One scenic compound on Hawaii’s Hanalei Bay is looking for a lucky buyer to tie the knot by signing on the dotted line. Owned by “The Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss, the sprawling estate is billed as “one of the largest lots in Hanalei,” and is saddled with a $34.5 million pricetag of love.
Known as the Faye Property, Fleiss’ former ranch boasts a storied historical and celebrity pedigree. It was originally constructed way back in 1915 for Norwegian-born sugarcane tycoon Hans Peter Faye during the height of his career, who bought up land along the coast to build summer beach houses. After his death, the Faye family held onto the property for many years, but it eventually ended up in the starry hands of Julia Roberts who purchased it for a little under $13.4 million in 2011. After initially floating it on the market with a much-too-optimistic $29.85 million asking price, Roberts eventually sold it to Fleiss for $16.2 million, and now the laureled TV producer is asking nearly twice what he paid!
Located in a particularly upscale part of town, the Hawaiian plantation-style home is set on two expansive, idyllic acres of beachfront land. In addition to the recently remodeled 3,792-square-foot main house (which has four bedrooms and three bathrooms), there’s also a spacious one bedroom guesthouse. Inside, the residence is the perfect picture of upscale Hawaiian luxury. Hardwood floors, white coffered walls, beamed ceilings and plenty of natural lighting can be found throughout the interiors.
The living room, kitchen and dining area are all located in the great room. The living room has several windows that look out towards the lush tropical landscaping of the backyard and to the ocean beyond. But for more casual affairs, the home also has a more laidback entertainment area. The kitchen is not exactly mega-mansion-sized, but it is stocked with luxury appliances and also features an ample amount of counter space and cabinetry as well as a convenient farm-style sink. On the opposite side of the room lies the dining area which offers cute built-in seating.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is undeniably cozy and has an eye-catching beamed, vaulted ceiling as well as its own private patio that overlooks the backyard and features jetliner Pacific views. While the estate does have three other bedrooms in the main house, the separate one-bedroom guest house can be used for visitors that’ll be over for extended stays.
In true Hawaiian fashion, the main house has an expansive lanai where the gentle trade winds can be enjoyed in the shade. But, naturally, the huge yard is the crowning glory of the property. It’s generously sprinkled with mature coconut trees and leads right up to the white sands and blue water of the Pacific with 213 feet of beach frontage. And if one is looking for a bit of excitement outside the property’s boundaries, the nearby town of Hanalei is home to some of the world’s best surf spots in the world. There’s also world-class golfing at the Princeville Resort Kauai.
In addition to his Hawaii estate, Fleiss also owns a tropical-inspired home on Malibu’s Point Dume neighborhood, purchased for $13.9 million in 2016. Though it’s currently off the market, that place was previously offered for $18.75 million in 2018.