Right down the fairways

Hitting the fairway is always a good thing.

November, 2005

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.

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.

“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.

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