The Saint Louis Heights neighborhood in Honolulu is filled with older single-family homes, which line the 483 foot Wa’ahila Ridge and offer residents beautiful views of Waikiki and Honolulu city skylines, ocean, Diamond Head, magnificent sunsets and gorgeous city lights.
The location is minutes to Downtown to the west and Kahala and the East Oahu coastline to the east. Kapiolani Boulevard and Kapahulu Avenue provide a 10-minute drive to Waikiki and Diamond Head. Saint Louis Heights also overlooks University of Hawaii Manoa campus with quick access on Dole Street at the foot of the neighborhood. Most of the residential area is located up on the hillside, but there is an impressive amount of nearby business activity providing residents with ample restaurants and shopping on Waialae and Kapahulu Avenues.
Both main streets have a large variety of restaurants in every cuisine and price range. Aside from the multiple shops and eateries that line Waialae Avenue, a short distance away is Kahala Mall, which includes a Macy’s and Whole Foods Market.
Saint Louis Heights is a part of the Kaimuki Complex school district, which consists of seven elementary schools, Washington and Jarrett Middle Schools, and Kaimuki High School. The grounds of Kaimuki High School also house the Kaimuki Community School, a learning center for adults. There is also Saint Louis School at the base of the residential area, a private, all-boys academy housed on the campus of Chaminade University.
Kanewai Field city park, located on Dole Street, has baseball and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, a pool and playground. The Wa’ahila Ridge hiking trail begins at the Wa’ahila Ridge State Recreation Area, located at the top end of St. Louis Heights Drive. The trail is also called the St. Louis Trail. It’s an intermediate level hike with beautiful views of Manoa Valley and Honolulu.
Today, real estate on Saint Louis Heights is in high demand. Most of the homes were built from 1940 through 1960 and offer an affordable option for dual income couples wanting to live in a wonderful Honolulu neighborhood, than some of the more expensive surrounding neighborhoods in the Diamond Head area. The average price for a Saint Louis Heights home is $745,000 but range from $600,000 to $1,200,000+ for homes at the top of the ridge.
My property listing located at 1342 Saint Louis Drive was built in 1940, one of the first homes built on the ridge. Perched high and facing Ewa, it looks over Kanewai Field with panoramic views of the city, ocean, Diamond Head, Waikiki and rainbows stretching across from Manoa Valley. There are stunning views from the huge open lanai on the top floor of this two level home featuring gorgeous hardwood floors, ceramic tile in kitchen and bath with 2 bedrooms and one bath and garage upstairs and a 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit with lanai downstairs, with a separate entrance and parking. The lot of approximately 5230 square feet, has an amazing terraced garden with an abundance of fruit and vegetables and includes 4 mango trees, a pink grapefruit and avocado tree and multiple garden plots to grow anything from arugula, corn and carrots to beets, tomatoes and eggplant. It’s a charming Hawaiian home with fantastic views, a great location, and rental possibilities.