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Right down the fairways

Hitting the fairway is always a good thing.

In the golf world, being on or anywhere near the fairway is a good thing. In the real estate world, it's no different. Prime property and premium views are in great abundance where the grass grows green and is kept short. This is especially true along the lava-rich Kohala Coast, where lush greenery is as scarce as a gray, dreary day.

Great Shot: The Fairways' Honu model features a spacious great room that is ideal for entertaining or just relaxing. Photos by Macario

This may have something to do with the popularity of The Fairways at Mauna Lani, a tropical oasis of a community, bordered by the fourth and 12th fairways of Mauna Lani's North Course. The Stanford Carr development went on the market in mid-2004, and every release of its two- and three-bedroom homes quickly sold out, including the last one, earlier this year. So you've missed your shot at The Fairways.

However, if you're interested in living along Mauna Lani's fairways in an elegant, custom-designed home, you're still in luck. At the end of last month, Stanford Carr unveiled its latest development, Kulalani at Mauna Lani, just across the street from The Fairways, and, like its neighbor, it is surrounded by verdant acres of fairways and greens.

The Suite Life: The Honu's master bedroom suite's expansive interior space is enhanced by a wrap-around lanai, which features a "summer" kitchen.

"Kulalani is literally across the street from The Fairways, so it enjoys a great location and all the advantages of living in a beautiful resort area," says Lori Lee, director of sales and marketing for Stanford Carr Development.

But location isn't the only thing that these two developments share. The Fairways' three popular floor plans–Pueo, Io and Honu–are carried over to the Kulalani, which also has two additional, larger models. The Island-style homes marry kamaaina tradition with Mediterranean flair.

The 1,289-square-foot Pueo features two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. A 20-foot-high vaulted ceiling in the living room and dining area gives the comfortable townhouse volume and space, while a secluded lanai off the second-floor master suite provides privacy.

The Io, with two bedrooms, two full baths and one guest powder room, also features a large lanai off the master bedroom, which provides lovely views of the golf course. The second-floor space also has an adjoining space, aptly referred to as "The Retreat," where homeowners can outfit a quiet library or an exciting audiovisual hangout.

Finally, the Honu, the largest of the three at 1,932 square feet, features three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a guest powder room. A spacious great room (kitchen, dining room and living room), which dominates the lower floor, is ideal for entertaining. The master suite, with its wraparound upper lanai, is the perfect intimate hideout.

Taking Flight: With a living area of 1,289 square feet, the Pueo is the smallest floor plan at The Fairways. However, with 20-foot-high vaulted ceilings, you'll feel like you're living large.
Courtesy of Stanford Carr Development.

Both developments are a lava rock's throw from the world-famous Mauna Lani Resort and its 15 acres of fishpond preserve and 27 acres of historic parks, a one-of-a-kind mix of culture, history, luxury and livability. The residents of The Fairways and Kulalani can take advantage of the resort's amenities through its Advantage Program. If you have a passion for golf, there are reduced rates, advance booking privileges and preferential tee-times for both Mauna Lani golf courses. You'll also be a member of the Mauna Lani Sports & Fitness Club and pay only a minimal fee when using the facilities. Plus, homeowners will receive discounts at select restaurants and resort shops, as well as the Mauna Lani Spa.

But homeowners won't have to leave their cozy, gated communities to experience the resort life. Both The Fairways and Kulalani have exclusive recreation areas at the very hearts of their developments. A lushly landscaped pool, spacious cabana and barbeque area and fully appointed spa and exercise area are only a short walk from your doorstep.

"Mauna Lani has everything people are looking for in a second home," says Lee. "With The Fairways, a lot of people bought into the development just knowing the quality that Stanford Carr brings to resort living. Now that we have a product to touch and feel, sales at the Kulalani will be that much faster."

Another shot right down the middle of the fairway.

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