Maui Real Estate Blog

August 2021 Haiku Real Estate Market Update

This is the third installment of our summer community real estate market updates. Today’s post focuses on the North Shore community of Haiku. It follows recent posts on Spreckelsville and Paia and Kuau. Haiku spans a large geographic area along the north side of Haleakala. It ranges in elevation from sea level to about 1,500 feet in elevation. Located on the windward side of the island, Haiku’s landscape is more lush due to more frequent trade showers.

The area was a focal point of agriculture pre-western contact. In the more recent historical period, it was an area of plantation agriculture with both pineapple and sugar cane serving as the primary crops. The agricultural legacy is evident in the zoning. The bulk of the properties in the area are zoned agricultural. Most agricultural lots include 2 or more acres. Acreage is one of the biggest appeals to this area of Maui. There is still smaller scale farming in the area. Many homeowners have orchards and/or gardens. Other draws to Haiku include the area’s natural beauty, access to nearby water sports and proximity to a variety of schools.

Notable Numbers from This Year’s Haiku Home Sales

  • Maui Realtors reported 66 sales in Haiku for the year to date as of August 17th. That is a 27% increase over the same period of 2020.
  • The median sales price of the homes sold is $1,177,500. The average sales price is $1,440,507. This is also up significantly over the same period of last year when the median and average were $870,000 and $1,104,884 respectively.
  • The lowest priced property sale for the year to date closed for $600,000. This 977 square foot house and cottage on a 12,284 square foot lot sold prior to going on the MLS. I venture that it likely would have sold above this price if it went to market.
  • The highest priced sale closed for $6,650,000. That property includes a 4,500 square foot home with a pool and a large barn on 38.91 acres.
  • That sale is one of nine properties to close over $2,000,000 and one of four that closed over $3,000,000.
  • There are currently 16 homes under contract in Haiku with 4 of those listed for more than $2,000,000.
Horses in pasture in front of the barn
A 39 acre property in Haiku represented by the Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. It closed in late July for $3,450,000. The property includes a large barn, extensive pasture area for horses and a beautiful cottage.

Thoughts on the Haiku Market for the Year to Date

Like the rest of the island, the Haiku area is seeing strong demand and limited supply. This is reflected in both the higher than average sales activity, and the increase in prices. Sales volume for this period is higher than not just the same period of 2020, but also the same period of any of the last five years. Both median and average price increased significantly over 2020. The increase in average price reflects not just rising prices, but also additional activity in the higher price points of the Haiku market. This is part of a two year trend for higher priced sales in Haiku. There are 21 homes that closed for $2,000,000 or more in Haiku since January 1, 2020. That is 27% of the sales for $2,000,000 or more in the last 20 years!

The Outlook for Haiku Homes for the Rest of 2021

While buyer demand remains strong, inventory is incredibly limited in Haiku. As of this moment, there are only 17 active home listings. That’s a fraction of what we typically see in Haiku. Inventory is particularly scarce below $1,000,000 with only 4 active listings. By comparison, there are 7 listings over $2,000,000. While some markets on the continent are seeing inventory rebound, we aren’t seeing it in Haiku. Sales volume for the rest of the year will be hard pressed to keep pace with the first seven plus months of 2021 unless more listings come to market. It will also likely mean continued upward pricing pressure.

The Haiku Land Market

Haiku sees more land sales than most parts of the island. It typically has more land inventory available. Haiku Town Acres and Kauhikoa Farms are two newer subdivisions created in the last five years that drove recent activity. The rest of the inventory consists of resales from older subdivisions or lots created from smaller scale subdivisions. CPR lots are increasingly common.

Notable numbers from the Haiku Land Sales in 2021

  • Maui Realtors reported 29 lots sold for the year as of August 17th. The median price of the lots sold is $585,000. The average price of the lots sold is $813,190.
  • The highest price lot closed for $2,499,000. It is a 20.5 acre oceanfront lot located to the East of the Peahi surf break.
  • The 20.5 acre oceanfront parcel was the only sale over $2,000,000, but it was one of eight sales for $1,000,000 or more.
  • The eight sales equals the total for all of 2020. The last two years are now tied for the busiest year ever for $1,000,000 or more land sales in Haiku.

Haiku Land Sale Overview and Outlook

Strong demand helped push pricing up in the Haiku land market in 2021. As the overall real estate market on Maui hit another gear in the first quarter of 2021, buyers quickly snatched up much of the remaining land inventory in Haiku. I remember clearly in January and February when a number of the properties that sat on the market in the fall went under contract in close succession. Replacement inventory has yet to come to market. As it stands, there are only 9 active land listings in Haiku. The lowest priced listing is currently $1,300,00! When lower priced lots come on the market, it feels more like an auction than a conventional real estate listing.

Barring a substantive increase in inventory, I would surmise that we will see really limited sales volume and continued price appreciation. That said, land pricing does not operate in a vacuum. Construction costs are high due to increased material and labor costs. If the cost to build plus the cost of land far exceeds the price of existing homes, buyers won’t support the higher land prices. Land buyers should evaluate potential construction costs and create an overall budget prior to hopping into a frothy land market.

Contact The Maui Real Estate Team

The Maui Real Estate Team keeps close tabs on the Haiku market. A number of our office’s agent call the community home. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team if you are looking for property in Haiku. We would welcome the chance to learn more about your real estate interests and needs. You can view active Haiku home listings and Haiku land listings on MauiRealEstate.com.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Need a Place to Play Pickleball on Maui?

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. The popularity of the sport extends to Maui. A recent Maui News article highlighted the challenges players on island are experiencing finding court space. Are you a pickleball player on Maui feeling deprived of court time? What is we told you that you could play pickleball any time you want?

How you ask? Let me introduce you to North Shore Paradise. Our stunning listing in Haiku comes with its own Pickelball court. That’s right, no signing up for court times. Just pick your paddle and ball, grab a friend and head out to the backyard.

More than Just Pickleball

Your own personal pickleball court on Maui

If you worked up a sweat on the court, you can cool off in the forty foot, saltwater pool with jumping rock, slide and spa.

Want to exercise your mind as well as your body? How about a game of outdoor chess? Set among beautiful landscaping, this is a stunning setting for a battle of wits.

If you haven’t realized it yet, North Shore Paradise has a lot to offer above and beyond your own backyard Pickleball court. This property is all about fun.

A Beautifully Remodeled Home

That said, the four bedroom, three bath home itself is beautiful. The sellers completely renovated the home in 2016. A partial list of remodel improvements include an upgraded the kitchen, a beautiful new 5,500 piece mosaic, revamped fans and lighting, a new roof and all kinds of custom woodwork and built-ins. The sellers also updated two bedroom/one bathroom ohana in 2016.

The property is well located with convenient access to both North Shore and Upcountry Amenities. Haiku Town Center is five minutes away and Makawao is about eight minutes away.

Find out More About this Pickelball Property

This perfect pickleball property is offered for $2,250,000. Take a 3D tour of the home and the cottage. Check out the North Shore Paradise website for more photos and information. Interested in this beautiful home with your personal pickleball court? Contact The Maui Real Estate Team with questions or to arrange a showing.

Published September 29, 2019

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

52 Laenani, A Distinguished Haiku Home

What makes a home distinguished? Is it the location? Is it the architecture and design? What about the quality of the build? Is it a combination of all of the above? Our new listing in Haiku hits it out of the park based on all three criteria. Built in 2017, 52 Laenani is an extremely well built home, with impressive attributes, a very well thought out floor plan and a beautiful setting at the edge of Maliko Gulch.

Aerial view of 52 Laenani showing the dramatic nature of its setting along Maliko Gulch

The Beauty of Maliko Gulch

About five years ago, I helped the sellers in their search for an ideal Haiku or Upcountry Property. We looked at another home in the Haiku Mauka subdivision. They liked the home, but it wasn’t quite the one. However, what really captivated the sellers about the property was the setting on Maliko Gulch. Its taken a lot of time and a steady flow of water to carve this lush, deep and beautiful gulch. Homes on this side of the gulch also tend to offer great vistas looking towards the West Maui Mountains, the Pacific Ocean and the East end of Molokai. Summer sunsets are often dramatic and colorful. When my buyers found out that one of the two lots in the subdivision that had not been developed was coming to market, they pounced before it hit the MLS.

The front of 52 Laenani with a dramatic covered entry and African Sapele Front Door

A Well Designed Home

With a beautiful home site procured, the sellers went about the process of designing and building a residence equal to its setting. It all starts with the floor plan. I have been in a lot of homes with beautiful finishing on this island. That said, in a number of the homes the floor plan fell far short of the finish. The architect sized the rooms wrong, space was wasted or the flow was all wrong.

The dining, living and kitchen area of the home have soaring ceilings that top out at 16 feet

The floor plan of this home just feels good. Walk in the front door and you enter a large and open living, dining and kitchen area. The space feels that much bigger with ceilings heights that top out at 16 feet. Large sliding glass doors bring in light and open up to a spacious covered lanai that runs the entire length of the home.

The kitchen, dining and living area flow together. The outside living space flows into the living room with big sliders and large windows.
Black granite counters, natural stain cherry wood cabinets, stainless appliances, an oversized island with ohia wood support posts

The kitchen offers a clean design with plenty of space. An oversized island adds room for people to socialize during meal prep or a place to dine for less formal meals.

A spacious master bedroom at 52 Laenani
The view from bed in the master

The central living area separates the master bedroom from the second and third bedrooms. The master itself is a generous space with high ceilings and sliding glass doors that run along the lanai. It has a large walk in closet and a big bathroom. The bathroom includes a double vanity, a free standing tub and walk in shower. A second shower is located outside off the master bath. With complete privacy from your neighbors, it is a great place to rinse off with a view or to wash off the sand after time at the beach.

The Game Room at 52 Laenani in Haiku Mauka on Maliko Gulch

Other notable features of the floor plan include a billiards and media room off the living area and an office off the living room. There is a separate laundry room with a utility sink. The garage is oversized with over 800 square feet of space. That means room for the cars and plenty of room for all of your other toys.

Quality Materials and Custom Finishes

The sellers made good choices when picking materials inside and outside the home. The exterior is stucco and the roof is standing seam metal. Both will weather well in the climate of windward Maui.

Flooring in the home includes durable porcelain tile and dark strand bamboo. The cabinetry in the kitchen is natural finished cherry wood. Counter tops are black granite. A custom acacia wood vanity is in the powder room. There is another custom, acacia wood, surfboard desk top in the office. This is just a partial list of the quality materials evident throughout the home.

Outdoor Spaces

With the climate on Maui, quality outdoor spaces are imperative. As mentioned before, this home has a covered lanai that runs the length of the exterior of the home. It is well oriented to take in views of the gulch, the ocean and the West Maui Mountains. The orientation also takes you out of the teeth of the trade winds while still allowing breezes along the porch. The overhang on the lanai is more than sufficient to shelter you from a passing trade shower.

ocean views from the lanai of the property

The property itself is two acres. The sellers planted citrus, avocado and mango trees. Roughly an acre and a half is flat to gently slop with about a half acre located in steeper gulch. Gated access and perimeter landscaping provide privacy from neighbors.

View from the lanai towards the ocean and West Maui Mountains

Location

We talked about the geography of the land already. It is ultimately what prompted the sellers to buy and build. The property’s location on the North Shore is another selling point. The house is five minutes from Haiku Town Center. There you will find fitness centers, a yoga studio, a small grocery store and some great restaurants including Nuka, my favorite sushi spot on the island. Makawao Town is about eight minutes away. Paia Town and its many restaurants and amenities are a little over 15 minutes from the front gate. There are a number of good public and private schools within 15 minutes drive from the property.

The Haiku Mauka neighborhood is great for walking with limited traffic. Fourth Division Marine Park (Giggle Hill) is just minutes stroll out the front gage of the home.

Find Out More About 52 Laenani

The asking price for 52 Laenani is $2,090,000. Check out the MLS listing for more photos of the property. Qualified Buyers may contact the Maui Real Estate Team to talk to an agent about the property or to arrange an exclusive tour of the home. Not on island? Take a 3D tour of the home to see more features and to get a better feel for the floor plan.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

North Shore Paradise

Our listings past and present include quite a few beautiful properties. This new listing in Haiku certainly falls into the that category. The stunning main home went through a comprehensive remodel and the landscaping and grounds are truly stunning. However, this property is really distinguished by its fun quotient. It may well be the most fun property we have ever marketed. There are just so many things to keep you entertained on this two acre property. Its like owning your own mini resort just for the enjoyment of your family and friends.

The Main House

The main home of North Shore Paradise casts a glow in the evening.
North Shore Paradise Glows at Twilight

The four bedroom, three bathroom main home offers 2,570 square feet of luxurious, living space. The seller completed a comprehensive remodel of the home in 2016.

The front door and entry way of North Shore Paradise
The entry way of the main home.

The screened front porch of the home was converted to a dramatic entry with a custom walnut door, built in desk, new coat closet and new light fixtures. Big windows provide views of the ocean and the beautiful landscaping around the property.

The living room
The living room of the main home.

The remodel work extended to the living room. The sellers added new fixtures, a new built-in entertainment center and a new built-in hutch. A new split system A/C helps to cool the house on the warmest days.

The kitchen area
The kitchen area of the main home.

The remodel work extended into the kitchen. The sellers installed a new farm sink and new Subzero, Thermador and Bosch Appliances. New Swarovski Crystal Pendants and a Custom 5,50 piece tile mosaic by Brian Lehto add to the aesthetic appeal.

The Master Bedrom
The master bedroom of the main home.

The extensive remodel work extended into the master suite. The seller added a custom built-in tiger wood cabinet for clothing and a built-in zebra wood TV center. Other notable additions to the bedroom include a new walk in closet and split system a/c. The sellers added a double vanity and a new walk-in shower to the master bathroom. An outdoor meditation garden and outdoor lava rock shower were added just off the master bathroom.

Other notable remodel items for the main house include the following:

  • New dark bamboo flooring throughout the home.
  • A new back entry was added with a custom Walnut Door, a new laundry “closet” and a new organizer.
  • New LED soffit lighting throughout the home.
  • The home’s three other bedrooms received new fans and light fixtures.
  • The sellers expanded the closet space of the two downstairs bedrooms and added built-ins.
  • A new water filtration system that services the entire house.
  • The sellers replaced the roof with a standing seam metal roof.
  • The comprehensive remodel included a replacement of the septic system.

The Ohana and the Office

The ohana of North Shore Paradise. The sellers revamped the two bedroom, one and a half bath ohana with a new kitchen and a tweaked floor plan.
The two bedroom and one and a half bath ohana

The remodel efforts extended to the detached two bedroom, one and a half bath ohana. The structure had pretty good bones with its high ceilings and tile floors. The sellers completely redid the kitchen, added new light fixtures, two new window a/c units, and they expanded the master bedroom to 300 square feet. The half bath has exterior access making it a good “pool bath” for the nearby pool area.

The sellers thoughtful touch extended to the office/studio space. The space received new lights and fixtures. An outside custom bar with seating was added to the exterior. They added a lanai area between the office and the ohana. New tile, a custom mosiac and turtle/ocean paintings by local artist Brian Lehto enhance this outdoor living space.

An aerial perspective of North Shore Paradise shows the main house, pickle ball court, pool, pool pavillion, ohana, office and extensive photovoltaic system.
An aerial perspective of the property shows the assorted structures, pool area and sport/pickleball court.

The Pool Area

The pool, slide, waterfall, jumping rock and spa.
The pool area includes a spa, slide, waterfall and jumping rock.

The revamp and renovation of North Shore Paradise included the addition of a forty foot long, heated, saltwater pool. The pool has an attached spa and a combination waterfall,slide and rock jump feature. The pool area serves as a focal point for entertainment both day and night. There is a gazebo to escape the sun next to the pool. A larger pavilion area is big enough to accommodate plenty of friends and family for a meal. As the day cools to night and the stars begin to twinkle overhead, a poolside fire pit is another spot to gather with friends and family.

The pool area at twilight
The pool area is a great place for entertaining into the evening hours with a firepit, gazebo and separate pool pavilion.

Pickleball, Chess and Fruit Picking

The fun doesn’t stop at the pool area. At this time, Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. It crossed the big blue of the Pacific and it can now be played among the verdant landscape of North Shore Paradise. A basketball hoop gives you the opportunity to hone your three pointers and free throw shooting.

The pickleball court
The pickleball court and basketball hoop.

An oversized outdoor chess board means that you can exercise your mind and your body at North Shore Paradise. Tucked next to the pool pavilion and surrounded on three sides by tropical landscaping, I can’t think of many better settings for a game of chess.

Oversized outdoor chess board
The oversized outdoor chess area is surrounded by lush tropical foliage.

If you work up an appetite with all of your play, you can just meander through the property’s orchard to see if there is anything ripe to eat. There are over 20 varieties of fruit trees including citrus, avocado, lychee, macadamia nut, fig, banana, breadfruit, papaya, coffee and more. There is a small organic herb garden with room to add a vegetable garden. The edibles are just part of the beautiful landscaping on the property. Other highlights include a massive Banyan Tree, a majestic Royal Poinciana and a variety of tropical flowers.

Part of the orchard area North Shore Paradise.
Part of the orchard in North Shore Paradise

Keeping it Green

North Shore Paradise has two large, net-metered, grid tied photovoltaic (solar) systems. There are 21 solar panels on the main house. An additional 41 panels are located on the ohana roof. The ohana panels power the ohana, office and pool. There are also solar hot water heaters on the house and the ohana. Collectively, the pv systems and the water heaters significantly reduce electric bills. Of course, they are also environmentally friendly.

Find out More…

North Shore Paradise is offered for $2,380,000. Find more photos and details on the 2423 Lilokoi Listing Page. Take a 3D tour of the main house to see the floor plan and more of the design details. You can also take a 3D tour of the cottage. Qualified buyers may contact the Maui Real Estate Team with questions or to arrange a private showing.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

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.

Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula
The original 1936 structure is on the center and right hand side of the photo. The 2006 master suite addition on the left hand side blends in seamlessly with the rest of the home.
The living room of a classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home includes a wood burning stove for cooler Upcountry nights
Crown moldings, fir floors, and double hung windows are some of the classic materials and features in the living room.

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.

A clawfoot tub in a classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula
The Master Bathroom was part of a 2006 addition to the home. The clawfoot tub, reclaimed window and tile help the addition blend with the 1936 original home.
View from the lanai of 785 Kekaulike.
One of two covered Lanai spaces located off the back of the home. They are great spaces for taking in the stunning views. The vintage light fixture is pretty cool too.

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 front of 555 Haiku Road
The front of 555 Haiku Road.

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.

Custom woodwork abounds in the living room
A close up of on custom built in at 555 Haiku Road.

Other features and materials include double hung windows, fir floors, crystal door knobs and a clawfoot tub in one of the bathrooms.

A crystal door knob with one of the five bedrooms in the background.

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.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Manawai Gardens

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.

A bee pollinating a rare variety of hibiscus at Manawai Gardens.
A jade vine at Manawai Gardens

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

Pete Jalbert