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The timing could not be better to buy

By Staff | Sep 13, 2012

Congratulations to James Harris for assisting clients for 29 years with Whalers Realty Inc. 

Ask for the Best of the Best: Mischelle M. Lawrence and James M. Harris. The Best of the Best just got better!

Jim and Mischelle have been helping buyers and sellers on Maui for nearly 30 years. That’s why when it says “Ask for the Best of the Best,” it doesn’t get better than with Jim Harris and Mischelle Lawrence. They are experienced and have years of knowledge in the business of helping clients sell and buy real estate.

It is a buyer’s market with prices and interest rates at some of the lowest in many years. Add to that a good amount of inventory to choose from, and that makes sellers take all offers very seriously. The timing could not be better to buy.

A few choice listings that are priced to sell include 80 Kalai Place located in Olowalu Mauka – a property fit for ali’i (royalty) surrounded by archeological sites and rich in Hawaiian history. This property is “The Jewel of Olowalu” that many consider to be the most private, best view, approximately six-acre property on Maui. This is a turnkey, two-bedroom/two-bath, fully furnished cottage with special features like a water fountain, enclosed outdoor shower and Polynesian Hale, and state-of-the-art spa to make stargazing something out of a fairy tale.

The driveways are lined with royal palms, and the orchard and lawn areas are planted extensively with coconut; Manila, Samoan and Phoenix palms; golden cypress; Hong Kong orchid and jacaranda trees; plumeria; banana; papaya; mango; passion fruit; and a variety of coffee trees to make this an oasis fit for royalty. Even Hawaii’s endangered bird of royalty, the nene, call this place home.

Views, views and more views of year-round sunsets, whale watching (in season), Lanai, Molokai, Molokini, Kahoolawe, Haleakala, South Maui and Makena. All the work has been done for you. Just sit back and enjoy what Hawaiian Royalty once called their “Place of Refuge.”

80 Kalai Place in Olowalu Mauka is a turnkey lot with greenhouse and newly constructed maintenance shed, fully planted orchard, planted grass and underground irrigation. The magnificent rock wall entry leads to the driveway of over 100 royal palm trees that wind up to a two-tiered building pad site. The lot is flanked by a river valley on one side and a reservoir in the back, which ensures total privacy. The property is being sold with tractor and maintenance equipment included. The adjacent 1.65-acre turnkey cottage (MLS#351543) is also available. It’s centrally located yet takes you back to Old Hawaii. This is a one-of-a-kind lot that seldom comes on the market.

One of the best locations available in The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach is #957. The Whaler was one of the first destination resorts built in the world. This fine condominium apartment has light, bright southern-facing views to Lahaina and the island of Lanai. Tastefully upgraded, Unit 957 is currently in the onsite Aston vacation rental program. Available totally furnished and ready for that dream Maui second home, or leave it in the Aston rental program. The Whaler is just one of two whole ownership condominiums on Kaanapali Beach proper. An oceanfront pool, underground parking, gym facility, tennis courts, and onsite massage and beauty care from Aveda are just some of the extensive amenities. Priced to sell at $925,000, this is a property not to miss. Call Jim and Mischelle for more details and private showings.

Papakea Beach Resort, another of West Maui’s finest condominium properties, has something for everyone regarding price and fun. This property is almost 14 oceanfront acres with so many amenities, including tennis courts, two 18-hole putting greens, two oversized jacuzzis, two pools where water exercise classes are available, concierge service, onsite barbecues, tropical Polynesian grounds and much, much more. Papakea G-201, listed at $275,000 Leasehold, is a one-bedroom, one-bath corner unit with ocean views over the koi ponds. Nicely upgraded for a Hawaiian-style feel, Papakea Beach Resort K101 is a ground floor, extensively upgraded corner unit with granite countertops throughout. Just steps from the ocean, this is an outstanding property not to be missed! Papakea B-403, listed at $160,000 Leasehold, is a very special offering with three bedrooms. This top floor unit has outstanding views and lots of room for family and friends. This is a one-sixth interest in this one-of-a-kind property. Call for details.

312 A Alii Way is without question the way to own in Kaanapali Golf Estates. Very low maintenance fees for great amenities, including private gated access. This great lot at the end of a cul-de-sac is very private with ocean views. Easy walking to all that Kaanapali has to offer, such as some of the best beaches on Maui. It’s priced to sell quickly at $429,000.

These are just a few examples of outstanding properties available for sale. Mischelle and Jim would like to help you if you are thinking of buying or selling.

James M. Harris Inc., Realtor (PB), and Mischelle M. Lawrence, R(S), only want the Best of the Best for you! Contact us at (808) 280-1640, toll-free at 877-Jim-Maui (546-6284) or e-mail JimMaui@Maui.net.