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The Coconut Chronicles

The MauiRealEstate.com Newsletter

Volume XI, featuring Hawaii Plantation Style Homes

Aloha! Welcome to the eleventh edition of "The Coconut Chronicles" presented by Billy and Pete Jalbert, Realtors for the Maui Real Estate Team in Paia, Maui. This month we are highlighting Hawaii Plantation Style Homes and Maui's Lahaina.

 

Billy & Pete's Picks: Hawaii Plantation Style Homes

Each month The Coconut Chronicles presents some properties that may be intriguing to you. There are literally hundreds of active listings to choose from. Our goal is to provide you with a snapshot of some properties that may be right for you! This month we are highlighting Hawaii Plantation Style Homes. When talking about a plantation style homes in Hawaii, we are not referring to "Gone With the Wind" style estates with towering white columns that one might see in the Southern United States. Instead, Hawaii Plantation Style refers to more modest bungalow style homes that were built in the early to mid 20th century when sugar cane and pineapple agriculture were the main industries on the island. The plantation style homes range from the smaller structures occupied by field hands to more upscale structures such as those inhabited by supervisors and more substantial land owners. There are pockets of plantation style homes remaining throughout the island in communities such as Haiku, Paia, Makawao, Pukalani, Kula, Wailuku and Lahaina. Some have been lovingly restored while others could use some TLC to bring them back to original condition. There are even newly constructed homes that are being built in the plantation style. It is easy to see why as this style exudes character and charm and provide a time warp to bygone days of old Hawaii. The following are some of the current Hawaii Plantation Style Homes on the market in Maui.

2304 Main Street Wailuku

2304 Main Street Wailuku

This is our new listing located right in the heart of Wailuku. This charming 3 bedroom/ 1.5 bath plantation style home was constructed in 1929 and restored in 2004. Original wood floors, original chandeliers and wood frame windows are some of the features that are still evident from the home's 1929 construction. The home is on a large, level 11,100 square foot lot allowing for expansion possibilities. The home is listed for $749,000.

 

56 Leie Street Hali'imaile

Built in 1927, this home was originally constructed as the Hali'imaile community center. In 2000, the home was expanded and some renovations were completed. The end result was a 2 bedroom/2 bath structure. There is still opportunity for additional renovation to bring out more of the structure's original charm. This home is listed at $549,000. The Maui Real Estate Team may represent you as buyer's agents.

 

Lanai Plantation Style Home

Lanai Plantation Style Home

Lanai City is filled with old plantation style homes from when Pineapple was truly king of the island. There is opportunity to find an old fixer upper or the chance to move into a home that has already been restored. This 3 bedroom/1 bath home has built in 1935 and is in pretty good condition. This home is listed for $450,000. The Maui Real Estate Team may represent you as buyer's agents.

 

Kula Upscale Plantation Homes

Kula Upscale Plantation Homes

Not all plantation style structures are restored into their original condition. Some of the island's older homes have been remodeled incorporating more modern design features. This beautiful home located in the Keokea section of Kula was built in 1935 and remodeled in 1990. New features include a modern kitchen and cathedral ceilings. Skylights and French doors have made the home very bright and airy. While there are a number of modern improvements, features like a claw foot tub help to maintain the original plantation style charm. This 2 bedroom / 2 bath home is on a 1.25 acre lot with spectacular views of the North and South Shores. The home is listed for $1,275,000. The Maui Real Estate Team may represent you as buyer's agents.

 

Launiupoko Plantation Cottage 2005

Launiupoko Plantation Cottage 2005

Many of the design elements of plantation style homes are timeless. They are just as appealing now as they were in 1930. That is one of the reasons that you continue to see new homes built in the plantation style. This upscale cottage has much of the charm of older structures with a cute, covered front porch, plantation style roof line and hardwood floors. This 2 bedroom / 2 bath cottage also has more modern amenities such as a gourmet kitchen. Situated on a 5 acre lot, there is lots of room to build a larger main house. The ocean views from the property are remarkable. This property is listed at $2,250,000. The Maui Real Estate Team may represent you as buyer's agents.

This article was originally published in August of 2005. Most of these properties are no longer on the market. For all of the current plantation style home listings on Maui, contact The Maui Real Estate Team today.

Maui Moments: Habitat for Humanity

For a number of years, the Realtors Association of Maui has sponsored the construction of a home through Habitat for Humanity on Maui. Different real estate offices on island donate their time and a little bit of sweat throughout the year. In the past month, I helped organize the team from Jim Sanders Realty. A group of us spent one of our recent Saturday's up in the Keokea region building a home up in the Hawaiian Homesteads neighborhood.

Our work crew came with mixed experience when it came to construction skills. On the bottom of the ladder was someone like myself who is more likely to hit thumb than nail when wielding a hammer. On the other end of the scale were a few of the Realtors in the office with significant construction experience. Our skills were augmented by those of the owner of the house, his son and a couple of contractors who have been kind enough to donate their time and skills to the project. The boost from the contractors has been particularly evident with the project well ahead of schedule.

On our work day, the Sanders crew was tasked with sheeting the roof, putting up the siding and laying the deck. It was a good change of pace to be hammering nails rather than hammering away on our keyboards. Soft from too much time behind the desk, I am sure I was not the only person from the office that was dog tired by the end of the day. That being said, a good time was had by all. I also learned a few things about home construction. The whole crew had smiles at quitting time in light of the tangible progress that had been made. When we started, the roof was just trusses. By the end of the day, we completed half the sheeting, the front deck was half finished and the siding had been completed all around the house. It was a good opportunity for the Sanders office to work as a team out of the office and a better chance for us to help make a difference for some good people in the Maui community.

You don't have to be a Realtor to contribute your time or your efforts to Habitat for Humanity on Maui. The Realtors Association of Maui is sponsoring one of the many Habitat construction projects currently ongoing on Maui. Contact the Maui Chapter of Habitat to volunteer at (808) 893-0334 or habitat-maui@verizon.net.

 

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