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In guidebooks and travel magazines, Maui is often celebrated for its pristine white sand beaches and luxury resorts. But miles up the slopes of Haleakala, an entirely different view of Hawaii exists — known as Upcountry. 

From lush Haiku to the rolling hills of Ulupalakua, Upcountry is where Maui residents can go to get away from it all. Without the hustle and bustle of large hotels and resort, the Upcountry region provides residents the peace and quiet that comes with rural living. And each town — from Makawao to Kula — offers residents a totally unique atmosphere and energy.

In Kula, for instance, residents can enjoy estates that span up to hundreds of acres over lush pastures and forests. With some of the coolest temperatures on island, Kula

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Most real estate clients expect marketing materials such as brochures, professional photographs and videos. But Sotheby’s International Realty is taking it a step further — into the world of virtual reality.

Sotheby’s International Realty branches including Island Sotheby’s Realty on Maui are leading the way in innovative real estate marketing by allowing potential buyers to explore homes using 3-D virtual tours. In fact, Sotheby’s International Realty was the first real estate company to start using the technology — known as Matterport — that allows potential buyers to tour homes from thousands of miles away.

“The viewer interacts with the home, and walks through the house the way they want,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent

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Although only 9 miles from the Maui’s west coast, traveling to Lana'i is like taking a trip back in time.

The 140-square-mile island has just more than 3,000 residents — and no stoplights. The island is predominantly owned by Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle, and home to the luxurious Four Seasons Resort and two world-class golf courses — the Manele Golf Course and the Koele Golf Course. While some are under the false impression that the island is privately owned, it's entirely possible to purchase a piece of property on Hawaii's hidden gem.

Dozens of picturesque plantation homes are scattered across the island's tropical landscape, reminiscent of the time when pineapple farms covered the entire island. Just recently, Island Sotheby’s International

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A luxury beachfront Makena estate sold for $15.5 million, marking the first significant sale of 2017.

The four-bedroom, seven-bath home in the resort area of South Maui sold for $15.5 million. Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Courtney Brown represented the buyers, who are ecstatic to live in such an exceptional home.



"We are so grateful to live in this astonishing place," said M. Barrett, who bought the home. "The experience of working with Ms.Brown has been a privilege and a gift."   

This 5,400-square-foot home is surrounded by tropical gardens, with panoramic ocean views visible from every room in the house. The interior of the home adorned with fine detailing including warm-colored woods and natural stone. Expansive 10-foot high sliding glass…
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A luxury Wailea condominium has sold for $2.8 million in one of Maui's finest resort communities.

The 2,600-square-foot unit is located in Ho’olei, one of the newest resort complexes in Wailea. The spacious three-bedroom unit is only steps away from white sand beaches, and offers its new owners only the finest furnishings and amenities. Island Sotheby's International Realty's Rob Shelton R(B) and Ryan MacLaughlin R(B) represented the sellers. 

Shelton said the sellers, who are his long-time clients, owned the condominium for several years and maintained its furnishings meticulously. 

“The unit was just impeccable,” said Shelton. “And the quality of the complex is just terrific.”

Shelton said his clients upgraded the unit, which boasts a

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Rock star Pat Benatar and her guitarist husband Neil “Spyder“ Giraldo’s Hana estate has sold for $3.1 million.

The famed couple’s Hana home was grabbed up instantly; the property closed approximately 100 days after it first went on the market, said Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents Dan Omer, who represented the seller along with Island Sotheby’s agent Megan Bouhey.

“It’s an incredibly well-maintained property,” said Omer. “It was quite obvious that they paid a lot of attention to the home.”

The oceanfront home is nestled atop a private cove that's minutes from the sleepy town of Hana, where Benatar and her husband lived with their two daughters for several years until about 2009. The home was offered fully furnished, with 3,295 sq.

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Buying or selling a home will change your life. In light of that, there's no doubt you want to select a real estate professional that can successfully walk you through the transaction of a lifetime.

But it can be hard to select a real estate agent on Maui, where hundreds of agents offer their services and expertise from a broad range of companies. However, there are certain qualities that you should keep an eye out for, as well as the perks that come with an established brand like Sotheby's International Realty. 

Ron Silva, who serves as Island Sotheby's International Realty's Wailea Broker in Charge, said picking an agent who knows the subtle differences between areas of Maui is paramount. Understanding Maui’s culture and communities where a client

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Maui is the favorite island for visitors across the globe. Seeing that, it’s no surprise that some of the island’s most luxurious properties were favorites for online visitors, too.

Over the last year, thousands of people from countries around the world visited IslandSothebysRealty.com to view some of the most spectacular homes offered for sale on Maui. Back by popular demand, here are our most-viewed properties from the last year.

51 Kapohue Road, Hana, Hawaii 96713

As featured in Wall Street Journal and Mansion Global, Rock star Pat Benatar and her guitarist husband Neil “Spyder“ Giraldo offered their secluded Hana estate for $3.2 million. Perched atop a private cove and minutes away from Hana’s most coveted hikes and waterfalls, the

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With Maui’s residential median sales price at its highest point in more than a decade, real estate experts are hopeful 2017 will be a strong year for the island’s housing market.

Maui’s median sales price for a residential properties soared to $700,000 in December 2016 — the highest since September 2006. Meanwhile, the median price for condominiums and land rose to $414,500 and $435,000, respectively.

Real estate agents and investment experts alike are hopeful that the market’s upswing will continue through 2017. Alex Cortez, an agent with the Wailea office, said in particular, he expects to see a growing market for high-end, luxury homes.

“2017 will be a very busy year for uber high-end homes,” said Cortez. “Those markets will see substantial

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Hana town is Maui’s last undeveloped paradise.

Just more than a two hour drive from the Kahului Airport, Hana is one of the island’s most pristine jewels —  and one of the last remaining areas of Maui that truly feels like yesterday’s Hawai’i.

With just 1,200 residents, the town offers locals and visitors a refreshing lack of large resorts and developments. Dozens of waterfalls, freshwater pools and hiking spots contribute to Hana’s allure as the ultimate retreat into paradise.

Lucky for those looking for their own private space, there are handfuls of undeveloped properties perfect for building your own exotic oasis. Here are some of our favorite untouched Hana parcels:

Hana Highway, Hana HI 96713

This magnificent 61-acre property is

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