The sought-after Castle Surf condominium boasts more than a remarkable oceanfront setting and a prime “Gold Coast” location at the tip of Diamond Head. Even the building’s name recalls this coastline’s many rich stories that date back more than a century.
This elite stretch of waterfront was once home to several mansions belonging to Hawaii’s wealthiest families. The largest by far was Kainalu (the name of yet another Gold Coast building), owned by one of the very richest—the Castles—and at 155,000 square feet, it stood where Castle Surf is today. Just offshore, Castles is also the name of one of the Waikiki area’s most epic surf spots. After about 1920 the Castle home became The Elks Club, but it was razed in 1958 to build the current club. In 1966, Castle Surf was constructed next door to the club.
The Gold Coast itself remains a haven of exclusivity today. In addition to 17 upscale condominiums, it includes the members-only Elks Club and Outrigger Canoe Club, two boutique hotels, two fashionable beaches and three upscale restaurants. Across the street, the vast Kapiolani Park includes tennis courts, an aquarium, a zoo and a concert amphitheater. Central Waikiki is only a 10-minute walk along the beachfront.
Castle Surf perches right on the seawall with direct, 180-degree ocean views. At only six stories, it includes 28 units, making it a very private building indeed—and in great demand. Fee simple one-bedroom, one-bath units range from 741-791 square feet; two-bedroom, two-bath units range from 1,065-1,505 square feet; and three-bedroom, two-bath units on the top floor range from 1,684-1,745 square feet. All include balconies.
Key attractions near Castle Surf include:
+ Members-only Outrigger Canoe Club and Elks Club
+ Upscale oceanfront dining at Michel’s and Hau Tree Lanai
+ Kapiolani Park, with tennis courts, Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium
+ Central Waikiki, only a 10-minute stroll along parkland beachfront
+ Waikiki Elementary School, one of Hawaii’s highest-ranking public schools