It’s that time a year again when parents celebrate and children dig in their heels: back-to-school.
From rushing to beat school traffic to signing up for after-school activities, the season brings in quite a change for both parents and children. But that transition can be much smoother when you live within minutes of the island’s finest schools.
“Generally, if you live Upcountry, you’re going to be 15 to 20 minutes away from all the great schools,” said Island Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Mino McClean, R(B).
This elite estate on Lower Kula Road is nearby schools ranging from Seabury Hall to Haleakala Waldorf.
McClean was raised on Maui, and graduated from Seabury Hall. She explained that most of Maui’s top schools are located in Pukalani, Kula and Makawao, ranging from Haleakala Waldorf School to Carden Academy.
“If they live Upcountry, they have lots of good education options,” said McClean.
If you’re sick of early morning traffic, there are several homes currently offered by agents near schools that could cut down on the commute time and boost convenience when driving to and from after school activities.
This single-level home is located in one of Maui's best neighborhoods.
Situated within 10 minutes of several top schools including Carden Academy, Haleakala Waldorf and Seabury Hall, this gem of a property is located in Kula 200, one of Maui's most sought after neighborhoods. The fully fenced property spans two acres, and is nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac.
It's the perfect home for a family who wants to live in a quiet Upcountry neighborhood yet live only minutes from shopping and restaurants in Pukalani. The property also offers breathtaking views of Maui's north shore, along with a detached cottage.
“It’s pretty common for people to buy houses in that area if their kids are going to Seabury,” said McClean.
This historical property is located close to Roots School, one of Maui's newest schools in the Upcountry area.
There's also this timeless estate located on Pauwela Road, which has been carefully maintained and improved since 1931 — part of the Baldwin family’s legacy. In addition to offering residents a lush, tropical backyard — the ultimate for children to play in— it’s just minutes from Roots School in Haiku, which offers kindergarten through eighth grade.
If a family wants to live farther up the slopes of Haleakala, however, this expansive 5,083-square-foot estate offers four bedrooms, four full-baths and two half-baths. There's also a library, office, loft and two separate garages, perfect for accommodating multiple family cars or an at-home gym.
Just a short drive from Seabury Hall, the property offers sweeping panoramic views of Maui's north shore. A 30-panel photovoltaic system powers the sustainable estate.
The Cottages at Kulamalu are some of Upcountry's most affordable homes.
Additionally, there's also this conveniently-located — and affordable — four-bedroom home at the Cottages at Kulamalu. Carden Academy, Kamehameha Schools and King Kekaulike High School are within walking distance of the development.
Across the street, you can walk to the Upcountry farmer's market, in addition to a Long's Drug Store. It's the ideal home for a family who wants to live in a quiet Upcountry community that's just minutes from all the necessities.