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Cottage by The Sea
This is the place you think of when you dream of a home in Hawaii. The beautiful Pacific Ocean is a short distance away. Its sights and sounds providing a feast for your senses throughout the day. A lawn dotted with soaring coconut palms casting shadows as they dance in the trade winds. Lush, steep, vibrant green mountains create a stunning backdrop. The home itself is a classic 1943 Plantation Cottage. Meticulously maintained and updated with modern amenities, it makes for a charming and comfortable cottage by the sea.
The Cottage Details
The two bedroom/one bath cottage offers 846 square feet of living space. It lives larger than its size thanks to an open living and kitchen area, an indoor/outdoor bathroom and an enormous lanai area.
While the home maintains the charm of the era of its construction, modern conveniences abound. The original fir floors are beautiful. The plumbing and electrical are updated. The roof is new. The lanai uses Trex decking well suited to the ocean environment. HardiePlank siding replaced areas where the original wood siding showed signs of rot. New doors and windows open easily to bring in the trade winds. They include a large sliding door that opens up from the living room to the large lanai. When the trades don’t blow, central a/c keeps the home cool. The modern design kitchen features a gas range with a view that makes cooking a pleasure.
There is also a deluxe detached storage shed and a detached garage with laundry room.
The lot is .64 acres in size. A narrow parcel of county land separates the property from the ocean. In addition to soaring Coconut Palms, the landscaping includes rock walls, lush gardens, a small orchard, bananas and an herb and pepper garden.
Pakele Place is a quiet, dead end street with just a handful of homes. Under the radar, but beloved by those who know it. The location also offers incredible convenience. Downtown Wailuku is less than five minutes away. Concerts and performances at the MACC are just a few minutes drive. Sand Piles surf spot is right nearby. Kiting and windsurfing are 11 minutes away at Kanaha Beach Park.
Smell the salt air and listen to the sound of waves breaking along the shoreline as the sun rises over the ocean. Enjoy a meal with friends and family on the large lanai. Pick fruit in the orchard. Take a nap in a hammock under swaying palm trees. Soak in the hut tub under the stars. This is a property that will bring years of relaxation and enjoyment.
The list price for the cottage by the sea is $2,300,000. Check out a 3D Tour of the cottage to see more of the interior and to see the floor plan. Check out the listing page for more photos and additional details about the property. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team with questions or to arrange a showing of the property.
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Old Hawaii Homes at New Prices
We recently reduced the price on two of our listings. The properties located in Kula and Haiku respectively share something in common beyond price changes. Both homes exhibit the classic Hawaii Plantation Style. While the homes were built 83 and 144 years ago, the charm and appeal of this design style endures through today.
785 Kekaulike, Kula
This Kula Classic consists of a 1936 home on just over 3.1 acres with a separate cottage built in the early 1980s. The 1936 home features design hallmarks of the era including fir floors, double hung windows with counter weights, and crystal door knobs. Originally owned by a ranch manager, subsequent owners have done a fantastic job maintaining the home over the years.
A previous owner completed a substantial addition to the property in 2006 when they added a new master suite. Their contractor took tremendous pains to ensure that the addition was true to the style of the original construction. The bedroom has fir flooring that matches the rest of the house. The builder used double hung windows with counter weights that they reclaimed from a Plantation home in Wailuku. The bathroom has a clawfoot tub. The tiles from the master bath match the original bathroom tiles on the other side of the house.
The seller recently lowered the list price for this Kula classic to $1,530,000. You can take a 3D tour of the main home to see more of the many details. Check you the 785 Kekaulike listing page for more photos.
555 Haiku Road, Haiku
Our listing at 555 Haiku Road is the oldest home that I have been in on Maui. The five bedroom, five bath home is situated on 1.2 beautiful acres with big mature trees, beautiful tropical flowers, citrus trees and bananas. Originally built in 1875, the home served as the residence of the Doctor for the nearby Pineapple Plantation. Most recently, it has been operated as a bed and breakfast. The old cliche that they don’t build them like they used to is certainly appropriate with this home.
The style of the era is evident both on a small scale and a large scale. The gracious front porch is both a gathering place, and a spot to enjoy the cooling trade winds. There is custom woodwork throughout the interior and exterior of the home. You just don’t see this type of craftsmanship with new construction.
Other features and materials include double hung windows, fir floors, crystal door knobs and a clawfoot tub in one of the bathrooms.
This classic and gracious plantation style home is now listed for $1,220,000. Take a 3D tour to get a better sense of the floor plan and to see more details of the home. Check out the 555 Haiku Road listing page for more photos and details. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team with questions or to arrange a showing of either of these historical homes.
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Room to Roam in Nahiku
Our new Hana agent, Sonny Sudak listed a fantastic property in Nahiku on Maui’s East Side. This 57 acre property includes a small cottage, big ocean views, plenty of privacy and a whole lot more.
The seller cleared roughly two to two and a half acres around the cottage. Recent clearing efforts helped to really open up the ocean views. The remaining acreage is largely tropical jungle with three intermittent streams crossing through the property. The closest stream is audible from the cottage after heavy rains.
The two bedroom one bath cottage features vaulted ceilings. There are sliding glass doors in the two bedrooms ensure you are seeing plenty of the ocean view. The sellers recently renovated the kitchen. It has plenty of counter and cabinet space. The screened in lanai off the back is a great spot to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding land and the ocean off in the distance. The home’s post and pier construction provides a covered work space underneath the lanai.
The cottage has power through Maui Electric. TV and Internet service is provided by Satellite. A 3,000 gallon catchment tank is the source of water of the property.
There are numerous possibilities for this property. Keep it as it is for a private and quiet jungle hideaway. The agricultural zoning allows for a main home to built on the property. Clear more land for farming operations. The jungle locations is conducive to growing a variety of fruit trees and other agricultural products. The choice is yours.
This great Nahiku Property is listed for $950,000. Check out the 475 Hana Highway listing page for more photos and details on the property. Contact the Maui Real Estate Team with questions or to arrange a showing.
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For those that truly appreciate tropical flora, this new listing in Haiku will resonate with you. This gated and fully fenced two acre property includes an extremely well built and designed cottage of 996 square feet. However, it is the landscaping that truly elevates this home to a truly extraordinary property. The owners of the home have been painstakingly developing the gardens over the last eight years. The end result is Manawai Gardens, a home surrounded by a true botanical wonderland.
The Home at Manawai Gardens
The custom open beam cottage includes one bedroom and one and a half baths. In addition to the 996 square feet of living space, there is a large covered lanai that makes the home live larger. There is also a huge storage area and a two car garage.
Built less than 20 years ago, the owners remodeled the home in 2011. Building materials in both the original construction and the remodel were selected with ease of maintenance, durability and luxury in mind. Some of the quality materials used include Merbau Flooring, Granite counters and custom Koa and Mango Wood Accents. Split system air conditioning adds an extra element of comfort on particularly warm days.
Outdoor Living Spaces at Manawai Gardens
The sellers spend a good deal of their time on the covered lanai of the home. It is an extension of the living space that allows the home to live larger than its interior square footage. It is a great spot to enjoy the vistas of the gardens, feel the cooling tradewinds or escape a passing trade shower.
The lanai overlooks a large patio area that includes a spa, an outdoor shower and a barbecue area. The patio is another space that invites you outside to enjoy the surrounding gardens.
The Flora of Manawai Gardens
The sellers of this property began their transformation of the landscaping around the property eight years ago. They were diligent in their search for the best botanicals. They chose plantings for fragrance, rarity and health. The owners invested similar effort in identifying the location for each planting. The placement process took into account view planes, the health of the plant and both aromatic and visual considerations.
In addition to the flowers and hardwoods, there is a citrus orchard above the cottage and plenty of space for a vegetable and herb garden.
The Future Potential of Manawai Gardens
The zoning for the property is agricultural. That means there is potential to add another residence to the property. There is an ideal oceanview building site towards the top of the lot. Even with a new home, there is still room to expand upon the existing gardens.
Find Out More About Manawai Gardens
This property is offered for $1,275,000. Take a 3D Tour of the property to see more of the interior and to get a better sense of the floor plan. Check out more photos and details on the 237 Manawai Place Listing Page. Contact the Maui Real Estate Team to arrange a showing or to discuss the property with an agent.
Sold on 6/28/2019
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Maui County Changes Accessory Dwelling Laws
The County of Maui Recently updated its laws regarding accessory dwellings. For those that don’t speak zoning, the term accessory dwellings refers to cottages or attached apartments. Locally, we refer to these structures as ohanas. With the island feeling the pinch of a housing shortage, the county council recently voted to remove the limit on minimum lot sizes for ohanas. The new zoning laws also allow for a second ohana unit on certain size lots. The change in laws increased the size limits for ohanas, and it also allows for larger deck spaces. The last significant change is a prohibition on accessory dwellings for use as a bed and breakfast home, short-term rental home or a transient vacation rental. The intent of all of this legislation is to address the shortage of long term rentals on island.
Accesory Dwellings on Smaller Lots
Previously, a lot had to be 7,500 square feet or larger to legally have an ohana. The new rules stipulate that any property may have an accessory dwelling. That said, smaller properties would still need to have sufficient space for off street parking to get a permit for an accessory dwelling.
Two Accessory Dwellings are now Allowed on Lots that are 7,500 Square Feet or Larger.
Lots that are 7,500 square feet or above have always allowed for ohanas. They are now allowed a second ohana on the property. As with the smaller lots, the stipulation is that any additional ohana also has sufficient off street parking.
New Size Limits for Accessory Dwellings
The county has increased the size of the ohana units allowed on a property. The table below shows the new size limits based on lot size.
|Lot Area in Square Feet||Maximum Gross Covered Floor Area (sq. ft)|
|Up to 7,499||500|
|7,500 to 9,999||600|
|10,000 to 21,799||720|
|21,780 to 43,599||840|
|43,560 to 87,119||960|
|87,120 or more||1,200|
It is notable that these numbers are per “ohana” and not the total for the two structures. Covered floor area includes “any covered storage; excludes carports, parking spaces, and garages (including areas therein that contain laundry facilities and utility equipment such as water heaters); and covered walkways or landings up-to four feet wide under eaves or overhangs that are not part of an uncovered open deck, patio, lanai or similar structure.”
Who Doesn’t Want to Have a Bigger Deck?
The changes in accessory dwelling rules also allows for bigger covered and uncovered lanai spaces. The new covered lanai spaces are shown via the table below.
|Lot Area in Square Feet||Maximum Gross Covered Floor Area (sq. ft)|
|Up to 7,499||200|
|7,500 to 9,999||240|
|10,000 to 21,799||280|
|21,780 to 43,599||320|
|43,560 to 87,119||360|
|87,120 or more||400|
The table above includes the square footage for covered decks, walkways, patios, lanai or similar structures.
There are similar allowances for uncovered decks, lanais and patios.
|Lot Area in Square Feet||Maximum Cumulative Floor Area (sq. ft)|
|Up to 7,499||200|
|7,500 to 9,999||240|
|10,000 to 21,779||280|
|21,780 to 43,559||320|
|43,550 to 87,119||360|
|87,120 or more||400|
For both of the above tables, “cumulative floor area” excludes walkways or landings up to four feet wide under eaves or overhangs that are not part of a deck, patio, lanai or similar structure.
No More Vacation Renting Accessory Dwellings
The underlying goal of the changes to accessory dwelling laws was to create more housing inventory for local residents. With that in mind, the county established a prohibition on using accessory dwellings as short terms rentals, vacation rentals or as part of a Bed and Breakfast. This is to ensure that the new accessory dwellings don’t become Airbnb rentals.
What’s Not Covered by the Bill
The changes to accessory dwelling laws are limited to properties with the appropriate zoning. One place where there might be some confusion is with properties that are zoned agricultural. While ag zoning allows for “ohanas,” the cottage structures on agricultural lots are considered to be “accessory farm dwellings.” The rules for “Accessory farm dwellings” have not been changed by this bill.
While this bill allows for an increase in density, home owners will find that that parking and water could be a constraint to building out a property to its full capacity. I had already mentioned the need for sufficient off street parking for any accessory dwelling. Fixture count will also be a factor for that property owners will need to consider if they want to take advantage of the new law.
Maui County limits the number of plumbing fixtures that can be installed with a standard 5/8ths inch water meter. It is pretty easy to hit fixture limits with a main house and an ohana. Within the last few years, the county started to allow home owners to buy additional fixture points. If someone wants to build a second accessory dwelling, they may need to buy the additional fixture points or even a second water meter. In places like the North Shore and Upcountry, a second water meter is not an option. Let’s hope that water constraints do not undercut the potential of the bill. With Maui in desperate need of more long term rentals, this bill seems like a positive step to generate some much needed rental housing.
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March 2018 Paia Real Estate Market Update
As we approach the end of the first quarter, our Team wanted to provide an update on how some of the real estate markets around the island have been faring. The Maui Real Estate Team’s office is located in Paia on Maui’s North Shore. It only makes sense that it would be near the top of the list of communities for that we profile. This small beach town has been one of the stronger real estate markets on the island this cycle. With very limited growth in inventory over the last 15 years and a significant increase in demand, the recipe for price increases has been in place for some time. Spreckelsville is part of the Paia zip code and included within the Paia MLS area via the Realtor Association of Maui. We already did one market update focusing specifically on Sprecks. This update focuses more on Paia town itself and the neighborhoods of Kuau located to the east of Paia town.
The map above shows the geographic distribution of recent sales activity and current listings in Paia. Red pins show sales, yellow pins show properties that are currently under contract and green pins indicate active listings. You can click on the individual pins for more details on the properties.
Here are the notable sales numbers from the second half of 2017 and the first couple of months of 2018 in Paia town.
- There were 8 homes and one condo sold in the last half of 2018. There have been three homes sold thus far in 2018. There are an additional five homes under contract.
- Over the same period of 2016-2017, there were 14 homes sold and one condo sold. That is a 22% decrease in home sale volume.
- The Median price of the homes sold over the last 8 months is $747,000. The average sales price for the 11 homes that closed is $1,837,563. Over the period between July 1, 2016 and March 15th, 2017, the median price of homes sold was $590,000 and the average price was $840,000. That is a 25% and a 218% increase respectively. These charges aren’t solely a reflection of increases in value. They are also due to a higher number of more expensive sales and less inventory and activity at the lower price points in the market.
- The high sale over the last 8 months was $4,855,200 for an oceanfront home in Paia. This five bedroom, four and a half bath home with 3,809 square feet of living space is situated on a 15,882 square foot lot. This sale was notable in that it was the first luxury home auction in the Paia area.
- This was one of four sales in Paia that closed over $3,000,000. The other three closes were all ocean or beachfront properties.
- The lowest priced home sale was $521,000. This was for a three bedroom, two bath home with 1,508 square feet of living space on a 7,871 square foot lot on Baldwin Avenue.
- The one condo that closed at Kuau Plaza sold for $354,000. That is a new record sale for a one bedroom in that complex.
While the Paia area is pretty small, the housing stock can be diverse. The numbers above give the big picture. I wanted to take a little deeper dive by looking at some of the individual neighborhoods in the community.
Skill Village is a neighborhood located above the Paia Mill on Baldwin Avenue. It consists of mostly modest homes built in the mid to late 1980s. A lot of the homes priced in the entry point of the Paia market are located in Skill Village. It also tends to be one of the busier neighborhoods in Paia for sales activity. During the last half of 2017, the neighborhood bucked that trend. There were only two sales. The recent activity has also been happening at higher price points. The lowest priced sale in the neighborhood closed for $600,000. That was for a well maintained 3 bedroom, one bath home with 984 square feet of living space on a 6,164 square foot lot. The highest priced sale was actually the highest all time sale in the neighborhood. A home at 85 Palekana Street sold for $700,000. This four bedroom, two bath home has 1,576 square feet of living space. That record appears to be short lived with a larger, highly upgraded home located at 549 Kuanana listed for $849,000 currently under contract. Even if the sale price is well under asking, it is highly likely that this will be a new record. That house is somewhat anomalous from other current activity in the neighborhood.
After about a year or more of limited listings, we have seen neighborhood inventory increase since the start of the year. The property at 549 Kuanana is one of seven homes that are currently listed in the neighborhood. Four of the seven homes are under contract. The price points are also a little more accessible with four out of seven listings priced below $600,000.
Paia Halelani is a neighborhood that most don’t know by name. Located behind the Paia Community Center, most of the community’s modest homes were built in the early 1970s. The neighborhood has not seen a lot of activity lately with no sales in the last couple of years. Within the last month, the first two listings in some time came to market. Both homes are priced under $500,000, a relative rarity these days in the Paia market. That said, the bank owned property at 246 Kahiko is in such poor condition that they are not even allowing showings due to safety concerns. That means a cash buyer is the only possibility. The other home at 210 Kahiko also has considerable deferred maintenance and may also require cash to purchase. These two properties will not provide a great indication on neighborhood values when they close due to their poor condition.
Kuau Bayview is an Alexander and Baldwin subdivision built in the late 1990s. The subdivision has been one of the strongest neighborhoods in this market cycle. It was the first neighborhood on the island to set all time market highs after the last downturn. It has had relatively limited activity on the MLS during the last 8 months. The listing at 34 North Laelua is the only property listed on the MLS at this time. That home is currently under contract. There was one for sale by owner in the neighborhood that recently sold. I did a public records search and could not find the sales price as of yet. There is also one other For Sale by Owner which just came on the market.
This is more a property type or general location than neighborhood. The shoreline of Paia has seen a fair amount of real estate activity over the last 8 months with four closes. They are a fairly diverse set of properties. There was the aforementioned auction property. That plain and simple was a a luxury oceanfront home. The second highest sale was for a large Plantation Style home right on the oceanfront of Paia Bay. The home was filled with Old Hawaii Charm and fetched a price tag of $3,600,000. While the previous two sales were finished articles, the last two oceanfront sales were more upside purchases. The first was .64 acres on the beach at Paia Bay. There are two structures on the property including a 3 bed, 2 bath home with 2,260 square feet of living space and a 3 bedroom, 1 bath home with 960 square feet of living space. The zoning allows for the possibility for a third structure. The last sale included over an acre of oceanfront in the middle of Tavares Bay with a 1930s vintage Old Hawaii Style Home. The sea wall on the property began to fail while it was under contract. This led to a price reduction during the transaction. The new owner will need to address that issue. These two properties both closed for $3,300,000.
Unless, there is an influx of new listings, I would expect that we may see a slow down in activity for oceanfront homes in Paia. There are just three Paia oceanfront properties on the market at this time. One is priced well over the all time record sale for oceanfront homes in Paia outside of Spreckelsville. Another home is priced just below the record sale. The all time record sale was on more land, with bigger, newer and more upgraded homes. A buyer would really need to fall in love with the respective locations of those listings to pay close to the asking prices.
Paia Market Outlook for the rest of 2018
Paia has relatively limited inventory at this time. That is likely to be the biggest constraint to a lot of sales activity for the rest of the year. Another thing to watch is interest rates. While we have a little more inventory in Skill Village, lower priced properties may cool off a little if we see a significant rise in interest rates. I can’t foresee any real drastic shifts in the market unless we have some sort of larger global event that causes significant economic uncertainty. The fundamentals of Paia overall remain strong. It still has a fairly limited number of properties and the future development of homes will likely remain slow. Demand comes from both on island residents and a off island buyers. That should keep Paia as one of the more sought after real estate markets on the island.
The tight market can make for some challenges if you are a prospective Paia home buyer. With an office in the center of town and our ears constantly to the ground, we have a good sense of the inventory of both listed and unlisted properties. Sellers will find that the lack of inventory makes this a good time to come to market. Sellers still do need to put thought into their pricing. Even with limited inventory, overpriced properties can sit for a while under current market conditions. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team if you are planning on buying or selling property in Paia. We would welcome the chance to sit down and discuss your real estate needs. You can search the current inventory of Paia Real Estate Listings on MauiRealEstate.com.