Family Friendly Kona

Your Guide to Family Friendly Real Estate in Kona

Steal this Luxury Home!

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Jul 14th, 2008 - No Comments

I love this home! It is brand new, recently completed, with some very special touches. It has a great kitchen, cook friendly, with top of the line appliances, gorgeous granite countertops, and the kitchen is open to the living area, great room style, so if you like to visit with friends (or keep an eye on the kids) while you are cooking, it’s perfect. BayviewKitchen2

There’s room to pull up a stool to the counter and do homework, or socialize, and you have the tranquil and stunning views that are found in Keauhou (lovely ocean, and killer sunsets).

PoolInfinity pool, of course. Travertine throughout the house, of course. Even a very attractive and functional laundry room. A master bath to-die-for, with a big tub, and huge walk in shower. (And it’s all beautiful too).

Custom DoorsThe woodwork in this home is mahogany, which is somewhat unique – not what we see every day in Kona. The doors are all oversized and custom made, and they are very special (recently someone came to look at the house, and they spent forever, just admiring the doors).

The living room has pocket doors that completely open up the home to the outdoors and the pool, and the wide ocean views. The master bedroom has pocket doors as well, and also opens to the pool. Relax in bed with a good book, and you will still enjoy the view!

EntryThis home is now available at an unbelievable price, and if you are in the market for a luxury home, this is lucky for you. It is now offered at only $1,299,000, which is an extremely low price for the neighborhood, and a steal for this home.

The neighborhood is very special too. It is in Bayview Estates, a gated luxury community in Keauhou. Close to golf, shopping, and of course restaurants and beaches. I find it to be a very peaceful area, perfect elevation, and it is one of my favorite parts of Kona. The sunsets are unbelievable, and when the whales are visiting it’s a great place to set up a telescope and watch them.

Looking for your dream home? Don’t miss this one! Someone is going to be very lucky to own this beautiful home.

MLS 196962. View a virtual tour here.

Monica Hayward, Realtor (B)
Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty

email: monicahayward@earthlink.net
on the web: www.monicahayward.net
phone: (808) 936-7386

Fabulous Home For A Large Family, Kailua Kona!

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May 6th, 2008 - No Comments

If you have been looking for a 5 bedroom home in the Kona area, you know that there are not very many choices. This 5 bedroom/ 4 bathroom home has plenty of room for the whole family, Large Family Homeand on top of that it has very nice ocean views. This home has been lovingly cared for – it is in pristine condition. There are two master suites, one upstairs and one downstairs. The upstairs master has ocean views and a private lanai. The downstairs master has sliding doors that open to the yard.

Cheerful Modern KitchenThere are two bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs, and three bedrooms and two bathrooms downstairs. The upstairs and downstairs living areas are all connected, but also can be accessed through separate entrances if you prefer more privacy. Some of the other family-friendly features include a high capacity washer and dryer, solar hot water, and a cheerful, cook-friendly kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a large fridge. The kitchen also has great ocean views!

Retreat or Entertain on the Lanai Step out from the dining/ family room onto a lovely lanai where you can create your own retreat. And of course enjoy the beautiful views and sunsets. This home is located on a cul-de-sac, and offers plenty of yard area for outdoor enjoyment.

Pine TreesSituated toward the top of Kona Palisades, it is a convenient drive into Kailua Kona, as well as to Waikoloa Village, the Waikoloa Resort area, and the Kohala Coast. It is also a short drive to some great beaches. Pine Trees, Kua Bay and Kukio are very close, and more beaches are just a few minutes farther up the road.

Sunset ViewsThis home is priced to sell! At only $609,000 it is the most affordable 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home in Kailua Kona. If you would like more information, or would like to arrange a showing, just let me know. You can also view more photos and info here.

Location: 73-4340 Pahee Place, Kailua Kona, Hawaii. MLS 208991

As always, thank you for visiting, and best wishes!

Monica

Monica Hayward, Realtor (B)
Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty

email: monicahayward@earthlink.net
on the web: www.monicahayward.net
phone: (808) 936-7386

Great Buy: Kona Home, Ocean Views, under $550,000!

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Jan 7th, 2008 - No Comments

Here is another great buy: a family friendly home with ocean views, air conditioning, and a big back yard, all for under $550,000. What more could you ask for?

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This home is a little over two years old – it is energy efficient, with all energy effecient appliances, solar hot water, and insulation.

It has a family friendly floor plan and location. It is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, for privacy and minimal traffic. The kitchen is spacious, with ample cabinetry, plenty of counterspace, tile floors, and Staron solid-surface countertops. The kitchen is open to the great room, so you can keep an eye on everyone or visit with your guests while you are cooking dinner.

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This home has very nice ocean views, with gorgeous sunsets year round. You can open the windows to catch the mauka/ makai breezes, or turn on the central a/c. The back yard offers plenty of grassy space for a game of volleyball or badminton, along with an herb garden and citrus trees. It is a short drive to several beautiful beaches, as well as the resort areas, and also a quick drive into downtown Kailua-Kona.

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This is my house, and it has been a great home. If you are looking for a cozy, charming home, almost new, with views of the ocean and a great location, and central a/c too keep you cool in the hot summer months, this could be your perfect place.

You can view more photos on my website at www.monicahayward.net, or call me for more information at (808) 936-7386.

Monica Hayward, Realtor (B)
Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty
monicahayward@earthlink.net

Great Buy: Beautiful View Lot, Under $250,000

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Dec 7th, 2007 - No Comments

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Aloha,

Here is a great buy – a lot that is cleared and ready to build, in a cozy subdivision that I really like, neighbored by homes that are very nice, with great views, permitted house plans, a cooler elevation, and it is listed at a great price. What more could you ask for?

(The photo above is the view from the property – click to view a larger photo)

This property is priced to sell. Listed at only $249,000, this property has great ocean views. It is located on a cul-de-sac in a small and charming subdivision called Keahole Mauka, at a comfortable elevation – not too hot, not cold and super rainy, just right.

The included house plans are for a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath single level home of approximately 1,783 square feet, with a spacious lanai where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful Hawaiian sunsets and ocean views. (And a two car garage, of course!) The lot is approximately 15,000 square feet.

This is a great price for this property – the seller wants to sell and has priced it accordingly.

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(Looking at the property, from the back of the lot)

Keahole Mauka is located toward the top of Kaiminani Drive, around Ahi Ahi Street. It is north of Kailua Kona town, and convenient to Kona, Waikoloa, Waimea, and the Kohala Resort areas. If you lived in this neighborhood, you would be a short drive to many great beaches (Kua Bay, Kukio, and Pine Trees are very close, and Hapuna and Mauna Kea are just a little farther away).

This is a good location if part of your family needs to drive to Waikoloa or Waimea, and part needs to drive to Kona, as it is convenient both ways. Also, it is very close to the airport, in case you are traveling or picking up visitors. For golfers, from here it is easy to get to several of our famous golf courses including the ones at the Mauna Lani, Mauna Kea, Hapuna, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Makalei, and Waikoloa Village. If you drive the other way, through Kailua Kona, you can go golf at the Kona Country Club.

This property is mls 203410. You can view photos, more information, and preview the plans on my website at www.monicahayward.net. If you would like more information, please email me, or give me a call at (808) 936-7386.

Up next… more great buys!

Thank you for visiting, and best wishes,

Monica Hayward, Realtor (B)
Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty
monicahayward@earthlink.net

Beach Days…

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Nov 26th, 2007 - No Comments

Aloha,

My eleven year old daughter and I are finally learning to surf, and we are having a lot of fun!

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(At Pine Trees, looking North, then South, along the shoreline)

We are learning from friends of ours, a family of surfers. We have the blue soft top boards — you can get them at Costco. They are very light and boyant, inexpensive, and good to learn on.

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(At Pine Trees: Surfers out in the water, waiting for a wave)

We have been going to Pine Trees, which is a beach that you have to work to get to. Pine Trees is north of Kona, very close to the airport. The road is very rough and BUMPY, you should have 4WD, and your car will be very dirty afterward. There are lots of families surfing there, and there are some tidepool where the little kids play, and trees for shade. You do have to be careful at Pine Trees though, as there are a lot of places you can get scraped on the rocks. Also, there are no lifeguards.

If you are looking for a place that offers surfing lessons, my surfing friends tell me that Kahaluu is a great place to take lessons – the waves are usually “beginner-friendly”, and there are places nearby where you can arrange for lessons, and rent equipment. (Kahaluu is located right in Kona, close to the Keauhou resort area.)

We’ve had some very nice non-surfing beach days lately too. We’ve been to Hapuna a couple of times in the last month, and it was really beautiful. No wind (it gets very windy there sometimes), very soft sand, and the waves were just big enough to be fun. It is a long, white sand beach, and you can take a walk along the shoreline up to the Hapuna Prince Hotel. If you do go to Hapuna, there is place to get food (very kid friendly), and bathrooms and showers. And there are lifeguards. It’s not so much fun on a very windy day –think blowing send, and beach umbrellas flying across the beach, but if the wind is quiet, its wonderful. (Hapuna State Beach Park is located right by the Hapuna Prince Hotel, about a 40 minute drive north of downtown Kailua Kona)

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(Hapuna on a very beautiful day.)

Up next: Real Estate in Kona – some great buys.

Monica Hayward, Realtor (B)
Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty
monicahayward@earthlink.net

Mom’s Condo – it’s a steal!

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Sep 24th, 2007 - 1 Comment

Aloha All,

My mom has her condo listed for sale. Mom REALLY wants to sell her condo. It was listed originally for $359,000, which was a pretty good price at the time. She has dropped the price a lot – now it is only $309,000, which is less than she paid for it two years ago.

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It’s a charming condo, very tidy, with lots of extras. It has two bedrooms and two baths, air conditioners, ceiling fans, and more. The kitchen is bright and cheery, and is open to the living room so you can entertain while you are cooking. It is in Alii Lani, which is located right across the street from the ocean on Alii Drive. Alii Lani has two pools with hot tubs and BBQ areas, and is close to beaches and all the conveniences of Kailua Kona, and the resort area of Keauhou. The maintenance fees are relatively low – Alii Lani has some of the lowest maintenance fees of any condos in Kona.

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We lived in Alii Lani for a couple of years when we first moved to Kona. It was nice – we used the pool a lot, and there is a road that runs in a circle through the complex where I would walk every night (I think once around is a little less than ½ mile. Many of the residents take walks at night — you just do laps until you are worn out.) It is also easy to walk or run on Alii Drive (it is two miles into downtown Kailua Kona), especially first thing in the morning when the weather is cooler.

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We made a lot of good friends at Alii Lani. We got to know many of our neighbors when we went to the pool, or when we cooked our dinner at the barbeques.

If you would like to view more photos, or more information about this condo, please visit my website at www.monicahayward.net.

If you are looking for a great buy in Kona, or you know someone who is, please let me know. Mom really needs to sell, asap! You can email me at monicahayward@earthlink.net, or call me at (808) 936-7386.

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Thank you for visiting, and best wishes to all!

(Coming up next: surfing lessons…)

Monica Hayward, Realtor (B)
Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty
monicahayward@earthlink.net

Carnivale!

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Sep 14th, 2007 - No Comments

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Aloha All,

It’s that time of year again. The Farm Fair has come to Kona – oh my goodness. This is our equivalent to a county fair, with all the rides and games, a petting zoo, and agricultural displays. For some reason, it comes every year at the hottest time of year, and it’s located at the Old Airport, which is probably the hottest location in Kona. Nonetheless, we all go, and the kids have a fabulous time.

So, after 3 years of experiencing this carnival, I have some tips (and someone should remind me of them around this time next year):

1. Wear sunscreen. Lots. And if you wear slippers, make sure to sunscreen your feet.
2. Dont wear slippers. Wear closed toe shoes.
3. Wear a hat.
4. Bring bottled water, and some protein bars.
5. Most important – buy wrisbands!!! (see below)
6. Bring cash. Lots.

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The trick with the Farm Fair is to buy wristbands ahead of time. These are the passes that will get you into the fair, and let you go on all the rides, as many times as you want, for one price. This year they were $18, and you order them through Ticketmaster. You can purchase them online, then print your receipt and bring it to the fair. They give you a wristband at the gate. (www.ticketmaster.com – search for “Big Island Farm Fair”)

You can also buy them online at the Farm Fair website: http://www.ekfernandez.com/fair_carnival_big.html. Also, check there for special offers.

This year I bought two wrisbands – one for my daughter and one for her friend, and I just paid to get in ($3 at the gate). I don’t need to ride the bumper cars 100 times, and I definitely don’t need to spin upside down and in circles, at all. I bought a few ride tickets and rode the ferris wheel a couple of times with the kids (the views are amazing from the top – see photo below.). Then the girls did the bumper cars, over and over and over, and whatever else they wanted to do, while I stood with the other parents in whatever shade I could find.

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If you like carnival games, there are all kinds of games in the game tents. There is a booth where you can buy some carnival prizes, if you didnt win any. There is a small farmers market. And lots of food and drink options.

We always go during the day, usually right when it opens around noon, and stay for a couple of hours. You can go at night, when it would be cooler, and there is live music, but the lines to get in can be very long (and the traffic gets unbelievable).

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All in all, it was fun. Very, very hot, but lots of fun. If you are in Kona this time next year, it is worth a trip.

As always, thank you for visiting!

Mahalo,

Monica Hayward, Realtor (B)
Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty
monicahayward@earthlink.net

Tranquil Luxury Retreat in South Kona

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Aug 9th, 2007 - No Comments

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I have found a new favorite property in Kona. This is a beautiful custom home on five acres, right by Kealakekua Bay. This home is incredible! It is a gated estate, with a large main home, and a separate guest home. Infinity pool, spa, volleyball court, and even a private walking/ jogging trail. This is a tranquil serene location, close to the ocean, and with amazing views both of the ocean, and of the hillsides around the property.

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There are so many thoughtful details, including propane for the stoves, hot water heaters, dryer, bbq grill, and even for heating the hot tub. Hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, central A/C. For the huge family – this property has plenty of room, with 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms in the two separate homes. I love this property!!!

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If you are looking for a luxury estate, in the $3.9 million price range, you have to see this one! (If you would like to see this amazing estate, please give me a call at (808) 936-7386. Also, if you email me, I can send you a link to the virtual tour.)

As always, thank you for visiting!

Mahalo,

Monica Hayward, Realtor (B)
Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty
monicahayward@earthlink.net

The Best Dinner in Kona

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Jul 11th, 2007 - No Comments

Aloha,

I am a food person. Whenever I travel, I remember the food. If the food was good, it was a good trip. If the food was not so good, then the trip was not so good.

When I was a teenager I went to Italy with my dad. It was an incredible trip. We went to Florence, and Venice, and Assisi. Went to all the museums. I remember my dad pointing a lot, and saying, “that’s a famous painting, make sure you look at it.” I remember a lot of things about that trip (canals in Venice, enormous doors in all the churches, warm and friendly people), and it was wonderful. The food, of course was amazing. The best pizza ever was in Assisi, at a little restaurant in the basement of a building. And Gelato in little plastic cups. And pastries with layers of interesting flavors.

Anyway, you get the point that I am a food person.

I recently had a birthday (new decade!). I went for dinner at the Four Seasons Hualalai, to the Beach Tree Bar and Grill. The tables are right next to the beach (and some are on the beach), and the Four Seasons Hualalai is said to be one of the nicest resorts in the world. My birthday was on a Wednesday, and that happens to be Italian night at the Beach Tree. Lucky me!

The food was stellar. Italian night features a salad/ antipasto bar, and an optional pasta buffet and dessert buffet. I am not really a buffet person (can’t stop eating) so I ordered off the menu – Chicken Saltimboca. It was very, very good. And the salad bar had fabulous fresh mozzarella which is one of my favorite things. But it was not just about the food. It was the whole experience, sitting for dinner, listening to music, watching the sun set over the ocean, and walking on the beach after dinner… It was just breathtaking.

I wanted to bring my daughter there some time. (She really likes buffets, and the desserts looked to die for.) There were lots of families there, and lots of kids. Very family friendly. If you want to take your family out for a special dinner in a beautiful place, but still be casual, this is a great choice.

You can view more info about the Beach Tree Bar and Grill, and some sample menus, here, and more about the Four Seasons Hualalai here.

As always, thanks for visiting!

Mahalo,

Monica

Monica Hayward, Realtor (B)
Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty
monicahayward@earthlink.net

Five Under $500,000

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Jun 26th, 2007 - No Comments

Aloha,

As you have probably heard, we are experiencing a “buyer’s market” here in Kona. We have a lot of inventory, and not so many buyers. A couple of years ago, if you were shopping for a home in Kona, you could expect to have a limited number of choices, you would need to offer close to asking price, and you might even wind up competing with other buyers for the same property, with the home selling for more than the asking price. Not so today.

Today buyers have a lot of properties to choose from. Sellers are reducing their prices, and buyers are able to negotiate much more than they could a few years ago.

I ran a search today for homes in Kona priced up to $500,000, and I was surprised to see 43 listings come up. That’s a lot of choices. I am picking a selection of the available homes to mention here.

1.Pualani Estates, MLS 189059. Offered at $496,500. 3BD/2BA, 1146 sq.ft., built in 2005, in a new community, with a park.
Pualani Estates MLS 189059

2.Lokahi Makai: There are currently 4 homes in Lokahi Makai priced under $500k. Lokahi Makai is a new community of energy efficient homes, with a 4 acre park, and sidewalks. All of these are 3BD/2BA. MLS 175830 (1344 sq.ft.), 189130 (1296 sq.ft.), 190161 (1153 sq.ft.) are all offered at $495k (these three are all short sales – any offers will be subject to lender review and approval). MLS 195526 (1154 sq.ft.) is offered at $499k. The photo below is for mls 175830.
Lokahi Makai, MLS 175830

3.The Pines: MLS 185544. 3BD/2BA, 1209 sq.ft. Offered at $445,000. Homes in the Pines are technically “condos” but they look like houses. Each condo is a separate building, with its own small yard, and a garage. The exteriors are considered common area, and are maintained by the homeowners association. So you have your own space, but not as much upkeep as with a regular house. This is the lowest priced 3 bedroom in the Pines.
The Pines, MLS 185544

4.Kona Heights: MLS 191126. This one is a 3/2, 1024 sq.ft., and remodeled. Kona Heights is an older neighborhood (this home was built in 1978), and is conveniently close to town.
Kona Heights, MLS 191126

5.194862: Kona Wonderview. 3BD/3BA. Over 1700 sq ft of living area. Offered at $425,000. This home was built in 1974.
Kona Wonderview, MLS 194862

It looks like there are some great deals out there! If you want to look at the whole list of homes under $500,000 in Kona, I have posted it on my website at this address: http://www.monicahayward.net/Homesto500.htm. And if you would like more information on any of these properties, please let me know. You can post a reply to this blog, or email me directly at monicahayward@earthlink.net.

And what’s coming next… The Best Dinner in Kona.

As always, thanks for visiting!

Mahalo,

Monica

Monica Hayward, Realtor (B)
Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty
monicahayward@earthlink.net