- Address: 1711 Makiki Street, Honolulu, HI 96822.
- Built in 1995, with 2 stories and 8 units of 2BR floor plans.
- Amenities: Storage.
- Pets: Ok (verify).
- Interesting: Just you and 1 neighbor in each building, keeping noise and activity to a minimum.
The Royal Garden Makiki grabs your attention even if you're just driving by. These residences are something different from what you typically picture for Honolulu condos
. Instead of the multi-floor tower, imagine 4 separate buildings that look like a mix of the New England style architecture that made itself at home in Hawaii with a touch of Mediterranean from their Roman roof tiles.
These townhomes are raised from street level, giving you 2 covered parking spaces underneath. Your residence begins on side opposite the parking with a real front door that opens into a foyer area on its own level, with room to decorate as well as some storage. From there, it's up the stairs to the main living, dining and kitchen area.
It's one more floor up to the 2 bedrooms they all have, with a feature that could be called a pre-enclosed lanai in the Master Bedroom. Sliding doors open up to an outdoor space with just enough room to step onto, making it more of a way to bring the outside into your home than a place to relax on itself.
The floor plans are all 2BR/1.5BA, with from 845 to 868 sq ft inside. The full bathroom is found on the top floor, while the ½ is on the living area level.
These very tasteful condos give you the single family home feel that so many love, but find harder and harder to have in Hawaii. They also fit the genteel environment of their Punahou neighborhood surroundings, with the Old Kamaaina homes and quiet, tree-shaded streets that make for a wonderfully soothing walk at dusk.
If you're one of the many who work Downtown, commuting can be done in as little as 10 minutes. If highway travel is required, H1W lets you on right off of Punahou St and its Eastbound counterpart does the same off of Piikoi. Prefer The Bus? There's a stop on Wilder Ave only 1 ½ blocks from you.
Those kinds of conveniences are the icing, but the cake itself is the sensation of walking into your foyer, flipping off your shoes and calling out to loved ones just up the stairs that 'I'm home!'.