“Life takes you down many paths, but my favorite ones lead to the beach.” The author of that stirring quote is unknown, but it could easily have been any of us, couldn’t it? Who doesn’t dream of days spent gazing out over undulating waves, sinking your toes into the sand steps from home, or starting the day by rippling a glassy surface with your sailboat.
This idea can be realized, and all it will cost you is around $12 million. Whether you envision living on the coast overlooking the ocean, prefer the serenity of lakefront living, or love the sound of living on a sound, we’ve got five downright dreamy properties across the country from which to choose.
6,533 Square Feet
“Queen’s necklace” views, so named because the perspective of the curving coast and glittery city lights give the appearance of royal gems, is one of the more unique sights in southern California. This Pacific Palisades home brings that rare vista into full view, with unobstructed, 270-degree views spanning downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains, the Santa Monica Pier, Catalina Island, and Santa Barbara Island.
Terraced into the hillside, the cul-de-sac contemporary offers a house full of high-end features including a gourmet kitchen with Wolf appliances and an expansive living room with a wall of glass that slides open to provide even closer inspection of the 40,000-sqiare-foot lot with pool, and the dramatic, panoramic views beyond.
This property is listed for $12,995,000 with Ali Rassekhi of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
7 Baths and 3 Partials
12,963 Square Feet
Regal and refined, this massive gated estate offers nearly six acres of lush grounds including specimen trees, perennial gardens, and vast lawns tumbling down to the shores of Wilshire Pond. This 13-acre lake offers a scenic respite (as well as some excellent fishing), while the stately residence is a showcase for European architecture.
From the marble gallery hall to the exquisite parquet and inlay floors, to the grand ballroom’s ornamental carved friezes, the custom details and finishes are simply sublime. The estate also features a grand home theatre, a recreation room, and an indoor pool.
This property is listed for $12,000,000 by Tamar Lurie of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
6 Baths and 1 Partial
8,349 Square Feet
Ocean. Sunsets. Palm trees. Diamond Head. And a private perch from which to enjoy it all. This is quintessential Hawaiian luxury. Set high up above the Pacific on exclusive Hanapepe Loop, where only a handful of homes enjoy this pristine waterfront setting, this expansive estate is truly one of a kind.
Stunning architecture and orientation combine to create a private resort feel. The interior is draped in rich wood that dresses the gourmet kitchen, ceilings, doors, and trim, and frames the windows. This is at its most dramatic in the two-story living room, where huge expanses of glass bathe the home in light and open it up to glorious views. This estate also features custom built-in furniture, a home theatre, and an oceanfront saltwater pool, spa, and pond.
This property is listed for $12,900,000 by Anne Oliver of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties.
7 Baths and 1 Partial
7,700 Square Feet
Revered Sands Point is associated with famous names like Guggenheim and Vanderbilt, not to mention F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, in which the town, referred to as “East Egg,” was representative of old money. Homes here remain every bit as desirable today, thanks to their setting on Long Island Sound.
This waterfront colonial includes 145 feet of private beach with a deep-water dock, boathouse, and cabana, and views that look out over the Sound from almost every room. At night, the glittering Manhattan skyline is your companion. Spread out in the gourmet kitchen with its double marble islands, entertain in the formal living or dining room, or take the gathering outdoors, where an immense loggia spans the full width of the residence and introduces 2.6 acres of manicured grounds with an infinity pool.
This property is listed for $12,900,000 by Gloria Li of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
8 Baths and 1 Partial
10,709 Square Feet
It’s waterfront living, Miami Beach style! Heed the call of Biscayne Bay, with 101 feet of frontage right on the water and a private dock and boatlift. Thanks to its coveted location on celebrity-friendly North Bay Road, this gated Mediterranean estate also offers some of the more spectacular views of the Miami skyline you’ll see without buying in a high rise.
Bright and airy inside and teeming with authentic architectural details such as arched windows and doorways and custom millwork and ironwork, the massive residence features a top-of-the-line kitchen, a spacious formal dining room, and a large gym. The luxe master suite encompasses an entire wing of the home and boasts its own private balcony overlooking the Bay, as well as the infinity pool and grassy lawn.