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Use caution in HOVE
In response to 140609: Rent before buying to see how you like area, posted by Mark T2 on Monday, 20 February 2017, at 1:41 p.m.
Truth is....HOVE is remote. You get what you pay for. When I moved here I was very low budget, so I searched for the least expensive housing. If you can buy a starter home in Kailua Kona or as far south as Honaunau, it would be a better investment. Look at the listings in Kona Paradise. They are mostly newer homes with nice views. They are on catchment water but the area gets more rain. In HOVE you will have to buy water and have it delivered. It is very costly. If you can handle wind, look at Waikoloa. If you can handle rain, look at Waimea. If you are planning to work and commute, HOVE will get very tiresome. Kailua Kona is the center of commerce and community activities. If you are over an hour away...actually more when there is traffic....you will have to plan your trips for banking, shopping, doctors, eating out with friends, movies, going to beaches, etc...Over time it becomes a burden to add two or more hours to your day....and it is not an easy drive. If you like the isolationist lifestyle where you go to town once a week for supplies and live a fairly reclusive existence, then it might suit you there. If you wish to get involved in the community and have a simple life with easy access to beaches and maybe a nice garden....spend the extra money to get a Fixer upper in town. You will be glad you did. I ended up in Captain Cook and I have been here for 18 years and will never leave. It is paradise. Welcome and good luck to you. Diane H.
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