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Developers have also started to focus on another Hawaiian island that’s remained relatively under-trafficked: Kauai, often referred to as the most local of the major Hawaiian Islands. NFL star Drew Brees is building a home at Kukui’ula, the site of a former sugar plantation, while the in-development, $800 million Timbers Kauai at Hokuala promises 47 residences by 2018. “You’re paying more,” says Timbers Managing Director Gary Moore. “But it’s not because we’re jacking up prices. We’re building an infrastructure team. We’re curating experiences. Everything—from the moment you step foot on the island to the moment you leave—will be taken care of for you.” Which, he says, is what today’s second/third homeowner cares about most. As work gets more wired and all-consuming, time has become the most valuable commodity of all. And while younger homeowners in particular want the investment and exclusivity, but not the responsibility, of owning a second or third place, most buyers at places like Timbers and Kohanaiki aren’t first-time second homeowners. They’ve done it before; they know what a hassle it can be. Which is why other islands have started to catch on, with ultra-exclusive developments in progress on Maui at Montage Kapalua Bay and on Oahu, which will debut a $300 million waterfront complex Wai Kai in 2019.

Developers have also started to focus on another Hawaiian island that’s remained relatively under-trafficked: Kauai, often referred to as the most local of the major Hawaiian Islands. NFL star Drew Brees is building a home at Kukui’ula, the site of a former sugar plantation, while the in-development, $800 million Timbers Kauai at Hokuala promises 47 residences by 2018. “You’re paying more,” says Timbers Managing Director Gary Moore. “But it’s not because we’re jacking up prices. We’re building an infrastructure team. We’re curating experiences. Everything—from the moment you step foot on the island to the moment you leave—will be taken care of for you.” Which, he says, is what today’s second/third homeowner cares about most. As work gets more wired and all-consuming, time has become the most valuable commodity of all. And while younger homeowners in particular want the investment and exclusivity, but not the responsibility, of owning a second or third place, most buyers at places like Timbers and Kohanaiki aren’t first-time second homeowners. They’ve done it before; they know what a hassle it can be. Which is why other islands have started to catch on, with ultra-exclusive developments in progress on Maui at Montage Kapalua Bay and on Oahu, which will debut a $300 million waterfront complex Wai Kai in 2019.

“Game of Thrones” fans will love the medieval architecture of the Timbers Resort, complete with a cobblestone street. A former castle forms the foundation of the lush property on a hill. All 41 rooms are spacious suites with warm traditional decor.

The newest entrant on the Kauai resort scene is Hokuala on Kalapaki Beach on the southeastern part of the island. In Hawaiian, its name means “rising star,” which is apt—this development by Colorado-based Timbers Resorts is still a work in progress, but it has potential. Hokuala, housed in the defunct Westin Kauai, plans to open its Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences in spring 2018, with the premier oceanfront homes in its real estate portfolio running in the $300,000 - $7.5 million range. (Hokuala's 180-room hotel is slated to open in 2021.) In 2014, Kauai County passed an ordinance requiring a 500-foot coastal setback, but Timbers’ land was approved before this zoning was enacted.

Upping the real estate game in one of the most striking landscapes in the Pacific, Timbers Kaua’i – Ocean Club & Residences is a playground of opportunity for homebuyers. The first private residential development within Hōkūala – a jewel of an oceanfront resort cloistered on the sunny southeast coast – Timbers Kauai’i is slated for completion this November, but is selling its locally informed luxury homes now.

Sales officially launched this week for Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences, a collection of 21 three- and four-bedroom private residences on South Carolina’s picturesque Kiawah Island. Housed in three towers, the sophisticated spaces feature generous patios and large glass windows that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. The airy, light-drenched units range from 2,200 to 3,600 square feet and are located just steps from the beach.

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Timbers Resorts, one of the largest independent developers and operators of private boutique resorts and residence clubs, announced today, on the heels of breaking ground this spring, the first public offering of ownership opportunities at Timbers Kiawah – Ocean Club & Residences. The oceanfront enclave showcases 21 thoughtfully designed residences across three buildings, as well as a first-of- its kind collection of dedicated amenities, all just 30 minutes from Charleston, recently ranked the No. 1 City in the World by Travel + Leisure.

Timbers Kiawah offers two shared ownership categories across the beachfront homes that embrace light, airy, and natural design elements to complement the island’s relaxed atmosphere along with private expansive patios and incredible ocean views. Owners have the option of selecting a 1/9th fractional interest in the property’s 2,200-square- foot three-bedroom residences, or a 1/6th fractional interest in the 3,600-square- foot four-bedroom penthouse residences. Pricing for the shared residential ownership interests ranges from $500,000 to $1.25 million.

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When traveling, whether with a spouse or your whole family, comfort is a very important factor, from location to amenities. Whether you’re booking a stay at a hotel for a long weekend or you’re traveling to your own vacation home multiple times a year, you want the place you’re staying at to feel like home, albeit without the stresses of everyday life. And that is exactly what Timbers Resorts, a leader in luxury vacation residences, rentals, and boutique hotels, strives to do. We recently got a chance to sit down with Greg Spencer, CEO of Timbers Resorts, to get a real feel of how they stand out from the rest.

“We don’t have aspirational buyers in our resort, we have buyers who already own homes in New York City, the Hamptons and Florida who also want to spend a few weeks in Hawaii every year,” says Greg Spencer, CEO of Timbers Resorts, the Colorado-based developer and operator of Hokuala in Kauai.. “We offer everything from two-bedroom flats for $2.8 million up to a $9.5 million oceanfront home on a cliff with 270-degree views of the ocean.” The most important home feature for most buyers at Hokuala, says Spencer, is their private lanai, which ranges in size from 400 to 2,800 square feet.

At the top of the list is the recently rebranded Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course at Hokuala (formerly known as the Kiele Course at Kauai Lagoons). Located near the airport in Lihue — where non-stop flights from many West Coast cities land daily — the Ocean Course is exciting from start to finish. The recently renovated front nine is a big hitter’s dream with wide fairways and memorable holes, such as the par-3 fifth, where the tee shot must travel over a canyon filled with towering mango trees.

But it’s the back nine where the scenery really kicks into high gear. In fact, Hokuala features the longest continuous stretch of oceanfront holes in Hawaii, Nos. 12 through 16, and they are at once extremely scenic and great fun to play.