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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Newly renovated Waikiki condo

Every Friday evening, I sail on a friend's J/35 in the races sponsored by Hawaii Yacht Club. As I make my way down to the Ala Wai Harbor, I travel via Hobron Lane and always whizz past the many high-rise condos that line the street.

Yesterday, I was alerted to this completely remodeled, one-bedroom unit in one of those buildings ­ – the Villa on Eaton Square.

Though the building was constructed in 1974, its amenities, including a rooftop deck, are well taken care of. On the rooftop, you'll find a barbecue area (each grill has its own sink), a sauna, an exercise room and a pool, plus 360-degree views from Diamond Head to downtown, and even Makaha. You should note while there are other similar-sized units for sale in the building at a lower price, it's because most of those are leasehold, not fee simple like this one.

This 681-square-foot condo has had renovations done from ceiling to floor, costing more than $50,000. The kitchen was enlarged and opened up with bar seating; granite counters and soft-close cabinets were installed.

During the remodel, the owners utilized wasted hollow space behind the walls, expanded closet space and installed closet systems, making it feel like a mini walk-in.

The bathroom was redone with a nod toward a spa ­ ­ – there's a walk-in glass shower, an attractive vessel sink and 18-inch porcelain tiles.

The living room and bedroom have bamboo laminate flooring. And my favorite, the popcorn ceilings were professionally removed leaving a smooth finish. (No matter how careful I am at home, I always seem to manage to knock off a few bits when I'm moving something.)

Check out this feature, ladies, there's a large shoe closet by the front door that can hold more than 20 pairs ­ – no unsightly pile of shoes and slippers for guests to see.

To save space, there is an in-unit, two-in-one washer/dryer system.

The maintenance fee ($637 a month) includes the usual suspects, along with central A/C and electricity.

Fuzz factor: The property is pet-friendly. But you'll need to check specifics on how many or if there's a weight limit.

One covered stall is included in the price. No visitor parking is available, but your guests can park in a paid section of the same structure with a separate entrance. Plus there's plenty of metered parking out front.

If you want to see the condo for yourself, there's an open house on Sunday, July 8, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for details.

Money talk: $370,000 fee simple
Contact: James Chan, Prudential Locations LLC, 808-551-7966, james.chan@pruhawaii.com
MLS #: 1206777

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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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