Owner Jim Egan is an award winning art director and graphic designer. Now retired, he has turned his attention to re-designing both of his mountain view studios to make better use of the space and be more functional.
The significant renovations of both the sixth floor Mountain View studio #624 and the fifth floor Mountain View studio #520 have now been completed as of October '13, making them duplicates. This includes California King size beds, all new kitchens with solid wood cabinetry and each features an oven range and microhood, a sleek vanity room, walk in shower with a transparent glass side wall, Mexican travertine and ceramic tile floors and shower walls, new carpeting, etc. The Grohe wall bar showers are the same as you may sometimes find in a 5 star hotel. (A lot more than a hotel room ~ for a lot less.)
In addition to the complete furnishings of a vacation home, you are provided with the 'niceties' of a beachfront resort hotel including an open, breezy, comfortably furnished lobby, central air conditioning, large swimming pool, large jacuzzi, BBQ, 24 hr. front desk, etc. The central air conditioning has individual electronic controls. The entryway, the lobby, elevators and hallways have been remodeled, no doubt inspired by early Hawaiian plantation mansions.
The property is fronted by the ocean and has a beach which is excellent for sunbathing, safe swimming and snorkeling. (There's a reef about 150 yds. out which protects the beach from surf.) The large, manicured lawn area and swimming pool between the building and the beach are enhanced with umbrella'd tables & chairs, plus loungers for reading, sunning and snoozing. There's even a heated, bubbling, jacuzzi spa!
These centrally air conditioned 550 sq. ft. mountain view studios consist of a large living/bedroom area, a dining area and a walk in shower with a separate vanity room. The firm California King size beds, along with the carpeted bedroom / living areas, make these desirable retreats. Also, there's a rollaway bed with standard size mattress for a third guest. Both studios provide an unobstructed view of the West Maui Mountains (see photo).
High speed WiFi access is FREE. Also, a 24' Vizio flat screen HDTV and a DVD/CD player were recently installed in each unit. The fully equipped kitchens are complete with full size appliances, a microwave, cookware, dishes and utensils. Plenty of linens and towels (as well as beach towels) are provided. And you can leave your hair dryer and iron at home.
At 475 Front St., this is the only beachfront resort in Lahaina. It's just a 3/10 mile walk along Front St. to Lahaina Harbor and quaint, historic Lahaina Town itself, Maui’s storied shop-’til-you-drop, gallery hopping, dining & partying mecca. Lahaina Harbor offers a full menu of boat trips for diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, whale or dolphin watching. Or for a memorable sunset cocktail / dinner cruise.
World class golf (think Kapalua and Ka'anapali) is available nearby.
Hawaii Tax I.D. NO. W20506694-01
Keywords: Condominium, Condo/hotel, Oceanfront Resort
Since retiring from his advertising and graphic design career, Jim has been promoting his three Maui condo rentals via the internet.
To satisfy his creative appetite, he joined the Honolulu Printmakers. In a workshop environment Jim has learned printmaking techniques including engraving, etching, aquatint, embossing and photogravure. Jim's efforts in these areas have resulted in his works being included in the juried Honolulu Printmakers Annual shows since 2005. In the '05 Annual Show, he was awarded the HonBlue purchase award.
In March 2007, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT held their Sixth Annual Miniature Print Biennial in which Jim was awarded third prize. 130 works were displayed out of 548 entries from 180 artists living in 18 countries. The judge was the esteemed David Kiehl, curator of prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. The show got an upbeat review in the Arts and Entertainment section of the April 29, 2007 Sunday New York Times. The reviewer described the print 'Fantasy Hibiscus,' as a 'lush, colored photogravure of a flower by Jim Egan from Hawaii, striking a balance between mastery of technique and innovation.'
My golf game? That's a whole other story!
Why Lahaina Shores Beach Resort? Being that Lahaina was decreed a National Historical Landmark by the National Park Service on December 29th, 1962, it seemed a wise long term investment to be nearby. So far, so good. Originally I had rented my fifth and sixth floor units as long term rentals. Once I retired from advertising and graphic design in 1990, I thought it would be interesting to self market my condos (also one at Maui Vista Resort in Kihei) as vacation rentals. So I developed my own website and promoted my properties through VRBO and other portals on the Internet. Now I find I'm really enjoying helping folks enjoy Maui. It's gratifiying to get feedback on information provided about things to see and do and where to eat. Many guests write me notes on how much they enjoyed the suggestions, and even have suggestions of their own. Other than golf (don't ask), and my art, this is what I do. Fun!