Maui Real Estate Blog

Pa’ani Point and the Spreckelsville Lifestyle

Makena, Keawakapu Beach and Spreckelsville. What do these three areas of Maui have in common? They are the location of the last five homes to sell on the island for over $15,000,000. All three offer areas of spectacular beach or oceanfront. Makena and Keawakapu Beach are located in South Maui. They also happen to have more second home owners. This is where Spreckelsville is a little different.

Spreckelsville is located on the North Shore between Paia and the Kahului airport. It is an old Kama’aina neighborhood with a significantly higher number of year round residents. Spreckelsville is also the location of our new listing at Pa’ani Point. What is it about Spreckelsville that draws ultra high end buyers away from the gold coasts of South Maui to the North Shore?

If you are willing to pay eight figures for a home, chances are you buying the property for more than just the structures on the land or even the land itself. You are buying it for a lifestyle. That is something that Spreckelsville offers in spades.

Ocean Sports Mecca

The ocean just offshore from this waterfront neighborhood offer a plethora of wind and wave sport options. The area first gained renown for its windsurfing back in the eighties. Now you will see residents and visitors surfing, kiteboarding, SUPing, body boarding and foiling. If you don’t want to take my word for it? Check out this video featuring Kai Lenny.

Kai, the son of MRET agent Martin Lenny, has won multiple world titles in Stand Up Paddle racing and surfing, came in second on the WCT big wave world tour and has competed professionally as a windsurfer and kiteboarder. He grew up in the neighborhood and cites the location as a key reason for his love of and proficiency in the water.

Kai Lenny paddling his SUP in front of Pa'ani Point in Spreckelsville
Kai Lenny gets in some SUP training right in front of Pa’ani Point

You don’t have to be a big wave surfer to appreciate the ocean in Sprecks. Summer months offer small surf. Even during the winter, there are a number of protected spots where the waves don’t get bigger than head high. If you love to swim, nature offers a fantastic lap pool between the sand and the reef at Baby beach. Quite a few neighborhood kids get their first taste of the ocean in the aptly name Baby Beach. Baldwin Beach offers an excellent spot for morning and evening beach strolls, hunts for sea glass and shells or watching a green sea turtle clamber on to the sand for a nap. Living the Spreckelsville lifestyle means enjoying the neighborhood’s ocean and beach access no matter how you do it.

You Don’t Have to be a Water Person to Love Sprecks

Spreckelsville is a neighborhood where you will see families walking, riding their bikes or their golf cart around the neighborhood. There are a lot of smiles and friendly waves as people cruise around the area. There is a bike path that leads from the neighborhood to Kanaha Beach Park and Kahului. The Maui Country Club is located in Spreckelsville. They have a nine hole golf course and offer a lot of social events for members. The Spreckelsville lifestyle might include a day of surf and turf. Hitting the beach in the morning and playing a round of golf in the afternoon.

Spreckelsville has enough to offer residents that you may not want to leave the neighborhood all that often. If you do want to venture out, there is a lot to explore nearby. Paia town is within biking distance. The town is an eclectic mix of Old Hawaii Plantation and Bohemian Surfer village. Paia has good restaurants, shops and yoga studios. Ho’okipa Beach Park is located about a mile and a half past downtown Paia. It is still considered one of the proving grounds for windsurfing. It is also popular for SUP and surfing. Mama’s Fish House is located between Ho’okipa and Paia. This world renowned restaurant is still arguably the best place to eat on island and undoubtedly the best atmosphere.

If you head west from Spreckelsville, you are five minutes from Kahului. There you will find all of the island’s conveniences including big box stores like Costco, Target, Home Depot and Lowe’s. The Maui Arts and Cultural Center hosts gallery openings, world renowned musicians, theater, dance and more.

Living in Sprecks

When you read all of the attributes above, you can begin to understand why Spreckelsville is such a great place to live. Words don’t always capture the true experience. They can’t quite convey the feeling of walking out your back door with a surfboard under your arm to catch a wave at first light. Words don’t express the joy you experience from seeing the smile on your child’s face as you watch her play in the sand. They simply can’t recreate the multi-sensory experience of watching the sky change from day to night with a soundtrack of surf breaking mixed with the laughter of family and friends.

An Aerial View of Paani Point in Spreckelsville showing the property and Sugar Cove

Pa’ani Point offers a rare opportunity to own one of the true legacy properties in Spreckelsville. With a home and three cottages, there is plenty of room for friends and family to experience the Spreckelsville lifestyle with you. Check out the Pa’ani Point listing page for more photos and details of this oceanfront compound. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team if you have questions on Pa’ani Point or Spreckelsville. Our broker Billy and agent Martin both call the neighborhood home. I lived in Sprecks myself for almost five years. If Pa’ani Point isn’t quite in your budget, you can find all of the other Spreckelsville Real Estate Listings on MauiRealEstate.com.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Kuau Beach House

When people move to Maui or buy a second home on island, many are seeking out a beach lifestyle. They want the surf, the sun and the sand and they want it close to home. Our new beach house listing in Kuau is a great home base if your vision of Maui is focused on the beach. Located on a quiet street with no through traffic, it is just a few minutes walk from the front door to the sand of Tavares Bay. Tavares is a great place to soak in the sun, go for a swim, or surf. The house is just a few minutes drive from world renowned Ho’okipa Beach Park and its great windsurfing, kiting and surfing. Paia town is walking distance from the home. There you will find good restaurants, one of the best little health food stores on the planet, boutiques galore and a variety of yoga studios.

The three bedroom, two and a half bath home is very well designed. The focal point of the home is the large and open great room and kitchen area. Vaulted ceilings and a wall of sliding glass doors open up to the large lanai area. The sliders allow for good ocean views from throughout the room. This room is a great space for entertaining friends and family. On one side of the living room is the master suite area. You can check the surf on the outer reefs from bed. Just off the master is a nice nook that could be used as an office, reading room, nursery space or a yoga/meditation room. The other two bedrooms are on the opposite side of the home from the master. If you want to get a better sense of the floor plan and the interior, you can take a 3d tour of the house. It is the next best thing to seeing the home in person.

The home has a photovoltaic system and a solar hot water system. This limits the home’s environmental impact and your monthly electric bill has a lighter impact on your wallet.

The home has an oversized double car port and a detached one car garage with copious amounts of storage and a bathroom. There is also a 100 square foot storage shed with electricity. If your vision of the beach lifestyle includes lots of water toys, there is plenty of room for all your surfboards, stand up paddle boards, windsurfing gear, kitesurfing gear, fishing equipment, kayaks and canoes.

The half acre lot was lovingly landscaped with a variety of native plants, garden areas and fruit trees. Edibles include but are not limited to, Julia Mangoes, Avocados, citrus and Princess lilikoi. Nice rock work and two outdoor showers are other nice exterior features of the property.

This home is a residential condominium with its own separate water meter. The only shared element is the driveway. This property is offered for sale for $2,250,000. Check out the 101 Kuau Beach Place 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 the listing agent.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

The El Nino Winter Continues. Peahi, Maui January 27, 2016

El Nino winters in Hawaii are known for drier than normal weather, warmer temperatures and big surf. This year’s El Nino is following the forecast to perfection. January has seen little rain, warm days and a whole lot of high surf warnings. Last Wednesday was described as the biggest surf seen at Peahi, Maui’s renowned big wave break, in over a decade. Today’s rapidly building swell was predicted to bring surf that was almost equal in size. The waves were big and they inflicted quite a bit of carnage on the surfers in the water. Our broker Billy headed down to Peahi, also known as Jaws, right before sunset. He met up with Maui Real Estate Team agent Martin Lenny just in time to see Martin’s son Kai catch one of the last waves of the day. Here are a couple of photos that Billy took from this evening’s surf.


Kai Lenny on his SUP at Jaws


An unknown surfer catches a nice wave at Peahi.


The jet skis on the left side of the photo give you some sense of the size of this wave at Peahi.

The forecast calls for the big surf to continue over night and into the morning before slowly decreasing throughout the day tomorrow. There are still a couple of months left before the end of the this El Nino winter season. I suspect we may see some more really big days at Peahi. If work allows, we will try to get down there for some more pictures and video.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Well Appointed Hale Kanani Condo for Sale

The Maui Real Estate Team just brought another great condo listing to market this week. Hale Kanani 3-102 is a well appointed 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominium in a fantastic Kihei location. The condo amenities include granite counter tops, central air conditioning and a large walk in storage closet. The owners have added some nice touches in the seven years they have owned the property. They redid the master bathroom, installed an instant hot water heater for the kitchen sink and tiled the lanai area. The lanai area is a great outdoor space with added privacy due to mature landscaping. This condo is a great option for someone who has been thinking of downsizing to a condo, but were concerned by the lack space. In addition to the walk in storage closet inside the unit, the owners purchased a separate storage unit located onsite at Hale Kanani. There are only 8 of these units throughout all of complex. The storage unit can be purchased separately via a bill of sale.

Hale Kanani is located across the street from Cove Park. If you like to surf or SUP, it is roughly 600 feet from the lanai of the condo to where you paddle out. Charley Young Beach and its clear waters and sandy beach is just another block away. There are also a number of restaurants and shops within walking distance or a short bike ride away. If you don’t feel like straying far from home, Hale Kanani’s heated, saline pool; spa and barbecues are nice amenities.

Hale Kanani 3-102 is priced to sell at $445,000. The additional storage unit may be purchased separately for $10,000. Check out the Hale Kanani 3-102 listing page for more photos and additional details. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team to arrange a showing.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Charming Beachfront Cottage in the Paia Area

Whoever said bigger is better, has yet to step foot in our charming beachfront, Hawaiian Plantation style home that we just listed in Kuau. This two bedroom/one bath cottage exudes charm and offers an ideal setting. You have back yard access to all of the Maui North Shore ocean sports. The windsurfing and surfing are great off of Kuau Point. You don’t need to rely on the notoriously fickle Hookipa Cam to check the surf at Ho’okipa Beach Park. Just look upwind from your back yard to get a gauge on the wind and the waves. Ho’okipa’s multitude of breaks attracts surfers, kiters and windsurfers from all over the globe. If you like to SUP, you can wave to friends and family sitting on the back porch as you paddle downwind on the world renowned Maliko run. If you prefer tamer pursuits in the ocean, the sands of Mama’s Beach are perfect for lounging and a reef keeps the waters right off the beach protected from the waves. It is a perfect place to cool off from the mid day sun.

The Kuau Point location is less than a mile from downtown Paia. There you will find charming shops, restaurants, galleries, yoga studios and the best little natural food store on the planet. Costco, The Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului Aiport, Movie Theaters and UH Maui College are about 15 minutes away in Central Maui. Last but not least, one of the island’s best and most renowned restaurants is just a few doors down from the home. You are about a two minute walk from Mama’s Fish House and its Mai Tais, delectable Ceviche and melt in your mouth Sashimi.

If you have a bigger family or you expect lots of house guests, this property does give you the option to grow. The lot is over 13,000 square feet with the room and the zoning to build an additional structure.

This beachfront opportunity is offered via the Maui Real Estate Team for $2,750,000. Check out the 129 Aleiki Place listing page for additional photos and details. Qualified buyers should contact The Maui Real Estate Team to arrange a showing.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Price Reduced! Sugar Cove, Spreckelsville Condo for Sale

Luxury and Ocean Sports lifestyle. That is what you are buying with Sugar Cove Unit 2C. This spacious 3 bedroom, 3 and one half bathroom condo has 2,030 square feet of beautiful, meticulously maintained living space. Sugar Cove Beach is right out the back door with great access to windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, SUP and more off this sandy beach. This property is right in the heart of Spreckelsville. Baby Beach is a five minute walk to the east and golfing is just down the street at Maui Country Club. Paia town and its shops and restaurants are five minutes away.

Check out this youtube video showing the fun available right out the backdoor at Sugar Cove 2C. Listing agent Martin Lenny’s son Kai launches his kite from the beach right behind the condos.

This condo is now offered at the reduced price of $2,750,000. You can take a virtual tour of Sugar Cove Unit 2C or arrange to have a private showing of this property by contacting The Maui Real Estate Team today or calling Martin at 808 280 3433.

Pete Jalbert