Some people believe that negative ions in the ocean air promote peace and wellbeing. Whether that’s the case or just an old wives’ tale, these luxurious beachfront homes will undoubtedly lift one’s spirits.
81-6575 Hiaaiono Place, Kealakekua, Hawaii, $7,995,000
Located in an exclusive, invitation-only private club with over an acre of beachfront, this 4-bedroom abode offers unobstructed ocean views, an outdoor covered lanai and an infinity pool with a separate hot tub. The interior is outfitted with illuminated wood-panel ceilings and floor-to-ceiling doors that create a fantastic connection between inside and out. The club includes sustainable agricultural lots, a full-service clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course and a host of ocean activities.
25251 Lee O’Neal Lane, Waves, North Carolina, $1,850,000
Distinguished by a stable, mature dune structure, this fully renovated beachfront house is appointed with designer details such as custom kitchen cabinets, shiplap bathroom walls, sliding barn doors and a handsome stone fireplace. The home’s three levels include a game room, 4 second-level bedroom suites with private decks and a great room that’s open to the kitchen, which offers an expansive island. A wide wraparound deck offers plenty of space to take in the ocean views.
80 Middle Beach Road, Madison, Connecticut, $2,750,000
Steps from the water and not far from town, this completely rebuilt light-filled house boasts an open floor plan with panoramic views of the Long Island Sound through a wall of South-facing windows and doors. In addition to a private patio and covered porch, the 4-bedroom home’s attributes include a kitchen with granite finishes and a grand staircase with a balcony overlook. A generously sized bedroom suite with 180-degree water views occupies the entire third floor. The listing also includes a separate lot with a two-car garage and possibilities galore.
547 Dune Road, Westhampton, New York, $7,450,000
Jaw-dropping ocean and bay views can be seen from every room on the first and second floors of this new Hamptons estate, which is clad with traditional cedar and shake. Framing views of the white sand beach and the Atlantic, a wall of glass doors connects the great room to a covered terrace that shades the interior from natural sunlight. An elevated wood pathway leads directly to the beach. Each of the bedroom suites offers double exposures, and some include private balconies.
1955 Ocean Way, Laguna Beach, California, $10,500,000
On the market for the first time in more than two decades, this property in Laguna Beach’s tony Wood’s Cove offers a spacious open floorplan with 3 bedrooms, 540-square-feet of oceanfront decks and private steps to 50 feet of beach. The main level includes a great room with large windows that frame sweeping ocean views and 2 bedrooms. A contemporary stairway leads to the lower level, which features a bonus room and a spacious primary suite with yacht-like views of the water.
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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.