About This Listing
Quiet upscale neighborhood on the Windward side of Oahu. 3 miles to Lanikai & Kailua beaches. Plenty of shopping and restaurants in downtown Kailua, small shopping center near house. Beautiful expansive mountain view, large pool, hottub, Lanai w BBQ
Breathtaking mountain view in upscale quiet neighborhood on the Windward side of O'ahu island. Avoid the night-long noise of bustling Waikiki and expensive parking for some rest in between daytime adventures in our contemporary style home. Less than 3 miles to beautiful Kailua beach and Lanikai beach, one of the top 10 in the world. Kayaks, surfboards and other water-sport rentals by Kailua beach. 30 - 40 min drive to Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, Hanauma Bay, or upscale and outlet malls. 2 miles to charming downtown Kailua Town with plenty of local shops and local restaurants. (Also a new Target store.) Close to many hiking trails. Includes parking. City buses go everywhere on the island and there are stops at either end of our street. But, we are at the top of a hill, so you might prefer renting a car at the airport or in Kailua. We also have a nice $6 movie theater (4-screens) and a little shopping center 1/2 mile from the house. Also convenient for a beautiful coastal drive up to the famous North Shore.
Your end of the upstairs hallway has the Private room and your private bath with tub & shower. The room has a QUEEN size platform bed and full closet. An adjacent room with an inflatable queen size mattress is available for additional $50 / night. Your host’s master bedroom suite is at the other end of the hall, separated by a storage room for extra privacy. Backyard has a large pool and oversize spa on the lanai and an enclosed outdoor shower on the side yard. BBQ and / or eat outside (island style) at the table and chairs on the lanai. Wireless internet works throughout the property.
Common areas included are family room with 42" TV with cable, Wii, either Netflix, large living room (small TV) and formal teak dining room with cathedral ceiling, a breakfast room with a view of the mountains, a lanai, 1/2 bath downstairs, and a full kitchen including dishwasher, oven, microwave, toaster oven, large refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker. New washer/dryer in the garage. Completely fenced yard for privacy includes an outdoor clothesline. All rooms have ceiling fans and extra fans are available. There is AC, but hardly ever needed. Your host is a busy professional with 3 friendly indoor cats. Tradewind breezes keep plenty of fresh air flowing in and cat dander out. We are very accommodating.
I will be happy to give you pointers and info to help you enjoy your stay. I can also teach you how to pronounce Hawaiian street names and a few words you'll be hearing to get you by. My goal is for you to have a wonderful vacation.
Please book at least a few days in advance of your arrival due to delays in communicating across time zones - 6 hours earlier here than Eastern Standard time, 10 hours earlier than Greenwich, England , and ½ a day to much of the rest of the world. Please read my reviews.
You'll have a key to the house. We'll share the common areas. I occasionally have weekend BBQ / Game Nights, at which you are welcome.
Interaction with Guests
This is your vacation, so up to you whether you want minimal interaction or regular chats to help plan your activities. I sometimes leave early for work and often come home late, but you'll always have my cell phone number.
This is an upscale neighborhood, with well maintained properties. Not your typical Oahu neighborhood. Mainlanders feel very comfortable staying here. Very nice, friendly neighbors.
There's good bus service on the island. But, my house is at the top of a hill and the bus stops are at either end. So car is easier. The good news is we're safe from tsunamis up here on the hill. ;^)
Other Things to Note
The house is not childproof, so no infants or toddlers. A second bedroom is available for an additional $50 per night. If you want this, let me know and I will reply with a special offer - it is not rented separately.
no glass near the pool - we do have nice plastic goblets and glasses.
We keep screen doors closed to keep our cats indoors.
We try to leave the beach outside - we have an enclosed outdoor shower.
Must clean up after yourselves in the kitchen - dishes into dishwasher, and hand-wash pots and wooden utensils.
No indoor smoking and no heavy smokers, please.
Mistreatment of our pets will not be tolerated.
Mark was warm and welcoming throughout our stay. He made us feel right at home upon our arrival. He showed interest in our vacation agenda and experiences and always let us know whatever extras he provided to make it more enjoyable and at ease (guide books, beach towels and gear, cooler, bottled water). The home was always clean and comfortable. All the areas in the profile were available for our personal use. The neighborhood is well kept, quiet and family friendly. We felt very secure coming and going throughout the day and evening.
It was our first time using Airbnb and we are lucky to stay at Mark's house. Mark is a wonderful and helpful host who made our stay comfortable. The location is quiet and convenient. Thanks to Mark's guestbook and further recommendations which helped us plan our itinerary during our stay. Highly recommended.
Mark è stato molto premuroso e accogliente lasciandoci comunque piena libertà e riservatezza.
The only word to describe the house is paradise. Mark is nice, courteous and warm, he makes you feel like stay at grandpa`s home. And Say hello to the King-Bad man and two Queens, three lovely cats.
Thank you, Mark. Drink less, :P
Mengmeng & Kevin
Love staying in the outskirts of Kailua. The view is breathtaking. Mark is a delightful host. Even though I lived on Oahu in the past, there are always questions and he is knowledgeable about so many events on the island. Great accommodations, he made me feel right at home.
About the Host, Mark
Professional from O'ahu, Hawai'i, working in IT as a Project Manager. I'm originally from Boston and Providence, and have been lucky to have lived in Hawaii for the past 9 years. I love animals, movies, good food, travel, good conversation, and meeting people from around the world.
My goal is for you to enjoy the vacation the way YOU want to. Some guests like a lot of interaction and some prefer minimal contact during their stay. This is all up to YOU.