Great Value for Snowbirds!! Very Convenient Location.
We stayed in this condo for a full 3 months – to wait out the entire winter on the mainland and we’re very glad we did. So we actually LIVED in this condo and got to see all its warts along with all its great benefits. In summary, Peter has this unit very budget-priced and FULLY furnished so it affordable and accommodates short or long stays quite well. Kitchen is well-equipped with great microwave, stainless sink, full pantry, etc. Location is a great plus being only 10-minute walk to village and lots of activity – there’s even a sandy beach just a couple of blocks away just south of the Kona Reef resort. And, you can even have guests stay … there are extra beds (our daughter and her friend slept on the lanai – and loved it!). Can’t say enough good things about this location and the amazing weather of Kailua-Kona.
Washer-Dryer in-unit is a big plus, too. One must keep in mind though, in order to keep the price of a condo in the budget range, there are bound to be some flaws. The unit is pretty large for a 1-bedroom but not glamorous, just basic and sturdy. The extremely large lanai with a view of the ocean is a definite bonus and the reserved covered parking space is also a major plus. I suspect that Peter listens to the critiques and updates things as he feels he can afford to do so to keep within the budget for the unit - such as a new coffeemaker that was there when we arrived. He also takes some short-cuts as needed.
We kept the windows open all the time rather than using the air conditioning. During December and January it was noisy during the day because of trucks outside and a lot of remodeling going on in other units but the complex was always quiet at night. As far as the bathrooms in this unit, we loved having 2 full-size large bathrooms! They were both very clean and we found absolutely no tub drainage problems at all. Since we were there for such a long time, we decided to reline all the shelves and threw out all the old and outdated products and replaced much of them. There are lots of beach items in the closets, even sleeping bags, so this is good news for some folks, but “clutter” for us.
So, we would say that this is a great value and a very comfortable getaway – but don’t expect a fancy brand-new clean minimalistic condo. It is, however, a great place to wake up each morning to another day in paradise!