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Hilton, Back in the Day

As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ll be sharing some vintage HONOLULU Magazine real estate ads from time to time. This Hilton Lagoon Apartments ad, from the August 1966 issue, caught my eye thanks to its highlighter-yellow backdrop and eye-catching black-and-white illustrations, drawings meant to convey the good life in Honolulu.
2010.11.03 08:28 PM

The Real Deal: The Edition Hotel

In case you somehow missed the massive amounts of media hype, the Edition hotel had its grand opening this past weekend. While trying not to be distracted by the rarefied gathering of Honolulu’s hipster elite and a smattering of Hollywood celebs (hey, was that Kumar?), I found myself wondering: Will the Edition be good for real estate?
2010.10.21 05:12 PM

Weekly Waikiki Real Estate Walking Tours

The latest home-buying trend has legs, er, feet. As evidenced by two of my recent posts (see my stories on Kailua real estate bike tours and Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties’ Waikiki is Open event), eco-friendly real estate tours are popping up left and right. But it seems I missed one: Century 21 All Islands has long been hosting weekly real estate walking tours in Waikiki.
2010.10.14 05:24 PM

A New Kind of College Dorm in Waikiki

Like LOST, part of the fun in watching last week’s premiere episode of Hawaii 5-0 was trying to identify the shoot locations. The opening sequence was obviously Kualoa Ranch, and I’m pretty sure the team’s office was headquartered in the old Advertiser building, but I couldn’t quite place Danno’s nondescript, retro apartment. A quick Google search yielded a somewhat-surprising result: The Tradewinds Student Suites, located on Hobron Lane across from Ala Moana Beach Park.
2010.09.29 03:12 PM

Waikiki Open House

I’m all about ways to cut back on the stresses of shopping for a new home because, if we’re being honest here, house hunting can be a patience-testing, marriage-wrecking, blood-pressure-raising affair. So I was pretty jazzed to hear about Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties’ Waikiki is Open event on Sunday, Sept. 12 from 2 to 5 p.m.
2010.09.10 02:29 PM

What $250K Buys You in Waikiki

You know when someone tells you, usually in a hushed, conspiratorial whisper, about some too-good-to-be-true deal and you think, ‘Yeah, sure, right. As if?’ That’s pretty much how it went when a friend recently tipped me off that the Niihau Apts. building on Beach Walk Ave. in Waikiki has fee simple condos listed for sale for less than $300,000. And pigs can fly and I own a unicorn, or at least that’s what was running through my mind as she told me. But, lo and behold, the Niihau does exist, and there are currently a couple active listings for units in the building, all for less than $300,000.
2010.09.08 02:35 PM

Ala Wai Redux

The Leiahua is one of those buildings along the Ala Wai Canal that you’ve probably passed by a million times and not given a second thought. Its stout, concrete construction (more bunker than apartment building) and fabulously funky, mid-century-modern, concrete-screen-block façade are telling of its age (the Leiahua was built in 1965), but, thanks to a recent interior renovation, it’s probably best not to judge this book by its cover.
2010.09.07 02:10 PM