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DEAL--SPARKLING STUDIO. Kailua Kona's Best Beach. Swim-Snorkel-BodySurf! WiFi.

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 36 m²
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

FUN & CLEAN Studio in 10 unit 1963 Kama`aina Style Building

Guests often comment that our studio exceeded their expectations. We imagine it's because of the recent extensive renovation (finished April 2015). It was a complete renovation and all work was done by professionals. The studio has a Good-sized and Functional Kitchen, a Direct View to the Beach, Free and Convenient parking, and of course, WiFi. There's an Outdoor BBQ at the Beach Park across the street, or a table top electric one you can use on the lanai. The beach also has a VolleyBall court. And the Kona Trolley can take you the few miles north to the heart of Kailua-Kona too.

Dolphins play just offshore at La`aloa Bay (often called Magic Sands Beach) and are great fun to watch. Last winter a mama humpback and her calf lolled just off-shore for weeks! People were swimming out to see them, but as you can imagine, the life-guards at the beach "reminded" them that it is illegal to approach wildlife.

This studio is just far enough out of town to see stars at night, yet, close enough for easy access to all that Kailua-Kona offers. It's 4 miles from the Kailua Pier, and about 3 miles to where town starts. And, they are flat miles. You could easily take the Kona Trolley one direction and walk the other.

The Venetian plastered walls and ceiling, as well as the wood floors, give a wonderful feel to the studio while the vintage Rattan furniture is charming and comfortable. The natural edge Mango Wood Bar has the view! And there is a full-sized desk, in case you need that. The Queen-Sized Bed is very comfortable --just as Goldilocks would like -- not too firm, not too soft. The kitchen has local hardwood (Silky Oak) cabinets, granite counter tops, plenty of storage, nice/sharp knives, nice/heavy stainless cook-ware--basically anything you would need. A full-sized refrigerator makes longer stays easy. Coffee maker, french press, coffee grinder, microwave, toaster-oven, regular toaster, all stainless pans, and plenty of kitchen-ware are all there for your use. There are even cloth napkins and Grohe faucets in the kitchen and bath. There's a shared, coin-operated washer and dryer for the building. Great for longer stays! Strong ceiling fans that really move the air -- one in the main area and one in the kitchen. There is also an iron and a small ironing board--just in case you need to look spiffy!

There are a few sets of snorkel gear so you can check out the clear Kona waters and the super-colorful tropical fishes. We do suggest you bring your own, or rent from a local company, if you are serious about your equipment. You can quickly walk to at least 3 spots to get in (and more importantly, get out) of the ocean. You'll be seeing reef fish almost immediately--and as you go out a bit it only gets better. Kahala`u Beach Park is considered by many the best close snorkel spot and we would call it Snorkeling 101 because it's inside a reef. Personally, we prefer going in at Magic Sands (or just slightly north or south of Magic Sands) because the water is deeper, the coral is less disturbed, and the fish are just as plentiful. You can decide which you like better!

Since we are on-island residents and "neat-nics", we are proud of the fact that there are few places for bugs to get inside, nor are there many places for them to live. In our recent renovation, we were amazed how many nooks, crannies, and cracks we eliminated.

Check us out, we could be your best lei-over yet!

Also: To be in compliance with Hawaii State Law (Act 204 Session Laws Hawaii State Legislature, 2015) our Hawaii Transient Accommodations Tax I. D. No. is TA-116-308-1728-01.

More Details

Owner
Barbara Bell
Member since: 1998
Speaks english, Just enough French to have a funny conversation.
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Barbara Bell

Having lived on island for 35 years, we've experienced many different locations. Jack stayed in one of these apartments in the early 1980's and loved the excellent ventilation due to the ocean breezes. It made sleeping there great--and hearing the ocean too. So, we had the opportunity to purchase recently, and we jumped on it! After an extensive renovation, it's now ready for you.

Barbara & Jack

Barbara Bell purchased this condo in 2015

Why Barbara Bell chose Kailua-Kona

We LOVE to Body Surf! And the snorkeling is very good right here too! We love the old-style building, directly facing the beach, with ample parking, and a big grassy lawn. Basically it's obvious that the building is from a by-gone era from the generously-sized lot, with only 10 units. In addition, the County recently purchased, as part of an island-wide effort to keep open space in important public spaces, the parcel to the north and behind the property. This means there is only one neighboring building, just to the south--rare in the heart of Kona.

What makes this condo unique

Did we mention the beach? Also, the building, being built in 1963, has great history. Plenty of people seek out this building because the beach view is direct -- no leaning out from your lanai to see the ocean. And, there are some great long-term tenants--the building has a great vibe, and tenants (long or short) tend to be very friendly.

Amenities

Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation condo rental in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 36 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • $100 Cancellation Fee. VRBO will retain their service fee, unless you book with them AND call them. 877-202-4291.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Large tiled shower, toilet, counter space and sink. Grohe faucet, and tile floor. Bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, and Beach towels. Also, hand soap, and shampoo. And, Toilet Paper is provided. We know this sounds crazy, but we once stayed somewhere that provided 'starter' rolls. WOW, not the best experience.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Comfortable Queen Bed, with Mango Headboard and frame. 100% cotton linens, choice of pillows (down, or not) thick or thin. A comfortable vintage rattan love seat for reading or hanging out. 2 barstools for hanging at the mango bar, checking out the view. A strong fan cools you for sleeping.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
A few extra notes: * The 2 ceiling fans add an extra breeze, if needed. * While there is now a washer and dryer on site--there is a great full-service laundromat (Tykes) in Kailua-Kona. They charge by the pound for a wash, dry, and fold service. * You will want to touch these walls! They are so smooth as they were professionally crafted with Italian plaster made from limestone and marble dust. Thanks Dustin--beautiful work!

Reviews

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DEAL--SPARKLING STUDIO. Kailua Kona's Best Beach. Swim-Snorkel-BodySurf! WiFi.
average rating of 4.7833333 based on 60 reviews
Miami, FL
5

Fabulous Location

  • 5 of 5

Very nice studio, as described by owner. Walls were beautiful, painted in a peaceful light green with lots of matching and complimentary decor. Bed so comfy and kitchen complete. Located on busy street, but easy access to beach just steps away. Open windows and sliding doors provide cooling breeze. The locals use the beach, early and late and play their tunes. Didn't disturb us though. Beach chairs and water toys provided, a very nice touch. Very clean, excellent WiFi.

  • Submitted: 23-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nanaimo B.c.
4

Nice Older Unit .

  • 4 of 5

Well maintained! Has everything one would need. Right across the street from a great beach,Kona Magic Sands

  • Submitted: 19-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great space, fantastic location close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

This condo was perfect! The breeze that came through made the temperature comfortable at all times. Hearing the waves crashing on the shore overnight was awesome. The beach across the way was pretty busy, but there was always room. The trolley that ran throughout the day was a great way to get into the downtown area for shopping and dining. Personally, I'd rather be closer to a beach than to the city - so the distance wasn't a problem. But if you are someone who likes to be near a lot of restaurants and shopping than this location may not be ideal.

  • Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Very good location

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at this studio was very good. Clean. Bed was comfortable. It was nice watching the sunset every night on the lanai. Located across the street from a popular beach, which was very busy.

A few suggestions that would make it that much more comfortable. Could have used a couple more beach towels and the chairs for the beach could be updated....maybe an umbrella for the beach?

We were surprised there was no recycling bin there for cardboard or plastic??

Overall our week stay was enjoyable.

  • Submitted: 10-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you had a very good stay and we wish you had contacted us about the beach equipment when you were here. We live in West Hawai`i and could have found an easy solution. Thank you for your head's up about the state of the beach chairs. There was an umbrella there -- not sure what happened with it. We now plan to replace these items very soon. There are 3 beach towels, and a washer/dryer (and clothesline) onsite so we honestly thought that was enough for 2 people. And, ahhh, recycling. That's a tough one, amazingly. You can take your cardboard and/or plastic to the County Solid Waste Transfer Station north of Kailua-Kona. That's quite a ways though. Our trash hauler refuses to provide recycling and in the past it got to be too much for the full-time residents who voluntarily performed that task. Sorry about that. I'm not sure that we'll have a solution for that any time soon. Thank you again for your comments--they really help us to keep the apartment in tip-top shape. Aloha.
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5

Great place to stay in the perfect spot on the island.

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was very pleasant space and had absolutely everything we needed. What’s not to like about the location, too. It’s handy to downtown and close to groceries while being a bit secluded from the crowds. Magic Sands is a gem of a beach. There’s almost no reason to look for another. The perfect spof!

  • Submitted: 13-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Kona White Sands

  • 4 of 5

We did enjoy the stay. Hopefully we'll return at some time.

  • Submitted: 24-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Kailua-Kona
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Keauhou (Sam Choy's)
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Keauhou
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Queen K (Kaahumanu)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Keauhou Hotels
Nearest Beach
Magic Sands (La`aloa)
Car: recommended

Kailua-Kona is a treasure trove of recreational opportunities. Get in the water for snorkeling, surfing, body-surfing, boogie-boarding, or plain old swimming right across the street. And if the Magic Sand is also on vacation, go north or south on foot for 2 minutes and you have other get-in/get-out locations.

There are now for-rent bicycles provided to the public by www.bikeshare.org and one of the stations is right next door to the building. It's great for going along Alii Drive. Take the trolley one way, bike back "home". Some charges apply, of course.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation condo rental in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
C$139
C$922
C$3,687
 
 
Summer Special 2018
May 1 2018 - Oct 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$126
C$826
C$2,861
 
 
Ironman Championship 2018
Oct 6 2018 - Oct 15 2018
6 night minimum stay
C$173
C$1,144
 
 
Fall, 2018
Oct 16 2018 - Dec 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$139
C$922
C$3,179
 
 
Winter, 2018/9
Dec 15 2018 - Mar 31 2019
4 night minimum stay
C$151
C$1,017
C$3,687
 
 
Ironman Championship 2019
Oct 5 2019 - Oct 14 2019
6 night minimum stay
C$173
C$1,144
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
C$173
C$1,144
C$4,069
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning C$127.15 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$317.88
Tax Rate 14.42%

Weekly rates are pro-rated for stays longer than 7 nights.
Security deposit is 100% refundable, as long as the studio is in good shape upon your departure. Security deposit returned in about 7 days after departure.
Amount close to 50% of nightly fees required to confirm dates.
Balance due 14 days before arrival.
Cancellation Policy: If you wish to cancel your reservation, the deposit will be refunded as follows:
• More than 90 days before your arrival: You will receive your deposit, minus $100 cancellation fee.
• Less than 90 days before your arrival: You will forfeit your deposit. However, we will always work to re-book. If we can re-book, we will refund based on 80% of the nightly rate for the nights we have re-booked, less $100 cancellation fee.
• If reservation is changed, a change fee of $50 applies. We will discuss this at the time of change, and if it is minor, no change fee is required. (Example of a minor change is shifting nights, with no change in charges.)
• We make every effort to re-book. We really are not trying to keep your $ for no reason.
• Cancellation fee of $100 -- Sorry about that ; - (
• Thank you for understanding.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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