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VRBO Listing #435251

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VRBO Listing #435251

Does anyone know anything about this listing?

We are divers, it is in a good location but what is the neighborhood like?

http://www.vrbo.com/435251#ownerprofile

Would welcome any comments, esp. if you have stayed there before or know the area.

Thanks,

Bill

Hilo, Hawaii
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1. Re: VRBO Listing #435251

It's a high end subdivision called Kona Heavens.

Another place up the hill, only above Costco instead of the airport. Just a little north of Honokowai Harbor, if you plan dives out of there. Not particularly close to Kailua Pier or Keauhou Bay. Not very close to restaurants.

Same deal as the others. Up and down a big grade, in the vog belt.

However, it is more affluent by far than the Kona Coastview location.

san francisco
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2. Re: VRBO Listing #435251

We stayed in a similar area before and did not mind the drive up. But you're saying that it's in the vog belt, which we may or may not get, right?

Given the lateness of the hour I am tempted to take it.

- Bill

Hilo, Hawaii
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3. Re: VRBO Listing #435251

Never mind, I'm deleting that post.

I'm not sure if this is actually in the Kona Heavens subdivision.

Another place up the hill, only above Costco instead of the airport. Just a little north of Honokowai Harbor, if you plan dives out of there. Not particularly close to Kailua Pier or Keauhou Bay. Not very close to restaurants.

Same deal as the others. Up and down a big grade, in the vog belt.

Ohana cottage, standard construction. At least it doesn't have wicker furniture. ;-)

You just need to decide if you want to drive 5 miles up and down the hill to begin to get anywhere. Most of the rentals you've found pose that same question of you, and are in the vog, which will affect the views some or most of the time.

The pool looks nice, depending on how much the owners use it.

Hilo, Hawaii
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4. Re: VRBO Listing #435251

Try using Google maps street view to get a look at the immediate neighborhood.

Hilo, Hawaii
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5. Re: VRBO Listing #435251

Here's a street view link for the general area.

http://goo.gl/maps/bqH4a

You can use street view to navigate up and down that road and to pivot 360 degress.

I don't have the exact address from the ad, but it's above that street, on the mauka side, somewhere along that stretch. It's a nice neighborhood. Safe, probably quiet, except for any road noise from Hina Lani Drive. (Not sure how close it is, you'd have to ask owners.)

Edited: 6:52 pm, December 03, 2012
san francisco
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6. Re: VRBO Listing #435251

What about this one?

http://www.vrbo.com/372640

san francisco
posts: 576
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7. Re: VRBO Listing #435251

Or this:

http://www.vrbo.com/337342

ON, Canada
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8. Re: VRBO Listing #435251

372640 describes the location as "Kona Magic Sands" which is a bit confusing because there's a Kona Magic Sands resort, which this unit is not in ...although they do indicate that Magic Sands Beach is within walking distance. Here it is on street view ... the upper level of the house: http://goo.gl/maps/hjAVC

The furniture/decor looks a bit dated (other than the kitchen table)... and they don't show any bathroom photos in the ad. I would have closed the closet door in the bedroom when taking the photo rather than show that view ... sorry to be critical.

ON, Canada
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9. Re: VRBO Listing #435251

Re 337342 - The Mauna Lani resort (on the Kohala Coast) is often recommended here, and the Terrace complex for the ocean views.

There's a review for this unit here ... scroll down to November 25, 2011: tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g60588-d87209-Re…

Edited: 8:34 pm, December 03, 2012
ON, Canada
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10. Re: VRBO Listing #435251

Bill ... what happened with your booking at the House of Quiet Spirit? When is your trip?