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Convenience is highlight of new Center Street Cluster


Recognizing a scarcity of single-family homes located close to town and in convenient proximity to shops, restaurants and schools, Realtor/developer Abe Lee has purchased a 26,000-square-foot property at 1304 Center St. with seven “old Kaimuki-style” homes, which he is condominiumizing and placing on the market.

“Essentially, I am creating a new ‘mini neighborhood’ similar to one I condominiumized, upgraded and sold out in Manoa last year,” explained Lee, who has completed 140 such projects on Oahu over the past 35 years.

The homes in his “Center Street Cluster” are oneand two-bedroom wood frame structures, the oldest of which was built in the late 1920s and in the style of the period with board and batten siding, 3-inch trim around windows and doors, and double-hung windows. Siding and window designs vary in the newer homes. Outdoor view decks and hardwood floors are among the features that contribute to the appeal of these vintage homes. All will have two parking spaces on the property, which is surrounded by moss rock and concrete block walls, and accessible by a private drive from Center Street.

Lee said he will be painting the exterior of all homes and upgrading common areas, including widening the driveway. He pointed out that the property has sufficient elevation to capture ocean, city, Diamond Head and hillside views in the Ewa direction.

“What is really great about this little community is its convenience,” Lee said. “Shops, restaurants, banks, various services and bus stops are a short walking distance down the hill, as are recreational facilities including public tennis courts. Schools are close by, and Kahala Mall is a five-minute drive up Waialae Avenue.” He noted that he will assist the residents in forming a homeowners’ association.

The homes are priced from $599,000 to $850,000. An open house will be held at the property today from 2 to 5 p.m.

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