Poipu is located on the South Shore of Kauai near Koloa and Kaheo. It is a resort area that has also been named America’s best beach by the Travel Channel. The population is just over 1,000, and most of the residents are actively involved in the tourism industry that the town offers. This area is also home to some of the best dining, entertainment, and arts on the whole island of Kauai. Residents of Poipu have many options of luxury resorts and shopping centers for employment. The average income for residents is $51,000.
Poipu has sunshine for the majority of year that helps to draw people to this area for vacations as well as the beaches that surround the area. The different beaches have different appeals for people. Baby Beach is suited for families especially those with young children. Lawai Beach usually attracts more surfers because of the water breaks, and Mahaulepu and Brennecke’s Beaches are usually where locals go to swim and sunbathe.
Condominiums are more prevalent in Poipu than single-family homes because of the immense tourist industry. Several of the neighborhoods are near either the water on one of the championship golf courses.
One of the most popular resorts in Poipu is Poipu Kai that is made up of several smaller communities. There are many condo styles available here, and it has a great rental history. The communities Kiahuna, Poipu Sands, and Kahala at Poipu Kai have condos starting at $150,000 for studios and $250,000 for one-bedrooms. Some of the communities in Poipu will typically have a starting price of $1 million. Some of the more exuberant neighborhoods include Pane Makai, Whalers Cove at Poipu, and Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach.
Single-family home neighborhoods are also available in Poipu. Poipu Kai Resort has cottages just under $500,000, and most other homes start at $600,000. Bayview at Poipu Kai has homes available at prices between $650,000 and $2 million. The communities of Lanai Villas, Wainani at Poipu, and Kiahuna Golf Village have homes priced at $1 million and up.
The recession did affect the real estate in Poipu, but as of late it has been making a comeback. The average price of a home here is $399,000 at the moment making it a prime time to invest in real estate. Investors purchasing condos for rental property have been known to do well considering the amount of people that come to the area for visits.