From the pages of the 2015 Fall Edition of RESIDE, discover the ultimate island paradise of Hawaii.
Hawaii possesses a magical allure, its volcanic islands rising triumphantly from the ocean, each ringed in colorful beaches and bestowed with lush tropical rainforests, gushing mountain rivers, a beautiful native population and surfing spots that would be mythical if they weren’t real. A true paradise for world travelers, the question is not whether to buy property in Hawaii, but on which island? “Each island is unique with its own character and characteristics,” says Paul Maclaughlin, Principal Broker and Owner of Island Sotheby’s International Realty, who has lived on Maui since 1975. “For different reasons clients almost always end up falling in love with one particular island or another.” Oahu is home to Honolulu, Hawaii’s largest city, and is the state’s commercial and cultural hub. It offers a balance between world-class beaches and oceanfront living, a full roster of metropolitan amenities and a thriving high-rise condominium market driven by Asian buyers. “You can fish, dive and surf, and the towns have great dining and nightlife,” says Scott Carvill, Principal Broker/Owner of Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty in Kailua. “You get a little bit of all of Hawaii on Oahu.”
Myra Brandt, Principal Broker at LIST Sotheby’s International Realty in Honolulu agrees: “We see people who thought they wanted an easier lifestyle moving back from the outer islands to Oahu where they can still have the resort lifestyle but added cultural activities, shopping and city stimulation.” Maui, home to many of the most prestigious resorts, represents an upscale but more relaxed lifestyle. In addition to waterfront property, Maui offers large estates, ranches and equestrian properties with extraordinary views along the slopes of 10.000-foot Mt. Haleakala. Large pieces-and a more rustic, rural tempo can also be found on Kauai. Called the “Garden Island,” it’s a stunning geological wonderland with Hawaii’s most mature beaches, vast nature preserves, rivers and waterfalls cutting through dense rainforests and the stunning Waimea Canyon.
“We’re more country and quiet here,” says Debra Blachowiak, Principal Broker at Sleeping Giant Sotheby’s International Realty, noting that only seven percent of Kauai is available for residential development. No single island is more diverse than Hawaii, or The Big Island. Nearly two times as large as the other Hawaiian Islands combined, it offers stunning beaches, world-class golf courses, rainforests ideal training environments for triathletes, high-country deserts, cowboys and cattle ranches, artist communities, coffee plantations, the continually erupting Kilauea volcano and even snow and winter skiing on the state’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea.
“From extraordinary oceanfront to mountaintop properties, the Big Island is a captivating place to call home,” says Amicheli Salyer, Director of Marketing for MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty. One can only imagine the possibilities here and on each of the islands. Because in Hawaii, there’s a paradise for everyone.
Article provided by Derek Duncan exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty