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Thursday, February 3, 2011

For Rent: Windowless Apartment at Honolulu’s Executive Center

I know a lot of people who would love to rent downtown. Just imagine: a five-minute walking commute! Downtown parking! Bars and clubs at your doorstep! But living downtown requires sacrifices, usually of the financial variety. Downtown condo rentals are on fairly expensive—the median price of a two-bedroom downtown rental in the second half of 2010 was $1,900 per month.

So, this recent Craigslist listing for a 800-sq.-ft., two-bedroom apartment on the eight floor of the Executive Centre for $1,300 per month sounds like a pretty good deal, until you read the fine print: no windows. Needless to say, I’m having a hard time fitting this apartment into my idealized vision of downtown living, especially when you consider that this particular building is dark and damp to begin with.

Now, if you’re willing to overlook the fact that unit lacks natural light and fresh air, then there are some perks to living here: Air conditioning, basic cable and electricity are included in the rent. Plus, the building has a heated pool, whirlpool, security and a lobby restaurant (the tasty Hukilau). The only other downer? Parking is not included, and last time I checked, monthly rates were running in the $200-plus range, bringing the rent to about $1,500. But, hey, it’s still a bargain, right?

Contact: David Ng, Ohana Realty, 351-1888.

Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2011 in Permalink

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

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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