The residential market on the Big Island may be quite a bit different that buyers are used to on the mainland. On the mainland, you tend to see areas where a builder came in and developed a large area and put up a couple hundred houses. These houses will typically look very similar to one another with a high degree of uniformity from one house to another. Typically, you will see a handful of floor plans repeated over and over, maybe some with a gable roof and some with a hip roof to make them look different from the curb. On the Big Island, that situation is exceedingly rare, though we do have a couple of exceptions.
Typically, we see areas of land that were developed with roads and utilities, and then the developer would sell off the lots to individual buyers. The buyers would then get their own architect and builder to complete the house. Many of these areas will have some sort of architectural guidelines for construction, but they can be somewhat minimal. The result is a very eclectic mix of homes in any given area. A house may be simple single level 1,100 square ft house with a carport, next to a 2 story 2,500 square ft house with a garage, pool, and large covered lanai. Because of this variation from one house to another, buyers often have to be open to different areas to buy in order to get the size and style of hope they are looking for.
My experience and market knowledge allows me to confidently guide my clients through all of their options until we find the right listing in the right area for their Hawaii home.