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Building Your North Shore Oasis - Why 425 Manawai is a Great Option

The North Shore of Maui is one of the rawest and exposed stretches of land in the world. The trades cross 2,500 miles of open ocean and carry along with it all different types of weather.

Building Your North Shore Oasis - Why 425 Manawai is a Great Option

How to Get Started on Maui's North Shore

The North Shore of Maui is one of the rawest and exposed stretches of land in the world. The trades cross 2,500 miles of open ocean and carry along with it all different types of weather. This is what makes it so beautiful and unique, watching the weather and water is an endless affair. With this environment, it's important to know what the best practices are for starting your oasis. In this article, I want to use one of our listings as a platform, the owners of 425 Manawai truly understand what works when designing a coastal estate.

Location

Being close to the ocean is a dream of just about everyone, but too close and you better be ready for maintenance. Salt spray and wind can really take it to the materials on your house. This is the reason for one of my favorite aspects of 425, it has ocean front views, but it's one lot back and has excellent wind blocks. You literally look right down the valley to the ocean.

Protected from extreme trades by Uaoa Bay and the downhill lots in front

View from the back lanai

Anything on the mountain side of Hana Highway (mauka) receives a bit more rain than lots ocean side of the Hana Highway (makai). Obviously, you don't have rain clouds stop once they hit the highway, but I live up the hill about a mile from 425 Manawai and we get 85 inches annually compared to 425's 61 inches (lcheck out University of Hawaii Rain Atlas). Access to the highway is also a large concern of North Shore residents, Manawai is fully paved from top to bottom and 425 is at the very end on a cul de sac. Manawai is one of the most pristine and maintained streets you can find in Haiku, and it's only 25 minutes from the airport!

The Lot

425 Manawai is 4.95 acres situated at the top of a valley, the lot gently slopes from south to north making sure there is no standing water for mosquito breeding. As I mentioned, the lot is at the end of the road, on a cul de sac, on the uphill side, this is a huge advantage when it comes to exposure and views. On the windward side of the lot, the owners have plated ironwood and coconut trees as a wind block.

Aerial view of the lot, the driveway runs north to south

A must-have for many owners is the protection of views. Per Maui County code, you cannot build taller than 30ft in agricultural districts, this is where the uphill benefit comes into play, 425 looks over the lots in front of it and down the valley to the side.

View from the yard - the structure pictured is the cottage on the lot

Buildings

I always tell clients who are building to start with the cottage; this way you can build at a lower cost and feel out the area and the land. 425 Manawai placed the cottage on the northeast portion of the lot, leaving an excellent view corridor for the future building site of the main home. For agricultural lots on Maui, you can build a 1,000 sq. ft. cottage on lots that are larger than 2 acres.

1,000 sq.ft. cottage on the NE portion of the lot

Additionally, they placed the pool cabana and 3 car garage behind the building site for the main dwelling and the cottage.

View of the garage and pool cabana

Pool cabana interior with kitchenette/wet bar

Another huge benefit of 425 Manawai is the well. Being close to the ocean means lower elevation, which translates to a less expensive drill depth. Most water meters (usual source of water for developed lots) are 5/8 in and have a maximum fixture count of 31 fixtures, this includes hose spigots. As you can imagine 31 fixtures goes quickly when you have a garage, pool cabana, cottage and main home. Having a well means you do not have the restrictions of fixture counts from the county and your possibilities are much broader. Wastewater is also different on the North Shore. Cesspools are no longer allowed to be installed, leaving septics as the main option. You can either install two separate septic systems, one for the cottage and one for the main dwelling or you can install one larger (5 bedrooms) for both. 425 has a 5 bedroom septic making it perfect for the build out on a main dwelling.

Materials and Features of 425 Manawai

  • Hardie Plank concrete siding, great for standing up to salt, water, and wind
  • Concrete tile roof, again great durability
  • Aluminum powder coated railing
  • Composite decking
  • Extended eaves
  • Tongue and groove ceiling, great support for the tile roof
  • Gated entrance
  • Cork flooring
  • Granite counters

You can start from square one, or you can start with a beautiful estate that is ready for your touch. Give us a call and we can discuss how 425 Manawai is the right choice for your North Shore oasis.

The sellers are also willing to entertain partial seller financing, call for details.

Tim Stice 808.268.8511 timastice@gmail.com

What Is My Home Worth? Values in New Traditions, Maui Lani

It can be difficult to know when the right time to sell comes around. Frankly, no one has a crystal ball, so the next best thing is cold, hard stats. I have isolated New Traditions in Maui Lani to show a few different variables: square footage, beds, and baths.

What Is My Home Worth? Values in New Traditions, Maui Lani

What's My Home Really Worth?

It can be difficult to know when the right time to sell comes around. Frankly, no one has a crystal ball, so the next best thing is cold, hard stats. I have isolated New Traditions in Maui Lani to show a few different variables: square footage, beds, and baths.

Below you will find line graphs that are constantly updated (yes, you can come back to this blog a year from now and the stats will be updated) with the newest median sales price separated by each individual subcategory.

Square Footage

I used square footage because of its broad coverage. Although one model might be larger another might have an extra half bath and so forth. I split the graph into two lines to represent a variable of 1,500 sq.ft. and below and 1,501 sq.ft. and above. As expected, the larger homes bring a higher sales price. Year over year the difference is about 6%.

Bedrooms

I actually used square footage to separate the 3 bedrooms from the 4 bedrooms (my stats program would not let me isolate anything higher than 3 bedrooms.) That being said, the smallest 4 bedroom was 1,448 sq.ft. and the largest 3 bedroom was 1,402 sq.ft. So, I used a division of 1,430 sq.ft. and below and 1,431 sq.ft. and above to show the bedroom variable. The results are almost identical to the square footage graph above. Year over year has a 6% difference between 3 and 4 bedrooms.

 

Bathrooms

In New Traditions, there are 2, 2.5, 3, and 3.5 bath models. For simplicity, I used 2 and 3 bathrooms for my two variables. The difference between the 2 and 3 actually surprised me. 3 bedrooms brought an average 8.1% more than the 2 bathrooms.

 

Want Know What Your Home is Worth?

Each home, even within a small neighborhood such as New Traditions, varies drastically. Finishes, location, and timing all take part differentiating each home from one another. If you are looking to sell your home, give us a call or email and let our 46 years of real estate experience go to work for you (check out some of our recent success in Maui Lani). We can come review your home and give you an idea of what your home could bring on the market.

Tim Stice

808.268.8511

timastice@gmail.com

 

Haiku Town Acres - An Update on Maui's New Subdivision

Each week I have been looking over the permits and plans on county sites to keep my clients informed on what's happening around them. I read over all 117 pages of the subdivision plan, and this is what I came up with.