Temperate sea breezes, open horizons, the sound of crashing waves: There’s nothing quite like an oceanfront escape to call your own. These beach houses make the most of their primo locations.
This four-story Mediterranean-style mansion on more than an acre of pristine beachfront in Naples, Florida, has large arched windows that frame views of the Gulf of Mexico and a lush mangrove preserve. The lookout is even more jaw dropping from the 3,000-square-foot master bedroom, which takes up the entire fourth floor, offering his and hers bathrooms, a large veranda with a fireplace, and a detached atelier. A detached one-bedroom guest bungalow with its own kitchen offers endless possibilities.
This home is far out, literally, thousands of miles out in the Pacific on the lush island of Kauai, the oldest of Hawaii’s five major islands. Boasting picturesque views of the Pacific and the mountains in the distance, the handsome beachfront abode in the resort community of Poipu is designed for entertaining with a spacious great room and three en suite bedrooms. But who wants to be inside when there’s a large lanai and an outdoor kitchen just steps from the sand?
A peaceful gated courtyard greets visitors to this beachfront estate in the artistic coastal community of Laguna Beach, and it only gets better from there. The massive great room sports killer views of the crashing waves, and four of the en suite bedrooms have large oceanfront terraces. As an added bonus, the master suite opens to a private outdoor garden and shower. Residents of the gated Three Arch Bay community also have access to a private beach along with a clubhouse, tennis courts, and other amenities.
The water is steps away from this charmingly renovated two-story beachfront cottage on Cape Cod Bay in Provincetown’s much-loved Delft Haven community. A cozy lower level window seat takes advantage of the panoramic ocean vistas, and wide sliders connect the main living areas with a breezy deck (read: the perfect party situation). Exposed beams, bleached hardwood floors, and white walls perfectly suit the home’s sand-swept location.
Located smack dab on the Gulf of Mexico in the community of Cinnamon Shore, this three-story house’s top floor great room opens to a covered veranda with expansive water vistas, and the four en suite bedrooms likewise have stunning blue-water views. Saltillo tile flooring, shiplap paneled walls, and a massive stone-clad fireplace beautifully complement the contemporary furnishings, which are available for purchase.
As you picture yourself in one of these luxurious oceanfront retreats, remember that there are those in our community who don’t have any place to call home. But, you can help change that by supporting one of these 25 incredible housing nonprofits making a difference.
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Tate Gunnerson is a Chicago-based freelance journalist with an equal appreciation for natural beauty and good design. He is a passionate supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Kidney Foundation.