Our Dream Maui Vacation Condo

Recently, I just returned from our marathon to close on our ocean/beach front condo in The Hololani in West Maui. It truly is our dream Maui Vacation  Condo.

I am convinced that there is no way we could have done this on our own. We hear about the importance of creating a good team of experts to surround you for real estate investing.

Without our “team”, we wouldn’t have accomplished the purchase within the necessary parameters. I tallied up the number of individuals involved in this one transaction and was shocked.

We had 20 people that I am aware of who dealt with our purchase file, of which 10 were key players for us alone, in making this transaction successful.

Randy, our friend and realtor, was absolutely fabulous. He has an amazing talent for bridging the gap between the urgency and expectations of how real estate transactions are done on the mainland versus the “Island” way of doing things. And they can be very different!

In my opinion, our condo is hard to beat because it being an end unit with two lanais/balconies (which is rare), and the 180 degree views. Among the many highlights of the condo is the in-suite laundry and the fact that the property also has underground parking (another rarity).

Hololani A604 - A stone's throw from the Ocean
Hololani A604 – A stone’s throw from the Ocean

As you can tell I am very proud of the accomplishment, as it has been on my vision board for a number of years.

Hololani A604 - a spectacular panoramic view
Hololani A604 – a spectacular panoramic view

Once we closed on the purchase, that’s when the “fun” began, as we had a great deal to accomplish before I returned to Vancouver. During the two weeks we were there, we had only a week to refresh the suite completely as the suite was booked rest of the time by vacationers.

When we stay somewhere, we like to stay in a place that is nicely appointed and properly equipped with the quality necessities to make a memorable stay. With that in mind we set out to make our suite as great as we could in the time we had.

We hired a team who stripped, prepped and painted the 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite throughout including in all the cupboards and closets in only 4 days which was a major undertaking. They also put everything back in place within the 4 days. Truly amazing!

We replaced all the old queen sized beds with luxury level pillow top
king sized bedding.

Hololani A604 - master bedroom with lanai
Hololani A604 – Master bedroom with lanai

We updated the entire entertainment aspect with large high definition TVs and blue ray players in both the living room and master bedroom. We also added a surround system, set up free wireless Internet, free long distance calling from the suite to anywhere in the US and Canada.

Hololani A604- Ocean views even from the living area
Hololani A604 – Ocean views even from the living area

One of my pet peeves when I stay somewhere, is a poorly equipped kitchen. You know the type: mismatched plates and cutlery, a small and odd number of drinking and wine glasses,too few mismatched pots, pans and bowls, a lack of working or useable utensils, useless bottle openers, of course old and worn out counter top appliances such as kettles, coffee makers, toasters and coffee grinders. And my biggest pet peeve in the kitchen is a useless cheap or non existent knife set for food preparation.

Hololani A604 - Well equipped kitchen with a view
Hololani A604 – Well equipped kitchen with a view

We solved all of those type of potential kitchen issues, because we replaced just about everything and we have a “real” knife set. Hallelujah!

Whether one is cooking an great meal; hanging out on the lanai catching a clear view of the humpback whales breaching on the ocean; seeing the large sea turtles come close or up onto to the beach; or just getting lost in a spectacular sunset with friends, we can be proud when we or our guests stay in our condo.

Hololani A604- Sunsets from the lanai are priceless
Hololani A604 – Sunsets from the lanai are priceless

To make our guest stay even better, we also created a guest manual that is filled with valuable information . It contain contact info for restaurants and amenities, as well as resourceful reference pages highlighting great beaches, activities, shopping, transportation and tours etc.

Click here to view the video of our suite.

If you would like further information, please go to VRBO A604 link  for the all the details.

 

By Andrew Schulhof
27 Apr 2012