Ubiquitous breezes, dramatic sunrises and sunsets, the sound of crashing waves. Life on the edge takes on new meaning when the edge in question is sandy and windswept. These 5 luxurious coastal properties make the most of their luminous, liminal locales.
Designed by architect Jan Hochhauser and Manhattan-based designer Barbara Hauben Ross, it’s no surprise this listing on 5 acres once graced the pages of Architectural Digest. Walls of glass throughout the 5-bedroom abode frame panoramic views of the ocean, the mountains and Channel Island. Amenities include a tennis court, an infinity pool and spa, fruit orchards, a koi pond and a well.
This charming, Old-World cottage overlooking Narragansett Bay features vaulted ceilings, a recently updated kitchen and a spectacular stone fireplace. Need extra space? Look no further than the converted garage space, which is decked out with a workshop and built-in bunks. Perhaps best of all—especially on those long, warm summer afternoons—a covered porch invites long afternoon naps.
Dubbed Crow’s Nest, this private 2-acre waterfront property by Philadelphia architect Edmund Gilchrist is hitting the market for the first time since it was built in 1938. Located at the water’s edge, the shingle-style, six-bedroom cottage boasts a great room that can fit two grand pianos, and a waterfront terrace overlooking the Eastern Way, Bear Island and the Western Way. The 365 feet of private shoreline include a cobblestone beach and dramatic rock outcroppings. Moorings and a deeded, shared dock complete the package.
Built on a bluff at Boundary Ridge, this AIA award-winning abode by architect Nils Finne and Emerald Builders, features an inverted roof, fir beam fan trusses, a stone plinth and clerestory windows that flood the interior with natural daylight—just some of the many out-of-this-world design elements. The architecture lives up to the serene waterfront location, which offers jaw-dropping island and sunset views.
This posh pad located in the landmarked Palm Beach Biltmore boasts expansive views of the Intracoastal Waterway, lush gardens and the twinkling Palm Beach skyline. Designed by AD Top 100 Architects David E. Martin and Charles T. Young, along with interior designer Bettye Jordan Young, the two-bedroom’s walls are clad with book-matched Anigre panels—a warm complement to the inlaid marble floors.
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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.