Luxury market breeds 'condos that live like homes'

What island buyers get for a million bucks and up

Buyers of newly built, luxury residences generally expect fairly high standards: lush landscaping, top-line appliances, granite counter tops, swimming pools, unobstructed views and the like.

On Hawaii’s island of Maui, buyers of million-dollar properties appear willing to pay a premium for a two-car garage.

Or an elevator – inside their home.

Like everything in American culture, houses and condominiums have blown up to Hummer-sized proportions. And Hawaii’s upcoming luxury real estate projects are no exception.