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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Accessible Manoa House

This home is ready-made for a family with special needs.

Every house has an ideal buyer, and this accessible College Hill home is a great example. Built in 1922, it has the charm of an older house, especially in its exterior presentation and grounds. But in a previous life, it was a care home for the elderly, so there is a wheelchair ramp, four accessible bathrooms, and plenty of wide doorways. It’s ideal (and move-in ready) for a family with special needs.

On the upside, for a little over $1.2 million you get a huge amount of space—about 2,800 square feet inside—plus a huge lanai and corner lot. There are nice touches, like hardwood floors and chandeliers in most every room, and much of the hardware is original.

On the downside, some of the closets are tiny and about half the rooms, including the kitchen, still have a very institutional feel. A rear room that looks like it’s still mid-renovation and the basement rooms are a little dank, so they’d need some updating. Meaning more money on the top of the list price.

But if your need to get easily in and out trumps some cosmetic considerations, this could be your ideal spot.

Money Talk: $1,250,000, fee simple
Contact: Gaylien Hall, Properties of the Pacific, 551-3311

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