Splurge vs. Steal: More Than Meets The Eye In Maui

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Our Steal: 305 Plantation Estates Drive, Lahaina, Hawaii, listed by Patrick Sullivan with Sullivan Properties Inc for $5,495,000.

The temps may be cooling down, but things are heating up in the Hawaiian islands, and somehow we just can’t stop dreaming of Maui. For those of you who follow us, you can read our last Splurge vs. Steal in Maui here. Today we dive deeper into Maui real estate to share two exceptional retreats that are just too good to pass up! Which one would you choose, the Makena Road splurge or the Plantation Estates steal?

Splurge: Makena Modern On Two Private Acres For $12M

As the listing reads, “Modern design is a refreshing find on Maui,” and we couldn’t agree more. Situated on two private and lush acres, this Makena estate seamlessly blends with the natural elements offering a superior connection with the land. According to the description, “Makena” translates from Hawaiian as “gathering place” or “abundance.”

With seven structures spanning across two acres to include four bedrooms, four-and-one-half bathrooms, and encompassing a gourmet kitchen and dining area, generous master suite, two private guest suites, theater room, home gym, office, ‘ohana, and three-car garage, this home is definitely one of abundance.

It’s the perfect place to spend family vacations, retirement, or host executive retreats. And with pathways through ginger Ipe bridges, over lava rock stream beds, and lush lawns under verdant tree canopies, you’ll get an authentic Maui experience from your very own private property. In fact, these paths connect each of the property’s structures for seamless indoor-outdoor living.

Other highlights include a 25-meter lap pool, infinity-edge lounge pool, and South Maui’s only private, fully lit tennis court with viewing trellis and wet bar. It even comes with delicious fruit trees onsite, plus 116 PV solar panels to help you live a more eco-friendly, renewable lifestyle.

Ideally located right on Ahihi Bay, which is known for great swimming, snorkeling, and ocean activities, you have the makings of one exceptional turnkey paradise. Maui has never looked so good!

Josh Jerman and Matt Beall of Hawaii Life Realty have listed 7155 Makena Road, Kihei, Hawaii, for $12 million.

Steal: Kapalua Resort Home Overlooking Kapalua Plantation Golf Course For $5.495M

For less than half our splurge you can still live large in one of Maui’s most-prized destinations – the Plantation Estates at Kapalua Resort! This exceptional 8,179-square-foot offering includes a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom estate on one acre boasting spectacular views of the renowned Kapalua Plantation Championship Golf Course, the Pailolo Channel, and over to the island of Molokai.


Each bedroom suite comes with an ocean view, and the main living areas do not disappoint either. The gourmet kitchen comes well-appointed with Viking appliances, there is a full wet bar in the lower level living space, plus there are two laundry rooms, a porte-cochère, three-car garage, and a luxurious pool and spa.

Living here also means enjoying all that Kapalua Resort has to offer, including two Championship Golf Courses, the Montage Hotel and Residences, The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, and incredible dining — from Merriman’s to the Plantation Restaurant, and more. The property is being sold furnished, and according to the listing, the seller is offering financing to a qualified buyer: (PMM) at 20 percent down 4.5 percent interest only, five years.

For Maui home buyers looking to buy now, you won’t find a better deal on the island.

Patrick Sullivan with Sullivan Properties Inc. has listed 305 Plantation Estates Drive, Lahaina, Hawaii, for $5.495 million.