The Waterfront at Puuloa (formerly Iroquois Point Island Club)
Congress passed special legislation in 1999 that allowed the Navy to lease and sell some of its under-used outlying properties which included Iroquois Point. Approximately 1,463 former Navy homes were made available to military personnel and civilians at Iroquois Point as part of an $80 million land sale and lease between Fluor Hawaii LLC and the Navy under that legislation, of which Fluor signed a 65 year lease agreement for Iroquois. At the time rent ranged from $1300 and up depending on where you lived in the housing area and the developer added a military friendly lease clause that allowed military personnel to leave if they get transferred. I'm not sure if the clause still holds true, but it doesn't hurt to ask before you move here and make sure it is written in your lease agreement.
The property is currently managed by Cirrus Asset Management Inc. who has a fairly large staff of on-site maintenance employees as well as on-call personnel who are much more gifted in major repairs than the on-site staff. There is an NEX shopette/gas station, elementary school, and 24-hour gym within the property and a number of fitness and leisure activities available to residents.
For the most part this is a friendly neighborhood; people do tend to look out for one another when possible, although there have been a number of reported break-ins, a peeping Tom issue, and neighbors smoking marijuana on street corners once the neighborhood watch goes in for the night. As with anywhere else you live, neighbors can be an issue. My neighbor's children jump on the trampoline at 11 at night, and sometimes I'll see and smell people smoking marijuana as I drive up the street late at night.
When we first moved in, my daughter crossed the living room one morning and was welcomed by sparks shooting out of an unused outlet with smoke and the smell of burning wires coming from the wall. I called maintenance who did not respond until a day later. When the repair was done, it looked like they spliced new wiring with old wiring, capped the ends that came out at the outlet and left it hanging outside of the socket. The outlet cover was not replaced until a couple of days later. When they did return to complete the repair, they did a very shoddy job at spackling the wall. No paint, just spackle.
Carpenter bees are eating away at one side of our home, while their honey comes up through the floor tile of our master bedroom. My spouse put in a maintenance work order a few weeks ago but still no one showed up to correct the problems.
Many of my friends in the neighborhood recently moved out because Cirrus has a policy that does not allow a tenant to move to another home on Iroquois when the lease expires. One friend lived in one of the 4 bedroom beachfront homes which he paid over $3000 for. He wanted to move to another home within the community but was denied because as he was told, they were only for tenants signing a brand new lease. The same just happened to another neighbor of mine a few days ago. It used to be that if you wanted to transfer to another home while you were still in your lease, you just paid a transfer fee along with the security deposit and rent for the new place. It seems odd to me that the policies seem to change often here. Also, the rent on your block will vary despite the fact that your homes have the same layout. My neighbor lives in a stand-alone 3-bedroom home and pays $150 more than I do.
This neighborhood is in the flight path for military aircraft and commercial planes. Keep that in mind if you decide to move here because it does get very noisy between 7 am to 7 pm. Military aircraft fly over virtually 24 hours a day, however, commercial aircraft are supposed to keep within the 7am to 7pm time frame when using the Hickam AFB runway closest to Iroquois. That runway is only to be used by commercial aircraft for emergency landings or if the reef runway is closed. Does that happen? Not really. Commercial airlines turn off their tail lights and sometimes fly up to 11 pm at night or will jar you awake at 645 am on the weekend with a fly over.
The Resident Services office staff, who although are very friendly, are not well versed in the Hawaii Landlord Tenant code or even with their own policies. They enforce the upkeep of the lawn area in front of your home, grass cannot grow more than 2 inches high. If you violate this, you will get a notice to correct the error and if left uncorrected, you will have to pay a 50.00 fine. You have the option of paying 60.00/month to have maintenance cut your grass and maintain the common area around your home, or you can do it yourself. Some new leases provide you with 1 year's worth of lawn service.
You can have up to three pets here, but no pit bulls, they do specify the specific breed in the community policies. Your pet has to be registered and it costs about 50.00/month, a sort of pet rent fee. There is a dog park that is open several times a week, although I am not sure what the new days and times are.
Yes, Iroquois Point is not as it used to be and I would recommend doing your homework before you move here to see if this is the right community for you.