Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Two-bedrooms: $1,500 and under

So what does $1,500 get you these days in the Honolulu rental market? When I first started looking, I didn’t expect to find much.

As it turns out, if you're a single person or a couple, life is good—there are lots of studio and one-bedroom apartments to rent for under $1,500 on Oahu. There are even a few for under $1,000.

But what about families and roommates looking for larger living spaces? The selection of  two-bedrooms under $1,500 slims down considerably, especially if you’re looking in town. Your best bets are on Keeaumoku, and in the Kalihi, Makiki and McCully areas.

For example, here's a McCully Circle apartment available for $1,425. It has two bedrooms, one bath, secured entry and covered parking. Since street parking can be hard to come by in that neighborhood, a dedicated parking stall is a definite plus.

If you want something more private, with easier street parking, there’s a two-bedroom cottage in Kaneohe available to rent for $1,400.

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Violet Street

There’s also a two-bedroom duplex apartment on Violet Street in Kalihi Valley for $1,250. Bonus: A small dog or cat is negotiable.

If heading west is an option, here’s a two-bedroom townhome in Waipio Gentry for $1,500. Bonus: Washer and dryer in the unit. 

Need something even larger? Good luck. Aside from student housing and low-income rentals, I only found one three-bedroom for $1,500. It’s in Kaneohe, and judging from the description on Craigslist, it’s part of a house and it doesn’t have a real kitchen: “Private cooking area is on the patio (more like an outdoor kitchen).”

More rental listings are available on the Honolulu Board of Realtors website at hicentral.com.

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 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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