By Taizo Braden - bio | email
LILIHA (HawaiiNewsNow) On this weeks on the market we head to Liliha and in my opinion living in the Liliha area means eating at Liliha bakery for every other meal. But seriously, located at the bottom of Nuuanu, Liliha is sometime forgotten as a prime residential location for both homes and apartments for rent.
So let's take a look one of the apartments for rent in the area so you can judge what's on the market.Standing outside the Kunawai Terrace, you start to forget you are just seconds away from downtown Honolulu.
This quiet environment surrounds a solid and secure building that has it's own koi ponds, waterfalls in a courtyard and pool. All of this can be seen from lanai of this two bedroom-one bath unit that is for rent at $2100 dollars a month. From the lanai,the melodic sounds of the waterfall can still be heard in your open living room and kitchen.
The living room has just been re-carpeted and in this unit has it's own washer and drier in the unit, which is very rare for this rental price range in town.
Just down the hallway from the kitchen is two bedrooms, one just a little bit bigger than the other. Between the two bedrooms is a large bathroom and the rent includes water, sewer, trash, and basic cable.
There is no guest parking in the building itself, but there is plenty of street parking and more importantly the unit comes with one covered parking stall in a gated parking garage.
So while you a literally less than five minutes from everything you don't ever feel like your living near downtown.
"So this is a perfect location for someone living in the Downtown, Ala Moana area weather it is a professional of a student the location is great and near the bus lines so this is a perfect location"said Lurline Johnson of Property Profiles.
We just did a story yesterday saying how Hawaii is one of the most expensive places to buy a home and the same goes for the local rental market. So before you start your rental search consider how much you can afford to pay. A good rule of thumb is no more than 30%-40% percent of your take-home monthly income.
Be flexible and try find a roommate if you're looking for cheaper space to share. Make sure to be clear what qualities you desire in a roommate and make sure they are on the rental lease as well to protect you and the landlord.
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