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Cassandra, Home Buyer in Goshen, IN

What can anyone tell me about Ocean View, HI....town? services etc.

Asked by Cassandra, Goshen, IN Fri Nov 2, 2007

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I'm a two year resident on the North side of the island without vested interest in the buying or selling of property. Mountain View is one of many locations provided relative bargains. Please appreciate the fact that we do not have changing seasons here. What we do have are climates that tend to stick with geographical orientations of the island. Most of Mountain View is pretty dry relative to the general wet climate of the Island. But this is relative to altitude. There are people here that use wood burning stoves this time of year because of altitude.
Mountain View has an enormous number of vacant recently built homes all because of the slowdown in sales. The island really positioned itself for this problem in part because prices skyrocketed over the past five years to incredible levels. It can be argued that Hawaii has the highest median cost of housing as related to median household income in the entire country. You should also consider that the very low unemployment rate is artificial, in my opinion, with actual unemployment and underemployment serious problems for us. Hilo, one of two major cities here is experiencing a downturn in tourism. If you want to support your ground plants, you will want to supplement it with catchment. Commute times will eventually be an irritant for going to Kona or Hilo for major eating and shopping. But perhaps that distance is what you want.
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Ocean View is at the southern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii, where I happen to be licensed as well as California. There is a new grocery market that just opened, video stores, pizzaria, burger joint, bar and grill, Ace Hardware, a vet clinic, chiropractor, medical clinic, quick stop stores, laundramat, several gas stations and a new plaza being built as I type this! The homes are all on "catchment" system for water, meaning you have a large "pool" type of container and rain gutters that catch your water, and that can be a challenge during drought periods. That being said, most people on catch love it, its free and there are water companies who deliver when you are low and no rain is in the forecast. Lots above the highway in Ocean View are almost always one acre and lots on the ocean side of the highway run 3 acres and more

Ocean View is very local and about an hours drive to either Kona or Hilo and the airports in both. The housing is the most affordable on the island for sure, and there are some really lovely homes there. There are several different subdivisions in Ocean View, some below the highway and one very large one above. Beaches are a short drive and so is Golfing, 2 courses within minutes. Volcano National Park is about a 25 minute drive.

You may want to consider Na'alehu and Waiohinu just a few miles south as well. Discovery Harbour is a wonderful subdivision (I am a homeowner there) built around a Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Course with all city amenities built in: water, fire department, electricity, Roadrunner cable tv and high speed internet, paved roads, terrific views, a very active homeowners association. Mark Twain Estates is right across the street from Discovery Harbour, but lacks many of the city amenities. Most homes there do have water and power available though. Those who value their privacy and being a bit more isolated prefer Mark Twain. Lots in these 2 subdivisions run from 1/4 acre to almost 1/2 an acre.

Of course, Hawaii is a special market unlike any other in the United States and I can't stress enough the importance of working with a good REALTOR who knows the area. There are always concerns here that mainlanders don't have: ie: lava zones, tsunami zones, vog, water catchment areas, rainfall amounts, etc.
I would love to be of any assistance if you have any other questions or concerns regarding the Big Island....I know it well!
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wow..great info..i am thinking of moving to this area in a year and maybe i can ask you questions if you dont mind(paulmcclain@cox.net)..thanks again for info
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