Off-grid ‘Art Farm’ in Hawaii with Pacific Ocean views listings for nearly $4 million

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A Hawaiian solar-powered spread with multiple art studios has hit the market for nearly $4 million.

The “art farm” consists of four main buildings on nearly 16 acres of land in Maui. Powered by 48 solar panels, the resort combines sustainability and luxury, according to the listing with Linda Jean Briske and Maeghan Pocock of Island Sotheby’s International Realty.

“The ownership was organized as a passion project with the intention of proving that living off the traditional grid can be done at a premium level,” Ms Pocock said. “Normally people think of off-grid life as kind of a rustic experience. This property offers all the incredible comforts of the 21st century and more.”


Tall grass and a forest of guava trees covered the grounds when architect, builder and owner Thomas Rusnak and his wife, Shannon, first visited. They bought it for $630,000 in 2015, according to property records.

“We immediately fell in love with the three rock-lined creeks and the beauty of the rolling pastures,” he said in a statement. “You can see the observatory at the top of Haleakala and a 180 degree view of the Pacific. It was perfect for what we envisioned for our new lifestyle.

The Float Off-Grid Art Farm, as it’s officially called, was established in 2018 and is loosely inspired by the layout of Black Mountain College in North Carolina, according to Rusnak.

“We felt it was important that the art farm be a stand-alone place, not tied to the traditional grid, while maintaining the comforts of 21st century creatures…the art farm is a place where artists and artisans come together and create in an environment where their creativity can flourish, surrounded by nature at its best,” he continued.

The swimming pool.

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The owner’s residence is oriented to maximize “northern ocean view and southern view of Haleakala [National Park]Mr. Rusnak noted. It hovers about 3 feet off the ground to cool the house and promote air circulation, while the roof was designed for efficient water collection.

Amenities in the one-bedroom home include an open-plan living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a library, a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a rolling ladder to access the many shelves, and a bedroom with a mechanical glass garage door that opens onto an outdoor seating area.

“The bedroom is designed to take advantage of cool nights and the incredible starry sky,” Mr. Rusnak said.


Other structures on the grounds include a “nohana,” or guesthouse, with a mezzanine; a wellness studio; an art barn based on a Quonset hut – a structure with a rounded roof used locally by the pineapple company and the military – and a four-seater carport that supports most of the solar panels and the station electric car charging.

There’s also a swimming pool made out of a shipping container, a theater area, and a covered outdoor kitchen with a grill and fire pit.

“It’s a creator’s paradise,” Ms. Pocock said. “Everywhere you look there is a little studio or space to do something, from workshop to art studio. There is also an office space. These days, when so many people are working from home, this is a truly ideal setup. »


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