Have you visited Waikiki several times and have visions of retiring here?
Here, where the lifestyle can be easy, and you can do it on a limited budget? For example:
1. Waikiki is a place that never sleeps, or at least there is always something to do from morning until late at night. Retirees like to chat with others who have their same interests and have time on their hands.
2. Waikiki Beach is crowded, but you like it that way. So you pick your time to be out there, say, in the mornings when it's still cool and in the evenings around sunset. You can walk anonymously around by yourself, or easily find someone to talk to.
3. Waikiki has a lot of free entertainment, all you need to do is walk down Kalakaua Avenue or along the shore past hotels in the evening. The Hawaiian music is soothing and the dancers talented.
4. Waikiki Beach is free as long as you take your own beach gear. As long as you are not on certain stretches of beach right next to the hotels where lounges etc. have been set up for their guests, you can sit anywhere. Access to the beach is the law in Hawaii.
5. Waikiki has a wide variety of small snack places that sell all the foods that you are used to plus a lot of international foods. Take-out is my favorite, then you can sit anywhere and enjoy it.
6. Waikiki's retiree wardrobe consists of as little as a shirt, shorts, bathing suit and flip-flops. No, ladies, you are never too old to wear shorts on the street! Don't you love it!
7. Waikiki's mode of transportation is "TheBus" for $1 per trip with a Medicare card. In fact, that will take you all the way around the island. But when you live here, you can buy an annual card for a set fee. That will probably take it down even further.
8. Although Ala Moana Shopping Center is just outside of Waikiki and is getting known for their upscale boutique shops, it is still the place to shop for Waikiki retirees. There is Foodland for groceries, the Post Office, and Long's Drugs. The center has free entertainment scheduled frequently. A food court with a huge variety of meals. There's even a Satellite City Hall. You can spend many happy hours for free here.
10. Condominium living is what you do in Waikiki. Costwise, it can be quite low or extremely high, depending on ownership (fee simple or leasehold), what building and what floor and view in that building, and how close it is to the ocean. Many condos can be put into a rental pool for those times retirees are not using them, which covers some if not all of the overhead. This is where you need advice from a professional real estate broker such as myself.
Yes, I have lived and worked in Waikiki. And I would see those wonderful healthy looking retirees head for "their" spot on the beach every day, or go for a swim or just walk along the ocean while I was on my way to work. Oh, yes, I was envious of their freedom to enjoy all that Waikiki has to offer.
This next week, I am going to preview several Waikiki condominiums, just so you can see what you can get for your money.
Call me if you have thought about a WAIKIKI LIFESTYLE IN YOUR RETIREMENT. I can help you fulfill that dream.
My direct cell 808-226-1095.