Starter studio at Marco Polo

I live near the Marco Polo condominium on Kapiolani Boulevard and every I time I pass by I find myself thinking back to the dozens of times I played the eponymous swimming-pool game growing up. While I haven’t joined in a game in many years, an affordable listing at the building came across my desk this week.

This newly listed studio, located on the ninth floor, boasts views of the mountains from the living area and has been freshly painted, along with installation of a new toilet in the bathroom. Though the ample kitchen still has original cabinets, it’s in good condition – consider it a blank canvas for potential owners or investors.

“For a studio, it’s pretty big,” says realtor Chad Takesue of Prudential Locations. “Lots of times, you won’t find a full kitchen or an in-unit washer and dryer in a studio, so that’s a big plus.”

The maintenance fee is a very reasonable $235 a month, especially when you account for all of the amenities. They include a recreation deck with barbecue grills, a basketball court, a tennis court and a putting green. Saunas and a swimming pool are located in the garden area if you should choose to strike up a round of the aforementioned game of water tag.

Its location puts you right next to the Ala Wai Park and a short walk from the Ala Wai Golf Course. There’s also a community garden adjacent to the park for those who enjoy growing their own flowers and vegetables.

The price includes one covered parking stall; guest parking is available.

Fuzz factor: No pets are allowed due to a recent change in the building’s rules.

If you’re interested, act quickly, its first open house on Sunday generated a lot of interest. Click here for details.

Money talk: $245,000 fee simple
Contact: Chad Takesue, Prudential Locations LLC, 808-227-4476,