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160 Nahele, Why We Love This North Shore Estate

Why We Love This Home

Our team has been selling homes on Maui for 40 years and this listing could be one of our favorites...

The Location

160 Nahele is located in Haiku on Maui's North Shore. It's 25 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from one of the best surfing/windsurfing locations in the world, Hookipa. When big winter swells arrive you can even hear the boulders being rolled by Peahi/Jaws just a half mile away. Haiku has tons of great restaurants (my favorite is Nuka Sushi), shopping and even a gym. If you're looking for a country lifestyle that is not too far removed, Haiku might be your cup of tea.

A photo of Jaws/Peahi I took a few years back

The Land

We are actually selling two lots as a package that are owned by the same entity. The first lot is a 4.22 acre lot with a 4 bedroom/3 bath main home and 2 bedroom/3 bath cottage/ohana, the smaller lot is an adjoining .68 parcel. We are in process of a lot line adjustment, our intent is to have both homes remain on the same lot and adjust the smaller lot to be a 2 acre parcel. Doing this would leave us with the house and cottage on 2+ acres and another 2+ acre lot that would allow another house and cottage. The vacant lot would need to be on water catchment being that the water meter would stay with the original lot. With the vacant lot being two agriculturally zoned acres you could build a full size 1,000 sq. ft. cottage along with a main home. There are over 300 palms growing as nursery stock on along with a multitude of other plants trees such as coconuts and mango. According to the University of Hawaii Rainfall Atlas, 160 Nahele receives 54.81 inches of rain annually, that's pretty ideal for farming and greenery.

Aerial View of Lot And Palm Nursery

The House

The main home was built in 1985 and remodeled in 2011. It's a 4 bedroom/3 bathroom pole house with an amazing view from both levels and the in ground pool. The roof was replaced in 2015 giving it fresh and functional facelift. Tracy (my business partner) even milled some of the Koa kitchen cabinets back in the '80s from his mill on the big island, it's hard to find wood working of this level any longer. A huge benefit to being a "pole home" is the open space, the 2,500 sq. ft. of interior living feels more like 3,000. This home was previously a licensed bed and breakfast, check out this article from 2012 when we sold it last.

Center pole in the living room with Koa cabinets in the background

Master Bedroom

I live about 1 mile from this location and if I had a home to design specifically for Haiku I would incorporate the high ceilings and open floor plan from this home for air flow and light.

View from the living room and second story lanai

Pool at the main house

Cottage/Ohana

What's not to love about it? Even though this cottage was built in 2004 it feels like you're walking into a painting of a 1920s plantation home. The covered lanai in the back is the perfect dining area and even better for hosting cozy get-togethers. The 2 bedroom/2 bath layout leaves multiple possibilities, you can lock off the center of the house and enter from either side (it's perfect for friends, family, and visitors who want their own space), it essentially creates two divided spaces.

Cottage/Ohana

Ohana Kitchen and Dining

Cottage/Ohana lanai

Cottage/Ohana Bedroom

Want To Know More About Haiku?

I hope you feel the same way we do about 160 Nahele. I love living in Haiku, give me a call and we can talk about why.

Why The Stice Team?

The Stice Team has over 45 years of Maui real estate experience. Both Tracy and myself are involved with the Board of Realtors at the state and local level, volunteering on Government Affairs, Technology and multiple other committees. We stay in front of real estate issues and love using our local knowledge to assist our clients. Give us a call, we would love to help with your real estate needs.

Tim Stice-Realtor Broker

timastice@gmail.com

808.268.8511

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

Selling Homes With a Senior Citizen in Hawaii

Recently my business partner, Tracy Stice, wrote an article titled, "Retiring to Maui? I got my Medicare Card Yesterday." In reading this I thought about the difference in age between us and how we go about handling situations. Our routines, communication, and thought processes truly show our place in time

Selling Homes With a Senior Citizen in Hawaii

Recently my business partner, Tracy Stice, wrote an article titled, "Retiring to Maui? I got my Medicare Card Yesterday." In reading this I thought about the difference in age between us and how we go about handling situations. Our routines, communication, and thought processes truly show our place in time. I enjoy clients from all walks of life, but I particularly connect with clients over the age of 50. It helps that most of the people with money happen to be in that age group as well, this could be because my generation is busy buying avocados and craft beer. I wanted to take a minute and highlight the day to day interactions between Tracy and myself to hopefully shed light on how we bridge the age gap and "make things work."

Routines

Tracy usually starts his day reading the Maui News while eating oatmeal. He often tells me that if I want to know anything, I need to subscribe to the Economist, National Geographic, and some sort of local newspaper. When I answer with a simple "I read Bloomberg or CNN online," he reacts in disgust; he has a firm belief that most online articles couldn't be accurate. We usually humor each other and trade some tidbit of information. I continue onto reading through the multiple listing service, answering emails, and writing blogs. Tracy, on the other hand, loves to talk on the phone. He calls people from the canoe club, or local gardeners looking to buy tilapia from his farm for hydroponics. Believe it or not, much of his business comes from his hobbies. Our favorite parts of the day are the face to face interactions; we love interacting with clients in person.

Tracy sitting in seat 3, I'm in seat 2.

Communication

As I mentioned, we both prefer face to face interactions. We hold a meeting between the two of us each Monday to keep ourselves accountable and motivated. It's interesting to see how we expedite the learning curve for one another. I help Tracy with issues on his computer, phone, or other technical problems. He gives me pointers on real estate related situations. When we take a listing or meet a buyer client for the first time, we both attend and meet them in person. The benefit of having two personalities is that we can relate to most clients and interact with them on a productive and personal level. In Tracy's words, "I speak geezer and you speak Facebook." When actually, he is the only one with a Facebook account.

Thought Processes

About two years ago I attended a conference where I was the youngest person by 20 years. There was a speaker who had a successful career in advertising. 2-hour speech was about the lack of advertisement towards people over the age of 50 and the disconnect between generations. He had no solution, merely the observation, and complaint. I asked him, "what could my generation do to help this concern?" He was not amused-- he must have thought I was mocking him. This could be a costly mindset to have; we have so much to learn from one another. Although Tracy and I think in a completely different ways, we almost always strive for the same outcome.

There are days where we miss the boat and our age difference shows. However, the benefits and doors opened from combining our skill sets and personalities by far out weigh the pit falls.

I truly am a professional at selling homes with a senior citizen.

Give us a call, lets chat about how our multi-generational team can assist you.

Tim Stice

timastice@gmail.com

808.268.8511