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Luxury Real Estate Maui: Unveiling the Island’s Top Gems

The shores of Maui continuously attract new residents and second-home owners who want a beautiful home or condo in a stunning setting. The Maui Real Estate Team represents buyers and sellers of luxury homes all over the island.

In this post, we explore the best luxury real estate Maui has to offer, including information on the communities where luxury properties are concentrated and a sampling of some of the types of homes and condos available.

For a closer look at some exceptional properties, check out our featured listings.

How Do You Define Luxury?

One of the first things we ask clients looking for luxury property is “How do you define luxury”?  For some, it is exquisite materials, top-of-the-line appliances, amenities galore, and plenty of space. Some may define luxury by location, proximity to a favorite activity, or beach.

Some may have a more simple view of luxury. Peace and quiet, a sense of tranquility, an escape from the hustle and grind that put them in the position to acquire a luxury home.

An example of luxury real estate on Maui

What type of property fits your luxury needs? Is it the privacy of a home or the lock-and-leave convenience of a high-end condominium? Is it an exquisite piece of land where you can build a home to your exact specifications?

The good news is that the Maui market offers a variety of properties to fit your needs regardless of how you define luxury.

Luxury in the Maui Resorts

When looking at Luxury Real Estate in Maui, starting with the resort markets makes the most sense. They are home to the greatest concentration of high-end homes, and the communities themselves are full of amenities appealing to luxury buyers.

While there are some similarities between the resorts in terms of the general types of amenities and access to beautiful beaches, each resort area has its distinct personality. Most home buyers will end up gravitating to one resort or the resorts on a particular side of the island.

Wailea is the most well-known and biggest of the Maui resorts. Its numerous hotels help heighten its “brand.” It is home to the Four Seasons, the Grand Wailea, Andaz Resort, and the Fairmont. Residents and second homeowners enjoy easy access to these hotels’ fine dining and other amenities.

There are three golf courses for residents and visitors to choose from. The Shops at Wailea is the premium shopping area on the island.

While cloaked in vibrant, green landscaping, the weather in Wailea is dry and sunny throughout most of the year. Afternoon clouds forming over Haleakala keep the temperatures from soaring too high.

The crescent-shaped, golden sand beaches are great for swimming and snorkeling. Ocean conditions are typically more placid than a lot of other parts of the island.

The combination of man-made amenities and natural beauty explains the draw of this area. Those who want to make Wailea their second home or primary residence may choose from numerous condominium developments and gated subdivisions for housing options. We wanted to highlight just some of these options.

Looking at Wailea Condos, the conversation starts with Wailea Point. Located between the Four Seasons and the Fairmont Kealani, this oceanfront development is arguably the resort’s premier location. It includes amenities like three heated pools, a lap pool, tennis/pickle bar courts, a manned security gate, concierge and handyman services, and even an orchard. T

he condos themselves are generously sized with a handful of owners who created double units. Owners invest heavily in the condo with high six and seven figure remodels commonplace.

Wailea Point offers luxurious living between its ideal location, numerous amenities and stunning setting
The interior of a condo at Wailea Point with big views of the Pacific.

If you prefer more understated elegance, Wailea Elua condos continue to rise in price due to the demand for its superior location on Ulua Beach. In addition to the location, there is just something about the feel of Elua. It hints at a Hawaii of days gone by.

It would be easy to go on for a while, listing other luxury Wailea Condos and their attributes; it has more luxury options than any other condo market on the island. Check out the current inventory of Wailea Condos for sale.

Similarly, the resort has several gated subdivisions if you prefer a single-family home. If you want to live on the ocean in a single-family home, there is a single option within Wailea. Maluhia at Wailea consists of just 14 residences with 5 of those right on the beach. While this is one of Wailea’s finest communities, interested buyers need patience or luck. Homes for sale in this community do not come on the market often.

The next closest subdivision to the water in Wailea is Wailea Kai. This community was among the first in Wailea. The homes are older and there are bigger homes with more bells and whistles in other Wailea subdivisions. That said, the subdivision is a quick walk across the street to beautiful Keawakapu Beach. If a walk to the beach is your type of luxury, this is a great spot. Quite a few insiders consider it the best luxury value in Wailea.

Four Wailea residential neighborhoods border a golf course. While you can’t go wrong with any of them, Wailea Golf Vistas is our pick of the bunch. Lovely homes, beautiful views, the Wailea Blue course, and within walking distance of the Wailea Beach Path. Wailea Golf Vista’s location is somewhat of a sweet spot; still on the golf course, but a bit further removed from some of the busier Wailea subdivisions.

There are many luxury homes to choose from in Wailea, and many are located in neighborhoods other than the ones we highlighted. If you are interested in Wailea, check out the current inventory of Wailea Homes for Sale.

Makena

Our local Realtor’s Association lumps Wailea and Makena together as a single district in the MLS. That makes sense, considering that they are both upscale communities that border each other. They have the same climate, and both areas are acclaimed for golden sandy beaches.

That said, Makena has its distinct feel. It is much less dense, and there are no Hotel Resorts in Makena. There are more homes along the shoreline and across the street from the shoreline in Makena. You can also find acreage in Makena. There are some larger lots across the street from the ocean both in subdivisions and outside the subdivisions.

Luxury Real Estate in Makena
A luxury home in Makena. The property is not listed for sale.

With less density, more acreage, and more oceanfront homes, it is not surprising that Makena Real Estate tends to be more expensive than its neighbor to the North. Makena Owners have resort amenities close by but tend to have a little more privacy and exclusivity. If this sounds like an appealing option, check out the Makena Homes for Sale page on our site

Those who value privacy, exclusivity, and resort amenities and still want Makena may find an option with the relatively recent addition of the Makena Golf and Beach Club. Discovery Land Company is developing this project. Discovery is renowned for its very high-end developments, including the Yellowstone Club.

Members can access a golf course, fitness center, pool, clubhouse, fine dining, and other amenities. Makena Golf and Beach Club offers building lots and condominiums. Their offerings are seldom on the MLS. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team to find out more about this Makena Community.

Ka’anapali

Ka’anapali is Maui’s first resort community. Originally developed in the late 1960s, it combines beautiful sandy beaches, sunny weather, cooling trade winds, and a verdant backdrop with the West Maui Mountains. The resort offers two golf courses, and Whaler’s Village offers upscale shopping and dining. The mix of natural and manmade amenities has drawn affluent homebuyers for decades.

Golf Course and Beach living in Kaanapali
Ka’anapali offers a mix of beach and golf-oriented lifestyle

The combination of beach and golf lifestyle offered in Ka’anapali is summed up by the number of residents who own golf carts. The golf carts are used just as much for shuttling to and from the beach and Whaler’s Village as they are for golf rounds.

Traditionally, part of Ka’anapali’s appeal was its proximity to the shops and restaurants of Lahaina’s Front Street. Sadly, that is no longer the case after the fire in August of 2023. While it will take a long time for Lahaina to rebuild, the return of this community will enhance Ka’anapali in the long run.

There is a diverse mix of luxury home and condo options within and immediately adjacent to the resort. Most recent luxury home sales occurred within the resort’s Lanikeha Subdivision. This subdivision offers lots ranging from just over a 1/4 acre to over an acre. It also has a community clubhouse and pool area.

Kai Ala Drive is the one place in Ka’anapli where you will find beachfront homes. These six beachfront homesites are located on Airport Beach in Ka’anapali. Four of the six lots have homes, with a fifth under construction. The lots are all about an acre in size. While a home sold in the neighborhood in 2023, they don’t come on the market very often due to their limited numbers.

It’s worth mentioning a subdivision just outside the resort area boundaries. Ka’anapali Coffee Farms is one of the island’s more unique luxury home neighborhoods. The bulk of the land on each lot within this agricultural subdivision is dedicated to coffee farming, with half an acre to an acre reserved for the owners’ homesites and whatever crops they may choose to grow.

In the condo market, Ka’anapali Ali’i offers beachfront living directly on Ka’anapali Beach. Ali’i offers one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans. The views, location, and grounds make it a top choice for those who want to own in the heart of Ka’anapali.

Honua Kai is located just outside of Ka’anapali Resort. The newest condo development along this stretch of coast includes two towers and townhomes. It has three total pool areas, a fitness center, a popular restaurant, Duke’s Beach House Maui, a market, and other amenities. Honua Kai has studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom floorplans.

Again, we are just skimming the surface of housing options in Ka’anapali. To see the full range of options, check out the full inventory of Ka’anapali Homes for Sale and Ka’anapali Condos for Sale.

Kapalua

Kapalua Resort is located a few miles further up the coast from Ka’anapali. Like the other resort communities on the island, it also offers beautiful beaches and renowned golf courses. Kapalua Bay was the original recipient of Dr. Beach’s Best Beach in America Award. The PGA Tour kicks off the year with an event at the Plantation Course.

Oneloa Beach in Kapalua.
Oneloa Beach in Kapalua

Kapalua Residents have the option to buy a membership at the Kapalua Club. This allows for access to Spa Montage; access to the Kapalua Beach Club over Kapalua Bay; complimentary towels, beach chairs, and umbrellas at Kapalua Bay; discounted rates at Kapalua’s golf courses, and more.

One of the main things that differentiates Kapalua from other resorts is the climate. Wailea, Makena, and Ka’anapali are located in the rain shadow of Haleakala and the West Maui Mountains. Kapalua’s location closer to the island’s Northwest tip means more exposure to weather that might come in on the trade winds. That means more precipitation in the winters but a more naturally lush environment and cooler summers than the other resorts.

Kapalua is also closer to a broader range of outdoor activities than the other Maui Resorts. The Mahana Ridge Trail is a great hike that connects the resort to the Maunaloa Arboretum. The former Village golf course is home to a growing network of single-track trails for mountain bikers. During the summer months, the beaches of Kapalua offer good snorkeling. In the wintertime, it gets more surf than the other resort areas. Avid and highly skilled surfers flock to nearby Honolua Bay when winter swells grace the shores of Maui.

Kapalua’s proximity to Maui Prep, a school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, attracts families looking for year-round resort living. The school saw significant growth over the last few years with increased remote workers.

While housing options in Kapalua tend to be luxurious overall, there are a couple of places worth highlighting in particular. Plantation Estates offers lots of two acres or more, and big views along the Plantation Course. The combination of acreage and golf course living is unique in the island’s luxury home market. Kapalua Place is the one place to find beachfront homes in Kapalua. Five of the eight lots in the subdivision are directly overlooking Oneloa Beach.

To see the luxury home options throughout Kapalua, you can check out the current inventory of Kapalua Homes for Sale.

If you prefer a condo, The Montage Residences Kapalua Bay offers large, well-appointed condos in a beautiful setting next to Kapalua Bay. The Montage offers 2, 3, and 4-bedroom floor plans. Property amenities include fine dining at Cane and Canoe, a stunning pool area, and Spa Montage.

Coconut Grove is another luxury condo option in Kapalua. The 3 bedroom condos directly overlook Kapalua Bay. These are just two of the condo complexes in Kapalua. You can check out the current inventory of Kapalua Condos for Sale to explore other condo options.

Luxury Outside the Resorts

Luxury living options aren’t just confined to Maui’s resorts. You can find luxury homes all over the island. That is particularly true if your sense of luxury is defined more by more than just the structure itself.

Oceanfront Luxury

The greatest concentration of luxury homes on Maui outside the resorts are located along the shoreline. Oceanfront land is finite, and it makes sense that the land trades for a premium, and the homes ultimately built in those locations tend to be upscale.

It’s also notable that oceanfront homes aren’t as common in the resort communities on Maui outside of Makena. If you truly want to live in a home on the water, you have a lot more options outside the official resorts.

If you are in South or West Maui, you find homes on the ocean close to and immediately adjacent to the resorts. In that sense, you have the best of both worlds.

Beautiful Keawakapu Beach in Kihei is home to some of Maui's most luxurious homes.
Keawakapu Beach in Kihei has a high concentration of luxury homes.

Keawakapu Beach in South Kihei has to be at the top of the list for concentrations of luxury homes. It feels like cheating calling this outside the resorts since it is just to the North of and across the street from Wailea.

That said, this stretch of coast has seen the second-highest concentration of $20,000,000 plus sales outside of Makena. Lot sizes range from a half acre to just over one acre in size and front a beautiful stretch of golden sand.

Napili and Kahana are communities located between Ka’anapali and Kapalua. If you drive ten minutes in either direction, you will be in either resort. The quiet bays and coves along this stretch of Maui coastline are another area where high-end home sales are common.

This stretch of coast is also home to one of our favorite understated luxury condo options on the island. Alaeloa is a collection of 42 standalone and duplexed cottages on 13 oceanfront acres. This leasehold development offers a true sense of old Hawaii, and its low density makes for a quiet and relaxed atmosphere that so many crave.

North Shore Luxury

Luxury tends to be congregated around areas with best-in-class amenities. The North Shore of Maui happens to offer one of the best combinations of wind and waves in the world. If you love to wing foil, kitesurf, or windsurf, the coastline along the North Shore of Maui is a bucket list destination for any of those sports. The surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and outrigger canoe racing are also pretty fantastic in their own right.

Add in good restaurants, a great health food store, an abundance of yoga studios, and other wellness-related businesses, and you can see why this stretch of coast has such strong lifestyle appeal. As more people have learned about the quality of life on the North Shore, it has become a haven of understated luxury living.

The Spreckelsville neighborhood epitomizes the lifestyle-oriented draw of the North Shore, with a fantastic ocean sports playground just offshore. The Maui Country Club offers a nine-hole golf course, pickleball, swimming, tennis, and other activities that add to Sprecks’s lifestyle appeal. Sprecks offers a variety of real estate options, including oceanfront homes, executive homes on larger lots, and even a boutique luxury beachfront condo complex at Sugar Cove.

The neighborhoods on and near the ocean in Paia and Kuau are another part of the North Shore with a growing number of high-end home sales. Again, ocean sports are a draw, as are the shops, boutiques, and restaurants of Paia Town. The North Shore neighborhoods are all near some of the best schools in Maui, which is a luxury that many of our clients desire.

The pool area of a luxury oceanfront home in the Kuau area of Maui's North Shore.
Luxury living in the Kuau area of Maui’s North Shore.

Haiku is located a little further down the coast in a more rural setting. For those looking for more space, the area’s agricultural roots mean that most properties are located on two or more acres. Haiku is on the wetter, windward side of the island, making for a more lush and tropical landscape.

You may find the area appealing if you consider privacy or owning orchards or gardens a true luxury. It is also close to Paia town’s amenities, and Haiku has excellent restaurants like Nuka.

The topography of Haiku means the oceanfront tends to be an elevated cliff front. Aina O Ka Hale Pili is an oceanfront neighborhood along the cliffs of Haiku with recent high sale prices. Haiku Makai and Haiku Hill are non-oceanfront neighborhoods with concentrations of luxury homes. Those are just some of the Haiku neighborhoods that may appeal to luxury buyers.

Upcountry Luxury

Upcountry Maui offers cooler climates, a rural lifestyle, and beautiful vistas of the ocean, neighboring islands, and the West Maui Mountains. For families looking for a luxurious year-round residence, it is home to many of the island’s best private schools. Seabury Hall, Haleakala Waldorf, Maui Montessori, and Carden Academy are all located Upcountry.

upcountry offers horse back riding and all kinds of other outdoor activities.
Upcountry is a great spot for horseback riding and other outdoor activities

While you are a little further from the beach, Upcountry still offers many outdoor activities. If you are into equestrian sports, it is a popular area for horseback riding, and there is a laidback Polo community strongly influenced by the area’s ranching roots.

There is hiking nearby in Haleakala National Park, Polipoli State Recreation Area, and the Makawao Forest Reserve. The Forest Reserve is also home to some of the island’s best mountain biking.

Like the North Shore, this is an area where gardens and orchards can thrive. Kula has long been one of the island’s agricultural hubs. The higher elevation and cooler temperatures make for surprising crops, including the island’s only vineyard.

Upcountry has long been home to some of the bigger estate properties on this island. These were the residences of local cattle ranching and agricultural families. Some were the second homes of wealthy Kama’aina who built summer retreats on Haleakala’s cooler, higher elevations.

More recent high-end subdivisions like Baldwin Ranch Estates in Makawao and Kula’Io in Kula have seen strong demand from luxury home buyers.

Other Areas of the Island

If you are looking for golf, beaches with placid waters, and upscale shopping, Hana and East Maui will be something other than your cup of tea. However, if you want natural beauty, lush tropical foliage, quiet, and seclusion, Hana or one of the nearby communities may be about perfect for you.

This area of the island is only accessible by a windy road that meanders through rain forest and passes over numerous one-lane bridges. For area residents, this is more of an attribute than a flaw.

A luxury estate property tucked up in the hills above Hana
Seclusion and natural beauty are a draw for luxury home buyers in the Hana area.

Being a small market, Hana has limited luxury home inventory. That said, there are typically one or two options on the market at any one time. They include a mix of oceanfront homes, homes on significant acreage, and oceanfront with acreage.

If you value, quiet and natural beauty when looking for a luxury home, you may find the perfect spot in Hana. Check out the current Hana listings to see what is available.

Launiupoko and Pu’unoa are two neighborhoods located just South of Lahaina. The August 2023 fire reached the edge of the neighborhoods but did not burn any homes. Other wildfires have entered the neighborhoods in the past. Launiupoko has taken steps to mitigate wildfires by becoming a Firewise Community.

These two neighborhoods saw considerable interest from luxury home buyers in the twenty years before the fire. Properties in the neighborhoods are valued for their combination of a warm, sunny climate, stunning views, and acreage.

Fun surfing and stand-up paddling at Launiupoko Beach Park also appealed to buyers. Of course, the proximity to Lahaina Town’s amenities and attractions also enhanced the appeal of these neighborhoods.

Like Ka’anapali, these communities will benefit when Lahaina rebuilds. The neighborhood’s remaining strengths are enough to see continued buyer interest.

Central Maui isn’t necessarily an area associated with luxury real estate. That said, a smattering of old Kama’aina Estates are scattered along the base of the West Maui Mountains. The Wailuku Country Estates subdivision has seen some high-end sales over the last few years. This neighborhood offers views and acreage just a short drive from downtown Wailuku. There are also some beautiful homes in Wailuku Heights and Koa at Kehalani.

Luxury Real Estate Maui: Find the Best with the Maui Real Estate Team

We covered a lot of resorts, neighborhoods, and condos in this post. Hopefully, it helped provide a foundation for your search for a luxury home in Maui.

If your head is spinning a little, we would be happy to help. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team and tell us how you define luxury. We would be glad to learn more about your needs so we can find the right location and property for you and your family.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Maui Homes For Sale: Explore the Beauty of Maui

Are you ready to discover your dream home on the beautiful island of Maui? With its stunning beaches, lush landscapes, and year-round sunshine, Maui is one of the most sought-after destinations for homebuyers. 

Whether you’re looking for a luxurious oceanfront estate, a cozy cottage on the slopes of Haleakala, or a spacious family home in a friendly neighborhood, Maui new listings have something to offer for every taste.

In this blog, we’ll explore the diverse range of Maui homes for sale, things to consider about your purchase, and how a Realtor can make the home-buying process smoother. Join us as we help you find your new Maui home.

Key Takeaways:

  • Diverse Properties: Maui offers everything from luxury estates to cozy cottages and practical condos.
  • Prime Locations: Central Maui is prized for convenience and proximity to attractions all over the island. South Maui is popular for its amenities and scenic beaches.
  • Key Considerations: Important home features include location, view, size, and condition.
  • Local Experts: Working with a local real estate agent can simplify the buying process and provide valuable insights.
  • Lifestyle Perks: Maui offers a unique lifestyle with its natural beauty, community spirit, and recreational opportunities.

Exploring the Variety of Maui Homes For Sale

Maui’s real estate market is as diverse as the island itself, offering a wide range of homes to suit every lifestyle and preference. From the island’s resort communities to the serene and secluded East Maui, there’s a perfect home waiting for you. For more insights and detailed demographic data that might influence your decision, you can explore the U.S. Census Bureau’s information on Maui County.

Oceanfront

For those seeking the ultimate in luxury living, Maui’s oceanfront estates are a dream come true. These magnificent properties often feature expansive lanais, infinity pools, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Imagine waking up to the sound of gentle waves and enjoying your morning coffee as you watch the sun’s first light kiss the ocean waters just off your backyard.

Upcountry Region

If you prefer a more laid-back lifestyle, Maui’s Upcountry region might be the perfect fit. Here, you’ll find charming cottages and spacious homes surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills. The cooler temperatures and tranquil atmosphere of Upcountry Maui offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the island’s more populated areas.

Resort Areas

If you want a second home, the resort communities offer shopping, golf, great restaurants, spa amenities, beautiful beaches, and more. Whether it’s Kapalua and Ka’anapali in West Maui or Wailea in South Maui, owning a home or condo in these communities offers a relaxed and luxurious lifestyle.

Residential Areas

While there is something to be said for the luxury living of a resort area, if you are looking for a sense of community, you may gravitate towards more residential neighborhoods. You can find greater concentrations of year-round residents in parts of Kihei, Wailuku, Kahului, Upcountry, and along the North Shore.

Condos

Condos can offer owners ease of maintenance by shifting the burden of exterior upkeep and landscaping to the condo association. Maui has incredibly varied options from high-end luxury condos full of amenities to more modest condo developments geared towards island residents.

No matter what type of home you’re looking for, Maui’s real estate market has something to offer. With its unparalleled natural beauty, warm community spirit, and endless recreational opportunities, Maui truly is a paradise for homebuyers.

Popular Areas for Buying a Home In Maui

When it comes to buying a home in Maui, some areas stand out as the best neighborhoods in Maui, particularly popular among homebuyers. These regions offer a perfect blend of natural beauty, convenience, and lifestyle amenities that make them highly sought-after in the Maui real estate market.

1. South Maui (Kihei, Wailea, Makena)

South Maui is a favorite among families and beach lovers. Kihei offers a wide range of condominiums and single-family homes, along with easy access to shopping, dining, and miles of sandy beaches. Wailea and Makena are known for their upscale resorts, luxury homes, and championship golf courses. This area is perfect for those who want to enjoy a high-end lifestyle with plenty of sunshine and breathtaking ocean views.

2. Central Maui (Wailuku, Kahului)

As the name implies, Central Maui is all about location. Wailuku is home to county and state government offices, medical facilities, shops, restaurants, and the historic Iao Theater. Kahului is home to UH Maui College, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, the airport, Kahului Harbor, and the island’s big box stores. The communities offer a variety of housing from Historic Hawaii Plantation Cottages in Wailuku to newer construction in the island’s two largest planned communities Maui Lani and Kehalani.

3. Upcountry Maui (Kula, Pukalani, Makawao)

Upcountry Maui offers a more rural and laid-back lifestyle, with cooler temperatures and stunning views of the island’s coastline. This area is popular among those who want to escape the crowds and enjoy a more peaceful way of life. Kula is known for its agricultural lands and estate properties, while Pukalani and Makawao offer a mix of single-family homes and cottages with a charming, small-town feel.

4. North Shore (Paia, Haiku, Spreckelsville)

Maui’s North Shore is a favorite among artists, wellness buffs, wind and water sport enthusiasts, and those who appreciate a more bohemian lifestyle. Paia is a small coastal town with good restaurants, yoga studios, unique boutiques, and world-class ocean sports. Spreckelsville offers beaches, great foiling, kiting, and windsurfing. You can get your fill of pickle ball, golf, and other amenities at the Maui Country Club. Haiku offers a rural lifestyle with more properties with acreage. It is a great spot if you want gardens and orchards.

Key Features to Consider When Buying a Home In Maui

When buying a home in Maui, there are several key features to keep in mind to ensure that you find the perfect property that meets your needs and lifestyle. Here are some essential factors to consider:

1. Location

Location is crucial when buying a home in Maui. Consider factors such as proximity to beaches, shopping centers, schools, and recreational activities. For those relocating from off-island, past experiences on island may skew towards the resorts. Are you looking to live a resort lifestyle, or do you want an area that may have more year-round residents?

2. Climate

Due to Maui’s many microclimates, the weather can be incredibly varied over short distances. Do you want a home where it’s dry and sunny or a more tropical environment? Do you always want to be warm, or would you relish the chance to throw on a jacket or a sweater during those cool winter Upcountry nights?

3. View

Maui is known for its stunning natural beauty, so it’s no surprise that many homebuyers prioritize properties with breathtaking views. Whether you dream of waking up to a panoramic ocean vista or prefer a serene mountain view, consider the orientation and outlook of the property.

3. Size and Layout

Think about your current and future space requirements when choosing a home. Consider the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need, as well as the overall square footage. Also, pay attention to the layout and flow of the home to ensure it suits your lifestyle.

4. Outdoor Living Spaces

With Maui’s year-round pleasant weather, outdoor living spaces are a must-have for many homebuyers. Look for properties with spacious lanais, patios, or decks that allow you to enjoy the island’s natural beauty and mild climate.

5. Condition and Age

Consider the overall condition and age of the property. Newer homes may require less maintenance and offer more modern amenities, while older homes may have more character but could need updates or repairs.

6. Energy Efficiency

Electricity is expensive on Maui. Look for homes with energy-efficient features, such as solar panels, double-pane windows, and efficient appliances, to help reduce your utility bills.

7. Zoning and Restrictions

Be sure to research any zoning restrictions or homeowner association rules that may impact your use and enjoyment of the property. Most homes and a growing number of condos have restrictions on vacation rentals. HOAs may impose restrictions on landscaping, certain home improvements or accessory dwellings.

By keeping these key features in mind, you’ll be better equipped to find the perfect Maui home that fits your unique needs, preferences, and lifestyle.

Working With A Real Estate Agent To Find Your Perfect Home in Maui

Navigating the Maui real estate market can be challenging, especially if you’re not familiar with the island’s unique neighborhoods, market trends, and property types. That’s where working with a knowledgeable and experienced local real estate agent comes in. A professional agent can guide you through the process of finding and purchasing your perfect home in Maui.

Here are some benefits of working with a local real estate agent:

1. Local Expertise

Maui real estate agents have in-depth knowledge of the island’s various neighborhoods, schools, amenities, and market conditions. They can provide valuable insights into which areas best suit your lifestyle, budget, and preferences.

2. Access to Listings

Real estate agents have access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which includes a comprehensive database of properties for sale in Maui. They can help you find homes that match your criteria, including properties that may not be publicly advertised.

3. Negotiation Skills

Experienced real estate agents are skilled negotiators who can help you secure the best possible price and terms for your home purchase. They can also guide you through the counteroffer process and help you navigate any challenges that may arise during negotiations.

4. Paperwork and Contracts

Buying a home involves a significant amount of paperwork and legal contracts. A real estate agent can help you understand these documents and ensure that everything is in order, protecting your interests throughout the process.

5. Professional Network

Real estate agents have a network of professional contacts, including lenders, home inspectors, contractors, and attorneys. They can provide recommendations and connect you with trusted professionals to help streamline the home-buying process.

When choosing a real estate agent, look for someone who:

  • Has experience in the Maui real estate market
  • Understand your unique needs and preferences
  • Communicates clearly and responds promptly to your questions and concerns
  • Has a track record of successfully helping buyers find their perfect homes

By working with a dedicated and knowledgeable real estate agent team like The Maui Real Estate Team, you can make your dream of owning a home in Maui a reality while enjoying a smoother, more stress-free home-buying experience.

Ready To Get Started on Your Search for Your Dream Home in Maui?

Looking for Maui homes for sale is an exciting opportunity to embrace a lifestyle filled with natural beauty and outdoor adventures. It is also a chance to get to know the community and the culture of this beautiful part of the world.

Whether you’re seeking a luxurious oceanfront estate, a cozy upcountry cottage, or a family-friendly neighborhood home, Maui’s diverse real estate market has something to offer for every taste. 

By considering key features such as location, view, size, and amenities, and working with a knowledgeable real estate agent, you can navigate the home-buying process with confidence and ease.

As you embark on this journey, remember to take the time to explore the island’s unique neighborhoods, immerse yourself in the local culture, and envision the incredible memories you’ll create in your new Maui home.

With its unparalleled beauty and endless opportunities for adventure, Maui truly is a special place for those lucky enough to call it home. If you want to look at specific Maui homes for sale, contact The Maui Real Estate Team today!

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Significant Price Reduction on The Oasis

Significant price reduction! The owners of the Oasis just reduced their asking price by $1,500,000. This means that you can now own an exceptional piece of Maui real estate at a drastically reduced price. This property is a complete reimagination of the Maui living experience. Every aspect of it has been carefully curated and thoughtfully designed.

The sun sets on another day at the Oasis and the property begins to glow at night
The main pool area, the main home and the garage area with studio apartment at night

The main home features two bedrooms with ensuite baths, a 3rd bathroom, and an expansive kitchen/great room/ dining area. The Italian designed Boffi kitchen is a work of art. Marble counters, Gaggenau appliances, and Corian cabinets are the building blocks of a space designed for the entertainer and chef in you. Baccarat chandeliers punctuate the living and dining areas. Boffi sinks, fans, and showers, Dornbracht fixtures, and Flos lighting add to the impeccable design choices. The reclaimed, oiled teak floors and book matched marble in the showers continue the theme of simple elegance throughout the home.

The Boffi Kitchen at the Oasis
The Boffi Kitchen at the Oasis
The living room of the Oaiss
Abundant natural light in the living room of the Oasis

The outdoor spaces of The Oasis are equally stunning, with a zero-edge main pool, a 64-foot lap pool, and a 6’x12’ garden soaking tub. The covered patio adjacent to the main pool is perfect for entertaining. The multiple outdoor showers are ideal for rinsing off after a day at the beach. The lush outdoor gardens are a sight to behold, with every tree and plant feeling perfectly placed.

The lap pool at night
The lap pool at the Oasis
a covered lanai space that overlooks the pool
A covered lanai space overlooking the main pool of the Oasis

The detached studio apartment is a perfect guest space or home office, with finishes and fixtures equivalent to the main house. And one of the coolest “hidden” kitchens around!

Part of the hidden kitchen
Part of the hidden kitchen in the Ohana Apartment above the garage

Overall, The Oasis is an exceptional living experience that has been designed, crafted, and curated with incredible attention to detail. And with the recent price reduction, it’s now more accessible than ever before. Now offered for sale at $7,780,000. Furnishings and selected art pieces may be purchased separately. This Listing is Currently Off The Market.

Qualified Buyers with Questions?

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Alaeloa 41

Old Hawaii Charm Updated for Modern Living at Alaeloa 41

It was about 15 years ago give or take a year when I did my first showing at Alaeloa. The moment I stepped on the property, I knew it was special place. Charming cottages with shake roofs, a dramatic stretch of coastline and mature landscaping. I always wanted to sell a unit in this beautiful Napili development. I finally have the chance. Introducing Alaeloa #41.

Lanai Views from Alaeloa 41

Alaeloa 41 is a two bedroom, two bath unit with 1,347 square feet of living space. Originally built in 1965, its previous owners remodeled and updated it throughout the years making it well suited to modern living.

The kitchen areas is spacious with plenty of storage and an oversized island.

This condo features a spacious kitchen with granite counters, central island, and a Bosch oven, induction cook top and dishwasher. It has a good sized island with bar seating and plenty of cabinet space.

Sliders and large jalousie windows add plenty of light to the living room.

The kitchen opens to the living room. Large jalousie windows and a sliding glass door bring in abundant natural light. The slider opens to a covered lanai with big ocean and Molokai views.

The primary bedroom offers extensive closet space, big views and a light and bright sitting area.

The primary bedroom is spacious. Two large closets provide plenty of storage and room for your wardrobe. A previous owner enclosed a portion of the lanai area creating a sun drenched sitting area. Views from the sitting area include the Ocean, Molokai and even the North end of Lanai.

The bathroom off the primary bedroom includes a large cabinet with extensive storage, a walk in shower and granite counters.

The bathrooms feature walk in showers with beautiful stone work, built in cabinets with even more storage and granite counters on the vanities.

A floor to ceiling jalousie window opens up to show views of the tropical landscaping

The second bedroom is a good size. Wall to ceiling jalousie windows let in the trade wind breeze and offer soothing views of the tropical landscaping.

Other notable amenities include split system a/c units in the bedroom, travertine flooring throughout the home, Sapele Wood Doors and a great laundry room with plenty of storage and counter space.

With good sized rooms, a large kitchen and bedrooms, and abundant storage space, this is a condo that definitely lives like a home.

The exterior of Alaeloa 41. Notable features include a car port and an outdoor storage area .

Outdoor attributes include a one car carport and outdoor storage area.

An aerial view of Alaeloa and the dramatic coastline where it is situated.

More About Alaeloa

Alaeloa is a low-density condo complex situated in the picturesque Napili area. With only 42 units on just over 13 acres, this development offers incredibly low density. Enjoy the lush landscaping with soaring coconut palms, monkey pod trees, plumeria, and there’s even a mango grove! Most of the shoreline is elevated and rugged, but there is a small bay and a crescent shaped cobble stone beach. Take a dip in the heated saltwater pool located just above the beach, or entertain guests in the clubhouse equipped with showers, bathrooms, and a kitchen area. Store your kayak or paddleboard with ease, and enjoy peace of mind with gated access and an onsite manager.

Learn Even More About Alaeloa Unit 41

Alaeloa is offered for $1,700,000. Check out the MLS page for Alaeloa 41 for more photos and details. This is a leasehold condominium with the current lease running until 2059.

Interested in a Showing? Have Questions?

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Wailea Condo Market Snapshot January 2023

I wanted to take a quick look at the Wailea condo market now that we are a month into our “peak buyer season”. I spent some time looking at the current inventory and I was left with four observations and one question about the current market dynamics.

Wailea and Makena Condo Inventory

At the time of this post, there are 27 active condo listings in Wailea. While that’s a far cry from the half dozen active listings we saw briefly in early 2022, it’s still well below normal. There are four condo complexes in Wailea with no active listings. There are six condo developments with just 1 active listing at this time. None of the Makena condo developments have any active or pending listings.

The Highest Price Points have the Most Condos for Sale

The two condo developments with the most listings are Wailea Point and Wailea Beach Villas with 6 and 4 listings respectively. In addition to the condos at those two respective developments, there is also a top row Ho’olei and a rare Andaz listing. If you are shopping at higher price points, you have a lot more options to choose from.

Aerial View of Wailea Point
Wailea Point has the most inventory of any condo complex in Wailea Resort at this time.

Prices Remain High

The second half of 2022 saw prices decrease in a number of markets on the mainland. The situation on Maui is more nuanced. Small segments of the single family home market saw values decrease. Other segments held value or even increased in value. Wailea is one of those areas where values held or increased in the second half of 2022.

This is reflected by the current Wailea inventory. Seventeen of the twenty-seven active listings are seeking new record high sales prices for their development or at least their particular floor plan. That isn’t too much of a surprise considering the fact the values are at all time highs. That said, not all of the condos seeking record high prices have the location, view or the finishing to merit those lofty numbers.

Buyer Activity Is Low

Thus far, busy season is off to a slow start in Wailea. There are 5 condo resales under contract currently. Only 3 of the 5 went under contract since Christmas. This level of activity is well below the same period of time during the past two boom years. It is quite a bit less than recent pre-Covid years. In fact, this is the lowest number of Wailea condos to go under contract to start busy season since the winter of 2013/14.

Wailea is not the only spot on the island seeing a quieter busy season. While pending sales are increasing, they are still well below normal for this time of year. Looking at Kapalua, there are three pending sales with only one new pending since the start of busy season. Ka’anapali is the busiest of the resorts with only five pending.

While Wailea’s slow start is part of a broader trend, it may also be a reflection of some of the ambitious asking prices. Which brings us to my last question…

With low transaction volumes, it seems like something is going to have to give for us to see an increase in sales activity in Wailea. Will sellers reduce their prices? Will buyers bite the bullet? Or do we see a little bit of both?

On the sell side, the dynamics are interesting. We are seeing some price reductions, but in many instances the new asking prices are still above record highs. That tells us that the sellers truly missed the mark on their initial pricing. The sellers are also getting some mixed signals. The low transaction volume is a suggests prices should be reduced. On the other hand, inventory remains low, and there are still the occasional sales with eye popping prices. The question is whether sellers are trying to find the market or that elusive solitary buyer willing to pay a premium.

For buyers, the record high prices may be increasingly hard to swallow. That is especially the case for second home buyers coming from markets where decreases in value are common place. On the other hand, if you are seeking out a condo in one of the developments with little or no inventory you may be inclined to jump when something comes to market that checks all of the boxes. Further decreases in mortgage rates may also bring some buyers off the fence, but the impact of lower rates is not going to be as significant in the Wailea market. Keep in mind, 62% of all transactions were cash in Wailea and Makena last year.

Contact The Maui Real Estate Team

We will continue to monitor the Wailea Condo market as we progress further into buyer season. Stay tuned for more updates. You can see the active inventory of Wailea Condos for sale on MauiRealEstate.com. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team with questions or for assistance buying or selling Wailea Condos. We look forward to being of service.

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Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Four Listings for Your Christmas Wish List

Christmas is just a few days away. Still stumped on what to get the family or that special someone? While none of these suggestions will fit under the tree, maybe the keys would fit nicely in your Christmas stocking. Here are four of our listings that would make this a Christmas to truly remember.

For Those That Love The Ocean

If there is a certain someone in your life who loves the ocean and ocean sports, you would be hard pressed to find a better option on the market than Sugar Cove Building 6. This is the ultimate North Shore lifestyle property. This whole building in the Sugar Cove condominiums is located right above the golden sand of the beach. The beach is as good as it gets for water sports. Long considered a good spot for windsurfing, these days it is a hot spot for wing foiling, kiting, surfing, stand up paddling, body boarding and fishing. Our agent Ridge Lenny gives a taste of the lifestyle on offer in the video below.

While location may be the biggest amenity of Sugar Cove Building 6, the condo itself is a one of a kind offering. Originally three separate units, it was consolidated into one primary living space and a guest space. Overall, it includes eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms, three half bathrooms and a total of 5,950 square feet of living space. This other video highlights the quality design, materials and finishing.

The asking price for Sugar Cove Building 6 is $17,000,000. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team for more information.

For Those That Demand The Highest Quality

A Design Nerd’s Dream. Impeccable finishing. Precision Crafted. Carefully Curated. Just some of the ways that people describe the Oasis in Spreckelsville.

This immaculate property includes a 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom main home, a detached garage with second story studio apartment, a soaking tub, lap pool and a zero edge main pool. The construction is truly of the highest quality as are the fixtures and building materials. It is sold with furnishings and selected artwork. Again, all of these items carefully chosen by the owner with an attention to detail and quality rarely seen on Maui. Check out our previous posts on the Oasis, its outdoor spaces and design details. Offered for $9,800,000.

For Those That Want to Build The Best…

Five Star Location. A big lot of 1.88 acres. A gated subdivision with only one other vacant lot. Easy access to beautiful beaches and fantastic resort amenities. All of the above make 21 Ualei Place a truly tantalizing spot to build a spectacular luxury home. Located in the One Palauea subdivision, the lot is just to the south of the Fairmont Kealani. Palauea Beach, Polo Beach and the Wailea Beach Path are all a short minutes walk from the property. The Wailea Blue, Emerald and Gold golf courses are again all close by.

Aerial view that shows 21 Ualei places proximity to beaches, the Wailea Beach Path, golf courses and other resort type amenities.
21 Ualei Place in One Palauea Bay. Gated and spacious for privacy, but accessible to so many of Wailea and Makena’s amenities.

This lot is offered for $6,500,000. Check out the 21 Ualei Place listing page for more photos and details.

For Those That Want to Build Now!

Building takes time and patience. One of the biggest time sinks can be the permit process. That is particularly true when you are in a special management area close to the ocean. That makes 300 Mehana Unit B in Haiku the perfect spot if you want to build your dream cottage on Maui sooner rather than later. SMA approvals are done and the permits approved for a 1,000 square foot accessory farm dwelling (cottage), detached garage and agricultural workshop. The CPR property includes 4.22 acres of land. There is plenty of room for gardens or orchards. Set close to the ocean, you can hear the waves and smell the salt in the air. The ocean and Haleakala views are both fantastic.

Ocean views from 300 Mehana Unit B
Ocean views from 300 Mehana Unit B

Grab your builder and break ground in the new year. The asking price for 300 Mehana Unit B is $895,000. Check out the listing page for more photos and details.

Contact Your Favorite Maui Real Estate Elves

There you go! Four last minute gift ideas for the family or a special someone clearly not on the naughty list. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team for help with these properties or if you have something else in mind on your real estate holiday wish list. We look forward to being of service.

Pete Jalbert