The search for a rental in Kahala

Last week, I took a look at rentals in Hawaii Kai available on Craigslist. The parameters I included was, one, that the property needed to allow dogs and, two, it was for an executive, so price wasn’t a factor. Today, I thought I’d take the same look in Kahala.

Not surprisingly, the number of rentals drops dramatically once you add “allows dogs” to the search parameter. (The number went from 35 to seven.) Understandably, owners and property managers are reluctant to deal with the potential wear and tear a dog can wreak.

Winnowing down the number even further was the fact that the word Kahala seems to be thrown into descriptions to catch a potential renter’s eye. Only two were actually located in the tony neighborhood.

The first one is a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath home posted by realtor Aaron Honda of Innovative Realty Group. Built in 1957, the well maintained home still has some of its original flair, judging by the pink countertops in the kitchen and bathroom. It’s been equipped with a new refrigerator, stove and washer/dryer–you won’t have to worry about old appliances conking out. Plus, the carpeting is new, so you’d better make sure your pooch behaves. The price? $2,500 a month.

The other is decidedly more upscale and much bigger. Located on Kahala Avenue, the five-bedroom, four-bath house features multiple open lanais, a pool and Jacuzzi, a half-court basketball area, and even a recreation room with a pool table. And it’s just one block away from Hunakai Beach, a perfect spot for walking the dog. The price? $7,450 a month.

Oh, the latter description also lists the option “security system upon request,” which I’m betting is not a guard dog.