If Hawaii means getting away from it all, then Hana, HI, is the escape within the escape. It's a remote, secluded part of eastern Maui, reachable only after a long, windy car ride on the Hana Highway.
At the end of highway, we found an intriguing home so private, the co-listing agent, Ryan MacLaughlin, had never seen it before he was enlisted to sell it for $4.7 million. And he was born and raised in the area.
"In all the years I've lived here, I did not know this property existed," he says.
That's by design. The 2,959-square-foot estate sits on almost 4 manicured acres along cliffs that gently slope down to swimmable sea coves.
The house can't be seen from the road, and only the tops of neighbors' homes can be viewed from the distance, according to MacLaughlin.
Originally built in 1959, the gated residence was completely rebuilt in 1997 by the sellers, Lee and Betsy Turner. (Lee has since died.)
The couple chose concrete and tile as the materials that could withstand the harsh ocean spray. Co-listing agent Dan Omer says Lee Turner wanted a home that would last 4oo years, like a "palazzo in Italy."
The Turners also restored the glorious gardens. The lush plantings and winding paver stones remain to this day.
"They took all the pasture land, mowed it down, landscaped everything, and put in Japanese gardens. Every blade of grass in there, every acre is manicured. This is unique," MacLaughlin says.
There are no fewer than 52 "rare palms" dotting the acres, adds Omer, thanks to Bradley and Victoria Geist, the original owners who built the home in the late '50s. The couple split their time between Honolulu, HI, and La Jolla, CA. "Hana was their weekend getaway," Omer says.
It then became a vacation destination for the Turners, who lived in Kansas and Colorado. Betsy Turner, who rarely visits anymore, has decided it's time to sell, according to the agents.
An unusual note on this land: "It's basically one of the last oceanfront estates," MacLaughlin says. "It's never been cut up, never been subdivided. It's a whole parcel from road to ocean."
That parcel also lands you a four-bedroom home, a guest cottage, a pool, and decks that provide plenty of outdoor living space, such as a lanai perfectly positioned for gazing at the waves.
The house, most recently updated in 1997, stands out with its clean, modern look and plenty of white wall space to display the owners' impressive art collection.
The living space provides residents a choice of stunning views -- either mountains or ocean.
One final word of advice. Before you head to the house, be sure to make a stop at Costco in Kahului to stock up. There's only the Hasegawa General Store if you run out of milk in Hana. But hey, that's the price -- and the value -- of truly getting away from it all.
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