Kama’aina, mother, wife, real estate agent and banana bread maker. I offer local style, global reach and local market expertise to my clients..
With deep roots in the ocean lifestyle, Maui is more than just my home. Although my life began in San Clemente, California, it took shape in Hawaii. My family travelled to the islands every winter chasing the north swell. My father, John Severson, an artist, photographer and devoted surfer, founded Surfer Magazine in 1959.
"Sevo" took our family on a Swiss Family Robinson journey through the South Pacific on the quest for the perfect wave before settling down on Maui in the early '70s, to paint and surf… my sister and I enjoyed an idyllic bohemian childhood, surfing in the Napili waves, and attending Haleakala school and Seabury Hall. I thought, “If this is normal, the rest of the world must be even more amazing.” I set off to study and work abroad, but always returned to Maui as my home.
After graduating in Communications and Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), I moved to Paris, where I lived and worked for 10 years, eventually becoming the Art Buyer for Yves Saint Laurent. Lured to Los Angeles by an opportunity to design for rock stars, I continued to work as a freelance artist until a long-ago romance came full circle. In 1985, on a windsurfing mission to the South of France, I met Eric “Speedy” Gonzales, a professional windsurfer and owner of a string of surf shops. We managed to keep in touch for 18 years, and in 2003, Eric and I married and moved, at last, back to Maui. And now I realize my dad was right, Maui is the amazing spot we had all been searching for.
Today, Eric and I live in Puamana, on the Lahaina side of Maui, speak French (and pidgin English!) with our bilingual daughter Zoë, surf, paint, swim and enjoy life in our island home. I design Hawaiian Shirts and help with the family Aloha shirt business. We support the Surfrider Foundation, the pups at the Maui Humane Society, Maui Preparatory Academy, Puamana Community Association and The Lahaina Swim Team. Sevo ended his planetary journey on Maui in May of 2017 ... my mother, Louise, an accomplished designer of beautiful textiles, splits her time between Napili and Spreckelsville.
It was an easy choice for me to join Hawaii Life which is locally owned and operated. Hawaii Life places importance on good design and smiling! The Christie's International Real Estate affiliate empowers me on a global scale. We feel passionately that wealth can be created and sustained as the result of a successful purchase of property.
Zillow Testimonial : "This was a special, high end beachfront place that took some time and effort to find the right buyer...Anna knows the area well. and she was familiar with the local market." 5 stars
Zillow Testimonial from the Seller of a Puamana property: "We highly recommend Anna... She is well connected in the local community and brings a mainland work ethic to get the job done... My husband is a real estate broker on the mainland and therefore a pretty tough critic... rest assured, Anna will work hard for you. We couldn't be more pleased with the transaction." 5 stars