Kristen brought all her past professional marketing, negotiating and land development skills and experience to the Maui Real Estate community. She quickly became successful and features residential listings in Kapalua, Pineapple Hill, the Ka’anapali Hillside, Lahaina, Wailea and has oceanfront condos and vacant land for sale. She recently advised investors on building a home in Wailea and it sold for $1,800,000. She has helped first time oceanfront condo buyer’s, first time home buyer’s purchase right on up to negotiating transactions for multi-million dollar sales. Kristen is highly qualified with extremely complex transactions for Short Sales, Foreclosures, Bankruptcy Properties and can advise you in selling or purchasing those type of properties.
Kristen has served both Buyers and Sellers and over the years has received many Credentials; but the one Kristen is most proud of is the Coldwell Banker Island Properties Global Luxury Division Specialist. This designation is earned not only through educational classes and trainings but are awarded only to those that have achieved multi-million dollar goals in those specific categories. Kristen consistently receives the CB International President’s Circle Award which places her in the top 6% of Coldwell Banker Worldwide. She has proven herself on Maui and is prepared to deliver these services to everyone she works with.
Kristen grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Arizona and Wheaton College, Norton MA. Kristen has a Master’s in Urban Planning, and Landscape Architecture with post graduate work in Architecture. During and after graduate school Kristen worked in a civil engineering firm in land development and for the City of Tucson Planning Department reviewing and approving Land Development Subdivisions. She successfully led a multi-million dollar design of an Urban Bridge Park in West Seattle WA. While employed at Kramer, Chin and Mayo Engineering.
Her commitment to community concerns started early, when she served in the Peace Corp in Honduras responding to local housing needs after a devastating hurricane.
Kristen was Project Director for Lou Tice of the Pacific Institute in Seattle. As a consultant she was involved in marketing and educational sales to Fortune 500 companies addressing leadership concerns, needs assessments, quality initiatives, strategic vision building, measurement and acted as an advisor to a wide variety of industries. Some of her clients include: Harley-Davidson, Northwest Airlines, Nordstrom, Caterpillar, Hollister, Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate and the National Security Agency.
Twenty–three years ago Kristen met artist Jim Kingwell while vacationing on Maui. They married, opened an art gallery and started a family. The whimsical Kingwell Island Art Gallery featuring artist Jim Kingwell is located at 834 Front Street in the heart of Lahaina at KingwellIslandArt.com. Their twins Jessica and Coleman attended Maui Preparatory and now attending Gonzaga University in Spokane WA.
We frequent our lake cabin in Twain Harte, CA during the summer and visit Carmel in the fall. Our annual spring break is skiing in Sun Valley where we have a family home. Kristen and Jim live in Kahana in what they call their “beach house”. Their house has an amazing 180 degree view of ocean, 75 feet from the ocean, whales breaching and the sound of waves. They built a quaint guest house for friends and family to visit.
Kristen has helped and advised many friends, family, art collectors and investors attain their dream vacation home on Maui. Although Kristen has helped people sell and buy homes and condos all over the island of Maui she specializes in the upper west side Maui which includes: Oluwalu, Launiupoko, Lahaina, Ka’anapali, Honokowai, Kahana, Napili and Kapalua.