Friday, September 26, 2008

Affordable Housing

Update: 9/26/08

A new affordable condo is planned near Ala Moana. Tentatively called 1226 Waimanu, this 5 story condo will be directly across the ewa end of Ala Moana Center at the corner of Piikoi and Kona St. The location is also within walking distance of Ward Center. 1 Bedroom apartments are slated to start at $308,000.

Original Post: 9/23/07

Country Club Village 6 is an affordble condominium in Salt Lake that will be built in 2009. 1 bedroom apartments starting at $218,000.

Being a prospective first-time home buyer (Key word: prospective) I decided to see if I would at least qualify to purchase a unit. I got to the sales office at about 12:30pm. The office (trailer) officially opened at 10:30am.

As I approached the sales trailer I quickly noticed the long line before me. The line was at least 2 city blocks long. However, I was still able to see the front of the line so I decided to wait. Talking to people in front of me (in the back of the line) I heard horror stories of people who had been in line for two days & nights! After waiting for an hour, A security guard basically told us that we had little chance of getting in before the office closes a 4 pm. He did however told us we could camp there for the night... I decided it was time to leave.

I always heard of the shortage of affordable housing on Oahu. Today, I got to see it for myself.


Anonymous said...

actually, my husband & I showed up just before 5 pm. because we were "in the line" prior to the 5 pm closing, they did take our names down & gave us an appointment to return a few days later, at which point they gave us a # in the queue. so ... we will see!

hensly said...

Thank you for your comment. I'm glad someone is reading this blog :) What I don't understand is why didn't they take names and give apt times earlier in the day.
As you know, some people were there all day! We were also told that the office would close at 4pm not 5pm. Kinda sketchy if you ask me. Anyway, good luck! Hope you get a unit!

Ashwani said...

I read your blog and happy for knowing about this housing scheme.