I work with a lot of people that have lived on the Mainland for most of their lives, and for various reasons have decided to make Hawaii their home.
On the Mainland, land is never an issue. If you want to live in the heart of a city, 40 floors up in a luxury condo, you have that option. But just as easily you can head out of town and quickly find wide open spaces and as much land as you could possibly want. If you choose to buy a 40 acre ranch with a luxury home and stunning views, it isn’t a problem.
Yet moving to Hawaii always brings on a few questions about living possibilities and what’s possible when buying a home. Yes, most people realize buying a condo is a fairly easy process. But can you find a luxury ranch that will meet all of your needs?
The answer is yes. The Big Island is 4,028 square miles of stunning beauty. At its maximum width, its 75.81 miles long. And within those boundaries, you’ll find every type of home you could possibly want … even a luxury ranch.
If owning land is on your checklist as you make the move to the Big Island, there are a few things to keep in mind.
A ranch means different things to different people.
Clearly define your goals and share them with your realtor. Are you looking for a few acres for a luxury home with a view? Do you want a place to keep horses? Are you looking for a place that can handle different kinds of animal life, from llamas to cattle? The more clearly you define your goals from the beginning, the more the search can begin. While the Big Island has its share of ranches, to meet your specific needs may take some time. Let your realtor know what things you are flexible on … and what things you have to have.
Make sure you understand the lay of the land.
The more land you own, the more things you’ll have to know. Because the Big Island is finite in land space, depending on where you buy, you may have a variety of easements and rights that come with the land. For instance, there are all kinds of nuances with water rights; if water runs through your property, what rights do you have to use it? There can be mineral rights, easements for conservation, even restrictions on the types of buildings that can be built. If you’ve owned land on the Mainland, don’t assume the same rights will be prevalent here on the Big Island. Ask first; you’ll be glad you did.
Add value from the beginning.
The more property you have, the more property you’ll have to maintain. While you may have dreams of spending your retirement years “fixing up the place”, is that truly reality? Can you do the work yourself, or will you need to hire out? Will you need specific skills to make your dreams come true? If you have special concerns, let your realtor know. I’ve helped connect potential buyers with other people here on the Big Island to start conversations and build potential relationships. A luxury ranch is a big investment. The more prepared you are from the beginning, the more you’ll enjoy the rewards as you move here and settle in.
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