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It’s no surprise that Maui is the best

By Staff | Dec 16, 2010

Jim Harris and Mischelle Lawrence are here to help you with Maui real estate.

Ask for the Best of the Best: James M. Harris Inc. (Broker) and Mischelle M. Lawrence, R(S).

Maui is also the Best of the Best. For the unprecedented 16th time, Mother Maui captured “Best Island in the World” honors in the 23rd annual Conde Nast Traveler readers’ choice award poll. To Jim and Mischelle, that is not surprising. Residents of Maui for over 30 years and realtors for nearly that long, they know that Maui offers the best beaches, the best golf, the best hiking, the best lifestyle, the best food, the best people and some of the best real estate available in the world. There is a lot to be said for being able to have a slice of tropical paradise in America.

In comparing real estate market statistics from January to September 2010 with the same period in 2009, Maui condominiums show an increase in sales volume of 49 percent with a decreased average sales price of 9 percent, and the median sales price showed a decrease of 21 percent. No wonder sales are happening! Prices have never been better, and interest rates are historically low!

A property that is without question priced to sell with a recent price reduction to $1,095,000 is The Vintage at Kaanapali #147, a four-bedroom, three-bath home located directly in Kaanapali proper and just a golf cart ride away to the beach, the links, Whalers Village and Kaanapali Boardwalk. Views of sunsets and the ocean add to this immaculately cared for home that has a two-car garage, central air-conditioning and is a freestanding condominium. You enjoy the Kaanapali lifestyle while your grounds and building are maintained. Amenities include pool, spa, gym, community kitchen and barbecue for entertaining, walking trails and more.

207 Wahioli Way is located in The Summit at Kaanapali behind secured gates and is the perfect first or second home for someone who wants to live in Kaanapali and play at the resort. Kaanapali lifestyle means you never have to get in a car to get somewhere. Kaanapali lifestyle is jumping in your golf cart and heading to the beach or down to the world-famous Kaanapali Golf Courses. The Kai course is Trent Jones Sr.-designed and has been the backdrop for many famous players — Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Gary Player to name just a few, because the list truly does go on and on! After the beach or links, stop off at Whalers Village for some lunch, shopping or both. Three large bedrooms and baths make this single-story condominium home unique and perfect for the person who wants to live Maui rather than doing yard work or maintenance to the exterior of your home. It’s proudly offered at $1,395,000.

The first destination resort, The Whaler at Kaanapali Beach, is a place to go and never leave. Directly on the sand and ocean, this resort property is sought-after from people from all over the world. One-bedroom, two-bath #957 is the reason why. With a light, bright southern exposure, the views go on and on. This unit is easy to view and should not be missed if Kaanapali is your destination. It’s priced at $999,000.

Ocean and beach front, brand new, is a very large, three-bedroom condominium with three full baths. This is the best oceanfront/beach front property on West Maui with desirable southern exposure offering great light throughout this fine apartment. Excellent views and good use of space, including a built-in barbecue setup on the expansive lanai/deck that looks out at the neighbor islands of Molokai and Lanai. plus year-round sunsets. Top-of-the-line appliances, custom granite and quality finishes throughout are just part of what makes this new condominium feel like a home. Indoor and outdoor living becomes easy with the unique bi-fold glass doors. If you want to be directly on one of the most magnificent beaches on Maui in Kaanapali’s newest five-star resort property, Honua Kai #351 in the Konea Tower is THE spot. With so many amenities, including great restaurants, extensive pools with slides, spas, magnificent lobbies, quiet sitting areas, a full gym, plus much more, this property is easy to view anytime. Owner financing will be considered…

Jim Harris and Mischelle Lawrence are here to help you with whatever Maui real estate needs you have. We do answer our phone and return calls 24/7, so give us a call at (808) 280-1640 (cell), (877) Jim-Maui (546-6284) personal toll-free or e-mail

JimMaui@Maui.net. We want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, a wonderful Holiday Season and the Happiest of New Years to come!