25. October 2016 · Comments Off on Oahu Luxury Real Estate Update – 2016 Q3 · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, Market Report, Oahu Luxury Real Estate, Oahu Monthly Market Report · Tags: ,

Aloha and welcome to The Quarterly Luxury Market Report from LIST Sotheby’s International Realty, where we take a closer look at the most recent real estate activity here on Oahu.

As of Q3, single-family home sales for Q3 2016 priced from $1 to $2 million are down by 13.3% compared to all 2015 sales, with 527 homes sold. Nonetheless, the year-to-date sales in this category still exceeds all homes sold in this segment in 2014. This price point has 6.9 months’ supply of inventory, a decrease of 4.7% compared to last year at this time.

To learn more, watch the complete video or download the companion print report which also showcases market statistics for a number of Oahu luxury neighborhoods including Diamond Head, Waialae-Kahala, Portlock, Lanikai and more, found HERE:

Q3 Coverpage

Luxury Market Report – 2016 Q3

23. October 2016 · Comments Off on Diamond Head Theater · Categories: Oahu History · Tags: ,

Aliiolani Hale, 1888 (PPWD-1-7-017)

View from Iolani Palace shows the Kapuaiwa building at left, Aliiolani Hale, in the center, the Opera House at right and Honolulu Harbor in the distance.

The Diamond Head Theater is affectionately known as the Broadway of the Pacific. Thousands have attended plays at theatre over the years. However, did you know it’s the third oldest continuously operating theatre in the entire United States?

Its roots can actually be traced to 1915, when a theatrical group called The Footlights was formed. Their first performance was The Amazons at the Honolulu Opera House, where the downtown Post Office on Merchant Street now stands.

During World War II, Honolulu Community Theatre (as it was formerly known) entertained thousands of troops at over 300 performances throughout the Pacific.

In 1952, the Honolulu Community Theatre took over the Fort Ruger Theatre, the Army Post’s former movie house. In 1990, the name was changed to Diamond Head Theatre. Each season offers six theatrical productions including five major musicals, on a scale that rivals that of Broadway.

Rendering of the theatre's planned new home.

Rendering of the theatre’s planned new home.

In a 2015 article, Pacific Business News reported that Diamond Head Theatre could start construction its new $22 million, 500-seat theater on land leased from the state near Kapiolani Community College as early as April 2017,

#hawaii #diamondhead #diamondheadtheatre #dht #oahuhistory #bobsigall #oahu #listsir


O’ahu Art & Home explores our island’s history with Bob Sigall, Honolulu Star Advertiser Rearview Mirror columnist and author of The Companies We Keep 1, 2, 3, & 4 books – Amazing stories about Hawaii’s people, places and companies. Available at www.CompaniesWeKeep.com.
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20. October 2016 · Comments Off on Sotheby’s International Realty Global Website Goes 3D! · Categories: Technology & Real Estate

Sotheby’s International Realty Global Website Goes 3D

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC has announced that its global website, SothebysRealty.com, now supports 3D Tours on its property detail pages allowing real estate consumers the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in homes listed by the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand. The 3D Tours will also feature a Virtual Reality Tour (VR) experience that can be viewed through a compatible device such as an Android phone or VR headset.

By taking this step, Sotheby’s International Realty has beat out the likes of Zillow and Realtor.com to host these immersive 3D Tours on their listing pages.Matterport_Dollhouse1-L

The 3D and VR Tours are produced by strategically placing specialized cameras throughout a home to create a result that transforms the traditional way people view homes online. At launch, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand will have 3D Tours available on over 1,000 properties that are viewable on desktop, tablet or smartphone.

“Introducing 3D and VR Tours on SothebysRealty.com is just another example of how we are keeping the Sotheby’s International Realty brand on the cutting edge while creating an immersive experience for consumers,” said John Passerini, global vice president, interactive marketing at Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Distance can present a challenge when looking to buy a home and virtual reality has provided a provocative solution. This technology is allowing buyers to purchase homes without having to physically travel to view them, which is especially relevant to the global clientele we serve.”

The SothebysRealty.com site experienced 16 million user sessions in Q1-Q3 of 2016, a 60% increase year-over-year. The supported 3D technology now available on the site comes from Matterport, a past winner of the 2014 Realogy FWD innovation summit, and additional compatible 3D Tours.

In coordination with this announcement, Sotheby’s International Realty is also a real estate launch partner for Matterport’s CoreVR release— the largest collection of virtual reality content across multiple disciplines. With the adoption of CoreVR, Sotheby’s International Realty will be able to offer both a 3D and VR experience.  Additionally, Sotheby’s International Realty property listings on Mansion Global, the digital luxury real estate destination from Dow Jones, will also be equipped with the 3D Tour feature.

Click here to experience a 3D Tour of a home for sale in Princeton, N.J. Choose from high resolution photographs, video or the new 3D Tour option.

#3D #luxuryrealestate #listsir



16. October 2016 · Comments Off on Dairymen’s Waialae Ranch · Categories: Oahu History · Tags: ,

Meadow Gold Dairies (84733)

The dairy at Waialae Ranch continued alongside the golf course as the area redeveloped and in 1946, it became the Dairymen’s Waialae Ranch when it was purchased by Creameries of America.

Creameries of America would become Meadow Gold a few years later. Dairymen’s was the largest dairy on Oahu and produced over 2 million quarts of milk a year.

During this time the advertising character “Lani Moo” was created, the result of a 1949 contest that Dairyman’s Waialae Ranch sponsored.

The poultry farm housed 4,000 chickens and supplied eggs and broilers to most of the Waikiki hotels.

Today, the Meadow Gold brand, a division of Dean Foods, continues to thrive in Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

#hawaii #waialae #dairymans #meadowgold #lanimoo #oahuhistory #bobsigall #oahu #listsir


O’ahu Art & Home explores our island’s history with Bob Sigall, Honolulu Star Advertiser Rearview Mirror columnist and author of The Companies We Keep 1, 2, 3, & 4 books – Amazing stories about Hawaii’s people, places and companies. Available at www.CompaniesWeKeep.com.
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13. October 2016 · Comments Off on 1189 Waimanu Street #3605, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: Luxury Living, New Listing, Oahu Luxury Real Estate · Tags:

Experience luxury and convenience at one of the newest high rise condominiums, Waihonua. Fabulous ocean, mountain, and city views from this spacious three bedroom two bathroom corner unit with floor-to-ceiling windows. Upgraded closet systems for all three bedrooms including a walk-in closet in the master bedroom. Elegant interior finishes feature Bosch appliances, mahogany stained cabinets and walnut engineered wood flooring. Two large parking stalls conveniently located just in front of the elevator foyer. Enjoy first-class amenities such as guest suites, infinity edge pool, jacuzzi, BBQ pavilions, club room with full kitchen and lounge seating, movie theater, fitness center, and yoga room. Just minutes away from Ala Moana Beach, Ala Moana Shopping Center, and Ward Center. Live, work, eat and play in the exciting Kakaako neighborhood.

1189 Waimanu Street #3605 Honolulu Hawaii 96814
Neighborhood: Kakaako
3 bedrooms, 2 baths

To learn more about this property, contact:

Esther H Park
HI License RB-21002
List Sotheby’s International Realty


4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
13. October 2016 · Comments Off on 520 Lunalilo Home Road #361, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: New Listing · Tags:

Enjoy waterfront living at its finest from this lovely residence in the exclusive gated community, Peninsula, in Hawaii Kai. Highly upgraded in 2016 with stainless steel appliances, refaced kitchen cabinets, travertine marble flooring with custom inlays downstairs, and warm inviting wood laminate flooring upstairs. One of the largest private yards boasting approximately 6,866 s.f of lush tropical landscaping and a huge flagstone covered patio ideal for outdoor entertaining. Community features pools, BBQ & party areas, exercise room, and playgrounds.

520 Lunalilo Home Road #361 Honolulu Hawaii 96825
3 bedrooms, 3 baths

To learn more about this property, contact:

Brandon E Kim
HI License RB-18878
List Sotheby’s International Realty


4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
09. October 2016 · Comments Off on Fort Ruger · Categories: Oahu History · Tags: ,

Fort Ruger, Kaimuki, Oahu, 1914 (PPWD-11-7-023)

Fort Ruger, Kaimuki, Oahu, 1914

Before World War I, military strategists anticipated that enemy ships would approach the islands and fire on the city. To defend the territory, the Army ringed the coast with gun batteries. With its panoramic view from Barber’s Point to Koko Head, they saw Diamond Head as an ideal vantage point.

Thomas H. Ruger

Thomas H. Ruger

The U.S. Army bought Diamond Head crater in 1904 for about $3,300 and established five gun batteries there (Battery Dodge, Harlow, Hulings, Birkheimer and Battery 407). A Balloon Squadron was stationed inside the crater. The gun batteries were never used in combat.

The Fort Ruger lands were purchased for $32,000 around 1904. About the same time that Fort Ruger was built, the Army was building Fort Shafter, in 1907.

Fort Ruger was named for Civil War General Thomas Ruger, who later served as Superintendent of West Point.

Leading up to World War II, we believed attacking ships would pull up to the islands and fire cannon at us. In response, we ringed the islands with coastal gun batteries.

Of course, when the Japanese attacked in 1941, it was from over 100 miles away and the gun batteries were useless.

One of the best remembered places on the base was the Cannon Club, which opened in 1945. On the slopes of Diamond Head, it offered an amazing view of Waikiki and Honolulu.

The sunsets and night time views were particularly spectacular. The officers club closed in 1997.

Fort Ruger and the gun batteries are long gone but some guardhouses, bunkers, tunnels and lookout stations remain and are visited by over 1 million people a year. The trail is just short of a mile long and begins inside the crater. Take the Kahala Tunnel near 18th Avenue near Kapiloani Community College into the crater.

#hawaii #diamondhead #fortruger #militaryinhawaii #oahuhistory #bobsigall #oahu #listsir


O’ahu Art & Home explores our island’s history with Bob Sigall, Honolulu Star Advertiser Rearview Mirror columnist and author of The Companies We Keep 1, 2, 3, & 4 books – Amazing stories about Hawaii’s people, places and companies. Available at www.CompaniesWeKeep.com.
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06. October 2016 · Comments Off on Catch the Action at the Japanese Cinema Festival! · Categories: Art & Lifestyle, News & Events, Oahu Community

2016 JP Cinema title-logoLIST Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to sponsor the 2016 Japanese Cinema Festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre from October 1 – 27, 2016. The festival features everything from nostalgic samurai epics to contemporary tear-jerkers to thrilling anime films and insightful documentaries.

Speaking of epic…… Hiroshi Inagaki’s Samurai Trilogy kicks off from Oct. 7 – 11.

This sweeping saga fictionalizes the life of the legendary 17th century swordsman (writer and artist) Musashi Miyamoto, following him on his path from unruly youth to enlightened warrior. And just in case you’re looking for something extra special, the Samurai Trilogy will be shown in its entirety this Saturday, Oct. 8 beginning with Samurai I at 1:00 p.m., Samurai II at 4:00 p.m. and Samurai III at 7:30 p.m. World renown actor,Toshiro Mifune, thunders onto the screen as the iconic title character. Not to be missed!


About the Honolulu Museum of Art

One of the world’s premier art museums presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art. Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés and gardens, alongside films and concerts located at the theater. In 2011, The Contemporary Museum gifted its assets and collection to the Honolulu Academy of Arts and in 2012, the combined museum changed its name to the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Doris Duke Theatre information: The Doris Duke Theatre opens its doors at 901 Kinau Street (at rear of museum) one half-hour before each film screening.

Film tickets: Available at the theater door on the day of screening, beginning one half-hour before each showing, or online in advance. Visit: https://honolulumuseum.org/15933-japanese_cinema

Film admission: $10 general admission; $8 museum members; free for children 17 and under.

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#HoMA  #LISTSIR #Samurai

06. October 2016 · Comments Off on 1777 Ala Moana Boulevard #2526, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, New Listing · Tags:

Imagine living in one of the most iconic buildings in Honolulu, the Ilikai Hotel. Situated on the Waikiki Yacht Harbor and the edge of exciting Waikiki, you can enjoy stunning ocean and harbor views from every room of this beautifully renovated corner unit. Fully remodeled and furnished two bedrooms, two baths (one with bath tub) and two spacious lanais. Sit back and relax on the lanai overlooking the harbor with a bird’s eye view of the Hilton Hawaiian Village fireworks every Friday night. This location is second to none with easy access to great beaches, dining, entertainment, and world-class shopping. Currently in the Aqua Hotel rental program, this is perfect as a second home or vacation rental property. Fixed income at $5,200 per month. All this can be yours today.

1777 Ala Moana Boulevard #2526 Honolulu Hawaii 96815
Neighborhood: Waikiki
2 bedrooms, 2 baths

To learn more about this property, contact:

Yukiko Yang
HI License RS-69876
List Sotheby’s International Realty


4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
04. October 2016 · Comments Off on Expansion into Southeast Asia · Categories: International Real Estate, News & Events

Rama Viii Bridge, Bangkok, Thailand


LIST Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Luxury Brand Presence in Southeast Asia

HONOLULU, Hawaii (September 29, 2016)Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that it has signed agreements with LIST Co., LTD, which owns LIST Sotheby’s International Realty, to expand the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand presence in Thailand and the Philippines. LIST Sotheby’s International Realty has acquired the existing Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate brokerage operations in Phuket, Thailand, and the Philippines, respectively. The company will continue operations at the existing location in Taguig, Philippines and will rebrand using the LIST Sotheby’s International Realty name. The company plans to launch a new LIST Sotheby’s International Realty office in Bangkok, Thailand during the first half of 2017.

This agreement furthers the growth of LIST Sotheby’s International Realty in the Asia-Pacific region. Led by Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Hisashi Kitami the firm expanded into Singapore earlier this year, building upon its existing market presence in Japan and in Oahu, Hawaii.

“Thailand and the Philippines are key gateways into the growing markets of Southeast Asia and also hold attractive properties for global investors,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Hisashi Kitami and his team continue to exemplify our brand’s core values and commitment to providing the highest levels of service in luxury real estate and we are proud of their continued growth.”

“We are excited to complete our acquisition of the territory of Thailand, starting in its capital city of Bangkok, while unveiling our strategic expansion into the brand’s existing market presence in the luxury residential segment in Phuket,” said Kitami. “The Philippines has been one of the top destinations for investors worldwide and offers attractive opportunities for our existing clientele and has an international consumer base. The global reach of the Sotheby’s International Realty network is beneficial to our clients and aligns with the mindset of our team.”

“Securing these new offices in the Asia Pacific Rim is even more exciting under our singular ownership and shared operations,” said Myra Brandt, Principal Broker at LIST Sotheby’s International Realty in Honolulu, Hawaii. “We are proud to bring luxury Hawaii real estate to Asia through this reciprocal pipeline of affiliate offices. These expansion plans are a testament to the uniqueness and strength of our brand. It gives true meaning to being global with physical offices in strategic locations around the world.”


LIST Sotheby’s International Realty

With eight offices in Japan, two offices on Oahu, a new office in Singapore and coming soon, Thailand and the Philippines, LIST Sotheby’s International Realty is uniquely positioned to serve clients anywhere in the world. We have a 25 year history of real estate sales and development in Japan and over 40 years of local real estate experience in Hawaii.

LIST Sotheby’s International Realty was named to the RealTrends.com Top 500 U.S. real estate firms and ranked among the top 10 on the Pacific Business News list of residential real estate firms in the state of Hawaii.

Providing brokerage, relocation, property management and concierge services, LIST Sotheby’s International Realty has professional agents who are active members of the community. One way they’re giving back is through the Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty (HASIR) Charitable Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation. Visit www.hawaiigives.com.

LIST Sotheby’s International Realty has 2 offices on Oahu: 4211 Waialae Ave., Suite 100, Honolulu, HI 96816 and 677 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 111, Honolulu, HI 96813. For additional information, please contact: (808) 735-2411.

Note: Principal broker, Myra Brandt, is available for interviews to discuss this and other significant transactions, as well as the company’s performance and the continued outlook for luxury real estate in Hawaii. Visit www.listsothebysrealty.com.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 19,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 850 offices in 65 countries and territories worldwide.  LIST Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s Auction House and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated 

Browse some of the extraordinary homes for sale in the Philippines and Japan. Thailand and Singapore coming soon!
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