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Homes for sale in 10 happy seaside towns

Paia, Hawaii
Paia, Hawaii ©

Paia is a small town that just happens to be in one of the most beautiful spots on earth: Hawaii's island of Maui.

It's also "a very diverse community with great restaurants and shopping -- all locally owned businesses and restaurants," says Mino McLean, resident and Realtor with Island Sotheby's International Realty.

And that's just how residents want to keep it, she says.

It's "a coastal town where you have a culmination of wind surfers, hippie culture and a lot of new money," she says. "The north shore of Maui is probably the premier destination for windsurfing. We have consistent trade winds that come across the beach in the summer -- higher winds, less surf," McLean says. "In the winter, bigger surf."

The condo: $310,000

This one-bedroom, one-bath condo in the heart of Paia is just a block from the beach.

Built about 40 years ago, it has 570 square feet and has hardwood floors, pendant lighting and ceiling fans, and a large lanai, which looks out on palm trees and lush tropical vegetation, says Erin Haywood, Realtor/salesperson with Coldwell Banker Island Properties. It's also a 10-minute walk to shopping in Paia -- and some of north shore's best restaurants, she says "It's really a sweet little spot."

Listed by: Coldwell Banker Island Properties.


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