Buying a Luxury House Vs. Luxury Condo

Purchasing a luxury house or property is a big decision. Another decision that might be weighing heavily is the difference between a condo or a single-family home. If you're looking to downsize or just change your lifestyle, there's quite a bit of difference between a house and a condo purchase.

If you can't decide between the two, here are some of the biggest differences between a luxury house versus a luxury condo.

Pros and cons to purchasing a luxury house

Advantages of a house

Houses might be ideal for growing families, couples, or individuals that value privacy and space. However, there are higher maintenance costs and upkeep to a house versus a condo.

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Here are some of the advantages of owning a luxury house versus a condo.

  • You own the land.
  • Less obstructed views.
  • More privacy.
  • Quieter.
  • Potentially more character.
  • Possibly better resale value.

Diamond Head Kahala Home Interior

Disadvantages to a house

  • Additional landscape or yard maintenance
  • More home maintenance costs and upkeep
  • Potentially higher property taxes
  • Possibly homeowner association dues
  • Higher home insurance costs

While these are general guidelines, they may vary if the home is in a Homeowners Association. Homeowners assocations can pass restrictions on the property and land, up to and including rules on how the property is bought and sold. HOA rules can vary from extremely strict to existing purely on paper, so it's important to read the paperwork before buying.

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If you're looking at purchasing a luxury condo there are also pros and cons to this type of real estate as well.

Related: Should you buy a house before moving to Oahu?

Advantages of a condo

Condos, like homes, can come in a wide range of options. In general, purchasing a condo is the low maintenance, turnkey option. Condos In Hawaii are usually in high-rise buildings and range from ultra-luxury penthouses like those in Waiea to studio units in Ae'o, a high-rise tower with Whole Foods incorporated into the base.

  • Low maintenance
  • Turnkey solution
  • Potential amenities
  • More socialization opportunities
  • Potentially closer to the city
  • Higher security

Victoria Place Living Room

Disadvantages of a condo

  • Smaller spaces
  • Shared facilities
  • Less privacy
  • Monthly dues
  • Condo association restrictions and rules
  • Shared walls, floors, and/or ceilings

When you choose a condominium you will definitely have additional condo association fees. These fees cover items such as building maintenance, management, and any amenities. Instead of paying the money to do the maintenance yourself, you're making monthly payments for the Association to handle all of the maintenance. It's a great low-maintenance lifestyle but it's a trade-off with association dues.

Depending on what you choose, pricing can be all over the board. You can buy a beautiful penthouse condominium for the same price as a moderately priced single-family home depending on the location and amenities.

Related: Cost of Living in Hawaii

Condominiums make a great purchase for those downsizing, retirees, those just getting into the real estate market and would like to build up some equity for a single-family home later on, and for those that simply want the low maintenance lifestyle. Amenities may include swimming pools, dog parks, tennis courts, fitness centers, and other resort-style perks.

Victoria Place Tower Mockup

However, the luxury house does give you the freedom to do just about whatever you want, if you're not in a HOA. In these cases, you do have to maintain the home your self, or find someone to manage the maintenance.

Related:  How to Buy a Condo in an Area When You Don't Live There

Regardless, there are beautiful luxury condos and homes throughout Oahu. If you'd like a list of both, contact me below. I can offer tips and suggestions on different condo buildings throughout Oahu as well as luxury neighborhoods and communities that might offer the ideal home for your needs and your budget.

Start browsing condos and houses below to get a sense of the type of properties available on Oahu. Once you've decided what you'd like and are ready to discuss your options, contact us at (808) 400-9542 to get started. We'll work with you to refine your list of properties to find the one that best fits your needs.

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$2,300,000
Condo: Trump Tower Waikiki
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,406
Sq.Ft.
2009
Year Built
2
Days on Site
202414460
MLS
$2,200,000
Neighborhood: Ala Moana
10
Beds
6
Baths
3,798
Sq.Ft.
2012
Year Built
4
Days on Site
202414313
MLS
$2,660,000
Condo: Anaha - 1108 Auahi
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,691
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
7
Days on Site
202403695
MLS
Open 6/23
2835 Round Top Drive Honolulu,  HI 96822
$7,888,000
Neighborhood: Makiki Heights
5
Beds
6
Baths
6,269
Sq.Ft.
2009
Year Built
8
Days on Site
202414150
MLS
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,968
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
13
Days on Site
202410856
MLS
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,800
Sq.Ft.
2014
Year Built
15
Days on Site
202411157
MLS
$5,881,118
Condo: Waiea - 1118 Ala Moana
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,841
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
17
Days on Site
202412001
MLS
Active Under Contract
838 22nd Avenue Honolulu,  HI 96816
$2,249,999
Neighborhood: Kaimuki
8
Beds
4
Baths
3,384
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
18
Days on Site
202411392
MLS
$3,998,000
Neighborhood: Luna Kai
6
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
5,265
Sq.Ft.
2010
Year Built
18
Days on Site
202412444
MLS
$3,350,000
Condo: Pacifica Honolulu
4
Beds
4
Baths
2,558
Sq.Ft.
2011
Year Built
19
Days on Site
202412376
MLS
$5,600,000
Condo: The Ritz-Carlton Residences Twr 2 - 383 Kalaimoku
2
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
2,191
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
20
Days on Site
202412321
MLS
$5,900,000
Condo: The Ritz-Carlton Residences Twr 2 - 383 Kalaimoku
2
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
2,245
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
20
Days on Site
202412322
MLS

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Discussion

#1 By Luxury Residence Honolulu at 8/2/2022 -2:39 PM

Deciding between a luxury house or condo is tough, but this article is great for weighing each option. Thanks for sharing!

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