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Featured in Alaska Beyond's July 2019 issue, a happy PiliMai homeowner shares what made her fall in love with PiliMai and the Kauai lifestyle.
A SAVVY INVESTMENT – PILIMAI AT PO'IPU, KAUA'I
After moving to the West Coast about 10 years ago, Susan discovered a new avocation. With Hawai'i only a five-and-a-half-hour flight away, she found herself jetting off to the Islands two to three times a year. She explored all four main islands, concluding with Kaua'i.
"I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is the most beautiful island!' When I got there, my heart was there," she says. "I just love that they protect the land and keep the natural beauty alive and thriving. The community is so engaged."
Three years ago, she talked with her financial adviser about acquiring a home in Hawai'i as an investment, and she purchased a condominium at PiliMai, on Kaua'i's South Shore. "PiliMai was a brand-new complex, which is very rare on Kaua'i," she says. Construction began in 2014, and the property features nods to Hawai'i's plantation era, with spacious lanai and Bahama shutters. Inside, kitchens boast Shaker cabinetry and granite countertops, and Susan also loves that she is a mere 10-minute walk from the beach.
"This is the most beautiful island!"
"It's quiet, serene," says Susan, who visits several times a year, for 10 days or so, and uses a property manager to handle short-term rentals when she is not in residence. When on Kaua'i, she loves to take visiting friends on a catamaran trip with Captain Andy's to explore the Na Pali coastline, or to take guests on long hikes on the rugged Na Pali trail.
"Kaua'i is a very casual island," Susan muses. "They have such nice restaurants, but you can walk into a five-star restaurant with sand on you, and you'll still get seated." Her favorite, hands down, is Beach House in Po'ipu. "The views are unreal," says Susan. "You are sitting out on the water, basically. And the food is great."
"PiliMai was a brand-new complex, which is very rare on Kaua'i"
When the time came to purchase a second investment property, she considered Turks and Caicos, but wound up buying again at PiliMai. "My first place faces the mountains; my second has ocean views. On Kaua'i, you can't go wrong, no matter what. Even at the airport, it's so pretty, you want to take pictures."