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Fantastic buys on very special properties

By Staff | Nov 19, 2009

“Ask for the Best of the Best” in James Harris and Mischelle Lawrence.

“Ask for the Best of the Best!” — Jim Harris and Mischelle Lawrence have been selling real estate on Maui for over 20 years and are multimillion dollar producers with Whalers Realty Inc.

They have seen the ups and downs of Maui real estate over the years, and like everyone else throughout our great country, have never seen anything like this current market, where there are short sales and foreclosures in every part of the marketplace. The good news is that means a tremendous amount of inventory for purchasers to choose from with very motivated sellers. As a result of this very unique situation, the phones have started ringing again. There is no question we are seeing the market slowly but surely starting to turn. We are hearing it from our Mainland clients that they are seeing significantly more activity in their neighborhoods regarding sales, and as it typically has done in the past, it has now hit Maui and buyers’ confidence is returning. People who have been watching the market know there are unbelievable opportunities to purchase properties that they could not even have considered two or three years ago.

Interest rates and the government credit to first-time home buyers are certainly helping in stimulating sales as well. So, if you have thought of buying in the past, the time is now! Sellers must be realistic and realize that buyers have a lot to choose from, and if they are not able to come to reasonable terms on a property, they will just move on and come to terms either with an individual or a bank.

Kaanapali has been home to Jim Harris and Mischelle Lawrence for many years. In their opinion, Kaanapali has it all, from beautiful white sand beaches to golf, diving, shopping and great dining at all levels, just to mention some of the activities. Right now, Kaanapali has some fantastic buys on some very special properties.

Kaanapali Royal is a gated, concrete constructed, low-rise property in Kaanapali proper. Located on the golf course across from Whalers Village, it’s a very short walk to world-famous Kaanapali Beach. All two-bedroom/two-bath spacious floor plans have large lanai patio areas where you can barbecue and entertain. There are many amenities, including a large heated pool and lighted tennis courts. Kaanapali Royal prices start at $575,000 (FS). Prices like these are incredible values in Kaanapali. These condominium units can be rented with a vacation rental program, occupied, or used as a second home. They are very easy to view.

For those looking for the convenience of condominium living in a residential atmosphere, The Vintage at Kaanapali has two-car garages, central air conditioning, spacious lanais and more. Located above Kaanapali Beach Resort and surrounded by the Royal Kaanapali Golf Course, this rare four-bedroom/three-bath property has magnificent views and the feel of a custom home without the need to care for the exterior or landscaping. Amenities in this gated neighborhood include a large heated pool, jacuzzi spa, fully equipped poolside kitchen, complete workout/fitness center, private walking trails, 24/7 private security and a professional property manager. Pets are also allowed in this residential-zoned property. 147 Kualapa Place in The Vintage at Kaanapali is very easy to view and should not be missed if you are looking for the perfect first or second home.

Investment properties, such as the one-of-a-kind Kaanapali Alii, offer the highest level of luxury living in the heart of Kaanapali. Kaanapali Alii 2-505 has been completely remodeled and elegantly furnished with all the amenities of a fine resort hotel. A private, oversized lanai provides the perfect place to stretch out and soak up the sunset views. Oceanfront living, with views of the lushly landscaped gardens and the golden sands of Kaanapali Beach, add to the idea of being in Paradise. Amenity services include a fully staffed concierge desk, 24-hour front desk service, bellman service, room service, tennis courts, modern exercise room, heated adult swimming pool, children’s wading pool, outdoor whirlpool spa and poolside gas barbecues. These are just a few of the luxuries offered by owning at the Kaanapali Alii. The unparalleled location, with 36 holes of golf at the championship Royal Kaanapali Golf Courses and nearby resort shopping at Whalers Village, make The Kaanapali Alii truly a place for royalty! The prices have never been better.

Papakea Beach Resort is a low-rise on the beach. A favorite property of many visitors who come to Maui, Papakea Beach Resort has a well-established, professionally operated Vacation Rental Program for those who want rental income to help offset their cost of ownership. Studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom loft units offer a variety of comfortable floor plans. Pools, jacuzzis, putting greens, barbecues and tennis courts add to this ocean front location. Prices start at $299,000 (LH).

Hale Kai, a very small oceanfront property, has an oceanfront pool that feels like you’re floating on top of the ocean. Unit 207 has wonderful views and a high vaulted ceiling for an airy, spacious feel. One-bedroom with a loft area and one bath, this is truly an incredible buy for $350,000. They are quite easy to view.

So many properties and so many exceptional buys, this is a time like no other we have ever seen, and certainly a time to get into the Maui Real Estate Market. All of these exceptional properties are easy to view, and we are always available to show them to you. “Ask for the Best of the Best” in James M. Harris Inc., Broker, and Mischelle M. Lawrence, R(S), if we can help you with these or any other fine Maui properties. Call (808) 280-1640 (cellular), (877) Jim-Maui (546-6284) toll-free, or e-mail Jimmaui@maui.net. Happy Thanksgiving to all!