Estates West The West's Top 50 Developments

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By Nichole Brophy, Dawson Fearnow, Melissa Larsen, Colleen Ringer, Christine Whitton, and Allison Young

If there's one thing we know, it's developments. Over the years, we've toured more than our fair share, and we've seen it all-from so-so stunning. But you won't find any of the former in this feature, only the best of the best. Within the next 24 pages, we present our 50 favorite communities from across the West, Western Canada and Mexico.

Longing to live the Hawaiian life?

Look no further than Hualalai Resort, a secluded haven that combines culture, community, and environmental consciousness under one big blue sky. In keeping with the Hawaiian tradition of ‘ohana (family), beachfront bungalows, Hawaiian-style homes and custom estates are grouped in intimate neighborhoods (prices range from $4.3 to $25 million). Between the two on-property golf courses, the Hualalai Sports Club and Spa and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, there's something for everyone. Take classes in lei-making at the Ka'upulehu Cultural Center, kick back at the Hualalai Canoe Club or play a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus-design course. With no less than six on-site restaurants, you can enjoy oceanfront dinners prepared by a James Beard award-winning chef. Talk about paradise. 808-325-8500,

ELEVATION: 228 feet SIZE: 865 acres, GOLF: Hualalai Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus; 18 hole Ke'olu Course designed by Tom Weiskopf. SPA: The Hualalai Sports Club and Spa offers everything from massages to facials. FITNESS FACILITIES: Two separate gyms offer aerobic classes, a climbing wall, basketball, and sand volleyball courts, a lap pool and eight tennis courts. ON-SITE DINING: There are six restaurants. MEDICAL FACILITIES: North Hawaii Community and Kona Community Hospital are about an hour away. WHAT'S NEARBY: Numerous beaches, Lapakahi State Historical Park; the town of Kailua-Kona.