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Featured Property - Golfers Delight Kapalua Home

A beautiful Kapalua home featuring unobstructed views of the prestigious Kapalua Bay Course.
April 21, 2017

Featured Property: Golfer's Delight Kapalua Home


Perched right above the 12th tee of the championship Kapalua Bay Course, you'll find a beautiful Kapalua home with unobstructed views and plenty of privacy. Hidden by a wall of mature foliage, this property is an ideal choice if you are looking for your own tranquil sanctuary, but you still want easy access to nearby conveniences. Best of all, if you love to play golf, this home is in the perfect location for playing a game, or just admiring the lush green fairways just by glancing out the window.

This 3,598-square-foot home is a 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath on 11,391 square feet of land area. The aesthetic is casually elegant, with tropical details. You can easily see the care that has been given to the property by the current owners, because everything is in immaculate condition, inside and out. In fact, this home is ready for immediate occupancy.

The outside features mature tropical landscaping that helps to provide extra privacy as you enjoy the soothing ocean breeze from the lanai, or go for a swim in the pool. Along with the bedrooms and bathrooms, the interiors include a spacious kitchen with an island counter, a welcoming home office area with a charming reading nook, and a two-car garage. The windows provide views of the lush tropical foliage, the ocean, and the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai. Let's not forget the golf course. By the way, the championship Kapalua Bay Course has previously hosted the PGA and LPGA tournaments.

This remarkable West Maui home is located within Pineapple Hill, which comes with its own delightful amenities. The community is gated for your security and privacy, and homeowners get access to the oversized swimming pool, two tennis courts, and private roads that comprise this peaceful neighborhood. Nearby, you can find some of Maui's loveliest beaches, resort attractions, restaurants and shopping experiences. Not only does the area feature the Kapalua Bay Course, but also the Plantation Course, both of which are prestigious and celebrated by golfers the world over.

If you're interested in learning more about this wonderful home, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We would be delighted to answer your questions, and schedule viewings for this and any other property that interests you. Mahalo!

Featured Property: Elegant Pineapple Hill Home in Kapalua

A gorgeous four-bed, three-bath home in a corner location in Pineapple Hill, Kapalua.
April 14, 2017

Featured Property: Elegant Pineapple Hill Home in Kapalua


In the market for a luxury home featuring a blend of classic and island style personality? Explore this picturesque Pineapple Hill home for sale on Crestview and you'll discover a wonderland of dynamic yet harmonious architectural details. It's clear from every inch of the property that the design was meticulously thought out.

In terms of the space, this home features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a two-car garage for a total 4,050 square feet of breezy, open plan living space. The land area spreads out over 13,408 square feet in a location that provides lovely views of the majestic West Maui Mountains and the sparkling azure waters of the Pacific.

The lanai features both sheltered and sunny spaces, a BBQ grill, a well-maintained swimming pool, and a tempting hot tub spa, all thoughtfully laid out for a visually pleasing aesthetic. Each of these outdoor features is crowned by the breathtaking views of the ocean, the neighboring islands and the vibrant Maui sunsets. The steady trade winds tend to keep temperatures in a pleasant range, but you can always take a dip in the pool if you want to cool down while enjoying the beauty of the outdoor space.

This spacious corner lot is perched at the top of the Pineapple Hill community, which features two private tennis courts on site, a common area with a swimming pool, showers, restrooms and a space for meetings and parties. Pineapple Hill is located within The Kapalua Resort, where you'll also find two championship golf courses, the Tennis Garden, and some of the finest restaurants and beaches on the island. You can enjoy all this and more from the exclusive, gated community of Pineapple Hill.

If you'd like to know more about the Crestview home for sale at Pineapple Hill, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We're happy to answer any questions you may have, and we can arrange a viewing for serious buyers. If your real estate requirements involve a different set of property criteria, we can assist you in finding the right real estate to meet your needs. In the meantime, feel free to check in each Friday for our latest update. Mahalo!

Maui Visitor Spending Spikes in February

While arrivals were flat, spending increased for Maui, and the state average in February, 2017.
April 07, 2017

Maui Visitor Spending Spikes in February

Daily spending from Hawaii visitors spiked by 11.5 percent in February, according to a report from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. This brought up total visitor spending by 8 percent, which is a respectable gain, compared to the same month last year. Interestingly enough, these increases came despite a only a 2 percent gain in arrivals.

Maui's visitor industry officials have always supported the strategy of attracting fewer but higher paying guests to the island for a more exclusive experience. That's why median hotel room rates are highest on Maui, a fact that many investors have taken advantage of when buying Maui real estate for short-term rental use at least part of the year. The competitive vacation rental rates help visitors select from a conveniently wide range of choices for their budgets.

Maui's contribution to February's state average gains included an increase of 9.3 percent in daily spending to $234 for an overall spending increase to 8.3 percent. Arrivals were flat, with an increase in the number of visitors from the U.S. East, but a decline from Canada and Europe. The average daily census still counted 61,385 visitors.

For the state as a whole, total spending in both January and February was $2.9 billion. Compare that to the $2.7 billion during the same period last year and we're looking at a 9 percent increase in spending so far this year. As past reports have also highlighted, the majority of the steady growth has been coming from both the U.S. West and East, which speaks volumes about the condition of the economy.

Although the performance of international markets has been touch-and-go with the strengthening value of the dollar, Japanese visitors posted arrival gains in February, increasing by 5.8 percent compared to the same month last year. If we look at the exchange rate in terms of real estate, reports from the Realtors Association of Maui reveal that Canadian home and condo owners may be selling more than buying as the dollar increases in value.

This is just one of the many threads that connect the Maui real estate market with the visitor industry. On that note, if you're looking for assistance as you navigate through the nuances of our market, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We would be happy to help you through every step of the real estate purchase process. Mahalo!

Beachfront Maui Condo for Sale in Kapalua

A pristine Maui beachfront condominium listing at Kapalua Bay Villas I.
March 31, 2017

Beachfront Maui Condo for Sale in Kapalua


Interested in a pristine, freshly remodeled Kapalua condo for sale with gorgeous ocean views? That's what you'll find at the 500 Bay Unit 23B1 listing in the Kapalua Bay Villas I. Finding the right condo can be a challenge, but that's why we regularly highlight desirable listings for your perusal, to make your search a little or a lot easier. The 500 Bay condo has a long list of great features that might just make it perfect for your needs.

First of all, the views are spectacular at this second-floor location, with the ocean directly out from the lanai. Imagine yourself watching breathtaking sunsets throughout the year and whales at play in the winter. Connecting to the lanai space is the breezy living room space with a new sofa, loveseat and area rug, as well as an enlarged entertainment center for a sizeable TV.

Among the recent updates are all new LED lights in the living room, kitchen and bathroom, along with new paint throughout, with the exception of the kitchen, which is in excellent condition as-is. The current owners have maintained the interior with meticulous care. The remodeling and interior design was provides by Koliana Designs, and the exceptional quality of their work shines through in this condo.

The layout includes one bedroom and one bathroom with 1,006 square feet of living space. Situated within the 16-acre Kapalua Bay Villas I development, this condo comes with many exciting amenities, including tennis courts, an on-site office/manager, an oceanfront pool with gas BBQ grills and sheltered seating area, along with two additional swimming pools. With access to three swimming pools, you can pick your favorite, or simply opt for the quiet one of the bunch if that suits you.

Along with the many charms of the Kapalua Bay Villas, this condo would put you just minutes in walking distance from the 5-star luxury Montage resort and its world-renowned spa, along with entertainment, the celebrated oceanfront Hana Hou bar, and exquisite dining options. Other nearby features include white-sand beaches, scenic golf courses, a wide variety of restaurants, and coastal hiking trail. You will also find the lures of Ka'anapali and Lahaina just a short drive away.

If you're interested in learning more about this exciting condo for sale at Kapalua Bay Villas, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We would be happy to answer your questions, and schedule a viewing if you're ready to see it in person. Mahalo!

Top 8 Kapalua Restaurants of 2017

Amid the world class real estate, beaches, golf, and shopping, don't miss Kapalua's culinary scene.
March 24, 2017

Top 8 Kapalua Restaurants of 2017

Searching through Kapalua homes for sale isn't just about the properties themselves, but the great features in the nearby area. Whether you're looking for a full-time family home or a luxury seasonal getaway, you want to know that the place itself features the lifestyle elements that you enjoy. Around here, that includes world-class golf, exceptional spas, breathtaking scenery and gorgeous white sand beaches. Then, there's the food, which ranks higher and higher on the priority list for our new Maui residents. Here, amidst the glamorous charms of the exclusive Kapalua Resort, you'll find no shortage of delightful restaurants to sate your craving for quality cuisine. Here are our suggestions for wonderful restaurants to try in Kapalua.


Moderately Priced

Gazebo Restaurant – This charming local favorite is perched on the pristine Kapalua coastline overlooking the water, with the lovely Napili Beach just steps away. The fare includes a classic assortment of breakfast and brunch items, but with a bit of Hawaiian flare. The wait staff is friendly, helpful and upbeat, the ambiance casual, and the tranquil ocean views both soothing and inspiring. Once you've had breakfast at The Gazebo, you'll be refreshed and ready for a day of adventure. Hours are 7:30am - 2:00pm daily.

The Wine Palette – Wine, traditional American food and... painting classes? You bet! Who says you can't enjoy a delicious cut of steak while playing with colors on your own little canvas? Nestled between the Ritz Carlton and Sansei, you'll find this unusual gem. Whether you choose to take advantage of their painting class or not, the cuisine is delightful and familiar, while the wine selection should satisfy the most discerning palate (not to be confused with palette, which is for your paints). As you might imagine, this unique establishment is celebrated by families with children, couples looking for a unique dining date, and friends who want to try something new together. Hours are 3:00pm - 10:00pm daily.

Taverna – Come to this vibrant restaurant for classic Italian cuisine and fantastic cocktails. The restaurant is situated beside the gentle slopes of the golf course located at The Kapalua Villas Maui. This great place is known for its friendly staff, relaxing atmosphere, and comforting food. If you have a craving for Italian favorites, you might find just what you're looking for at Taverna. Hours are 5:00pm - 12:00am daily.


Upscale Pricing

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar – If you're looking for Japanese fare including sushi and wine options, you won't want to miss the popping flavors of this restaurant. Their prices range from about $30 to $60, and the food is well worth the money, but if you feel like spending less, take advantage of their happy hour and early bird specials. If you're interested in a menu suggestion, try their outstanding Tempura Butterfish Roll. Hours are 5:30pm - 10:00pm daily, except for Thursdays and Fridays when they stay open until 1:00am.

The Plantation House Restaurant – Surrounded by the rolling green fairways of the Plantation Course, this restaurant is known for its seafood, Hawaiian dishes, and its wine selection. Conveniently, they serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and the menu is quite extensive, which works well for those who are very selective in their choices. Hours are 8:00am - 9:00pm.


Splurge

Merriman's Kapalua – For fine cuisine featuring American and seafood options, you'll want to try this beautiful restaurant. As with many gourmet restaurants, the portions are small, but the flavors are dazzling. The seafood is their real specialty, but they also have some nice Hawaiian flavors added to the mix of their menu. Take advantage of their terrific happy hour mai tais if you can. Hours are 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, they open from 9:30am - 1:30pm, and opens again from 3:00pm - 9:00pm.

The Banyan Tree – This is the place to try fine Hawaiian fare, with a sublime array of traditional options like ahi poke and seared mahi mahi, but you'll also find Western options like filet minon and smoked ribeye steak. Their farm-to-table ingredients bring the dishes to life with fresh flavors that come right from the island and the surrounding waters. Hours are 5:30pm - 9:30pm from Tuesday to Saturday. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Cane & Canoe – This relatively new Kapalua restaurant has quickly earned the approval of both local and visiting diners with its Hawaiian food and delicious cocktails. They even provide a number of gluten free options. You'll find classic menu items like lamb chops and filet minon, alongside items like togarashi crusted ahi tuna and coconut lobster soup. The ambiance is sublime, while the menu is moderate in size, but versatile. Hours are 7:00am - 11:00am and 5:00pm - 9:00pm Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, they stay open until 1:00pm for brunch and open again for dinner as normal.


One more thing...you can't forget about the amazing Pineapple Grill. Located on "The Bay" golf course, they give you many choices and times to satisfy and excite your taste palates from breakfast to dinner. You even have the option to "Grab & Go" with your meal if you plan to explore the island, instead of sitting and staying to eat. This is an award recognized restaurant with a delicious mix of flavors for everyone who visits Maui. Happy hour is daily from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. Breakfast is from 8:00am - 11:00am, Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 12:00pm, Saturday & Sunday. The All Day Menu is available from 11:00am - 9:00pm, Monday - Friday; 12:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday. And Dinner is available from 5:00pm - 9:00pm.


If you're considering a Kapalua real estate purchase, you may as well sample the many exceptional restaurants in the area. You can just consider it local research, for purely practical purposes, of course. If you need our assistance finding the right Kapalua property investment, we can tell you a whole lot more than we can about the restaurants! You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page if you need us. Mahalo!

Blogs for April 2017

Featured Property - Golfers Delight Kapalua Home

Posted on April 21, 2017
Featured Property: Golfer's Delight Kapalua Home


Perched right above the 12th tee of the championship Kapalua Bay Course, you'll find a beautiful Kapalua home with unobstructed views and plenty of privacy. Hidden by a wall of mature foliage, this property is an ideal choice if you are looking… Continue Reading

Featured Property: Elegant Pineapple Hill Home in Kapalua

Posted on April 14, 2017
Featured Property: Elegant Pineapple Hill Home in Kapalua


In the market for a luxury home featuring a blend of classic and island style personality? Explore this picturesque Pineapple Hill home for sale on Crestview and you'll discover a wonderland of dynamic yet harmonious architectural details. It's clear from… Continue Reading

Maui Visitor Spending Spikes in February

Posted on April 07, 2017
Maui Visitor Spending Spikes in February

Daily spending from Hawaii visitors spiked by 11.5 percent in February, according to a report from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. This brought up total visitor spending by 8 percent, which is a respectable gain, compared to the same month last year. Interestingly enough,… Continue Reading

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