Two years ago, D. R. Horton-Schuler Homes entered the upscale resort/residential market in Hawaii with its Emerald Homes product line. The resorts chosen for the introduction of these upscale homes are Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island and Poipu on Kauai, both known for their dry, sunny weather, as well as proximity of championship golf courses, tennis courts, sandy beaches and all the amenities of top-rated resort hotels.
“The appeal of these Emerald Homes is that they are brand new and offer state-of-the-art finishes and features,” said Mary Flood, D. R. Horton-Schuler Homes Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “In addition to top-of-the-line appliances, they are equipped with central air and solar hot water systems and have spacious outdoor lanais.
“Emerald Homes is D.R. Horton’s answer to the demand for an up-scale, luxurious lifestyle in an island setting. More and more baby boomers and young affluent families are looking for a dream home in an outdoor-friendly, tranquil, warm environment. Now they can fulfill that dream in an Emerald home community.”
Emerald Homes single-family and duplex homes at Waiulaula in the Mauna Kea Resort are now 50 percent sold. According to Eileen LaCerte, Broker/Owner of Hawaii Golf and Beach Properties, who handles sales for the project, the first homes will be delivered in about two months. “Our buyers, who are primarily from the West Coast, are in the market for a second home or retirement home, or both,” LaCerte said. “Many will rent their units out as vacation homes when they are not there. These buyers know quality when they see it and are happy to acquire something brand new that will not require any renovation. They embrace our indoor/outdoor lifestyle and really appreciate having their own swimming pool and spa, as well as an outdoor second kitchen, right on the property. The Hapuna Golf Course wraps around the community and one of the island’s best tennis facilities is right here in Mauna Kea.”
La Certe, who is an artist as well as a Realtor, noted that many of her buyers have a keen appreciation for art. She has decorated a model unit with paintings by local and international artists on loan from Third Dimension Gallery at Mauna Lani Shops, some of which are available for purchase. “If you are furnishing high-end models, you really need to present them with good, original artwork,” LaCerte added.
Remaining Waiulaula inventory includes six single-family homes with either three or four bedrooms, priced from $2.5 million to $2.9 million, and eight three-bedroom duplexes ranging from nearly $1.9 million to nearly $2 million.
New homes at Emerald Homes at Wainani are offered for sale by Hannah Sirois, Principal Broker of Kauai Heritage Properties. “With the first 10 homes either completed or nearing completion, Emerald Homes at Wainani is no longer ‘Poipu’s best kept secret,’ as the project was known locally,” Sirois said. “Buyers on the Garden Island’s south shore are now able to experience the luxury of fully furnished homes designed by an award-winning architect, built with quality materials and featuring elegant finishes. In a market that lacks an abundance of new-home inventory, we are delighted to be selected to bring to market what new-home buyers seek.”
Located within Poipu Beach Resort on the sunny south shore of Kauai, known for its excellent sandy swimming and surfing beaches, the new community borders the fairways of Kiahuna Golf Club and offers ocean, mountain and golf course views. The oneor two-story single-family homes with three floor plans ranging from 1,942 to 2,283 square feet are designed for indoor/outdoor living. Features include porcelain floors at the entry and in kitchen and baths, vaulted ceilings, kitchens designed for the gourmet cook, concealed split-system air conditioning and gas tankless water heating system. The homes are priced from $1.2 million to $1.6 million.
Hawaii architect Philip “Pip” White, who designed the Wainani homes, said, “The feeling I wanted to convey at Wainani is one of kamaaina or ‘local’ style — understated, open and welcoming. I also wanted to incorporate a timeless design with open floor plans, large doors and lots of windows to allow the homeowner to adjust the level of natural lighting and natural ventilation. Almost every space has easy access to the outdoors, blurring lines from interior to exterior, which is critical for the Hawaii lifestyle.”
For more information, contact Eileen LaCerte, Hawaii Golf and Beach Properties, at 989-1862, or Hannah Sirois, Kauai Heritage Properties, at 639-2367.