iamq...HELP with Maui rental home ideas!

Old Dec 12th, 2007, 01:35 AM
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iamq...HELP with Maui rental home ideas!

After reading your replies on the post about Post Ranch Inn, I quickly googled the Graham House at Sea Ranch. Wow! Now, that's what I'm talkin' about! I love staying in fabulous places like that.

In that post, you'd mentioned to meo that you had rental home recommendations on Maui. We're going to Maui in late May. What are your suggestion(s)? There will be 4 of us.
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Old Dec 12th, 2007, 05:30 AM
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Hi jewelhawg,

I focused my search in the Wailea/Makena area. We ended up staying here:
http://www.makenaoceanfrontcottage.com/index.html

We really liked it and would stay there again. It was perfect for the two of us. The bedrooms are on the small side and there is just one bath. The other rental that would have worked for us was this:

http://www.vrbo.com/40789

The Makena Surf condos would be another place to look into. They are gorgeous and are on one of the best beaches in the area. Have a great trip.

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Old Dec 12th, 2007, 06:04 AM
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Thank you so much for your quick reply! I'm anxious to look into these.
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Be aware the whole issue of "transient" rentals on Maui is up in the air & unpermitted/unlicensed operations must cease by January 1 2008.

Rentals of private houses etc within designated resort areas are OK if I read it right.

The list of properly licensed Maui county B&Bs & the like is very short indeed.
http://www.co.maui.hi.us/departments/Planning/
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Old Dec 15th, 2007, 10:21 PM
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It doesn't sound like a big deal. According to this site:

"There are more than 16,000 units (i.e., apartments, condos, houses) that are legally eligible to operate as short-term (less than six months) rentals without requiring a Special Use permit or a Conditional Use permit. These units are generally located in districts zoned for hotel use, but some are also located in apartment districts or are covered by other pre-existing situations. The operation of short-term rentals in these zoning districts is consistent with current County of Maui zoning ordinances, Community Plans, General Plan, and state law."
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Old Dec 16th, 2007, 06:27 PM
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I e-mailed the owner and here is what he said:

"We are still renting the cottage and to be honest we're not exactly sure what the future holds. We are located in a resort area and it is my understanding that the county is most concerned about properties in Haiku and Kula...areas that are more residential. We continue to send our general excise and transient accommodations tax that we collect on behalf of our guests, and the county continues to cash our checks. Having said that, their isn't a viable permit process so we are not sure if it will ever be an issue for us or not."



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Old Dec 17th, 2007, 09:55 AM
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Uh-oh. At least the owner was honest. Clearly, he does not have a permit. I wouldn't take a chance on it.
 
Old Dec 17th, 2007, 11:42 AM
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The cottage looks nice, although just from photos posted on their website (I've never stayed there) I'm trying to figure out why it's $500/night. Seems way overpriced.
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Location. It is oceanfront in south Maui, so even though it is a modest home, they get a premium for it. All the modest homes in this area go for about the same, if not more.
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Old Dec 17th, 2007, 12:12 PM
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Location, location, location. That area of Maui, in Wailea is wonderful and with a beachfront, private, with it's own hottub, I would pay $500 a night.
 
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It's not the only overpriced lodging in Maui. LOL!
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Old Dec 17th, 2007, 01:40 PM
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I suppose it comes down (as usual) to personal preference. I can't imagine ever paying $500/night for that, when places like Kolea on the BI are around the same cost, or when I can get waited on hand and foot at e.g. the Hapuna Beach Prince for just over half as much money -- including a daily full breakfast buffet for two.
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fdecarlo,
For me the $400 a night I paid was worth every cent. I hope you're not aiming to invalidate my vacation choices. It is sure beginning to sound that way. Enjoy your next trip to the BI and I'll certainly enjoy my next trip Maui.
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Bill, not in any way. You've got so much experience and taste, your choices are beyond any possibility of invalidation. As I said it's just a matter of personal preference.

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There's a map of the resort areas here so if he's within that he's likely OK (tho' I haven't read the ordinances all the way thru').
http://www.co.maui.hi.us/departments/Planning/
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It will be interesting to see what happens as the new year comes and goes.
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