Friday, August 26, 2011

Open house pick of the week: Queen Emma Gardens

This week’s open house pick is a small studio, but it’s a pretty good value for people who are starting out on their own and/or need to live close to downtown. (Click here for details.) And due to the price point, it’s getting a lot of calls.

The Queen Emma Gardens has always been a desirable place to live for those who like convenience and walkability. It scores 85 on Walkscore.com, since it’s really a few minutes away from the financial district, Chinatown and the arts district (and thus, First Friday), the YMCA, Hawaii Theatre, Foster Botanical Gardens, and more.

The building is 48 years old, but this studio in the Prince Tower was renovated in December 2010 with contemporary touches so you feel like you’re in a more hip, stylish apartment. The kitchen and bath feature granite and travertine finishes, as well as designer-style lighting.

I actually kind of like the stainless steel backsplash in the kitchen and the way the counters and shelves make use of the limited space.

The bathroom also has an unusual layout that maximizes the space but has a trendy, magazine-worthy look to it.

With just 361 square feet, you might find yourself outdoors more often in the pool or play area, or walking the path that meanders past the tea house or koi pond. Or, since you’re so close to the action downtown, you can wander there and know that you’re just a few minutes from home to wander back.

While you’re there, check out unit 1251 in the Queen Tower, which is also renovated and for sale.

Happy house hunting!

Money talk: $199,900 fee simple
Contact: Melanie Chinen, Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, 808-542-6621, MelanieC@cbpacific.com

Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 in Permalink

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Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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