Tumon Real Estate and Tamuning Real Estate
Lively Cosmopolitan Tumon and Tamuning
Sunny skies and the clear blue waters of the Philippine Sea meet the two and a half mile stretch of white sandy beach called Tumon Bay. Lush tropical landscapes, coconut trees and many hotels line the shore of this beautiful beach that some consider the ‘Waikiki’ of Guam.
Centuries ago, native Chamorro fished the waters and enjoyed living on Tumon's peaceful and untouched land. Now, the area is the lively center of Guam's tourist industry, a big difference from what the people of the past knew it to be. Even with all the advancements brought about by progress, Tumon is still a sight to behold. With its world-class hotels, condominiums, abundance of nightlife, bars, restaurants and shopping, Tumon is indeed Guam’s most cosmopolitan village.
Real estate in Tumon primarily consists of condominiums, retail & commercial buildings, many hotels and a limited amount of vacant land. Few single-family homes are available either. From older developments to newer ones, the majority of condominiums on Guam are located in Tumon, many with ocean and city views. You can find moderately priced 2 bedroom units in older projects, such as Tumon View Condominiums Phase I and II, Villa Gi Papa Ladera, Ypao Gardens and Tumon Horizon. Mid range priced projects in Tumon include San Vitores Terrace, San Vitores Gardens and Tumon Vista, among others. In the upper to high-end price range, you can find prime beachfront units at Villa De Kolales, Blue Lagoon and Villa Kanton Tasi. Other high-end developments include Tecio Tumon Villa, Tumon Holiday Manor, Casa De Isa and Tasi 17, nestled along the hilltop at Marine Corps Drive with panoramic views.
When you acquire Tumon real estate you are close to all the comforts of modern island life. Living in Tumon means that you have everything right at your doorstep. Enjoy a beer in a trendy bar and grill or have a meal in one of the many great restaurants in Tumon. For those with children or just fascinated by marine life, a visit to Underwater World, dubbed the largest tunnel aquarium in the world, will amaze you as sea turtles and fish of all sorts swim around you. Other popular attractions in Tumon include Two Lovers Point, Guam’s famous landmark, the Cushing Zoo and Isla Horse Ranch & Gardens. Popular beaches include Ypao Beach Park, now known as Governor Joseph Flores Beach Park, and Matapang Beach Park. You can even catch a Las Vegas style dinner show at the Sandcastle.
Tumon and Tamuning are true centers for retail and commercial activity, and were home to a projected 21,024 residents in 2010. Both have an abundance of shopping and dining establishments. Be on the lookout for great deals at The Plaza, Tumon Sands Plaza, Duty Free Shoppers Galleria or Guam Premier Outlets, which has a big movie complex, food court and other popular restaurants.
If you don't want to be right where the tourists are but prefer to be close enough to everything, then residing in Tamuning is for you. Tamuning is where Guam Memorial Hospital is located as well. It features many schools from K-1 to high school. It is home to public schools and private schools alike, including LBJ Kindergarten School, Tamuning Elementary School, John F. Kennedy High School, St. Anthony Catholic School and St. John Episcopal School. Tamuning is also the economic center of the island situated on the entire Oka Point peninsula, stretching all the way from Tumon Bay to Hagatna Bay north of Marine Corps Drive.
Many modern properties in Tamuning attract a very diverse clientele. Examples of this are Alupang Beach Tower, Oka Towers, Agana Bay Condominiums, Agana Beach Condominiums and Alupang Cove Condominiums, some of the popular beachfront and oceanfront condominiums along Hagatna Bay and Oka Point. There are also many smaller condominium developments in the village inland. Single-family residential neighborhoods are also found in the area, including Jonestown, the established subdivision of Perezville, as well as newer upscale developments like Villa Carmen and Talo Verde Estates.
For serious investors, there is some land still available in Tumon and Tamuning suitable for upscale commercial, residential or hotel-resort development. This area is certainly the center of everything cosmopolitan and the perfect place for more high-end residential development. As evidence of this, there are over 2,500 units of condominium, hotel and supporting commercial projects already approved by the Guam Land Use Commission in the area, with many more in the application process. One project under construction, Emerald Ocean View, a 260-unit luxury condominium project consisting of four hi-rise buildings in Jonestown, is scheduled for completion by 2012.
Both Tumon and Tamuning easily extend to neighboring Harmon and Upper Tumon, as well as to downtown Hagatna, the island’s capitol. In Harmon you will find the island’s main industrial area, a majority of Guam’s light and heavy industrial zoning exists here. Also in Harmon, there is huge potential for development in the Harmon Annex area in Upper Tumon bordering Dededo. Many of these large tracts of land are located before Two Lovers Point and some have unparalleled views of Tumon Bay and hotel row below. The United States Government recently returned this large area above Tumon to its original landowners and since the area borders Tumon to the south and Dededo to the north, in close proximity to the new proposed Marine base, it could easily transform into more residential housing and supporting retail and commercial businesses or even an extension of the tourist district.
In Upper Tumon you will find many more commercial and retail businesses, as well as some government agencies like Guam Waterworks Authority and the Department of Public Works. In Guam’s capitol city of Hagatna, you will find the main branch of the Guam Public Library together and most government agencies, including the Governor’s Complex, Guam Legislature, Department of Administration, Department of Education, Office of the Attorney General, Superior Court of Guam, U.S. District Court of Guam, among others. The Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex is home to the Latte of Freedom, a vision of the late Governor that symbolizes the Pacific doorway to America’s freedom, representing the proud heritage of the Chamorro people and freedom for all. It serves as an observation deck standing 60-feet tall visible from incoming flights, with views of the western coastline. The Governor’s Complex is also home to the Hall of Governors, a legacy of island leaders, where one can walk through some of Guam’s political history. In Hagatna, you can also find the Guam Heritage Walking Trail, also known as the Legacy Walk of Hagatna, a 2.5 mile trek through 17 historical sites, including Plaza de Espana, San Antonio Bridge, Chief Quipuha Park, among others. For shopping, dining and entertainment, you have the Agana Shopping Center with Tango Movie Theaters, many more restaurants like Tony Roma's, Capriciosa and Shirley’s, and easy access to neighboring residential villages such as Agana Heights, Maina, Sinajana and Mongmong-Toto-Maite.
Living in Tumon, Tamuning or any of these surrounding villages, the travel savvy will be just a few minutes away from the A.B. Won Pat Guam International Airport with highway access from Marine Corps Drive, Route 8 and Route 16. Guam has daily flights to many international destinations throughout Asia, as well as the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. Be sure to see our Guam links section for websites of the island’s shopping venues, government agencies and airport.
If you’re interested in Tumon, Tamuning or any neighboring village, we at Pacific Rim Realty, will be more than happy to assist you with your real estate needs.
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