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A condominium has sold for $4.9 million in one of Maui’s finest resort communities - the Montage Residences Kapalua Bay. 

Located in the heart of the Kapalua Resort, the Montage Residences are undoubtedly one of Kapalua’s most luxurious communities. The condominium that recently sold offers panoramic views of Maui’s west coast, where miles of clear, azure water stretch to the islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i.

The unit has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, which partly comprise the 2,900 square feet of living area. There is ample lanai space, perfect for entertaining guests while gazing out to colorful west Maui sunsets, or watching humpback whales play during the winter months. 

“The property is remarkable,” said Jan Lap, an agent at Island

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Prices for condominiums and single-family homes surged in May, up 13.5 percent and 12.4 percent from last year, according the Realtors Association of Maui.

The real estate group recently released a report outlining changes in the Maui home and condo market, which have risen over the last year largely due to a lack of inventory, according to the group.

In May, the median price for a single-family home was $700,000 - a big jump from $622,500 in May 2016. During that time, the number of homes available on the market dropped 12.1 percent - with a total of 528 available.

Meanwhile, the median price for a condominium from $422,000 in May 2016 to $479,000 in May 2017. At the same time, condominium inventory dropped 21.5 percent to a total of 679

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A luxury condominium has sold for $5 million in one Kapalua’s most luxurious beachfront communities.

The oceanfront, three-bedroom unit in Coconut Grove overlooks one of the finest beaches in the country - Kapalua Bay. The condominium is undoubtedly one of the most exquisite units on Maui’s west side, with more than 2,600 square feet of living area and three and a half bathrooms. 

“I was so happy to assist my clients in the purchase of this incredible property,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Courtney Brown. “Located in the center of Coconut Grove, the views and interior are spectacular.”

Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Ben Willis represented the seller of the expansive, second-floor unit. The condominium

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Two of Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents have made Hawaii Business magazine's list of the top 100 real estate agents in the state.

The magazine has been creating the list for more than a decade, which has become the pinnacle of success for Hawaii's real estate agents. This year, Island Sotheby’s Realty agents Courtney Brown and Wendy Peterson were among those honored, as well as several other Sotheby’s International Realty sales associates throughout the Hawaiian Islands.


Hawaii Sotheby's International Realty honorees gather for a photo at the Hawaii Business Magazine's Top Realtors 2017 Gala held on June 1st 

Brown, who specializes in the resort areas of west and south Maui, closed $21,642,884 in real estate transactions in 2016.

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A luxury condominium in Kaanapali has sold for $2.6 million in one of Maui’s finest resort communities.

The spacious condominium in the Honua Kai Resort and Spa is one of the finest in the complex, and offers three spacious bedrooms and three bathrooms. Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents Rob Shelton R(B) and Courtney Brown R(S) represented the seller, who kept the unit in exquisite condition prior to the sale. 

“Honua Kai has been very successful and there's a lot of amenities there that people enjoy, so if you’re an investor those units have done very, very well historically,” said Shelton. 

Shelton said the ground-floor unit is situated in one of the most convenient locations within the resort — next to the children’s pools,

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Nothing inspires Linda Briske more than making a difference in the lives of Maui’s youth. 

As recently featured in the Maui News, Briske, a broker and realtor for Island Sotheby’s International Realty, has been volunteering with Kids Hope USA for nearly a decade. The nonprofit works to pair youth with adult mentors to help them with everything from school work to simply being there to listen. 

Kids Hope USA is a nonprofit that nurtures relationships between church volunteers and schools to ensure children have a responsible adult to spend time with. For an hour a week, Briske meets with a student at Kula Elementary School to work one-on-one on things such as reading, math and writing. Briske has tutored students from kindergarten to fifth

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Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents help people buy and sell hundreds of magnificent properties on Maui — but some are truly more exceptional than others.

During the first quarter of 2017, Island Sotheby’s agents helped close numerous property sales, ranging from selling rockstar’s estates to finding buyers for luxury ocean-view condominiums. Here are a few of our noteworthy sales of 2017’s first quarter:

5520 Makena Road, Makena, Hawaii 96753

This 5,400-square-foot 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, is surrounded by tropical gardens and panoramic views of Maui’s south coast.

The estate’s sliding glass

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For many Hawaii is paradise, but for some the price of paradise means struggling to put food on the table. 

Because of this, Ka Hale A Ke Ola has provided some of the island’s homeless residents with emergency shelter and hot meals. The nonprofit also provides education, childcare and counseling services to some of the island’s most low-income residents.

Ka Hale A Ke Ola welcomes in volunteers to feed meals to their residents — something Island Sotheby’s agents have been doing for years. Just recently, several agents joined together to prepare and serve dozens of meals and lend a helping hand to those in need.

“It is a great service project and allows us the opportunity to come together as a group and prepare and serve a nutritious

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From the mystical marine works of Christian Riese Lassen to Curtis Wilson’s landscape paintings of lush Upcountry fields, Maui has inspired — and been home — to several acclaimed artists throughout the decades.

And there’s nothing more helpful for artists than being inspired by where they live — and better yet, to be able to work in the space they call home. Fortunately for those looking to live and make art on Maui, the island is home to several unique estates that offer workshops and art studios. The homes themselves are masterpieces. Here are some of our favorites:

315 Pauwela Road, Haiku, Hawaii 96708

Wake up to the sound of birds calling, and sip your coffee on the covered lanai, surrounded by tropical flora and fauna. This timeless

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It’s commonly known that April showers bring May flowers. Fortunately for those living on Maui, springtime doesn’t necessarily mean gloomy, raining weather. Instead, we decided to explore some of the most luxurious showers in some of the island’s most elegant homes. Here are a few of our favorites:

454 Wailau Place, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761

Nestled in the slopes of the West Maui mountains, this magnificent estate is home to meticulously crafted furnishings, with each room looking out over breathtaking views of Maui's west and south coast.  Italian onyx, marble and Brazilian Cherry floors, as well as custom slab granite furnish the living spaces — and luxurious bathrooms — in this exquisite home.

With more than five bathrooms, guests can enjoy

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