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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The Amenities Owners Enjoy At Hualalai Resort!

Discerning homebuyers seek out Hualalai Resort because of the enclave’s exclusivity and  luxurious amenities. Here, stunning villas and unparalleled estates offer exceptional living with ocean views and privacy.

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Let’s take a look at some of the amenities available when you own in Hualalai Resort:

Hualalai Club Membership
Only property owners in Hualalai Resort can apply for membership to The Hualalai Club. Membership provides you with access to all the amenities that make the Four Seasons at Hualalai an AAA Five Diamond Award hotel.

In addition to concierge services, Club membership includes privileges at the member’s only Ke’olu Golf Course, and Canoe Club, the Tennis Club, beach and swimming facilities at the Four Seasons Hualalai

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Fine Dining
Hualalai Resort is home to the most award-winning restaurant on the entire island: ‘Ulu Ocean Grille and Sushi Lounge. Offering fresh fish straight from the sea, grass-fed island raised beef, and locally grown produce, ‘Ulu has repeatedly been named one of the top 100 restaurants in the country. Hualalai Club membership also includes dining privileges at Beach Tree, Hualalai Grille, the Canoe Club, the Residents’ Beach House, and the members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse.

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Exceptional Golf

Golfers enjoy two exceptional golf courses in Hualalai: Hualalai Golf Course and Ke’olu Golf Course. The Hualalai course, which is a challenging par 72, is the first course designed by Jack Nicklaus on Hawaii Island. Every January, golfers from across the country flock to Hualalai when the PGA Champions Tour stops at the Resort for the Mitsubishi Electric Championship Tournament. Hualalai Course is open to Hualalai Club members, their guests, and guests of the Four Seasons Resort. Nearby Ke’olu Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf, is a par 72 private course open to Hualalai Club Premier members and their accompanied guests.

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Sporting Activities
Whatever your favorite sport is, the Hualalai Sports Club probably offers it. With three separate gyms, a half court basketball court, eight tennis courts, a 24-foot rock climbing wall, fitness classes, yoga, and Pilates equipment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Plus you can avail yourself to the swimming facilities and ocean activities at the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort with kayaking, paddling, surfing, snorkeling and more.

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After a day of golf or hiking you can enjoy one of the many wonderful spa treatments at Hualalai Spa. Conde Nast Traveler named Hualalai Spa #1 in Hawaii. This soothing environment is perfect for relaxing and rejuvenating while enjoying a full range of salon services, including body treatments, skin care, and massage therapies.

Interested in Hualalai Resort, and ready to take a look at a well priced Villa?  Waiulu Villas #133C – is a single level, immaculate offering, that is sold turnkey furnished!

Waiulu Villas #133C  | $2,289,000 | MLS 279272

 

 If you would like to learn more about the lifestyle, amenities and fine real estate offerings awaiting in Hualalai Resort, please contact me directly. I look forward to being of assistance! 

Fifth Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival!

In five short years the annual Big Island Chocolate Festival has become one of the “must attend” food events of the year in West Hawaii. It’s easy to see why. Happening May 13-14 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and sites across the westside, the Big Island Chocolate Festival features cooking demonstrations by some of the finest chocolatiers in the world, farm tours, and the piece de resistance—a gala that’s a feast for the senses. 

The Chocolate Festival’s Gala at Hapuna

Most people focus on the Chocolate Festival’s gala, which will be held Saturday, May 14 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Top chefs, chocolatiers, and confectioners from across the country offer a mouth-watering array of sweet and savory food creations. But that’s not all; there will also be beverage purveyors creating signature cocktails, plus fine wines and handcrafted ales on tap.

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Chef Donald Wressell

This year, the Festival honors the centennial of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with the theme, “Lavalicious-A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.” Gala culinary stations will be judged on their depiction of the popular park and judged by Cindy Orlando, HVNP superintendent. Also, award-winning Chef Donald Wressell of Guittard Chocolate Company will sculpt one of the largest volcanoes ever created in fine chocolate!  

Add in live entertainment and a silent auction and you’ll see why the Chocolate Festival is so popular. 

Plus, you can have fun knowing that it’s all for a good cause. Sponsored by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA), festival proceeds benefit the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Assn./University of Hawai‘i endowment fund for the culinary program at Hawai‘i Community College-Palamanui in West Hawaii and programs at Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua. 

Local Farm Tours

The Big Island Chocolate Festival also provides opportunities to learn about cooking as well as local agriculture. For instance on Friday, May 13, the Festival offers a guided plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Keauhou from 11 a.m. to noon. You can visit the nation’s first tree-to-bar chocolate operation to see cacao growing on trees and how it’s processed into chocolate. This chocolate is sought after the world over and is grown and made right here on the Big Island!

Cooking Demonstrations and Tastings

On Saturday, May 14, at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel there will be several cooking demonstration and tasting, including one on “How to Make An Elegant Dessert Full of Textures,” from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Derek Poirier, Valrhona, an international pastry competitor, will provide pointers on how to create desserts with milk chocolate and hazelnuts. Chocolate Bird

Tickets and More Information

Whether you’re interested in learning more about growing cacao, cooking with chocolate or just tasting yummy food, you’ll want to check out this year’s Big Island Chocolate Festival. 

Pre-sale gala admission is $75 or $100 at the door. Choice of unlimited beer, wine and two specialty cocktails is also included in the ticket price. Find ticket info, including details on the event’s May 13-14 agricultural activities and culinary demonstrations, at www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com or phone (808) 324-6100.

Chocolate sculpting photo credit: Denise Laitinen

78-6701A Alii Drive, 78-6901 Mamalahoa and 77-6356 Halawai Pl: Open For REALTOR® Caravan,1/21/16

Three sensational Kailua Kona properties will be held open this Thursday, January 21, from 9-12!

78-6701A Alii Drive | MLS 290104  | 1,249,000 – NEW PRICE

This is a 5bed + office/6bath, multi level deluxe beach home, with a variety of living areas and lanai space, all steps to the blue Pacific!

As a multi level one of a kind offering that allows YOU to live across the street from the world famous Kahaluu Beach Park, you are able to enjoy the fruits of a producing vacation rental, or utilize the additional space for extended family and guests.

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The second home to be held open is a John Dinmore designed, Guy Lam built home will be held open, this Thursday January 19, from 9am -12pm.

Located in the Keauhou area of Kona at a comfortable elevation with mature landscaping this 3 bedroom, 4bath home plus office, speaks of serenity. Tasteful use of native and natural woods, open beam ceilings, built in display areas, fireplace, formal and informal dining, stone counters with over 3000 sq. ft. of interior living space plus lanais, add to the ambiance. Include a stunning infinity edge pool with waterfall framed by 1500 sq. ft. of quartzite deck, plus a cabana and you have magic!

78-6901 Mamalahoa Hwy | MLS 290458 | 1,295,000

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77-6356 Halwai Place | MLS 290267 | 869,000 – NEW PRICE!

Architecturally stunning Komohana Kai II home with wonderful upgrades and ocean views is now available!

Fine wood floors and soaring ceilings welcome you as you enter this immaculately cared for home.

Once inside, you’ll notice the cooling island breezes and great air flow as the expansive west (ocean facing) lanai is screened in – allowing Kona’s trade winds to naturally cool the home.

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If you have time this Thursday, make sure you get out to preview these stunning offerings!

Have questions on either of the properties above? Get in touch below!

NEW PRICING: Kona Luxury Real Estate

Take advantage on fantastic pricing on some of Kona’s finest offerings!

A Hualalai Resort offering priced well below recent sales, an investment friendly Kahaluu beach house, and an immaculate central Kona home with striking design.

Hualalai Resort: Waiulu Villas #133C | MLS  279272 | 2,289,000

Located in the Hualalai Resort at Ka’upulehu are the luxurious Waiulu Villas

This exquisite 3 bed/3.5 bath single level residence incorporates the finest materials and design for island living.

Overlooking the fifth hole of the member’s only Ke’olu Golf Course, and taking in views of Hualalai Mountain, Waiulu #133C was revitalized throughout with new decor and paint in late 2013. High quality stone flooring, fine wood craftsmanship and custom louvered shutters grace your villa. A spacious layout, multiple zone air conditioning with private lanais ensure the comfort and serenity youll enjoy while at Hualalai.

Video Tour of Waiulu Villas #133C

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78-6701A Alii Drive | MLS 290104 | 1,249,000

Tremendous property located across the street from the world famous, Kahaluu Bay!

This is a 5bed + office/6bath, multi level deluxe beach home, with a variety of living areas and lanai space, all steps to the blue Pacific!

As a multi level one of a kind offering that allows YOU to live across the street from the world famous Kahaluu Beach Park, you are able to enjoy the fruits of a producing vacation rental, or utilize the additional space for extended family and guests.

Video Tour of 78-6701A Alii Drive, Kahaluu Beach House

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77-6356 Halawai Place | MLS 290267 | 869,000

Architecturally stunning Komohana Kai II home with wonderful upgrades and ocean views.

Fine wood floors and soaring ceilings welcome you as you enter this immaculately cared for home.

Once inside, you’ll notice the cooling island breezes and great air flow as the expansive west (ocean facing) lanai is screened in – allowing Kona’s trade winds to naturally cool the home.

Video Tour of 77-6356 Halawai Place 

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For more information on any of the above, or to search other Big Island, Kailua Kona Luxury offerings currently available, visit KonaLuxuryRealEstate.com  or contact me directly!

Happy New Year!

Hualalai Resort Real Estate: Villas at Ke Alaula – SOLD!

My Buyer client recently closed on this unbelievable Villas at Ke Alaula unit, in the breathtaking Hualalai Resort!

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Amenties in this location are some of the best on Hawaii Island and the uniqueness of the direct beach access, variety of ocean sport activities and unbeatable golf courses – make this a one of kind location.

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This Villa at Ke Alaula unit was completely remodeled, prior to coming on the market – and is simply exquisite. No detail was spared, as there were fine wood finishes, stone flooring throughout the unit and plush furnishings.

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Love this unit and want to enjoy it before you purchase something similar in Hualalai? My client now has the unit set up as a vacation rental! For more information and to check dates available, see the vacation rental by owner website: VRBO site here. 

When you are ready to begin your property search in Hualalai Resort, or prepare your property to be SOLD – make sure you get in touch.

You should be represented by an experienced REALTOR® who has the knowledge and market experience in Hualalai Resort to negotiate the best price and terms for your purchase or sale.

For current Hualalai Resort real estate, click here. I look forward to speaking with you!

Captain Cook Luxury Home – SOLD!

My Buyer clients recently closed escrow on this sensational custom built home in Captain Cook! To say they are absolutely delighted with their purchase would be an understatement!

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After spending time on island exploring a variety of offerings from locations near the water on Alii Drive, to the coffee belt in Holualoa, my Buyers decided this was the home for them.

They loved the tranquility, huge ocean views and privacy the location provided. To top it off, the parcel size was a little over 5 acres!

After discussing strategy, we made an offer on the home – negotiated abit with the Sellers, and went into escrow. Buyer and Seller worked wonderfully together through the escrow period and after all was finished, I was able to assist the Buyer in getting settled into their new property.

What a spectacular location to call home!

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Enjoy the weekend!

 

Buying Luxury Real Estate In Hawaii: What Price Do I Offer?

Many Buyers have been in this situation. You have studied properties online for months. You have researched and compared listings as they’ve gone into escrow and then closed. After previewing a variety of properties in person, you have narrowed it down and one property has made it to the top of your list! GREAT. Now the question is, what price do you offer the Seller?

Is the Seller overly optimistic in their list price? Will paying full price make you less of a Buyer?  If you miss out on this property due to a low offer, will you regret it later? Are there multiple Buyers making offers on the property?

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There can be an endless stream of questions and mind bending scenarios a Buyer can put themselves through when making an offer to purchase. This strain can be minimized by working with a seasoned REALTOR®, who has thorough market knowledge in the area you are considering.

Your REALTOR® will be able to advise on what has sold in the immediate subdivision,  and/or neighborhood that compares well to the subject property. Your REALTOR® will be able to provide you market statistics relating to a properties average days on market, and the average sales price to Seller’s list price. This will clearly indicate the market, and how soft or competitive it is. If the past 15 sold properties, have sold 5%-10% off of their original list price, you can expect some negotiation room in the property you are considering.

Lastly, your REALTOR® will provide you all of the facts and information pertinent to your decision making and assist you in making the final decision.

Happy house hunting and if you have any questions feel free to get in touch!

 

Hawaii Luxury Real Estate: Jumbo Loans and Current Rates

As Buyer’s continue to take advantage of great pricing on some of West Hawaii’s luxury options, a variety of lenders are coming forward with attractive financing options.

I wanted to share a snapshot of current rates with my readers in Hawaii’s luxury market so they can get an idea of how attractive rates are right now!

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In Hawaii, A “jumbo loan” is made on a property where a Buyer is obtaining a mortgage of more than $625,500. To be clear, this isn’t a purchase price of over $625,500, this is a loan amount of over $625,500.

As confirmed with an on island lender I work with earlier this morning, purchased as a second home, 20% down and loan amount up to $1,000,000 rates below are applicable. Higher loan amounts are available, at slightly higher rates/amount required down.

4.25% – No Points – APR 4.098%

4.125% – 0.50 Point – APR 4.182%

4.00% – 1.00 Point – APR 4.265%

As you can see, these rates are fantastic! They mirror and almost beat current conforming loan amounts.

An important point to remember while shopping for your mortgage – is how you get your loan.

If you walk into the “Bank of Kona” – they may agree to give you a loan, on their terms and pricing. They may be offering specials, or rebates to sweeten the deal. They are however, selling you their product.  A mortgage broker works for you, the client, to get the best rate available, out of a wide variety of potential lenders. There is certainly the possibility that you may find a better rate and terms offered via this route.

I work with a variety of on island lenders who are available to discuss options and lending scenarios that best fit each purchaser’s need.

When you are ready for your Hawaii purchase – make sure your interests are represented by a proven REALTOR®, who has experience in the luxury market!