December 12th was the first night of Hawaii Life’s annual WorthShop event, held at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea for those interested and involved in Maui’s high end real estate market. A few of us were lucky enough to be invited to this special event and thoroughly enjoyed learning about the ins and outs of the market alongside the best in the business, including guest speakers from around the country. The evening began at the Ho’olei Properties in Wailea, which sits directly across from the Grand Wailea Resort, where residents can enjoy access to the resort’s many amenities, including the famous Grand Luau. A Hawaii Life agent was kind enough to give us a tour and explained how Ho’olei got its start, finding its way through a rough patch of years when people were not actively looking to buy million dollar properties. Fortunately for him, and the property in general, the market soon turned around and he was able to find people interested and willing to buy, often as second and third home options.
This property is considered “multigenerational,” where grandparents, parents and children often come to spend time together, creating a very unique sense of family among the residents. A large part of this also stems from the dedicated staff, who know residents by name and take pride in making sure everyone feels at home on the island. All units are designed as westward-facing, multi-level town homes, allowing you to see the gorgeous Maui sunsets fade into the ocean from your own private balcony. Each level in the complex fluctuates in price based on what level you prefer. The best views are obviously from the top level town homes, but there’s always a price to pay for one of the best views on the island. Lower level town homes, however, are still beautifully situated with a view of the Four Seasons Resort across the street.
Residents of the Ho’olei properties, who have the option to buy or rent, are treated to a great array of amenities, including gated security, onsite property management, shuttle service to and from the nearby beach and Grand Wailea Resort, concierge services, poolside massages, a fitness facility, tennis and golf privileges, and a spectacularly large pool, my personal favorite. Each resident belongs to the Grand Wailea’s Kulana Club, which allows use of resort amenities, like the pool and spa area, just as if they were staying in the actual resort. This even includes charging privileges, where residents can be billed on a monthly basis for any hotel purchase at the restaurants or retail shops. The units we viewed were fully stocked with furniture, the most amazing bathtubs I’ve ever seen, which filled with water directly from a spout in the ceiling, and even an elevator!