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In response to 141115: south hawaii, posted by Jim L3 on Thursday, 6 July 2017, at 6:00 a.m.
We lived in South Kona for 15 years before selling and relocating to Kailua Kona. The first three years, from 2003 to 2006, were magical. Our isolated estate surrounded by dense tropical forest with spectacular ocean views was like living on a remote tropical island. At 1500 ft. we were above the vog, which unfortunately obscured the ocean view most days. South Kona is definitely more affordable than Kailua Kona or South Kohala, enabling buyers to obtain estate-like properties on acreage for a few hundred thousand that would cost millions on the mainland. There are issues, such as the drive time to anywhere, regular occurrences of bizarre incidents involving people of suspect motive, marauding herds of feral pigs, and encampments of undocumented laborers. If you plan to buy property, you need to know that all of South Kona is in Lava Zone 2.
We moved up to Kailua Kona in 2014, where our lifestyle has improved immensely. I don't regret our years in South Kona, where we made many friends. Interestingly, all but 2 of our 18 neighbors sold their properties and moved away. The typical property owner in South Kona buys with the intention to profit from the real estate bubble and eventually move.
We moved to Kailua Kona because we wanted to improve our lifestyle.
We had also owned a property in Hamakua, where the air is clean, but the wind and rain are daunting.
We're on Cloud 9 every day we wake up in 96740. Of course, that's just us.
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