Kuki’o – A Private Equity Beach and Golf Club Community

When it comes to luxury real estate in Hawaii, Kūki‘o is in a class all its own. Often mistaken as a resort, this ultra-exclusive community seven miles north of Kona airport is actually a private equity beach and golf club. Unlike resorts on island, including adjoining Hualalai Resort, there is no hotel located within this secluded community. Membership to the Kūki‘o Beach and Golf Club is by invitation only and as a private equity club, it is not open to the public.

Set amongst 1,100 acres of oceanfront property just south of Hualalai Resort, Kūki‘o fronts two of the finest beaches along the Kona Coast: Uluweuweu and Kua Bays. A playground for Hawaiian royalty in days of old, Kūki‘o is rich in natural beauty with coconut groves, anchialine ponds and lava tubes and outcroppings. Here sparkling white sand beaches, the warm ocean waters, stark black lava outcroppings and the lush green fairways provide a breathtaking backdrop for exceptional luxury living.

Within this ultra-exclusive community, there are three distinct areas: Kukio, Ka‘upulehu, and Manini‘owali. The Manini‘owali community within Kūki‘o features 97 home sites ranging in size from one-third to three acres. The Sports Complex is also located here with a myriad of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Nestled between Manini‘owali and Hualalai Resort the Kūki‘o neighborhood features 143 home sites and 31 cottages. Most of the Beach and Golf Club’s amenities are found within this part of the community, including the 10-hole short golf course, club house, dining pavilion, bar, and spa. Ka‘upulehu is situated to the north of Hualalai Resort and includes 70 lots, several of which are oceanfront.  Membership to Kūkiʻo Golf and Beach Club is included in some Kaʻūpūlehu home sites.

Price points within Kūki‘o vary from $1 million to $19 million including condos, hales, villas, and custom home sites. You’ll find a variety of home styles too from contemporary to Balinese-inspired and traditional.

Kūki‘o Golf and Beach Club membership provides unrivaled amenities including use of the Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole course and 10-hole short course, as well as the members-only 13,000-square-foot Clubhouse with its fine dining, beach bar, water sports center and indoor/outdoor spa. The expert staff at Kūki‘o’s renowned Outdoor Pursuits program will assist you in a wide range of outdoor activities from sailing to surfing to kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

Membership fees for Kūki‘o Beach and Golf Club include an initial fee of $275,000, with annual dues of $57,000. Kūki‘o Community Association dues are $18,480 annually with Kaʻūpūlehu Community Association dues running $16,000 annually. (All fees as of 2016.)

If you’d like to learn more about living in Kūki‘o, contact Marco! He can help you find the ideal Kūki‘o property to suit your lifestyle and needs.

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Kailua Kona Real Estate: Hawaii Oceanfront Land Update

There have been two oceanfront sales in Kailua Kona over the past seven months. One in Ke Aloha Kai, and the other in Alii Point. These are both, oceanfront subdivisions, located immediately off of Alii Drive in Kailua Kona. Click here to see oceanfront SOLD information.

Currently in Kona – there are 8 oceanfront land offerings, varying in price from $1,000,000 to  $20,000,000.

Current Kailua Kona Oceanfront Land Offerings

My Seller just recently reduced his oceanfront land offering $200,000!

This is a fantastic NEW price for one of the few oceanfront lots left in Kailua Kona, located in Kona Bay Estates!

16,972 sq. ft. of ocean front beauty, await the construction of your dream estate in the elegant Kona Bay Estates community. With direct access to the blue pacific and a family friendly beach in the subdivision – residents have it all in Kona Bay!

75-5446 Kona Bay Drive I MLS  275411  I $975,000

Residences For Sale Currently In Kona Bay Estates

Oceanfront parcels in Kona Bay Estates are almost completely built out, this is one the last opportunities to construct the oceanfront residence you’ve always dreamed of.

Kona Bay Estates is a mature, exquisite ocean front community that provides 24/7 security and represents the truly exceptional Kona lifestyle.

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Love this parcel and would like further information on this great offering? I have current building design guidelines and rules of the subdivision on hand – feel free to get in touch for more information!

Kailua Kona Real Estate: Winter, Our Busy Season Has Arrived!

The Kailua Kona real estate winter season has officially arrived! Our lovely town is full of visitors from all over the world out enjoying the sun and sea.

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Historically, December through February are our busiest real estate months, and this year has already been rocking and rolling!

New Year’s Eve I received an email from a Buyer interested in a Holualoa property. After coming into my office and discussing their wants and needs, the luxury condo route seemed like a better fit. We spent some time in the Mauna Lani area, and found them the perfect unit in the Golf Villas at Mauna Lani! We are currently in escrow, with an early March close date.

This past Friday morning, a buyer called in to view my listing on Mahilani Drive. I showed the home, and they expressed interest. The couple also had interest in the homes offered in Pualani Estates. So off we went to view that development  They fell in love instantly, and wanted to make an offer straight away. Wanting to make sure these buyers were well informed and had all the information they needed to make a strong offer, I suggested we take a lunch break, then adjourn to my office for a look at the comparables and current market pricing. We did all of this, and within a few hours submitted an offer to the developer. We came to terms the next day!

Last, but certainly not least….my Mahilani Drive listing, which has had tremendous interest since the day we hit the market,  we put into escrow yesterday! My Sellers are over the moon, and the soon to be owners are getting a wonderful home with fantastic views & potential!

If you are interested in seeing what our market is currently offering, I’ve recently implemented a  property search to my blog! You are now able to access any property for sale on the Big Island! You can search by district, size, price, etc, etc.

Remember, well priced properties aren’t staying on the market for long. Many times, we are seeing multiple buyers submitting offers on the same property. The market in Kona has changed dramatically, if you like a property, make your move now! If the property is priced right, it won’t be available for long.

Enjoy your property searching, and please contact me with any questions you may have!

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Kailua-Kona Real Estate: SOLD! Video Tour of Pualani Estates Short Sale

This is the very popular 4bed/3bath, 2 story, Melia model home in Pualani Estates!

This home was originally purchased by the Sellers with option #8 from the developer, which added an additional 375 sqft of wrap around lanai! Additionally, this home has central air conditioning, mature/irrigated landscaping, ocean views, and is in fantastic shape. A short sale property, this property was priced very competitively!

As the listing agent, I shot high quality photographs, and syndicated this listing to a variety of real estate and social media sites  across the world! Within days of hitting the market we had multiple offers come in and the eventual buyer got a fantastic price.

Many of the inclusions in this resale, the developer now, in their new offerings, do not include. You pay extra for air conditioning, landscaping, irrigation, etc.

Pualani Estates is minutes from down town Kona, in a fantastic location! I have sold multiple home in Pualani Estates, and have another on the way into escrow. If you have any questions about Pualani Estates, current developer offerings, or just want to chat about Kailua Kona real estate, feel free to contact me!

Pualani Estates, 75-6133 Haku Mele Street, SOLD 12/5/12 for $352,000, MLS 255608

Kona Real Estate Video Blog: Client Testimonial!

Nothing says “job well done” like a client endorsing the professional services I  provide.

West Coast buyer Haze Moss, recently went on camera to speak about his positive experience in buying his family’s “dream home” in the Holualoa area of Kailua-Kona Hawaii.

Haze shares details on the buying process, comfort level throughout the transaction, the impact of being out of state purchasers and his positive experience in working with me.

Mahalo Haze Moss, it was an absolute pleasure working with you! 

I strive to provide excellent service to my clients! For Kona real estate assistance, questions or advice contact me anytime!

Purchasing Now: Your Property As A Kona Vacation Rental

One of the great options home buyers in the Kona real estate market embrace is the popularity and ability to rent their properties as vacation rentals. People come from all over the world to enjoy our wonderful climate, pristine beaches and relaxed island lifestyle.

Some wonderful clients, who I sold the below home to, have done just that! This is their retirement dream home, that they absolutely LOVE. Since they aren’t planning to retire for another 10-15 years, they are offering the home as a vacation rental. What an awesome opportunity for families vacationing on the Big Island!

http://www.vrbo.com/398178

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The property is meticulously landscaped, with lush garden areas, producing fruit trees and plenty of yard room for outdoor games and activities. Of the many highlights of the home, the pool is an absolute favorite!  The privacy afforded in the pool and sunning area is something one can only dream of.

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The main house is a 4bedroom/2 bath home completely outfitted for your convenience, with a delightful chef’s kitchen, breezy screened in lanai area, and a pool table for entertaining.

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Below the main home is the completely self contained “ohana” unit, that is furnished with a king size bed, mini-refrigerator and offers a great escape for visitors seeking a little more quiet and privacy away from the main group!

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This property is quiet, extremely private and offers all the amenities of a high end resort, at a fraction of the price!

Click the Vacation Rental By Owner link below for more property information and to view rental availability!

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Kona Real Estate Market Update:October 2012

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Kona’s real estate market continues to improve as the latest real estate numbers show quite clearly.

For the full market report click Griggs Report- Mid October 2012

In our North Kona residential market current inventory is down 18% compared to the same time last year, while pending sales are up 19%.

The pending ratio is an illustration of market supply and demand. That ratio is found by dividing the pending sales by active listings, then multiplied by 100.

A pending ration below 30 is a buyer’s market. A pending ratio 30-50 is neutral. Pending ration 51-99 is a seller’s market. Any ratio over 100 is a peak in the market,  with market correction/adjustment not far behind.

The higher the ratio, the greater the market demand for real estate.  In the time period we are looking at, the pending ratio is 56.28. A telling statistic, as this is indicative of our current market changing to a more seller friendly environment, or a “seller’s market”.

Put simply, inventory is low, and buyer interest is extremely high!

If you have been contemplating Kona real estate, don’t wait any longer. Get in while the getting is good!

The Griggs Report is published bi-monthly and used here courtesy of Michael B. Griggs, R(B) of Clark Realty Corporation’s Kailua-Kona office. 

 


					

Kona Condo Update: Alii Lani Inventory and Recent Sales

The popular Alii Lani condominium project, located on Kailua-Kona’s Alii Drive continues to draw strong buyer interest as many find the project’s competitive pricing good Kona value.

Alii Lani has 2bed/2bath or 3bed/2bath floor plans, multiple swimming pools for owners to enjoy, low maintenance fees and is just minutes from Kona’s many beaches.

I closed on my Alii Lani F101 listed property, September 14, 2012.

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This turnkey furnished unit had been almost completely redone from top to bottom with new appliances, flooring, paint and fixtures. As my seller and I began readying the property for market,  I shot high quality photographs along with a high-definition video tour to best showcase the property!

I released Unit F101 onto the market,  the morning of August 3, 2012. Within the hour we had a request for showing, a second showing to same buyer that same day,  and by the next morning a full price offer!  When a property is priced right, and you have professional photographs paired with a video tour, your property will sell.  We closed September 14, 2012 at our list price of $189,000. My seller, and the buyer were ecstatic!

There is still some great inventory in Alii Lani. Currently there are four units available, priced from $155,000-$209,000. Units that have sold from June 1, 2012 range in sales price from $138,000-$209,000. To view Alii Lani inventory and recent sales activity click here. 

For information on these or other units, or to discuss selling your property, contact Marco today!

Ingredients To A Successful Sale, Kona Westwind #2 – SOLD!

We closed on this sale Friday afternoon, and my clients and I are heading out for a celebratory lunch in just a few hours!

 This great Kailua-Kona condominium unit sold in 22 days! How is that possible, in our current market? 

The answer is that this listing had the three key ingredients to a successful sale!

1. It was easy to show. No tenants, no 24-48 hour notice, it could be shown at a moments notice! 

2. It was always in showing condition. The unit was always in great shape. No messy bedrooms, no dishes in the sink, it always sparkled! That first impression is priceless, and it certainly paid off here.

3. It was well priced. My phone rang continually with interest in this unit. Buyer agents knew this was well priced, and would sell in a short amount of time. We had multiple showings, and immediate strong buyer interest. This culminated with an offer presented on our 20th day on the market.

These three ingredients, along with my video marketing, high quality photographs and extensive social media distribution all parlayed into a successful closing for my clients!

If you are considering selling, be sure to talk to Marco about what he can do to sell your property! Put Marco to work for YOU!

Kona Westwind #2, MLS 255244, SOLD! 

Kona Market Update: Inventory Down, Sales Up!

Kona’s real estate market continues to gain momentum, as reduced inventory levels and aggressive buyers continue to take advantage of fantastic market pricing.

Our most recent market update via The Griggs Report, shows us that in North Kona’s residential market priced to 4 million,  inventory levels have been reduced 19%  when compared to the same time in 2011.

In the same market, during the same time frame that inventory has decreased, pending sales have increased by 16%.

Decrease in inventory, increase in sales…..you know quite well what is coming next. Increased pricing.

Many Realtors can attest to the fact that we don’t have the inventory we used to. It simply isn’t available. Well priced properties fly off the shelf, and my Alii Lani #F101 unit, currently in escrow, was a great example of this.

I listed the below Alii Lani #F101 condominium Friday August 3, 2012 at 8:11 a.m. Before the end of hour, I had a request for showing. Then a second showing to that same buyer by mid afternoon. The next morning, we had an offer. All parties came to terms Sunday, and we opened escrow Monday morning.

If you are a Buyer in Kona’s current real estate market, DON’T WAIT. Recovery is happening this very moment, and concrete numbers are supporting that.

Don’t be left behind!

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