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Hawaii’s Luxury Condos

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When developers Bruce Stark and Sheridan Ing launched sales of their Royal Iolani in 1976, two years before the project was completed, the marketing program emphasized that views would be protected in perpetuity by approximately 200 acres of open space immediately adjacent to the 2-1/2 acre construction site. Consisting of the Iolani School campus and Ala Wai Golf Course, the 200 acres remain untouched by development that might impinge on the panoramic views enjoyed by Royal Iolani residents.

The Royal Iolani was the second Stark-Ing joint venture following by four years the completion of their very successful, award-winning Yacht Harbor Towers. The same blue ribbon team was retained for the Royal Iolani: Architect Warner Boone of Boone and Brooks, general contractor Swinerton and Walberg, and structural engineer Richard M. Libbey, Inc. Designers Norman Lacayo, Richard Crowell, and Thomas Pagliuso AIA collaborated with Boone on interior modifications, each concentrating on a different floor plan. The grounds were extensively landscaped by Fowler, Bergman & Associates.

The 288 units were divided evenly into the two 39-story towers. One, two, and three bedroom apartments, all with large lanais, were originally priced from $76,900 to $153,000 leasehold, except for several oversized units at $220,000. Apartments were also made available as loft space. Recreational facilities supported the image of Royal Iolani as “Honolulu’s newest luxury highrise residence” swimming pool, outdoor spa, private party pavilions, barbecues and gathering areas, men’s and women’s exercise rooms, sauna, putting green, and tennis courts.

“With the proliferation of residential highrises in other urban Honolulu neighborhoods, protected views are at a premium among existing and planned condominium residences,” said Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties owner and principal broker Richard Cricchio, whose company has recently listed a two bedroom, two bath remodeled unit at $889,000 fee simple. “Open space and a neighborhood that is not likely to experience additional highrise or commercial development in the near future is a big plus for the Royal Iolani. Another feature that makes these Royal Iolani units desirable is the large lanais…this 30th floor unit’s lanai is 338 square feet extending across the width of the main living area. The renovations in 2004 included the addition of marble flooring and baths, a Jacuzzi tub, granite countertops in the kitchen, laminate wood floors in the bedrooms, and built-in cabinets. The unit comes with two wide parking stalls.” Cricchio noted that the building has central air conditioning, guest parking, a full-time resident manager, a security guard, and is pet-friendly.

Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties Realtor Sungok Lee Cricchio is showing Royal Iolani DH-3001 by appointment.

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