioning process, outlines several features and amenities to meet the diverse dreams of future community members.
Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, a retiree desiring to downsize, or a family wanting to move into a close-knit community, Koa Ridge has something for you. Out of 3,500 planned homes, 1,050 will be “affordable” with pricing for families earning 80 to 120 percent of the area median income.
The first phase of construction brings affordable multi-family units, market-price single-family homes, and market-price row homes. Construction for these homes begins near the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and Ka Uka Boulevard.
Koa Ridge has a lifestyle focus that transcends the walls of individual homes. Many outdoor areas will offer relaxation and respite, including a 7-mile pedestrian path or pedway called the Hoala Trail, which will go through the community and enable less reliance on cars. All the amenities will be linked by beautifully landscaped sidewalks and bike paths. Residents can ride bikes home from school as a family, walk to a restaurant to meet friends, skateboard around town or walk the dog to the neighborhood park.
Koa Ridge is all about community and ‘ohana. At the Village and Gateway in the heart of Koa Ridge, you can eat dinner at a restaurant, sip coffee at a café or shop at the farmer’s market. Peruse the shops. Visit out-of-town friends at the hotel. Take your keiki to play on the grassy area in the center of the complex. All kinds of cultural events will take place at the Hale Lau Koa like hula performances, craft shows and Hawaiian storytelling.
A fire station, churches and daycare facilities are included in the Koa Ridge Master Plan, assuring a true live, work, and play community. There will be a community park with tennis courts, baseball fields and open grassy spaces. The Hawaii Department of Education plans to construct a new public elementary school and near the school, a multi-purpose community center with classes, meeting spaces and recreational facilities.
The developer, Castle & Cooke, has committed to donating 28 acres for a medical complex. The Wahiawa Hospital Association will partner to develop the medical facilities, creating convenient options to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
By 2030, we can expect Koa Ridge to have around 3,500 homes to serve all types of Hawaii homebuyers. Nanea, Luana, ,Malina, Walea, Waioha are the first five home types of mini neighborhoods within Koa Ridge that are being constructed:
Waioha offers detached single-family condominium homes with 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom floor plans. It features 9 ft. ceilings, enclosed garages, split ACs, smart home and energy efficient systems, and a slew of optional upgrades to select from.
Walea is a condominium townhome series with 2- and 3-bedroom units. These adorable homes also come in a variety of floor plans, with functional and contemporary features. Walea homes include an enclosed garage, open-concept living spaces, and solar hot water systems.
Malu Koa West was recently announced in January of 2023. It will be a 4-story mid-rise condo series with views overlooking Hale Lau Koa, a pavillion with a large green lawn in the center of the Village. The condos will come with modern kitchens and bathrooms, and a contemporary design style.
The Malina neighborhood featured 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom townhomes to be sold at affordable housing rates. This phase included numerous floor plans with contemporary styles, solar water heating systems, and innovative Smart Home features.
Nanea, the first phase of the master plan, offered 3- and 4-bedroom single family condominium homes, with options to utilize different parts of the homes to create up to 6 bedrooms. The houses in this neighborhood are the most spacious in the community and are available in 6 different floor plans. Each home included a 2-car garage.
An additional home series, named Luana, offered 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom paired condominiums. These duplex-style homes are open-concept by design and are available in 2 different floor plans. Homes in this phase also include a privacy fence and options for customization of interior design elements.
The red soil of Central Oahu has garnered a reputation for more economical housing options with all the amenities and security to call it home – whether for families, retirees, or people in all stages of life. And while this Central Oahu area has not had any residential development since the 1990s, many people and establishments already call the family-friendly area of the island home.
The Waipio community hosts Koa Ridge Hawaii. Located in the Ewa district of Oahu, Waipio has been known as a sleepy former plantation town nestled between the convenient H-2 and H-1 highways. Only a 25-minute drive to Downtown Honolulu, which will become even more convenient when the Honolulu rail is running, Waipio hosts the large Patsy T. Mink Oahu Regional Park with a tennis and aquatic center, baseball diamond, archery range and more. Waipio also is located near the popular Waikele Premium Outlets, where designer brands can be found at a fraction of the price.
With medical facilities, many shops (including Costco), parks, and more already located in Waipio, residents of Koa Ridge will be able to enjoy established businesses as well as the newly constructed neighborhood features that will be located within the Koa Ridge neighborhood.
Castle & Cooke initially chose to use an online lottery sales system for unit selection, however, as of late 2022, they've changed it to a first come, first served basis.
In the future, we expect them to go back to using lotteries. The first online lottery drawing was held in July 2020 where Castle & Cooke received 296 applications (excluding those who withdrew) for the first 19 homes called Nanea.
Below is their online lottery system:
Step 1: Fill out an application.
Step 2: Get pre-approved.
Four Lead Lenders (First Hawaiian Bank, Bank of Hawaii, American Savings Bank, and Central Pacific Bank) have approval to process pre-qualification and mortgages for the Koa Ridge project. Potential buyers will need to obtain a Pre-qualification Letter from one of the approved lenders to participate in the affordable homes lottery.
Step 3: Wait to hear about unit selection.
We talked to a recent home buyer Alex Cheng, who made a successful bid for a Luana home for his family in Koa Ridge. After carefully researching the real estate market and going to countless open houses, the new community and neighborhood at Koa Ridge stood out to Alex. The vision of Koa Ridge fit his desire to expand his family and find a permanent place to settle. He says, “Koa Ridge had it all: amazing dwelling units and everything from restaurants to parks within walking distance.”
He knew it would be difficult to get into the lottery but thanks to his family’s history of having a home in Mililani Mauka, he was able to secure names on the backup list. “We couldn’t be more excited to look forward into moving into a place where we can raise our family and prepare for the next generation to come!” says Alex.
The completion date of his unit is scheduled at the end of December 2020. “According to Castle & Cooke, they are probably on schedule plus or minus a month. Either way, the first unit owners for the first phase of Nanea had just moved in a few weeks ago which was pretty on target and very impressive on the developer side,” says Alex.
As real estate investors, Alex feels he and his family made a wise choice and put their eggs into a very investable basket that will produce great return. “I’m so excited to have a place where me and my wife can call home, have a place to raise our future family, and also provide a space to entertain family and friends. If anyone is interested in getting into the Koa Ridge community, my best hunch would be that the earlier you can secure a spot with the future phases rolling out, the best return you will get in your investment,” says Alex.