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Quintessential Island Style Cottage in Kuau

Back in 2008, Billy listed a 500 square foot, 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage in the Kuau area of Maui’s North Shore. The house was cute, but basic. At the time, I was a bachelor that lived to surf. With the home located just minutes from Ho’okipa Beach Park, I use to fantasize about buying the place myself and sprucing it up into the perfect little surf shack. A few owners later, we have the property listed again. Needless to say, I don’t think I could have ever envisioned the transformation of this condominium home. The owner/designer has created a luxury home with a small foot print. What was once a cramped two bedroom is now a one bedroom. The owner maximizes every conceivable space of the home with well designed built-ins. Materials and appliances are of the highest quality. A fantastic outdoor space significantly expands the livable area. While I can wax on about the property for hours, pictures provide for a more effective story.

The all new designer kitchen offers a very clean layout, an efficient use of space and top quality materials and appliances. The appliances include an integrated Subzero Fridge, Ilve Gas Range, Bosch dishwasher and a water filtration system. The counters are a honed, absolute black granite. The backsplash is Catalina tile. All cabinets and drawers are soft closing. The pantry provides good space while being discretely tucked away next to the refrigerator.

A big TV can dominate a smaller living space. The owner tucked the TV behind a canvas painting in the living room, keeping it out of sight and out of mind when it is off.

Two bedrooms is pretty tight for this square footage. The owner got rid of one bedroom allowing him to slightly expand the remaining bedroom. The former second bedroom space became an office area. He also created built in storage and closet space into the office area. The built in storage is discretely tucked away with picture frames serving as pulls for the closets.

The bathroom was completely redone with beautiful Carrera Marble on the floor and in the shower. As with other parts of the the home, the owner created discrete but spacious cabinet storage for all of your toiletries.

The owners added a sliding glass door off the bedroom. The door brings in light and access to the fantastic outdoor space. This photo also shows some of the other remodel features including the wainscoting and crown molding installed by the seller.

The outdoor space is what takes this property to yet another level. The yard is fully fenced and beautifully landscaped with Areca Palms, two large Plumeria trees, ginger, ti plants, Royal Palms and night blooming jasmine. The spacious covered lanai is a great space to take in the tropical landscape, smell the fragrant flowers and listen to the sound of the tradewinds rustling through the palm trees . A crystal chandelier lights up the space and provides a touch of elegance.

There is an outdoor shower for rinsing off after the beach. With the warm climate and the beautiful setting, it is easy to see why the owner uses the outdoor shower all the time. A clawfoot tub flanked by flowering ginger is a perfect space for a starlight soak. A separate hot tub offers a place to relax muscles that might be weary from a long day of playing in the nearby surf.

There are a few attributes to the home that are worth mentioning that may not be apparent in the photos above. The home has a grid tied photovoltaic system. This feature makes for a lighter footprint on the planet and the wallet. Most months, the electric does not exceed the 20 dollar a month connection fee. The propane on demand hot water heater also helps to keep utility bills low. The owner introduced smart home features that allows him to remotely monitor and control the security system, lighting and sprinkler system. A ceiling mounted split system a/c allows keeps the house cool on hot days.

The home is part of a four unit, gated residential condominium development. It is in an ideal North Shore location close to Ho’okipa Beach Park. Mama’s Fish House, Mama’s Beach and a variety of surf breaks are all within walking distance. The shops, restaurants, and yoga studios of Paia are just a few minutes drive to the West.

This home is offered for $680,000. The combination of superior design, quality materials and outstanding location resulted in tremendous market feedback. The seller has accepted an offer, but we are still showing the property and considering back up offers. You can see the 749 Hana Highway Unit C listing page for additional photos and details. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team to arrange a showing or to discuss the property with an agent.

Pete Jalbert

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