Seeing Double in Makiki: The Town House


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Not many people will look twice at a condo unit in an older building, but apartments 1205 and 1206 in The Town House at 1415 Victoria street is worth a peek.  Interior designer Brian Shuckburgh and lighting designer Lowell Barnhart knocked down the walls to make one large, 1,613 square-foot unit, a rare oasis of space in metro Honolulu.

Each unit on its own would normally be an 804 square-foot, two-bedroom unit with about 168 square feet of lanai.  The long, rectangular double unit resulted in four bedrooms and two baths, with the second kitchen converted to a dressing room/vanity area.

Aside from getting double the space of a regular unit, this comes with four parking stalls - two tandem per unit, another rarity in the heart of Honolulu.  But since it's listed in the tax map key as two separate homes, it also comes with double the maintenance fee and double the taxes.

"It appeals to a certain kind of lifestyle that such a unit has created," admitted realtor Renee Hampton.

There are other benefits to grabbing these units, outside of the obvious space: it was bought and renovated prior to a condo ruling that residents could not have washer/dryers or dishwashers. So while your neighbors schlep their laundry to the community laundry on each floor and hand wash their dishes, you can do yours in the privacy of your own home.

Yes, it's an older building, but Shuckburgh and Barnhart, being industry pros, have updated this home to have modern touches, from the wiring and lighting to the built-in bookshelves, closet systems, and all the plumbing - including the line to the refrigerator for ice and water.

If you're not inclined to buy such a large unit, keep watching the MLS this week, as Hampton will be listing 1205 for about $388,000.  If the unit sells on its own, Shuckburgh and Barnhart will renovate 1206 to include a kitchen.

Money talk: $699,900 fee simple.

Contact: Renee Hampton, Kahala Associates, 808-221-3371, Renee@KahalaAssociates.com

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