Homes For The Island Lifestyle – Makawao Maui
Seventy scenic acres overlooking Maui’s north shore from 1,200 feet on the slopes of Haleakala called for a sensitively designed home that would blend with the natural features of the setting. The owners chose Colorado-based architect Bruce Wigton to design the project, which includes the 2,851 square foot main home and an approximately 4,000 square foot ancillary structure.
The extensive use of a variety of hardwoods inside and out creates a sense of harmony with the forested landscape. Structural wood is primarily redwood and cedar. Acacia hard-wood floors, mahogany doors and window trim, and vaulted open beam ceilings complement polished concrete surfaces and custom designed steel banisters and balcony railings. Surrounded by expansive covered verandas, the main home is designed with an open floor plan comprising a great room that flows to a spacious chef’s kitchen with custom colored polished concrete countertops. In addition to four bedrooms and twoand-a-half baths, an entertainment room, den, and covered lanai are located in the main house. Venues for entertaining include a large outdoor gazebo and firepit area and free-form outdoor soaking tub in a Japanese garden. An additional, separate structure includes large open spaces for vehicles and sports equipment, a workshop with high ceilings and 10 foot doors, and an upper level office/ art studio. A short distance from the house and workshop are various sites for picnics and camp-outs.
The estate is completely off the grid and energy-efficient throughout with solar hot water and tankless on-demand hot water backup, a state of the art photovoltaic system with battery storage, and a propane generator backup system. There is also the option to connect with power from Maui Electric, if desired. An extra large water meter is on the property, useful for agricultural as well as domestic purposes. Gutters collect rainfall, another source of agricultural water.
Situated in a sparsely developed area at Makawao in upcountry Maui, the estate embraces lush meadows, colorful tropical gardens, a fruit orchard with many varieties of citrus, avocado, mango, papaya, banana, starfruit, and lychee, specimen bamboo, and one of Hawaii’s first tequila agave plantations. Reforestation of native Hawaiian koa trees on the property is both an environmental and potentially income-generating project. An acre of agave plants is expected to be ready for harvest in two to three years. The land is designated Prime Agricultural Land by the State of Hawaii, making it an excellent choice for organic farming, ranching or nature reserve. Trails have been cleared for hiking, running, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Various species of game birds, including pheasant and francolin, are found throughout the area.
Realtor Wendy Rice Peterson of Island Sotheby’s International Realty, who has co-listed the estate with Mike Spalding of Mike Spalding Realty, said, “I consider this home an architectural masterpiece…it exudes a sense of peacefulness and tranquillity through the natural elements it incorporates and lends itself to indoor/outdoor living in so many ways. The property itself projects a welcoming atmosphere and makes you feel at home with the land.”
She added that the location, though rural, is not isolated. “The ‘boutique’ town of Makawao with its many interesting shops, restaurants, galleries and Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center is just down the road. Some of the island’s finest schools are close-by, and it’s a short drive to popular surf spots, sandy beaches, and golf-courses.”
The Makawao estate is offered at $6,900,000. Peterson and Spalding are available for private showings and tours of the property.