Trip to Manoa

On Saturday, I decided to drive my new car to Manoa, where I lived as a child and adolescent. David was my passenger.  The traffic on the freeway was awful, especially for a non-work day.  I can just imagine what it must be like during the week.  Thank goodness, we are retired and don’t have to deal with rush hour traffic anymore.

My mother passed away in March 2015, shortly after her 99th birthday.  Her house in Manoa was sold a few months later for the amazing sum of $1.175 million.  The real estate market was hot back then.

This was Mom’s house, as it looked in August 2011.  Click on the photos to enlarge them:


Then in February 2016, the house was removed and I saw this empty lot:

Mom's house removed 001-A

And now a new house is being built by the new owners. This is how the foundation looked on Saturday:

Mom's house 003-A

I plan to drive back to this spot in June to see how the construction has progressed.

If you would like to see photos of my old neighborhood in Manoa, do click on this link:

11 Responses to “Trip to Manoa”

  1. DJan Says:

    I wonder if they moved your mother’s house somewhere else, or whether it was demolished. Real estate in Hawaii must be incredibly expensive. 🙂

  2. DeniseinVA Says:

    It would be interesting to see what the new house looks like but the old house looked very nice.

  3. dkzody Says:

    Sounds like San Francisco–pay over a million dollars for a house just to get the land so you can tear down the building and put up an even more expensive house. Yes, it will be very interesting to see what takes the place of your mother’s lovely home.

  4. Joanne Noragon Says:

    Good to know the house was used, not demolished.

  5. cmlk79 Says:

    wow Gigi it will be interesting to see what they do on the lot.

  6. Olga Says:

    It looked like a perfectly nice house, but obviously the land was what held the value for someone.

  7. anonymousonthemainland! Says:

    Even though most land in Hawaii is the most of all of the USA save San Francisco they do reuse the homes, not in san Francisco it is all about the land, California is the least home owned state on the mainland..Hawaii is so gorgeous and wonderful to live, a live let live society with blue skies and food from the sea and families that are strong with their kin, it is a paradise on earth tooo bad it is over a million dollars to own anything..but people just live anyplace they can and are happy, longest living of all the USA next to all places Vermont which has long long winters and little summers but it has a good vibe toooooo, not like Hawaii but a good vibe..The people are not close like in Hawaii, I visited and stayed with people years ago I was made to feel like family nothing compared to it in San Diego or the bay area nothing..the roots of the family are deep and abiding and loving….so the people live longer and happier, aloha in your paradise, the home you lived in looks like paradise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    Like our house, your mother’s house seems to have been worth less than the land. Yes, I am interested in the progress on this house. Very interesting.

  9. Beatrice Says:

    When I first read this post, Gigi, I thought your mother’s home was torn down. But glad I read the comments to learn that it was relocated and hopefully will be lived in as well. It always amazes me how people will pay a high sum to buy a home, tear it down, and build another one usually much larger…recycle doesn’t seem to apply.

  10. Joared Says:

    Guess the land was what was wanted. Your mother’s house looked nice but wouldn’t be the same to visit it on a different site. Problem in L.A. and other areas with people buying houses for the land, destroying the house, then building a mansion compared to other houses on the street. Hard to believe prices appreciate so much in a number of U.S. communities. I was familiar with Kailua on Oahu in the early sixties and was told then many houses could not be purchased as owned by NYC companies or owners and only available with long term leases.

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