Earlier this month, Coldwell Banker Previews International® and Ipsos MediaCT released a survey that highlighted a growing trend among the affluent: a “live anywhere” lifestyle. Millennials are leading the mobile and modern movement, with 85% now claiming that they are free to choose a home that fits their lifestyle and would not limit their search based on location (followed by 69% of Gen Xers and only 29% of baby boomers). For October, we decided to put the trend to the test by collecting nine posh pads that will get the jet set moving in style — whether by air, land or sea.
Ruskin, FL 33570
Who wouldn’t want their own private island estate? You might assume this furnished 3.51-acre luxury compound near Sarasota is accessible by water (given the fact that it’s surrounded on three sides by sea and boasts 800 feet of wide-open bay frontage), but nay—it’s best accessed via the air, thanks to a swanky helipad.
33583 Mulholland Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Anyone who has ever made the trip from Los Angeles to Malibu knows that the four-lane Pacific Coast Highway (known by locals as “PCH”) is one minor fender bender away from a major traffic jam at all times. Your time is worth more than that — which is why it’s preferable to hop on your personal helicopter, fly over the gorgeous Pacific and land right at home on your 50-foot helipad in this spectacular Ed Niles-designed masterpiece in the Malibu hills. Set on approximately 16 acres with endless mountain views of Boney Ridge, this steel and glass contemporary estate is the epitome of a lifestyle purchase.
St Tropez 83990, France
Sometimes driving is so…how you say…passé. For times when nothing but the extraordinary will do, this immaculate Provencal 18th-century estate in St. Tropez is the ultimate private getaway. The 14-bedroom residence rests directly on a beach featuring a small harbor with its own private pontoon, and it comes with its own helipad overlooking the water.
6220 E. Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040
If traveling by water is more your cup of tea, this Cape Cod-inspired lakefront abode with sweeping panoramic views of Lake Washington and Mt. Rainier may be just the ticket. The five-bedroom residence offers a private dock, deep water moorage and two lifts for year-round moorage.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Set on Star Island, this exclusive and private estate rests on an impressive 58,332-square-foot corner lot with 240 feet of sparkling waterfront and unobstructed views spanning from Biscayne Bay to downtown Miami. You’ll not only be able to travel around the city by yacht — which you can park at your private dock — but you will also be completely protected by tropical foliage and palms. Watching the sunset views over the bay will never be the same again.
49 Margin St.
Cohasset, MA 02025
The Oaks, New England’s finest waterfront estate, is a yachter’s paradise through and through. Set on its own private 9.41-acre peninsula only about 25 miles south of Boston, the magnificent renovated 20,000-square-foot Georgian revival mansion offers everything you could want for a life by the water’s edge: over 1,800 feet of ocean frontage and a protected 112-foot deep water dock.
9105 Hazen Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
You know that 1982 song with the refrain, “Nobody walks in LA?” It’s true for Beverly Hills, too. Some affluent 90210 residents love their cars so much that they often select their vehicle based on mood — and perhaps, where they’re going. For example, a leisurely drive down Rodeo Drive on a Sunday afternoon calls for the show-stopping Bugatti. Meeting a friend for lunch at Barney’s? The trusty Mercedes. A drive up the coast with the family? The spacious and utilitarian Range Rover. This gated, Italian-inspired view estate is primed for all of that four-wheeled finessing with a long, private gated driveway, six-car private garage, a second garage for up to 10 cars and an eight-car motor court.
22430 Dogwood Lane
Woodway, WA 98020
This magnificent Woodway, Washington estate inspires the driver (or car lover) in us all. After all, it offers not one, not two, but three garages, with more than enough space for 14 cars. The 6,000-square-foot mansion, with its stately Corinthian columns, picturesque garden views and a regulation-size Little League baseball field and tennis court, can be accessed via a sweeping motor court.
536 Ridgemoor Drive
Willowbrook, IL 60527
Willowbrook is only a 22-mile drive from Chicago — the perfect amount of distance for a Class A drive. Set on 1.5 acres, this classic estate beckons drivers with a spacious five-car garage and motor court spanning the voluminous 13,000-square-foot residence. Grand. Expansive. One of a kind. And truly meant to go the distance in luxury living.