HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One of the most important considerations when looking for a new home is lifestyle. On today's Real Estate of Mind, Realtor Steph Chan of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties talks about marina-front homes.. a great idea if your family is into water sports. Check out the video and Steph's outline below.
Marina front homes deliver a different lifestyle than beachfront and oceanfront homes.
Homes on a marina are often ideal for a water sport lifestyle like kayaking or canoe paddling. Additionally, they can allow for leisurely cruising around the neighborhood in a boat. You will need to make sure you understand association restrictions for any marina front property you might consider. The association will also have information on the possibility of building a dock or mooring a boat.
There are particular inspections you should have before you buy a marina front property.
For marina front a standard survey and staking will provide the necessary information. The survey process will identify sea walls and retaining walls in which case it might be a good idea to hire an engineer to evaluate structural integrity.
When considering marina front property you have to consider the home may be subject to conditions because of ocean/salt water exposure. Many of the newer building materials are doing a great job holding up against corrosion. A marina front home will be less likely to sustain deterioration than an oceanfront home due to the lack of wave action and not being in proximity to beaches.
Here's a good example of a marina-front property: 679 Kaumakini St