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Hawaii’s Heavenly Heights


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The mega-estates that share the upper slopes of Haleakala with kamaaina ranches, parks, and conservation land are among the most spectacular private residences in Hawaii.

It’s a matchless setting that provides ultimate privacy and serenity surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty. Panoramic views from neighborhoods on the higher elevations, such as Kula, take in verdant countryside, shoreline and ocean, and, across the channel, Neighbor Islands of Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe.

Upcountry Maui has traditionally been preferred by kamaaina families and ranchers both for the availability of large parcels of undeveloped land and favorable climate, generally significantly cooler than at the lower levels…the same features that are now attracting buyers from the Mainland U. S. and Asia.

The luxurious estates built in recent years typically are situated on sufficient acreage to ensure that the seclusion and privacy the owners were seeking will be protected from the encroachment of further development in the future. Many are showplaces with residences created by leading architects and grounds that incorporate exquisitely designed gardens and orchards.

Realtor Wendy Rice Peterson of Island Sotheby’s International Realty has listed a four-acre estate in Kula designed by Maui architect George Rixey, known for his interpretations of classic Island architecture. The elegant home, with 3,210 interior square feet augmented by nearly 1,000 square feet of lanais and a gazebo, is situated on a grassy hillside at the 3,300-foot level on the western slope of Haleakala.

“When the owners first came to Maui from the East Coast, their intention was to build their home on an oceanfront lot,” Peterson said. “However, when they became familiar with the upcountry neighborhoods of Maui with the fabulous views taking in both countryside and ocean, plus the cool weather, they decided to build their dream home in Kula.”

Completed in 2005, the home includes a spacious main living area with an open floor plan and 10-foot ceilings on the ground floor, as well as one of the three bedroom / bath suites, a chef’s kitchen, and family room. Additional bedrooms and baths on the second floor overlook the gardens and orchards, as well as the ocean.

“Although the home is traditional in style and reminiscent of Hawaiian Territorial architecture, it is open and airy and very contemporary in terms of interior features and detailing. High quality finishes include crown moldings, Brazilian mahogany floors, and granite countertops. This is a great house for a book lover with its abundance of bookshelves and many quiet corners for reading, as well as the decks and the gazebo, which is equipped with a gas fireplace.

“The property is beautifully maintained and artfully landscaped with rose and protea gardens and mature trees, including jacaranda, magnolia, macadamia, and citrus.

“Wherever you are -in the garden, the gazebo, or the home – views unfold all around you. Sunset over the ocean is always a glorious spectacle.”

She added that upcountry Maui offers numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking on trails throughout the countryside, as well as at Haleakala National Park about 22 miles up Haleakala Highway. Horseback riding is available at nearby ranches. The golf courses, sandy beaches, shops, and restaurants of the Kihei and Wailea resorts are about a 45-minute drive.

Peterson is offering the estate at $3,250,000 and showing it by appointment.

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