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The Water’s Edge

If Shakespeare was alive today and writing about the luxury real estate market, he might ask, “What’s in a view?” The answer, of course, is that the purity and quality of the view is what matters—not the view itself.  In the world of real estate, the view, and specifically the waterfront view, remains an important distinction for many discerning homebuyers, whether they are seeking a Fort Lauderdale estate with deep water for mega yachts or a property on Australia’s Gold Coast with direct ocean access. The view is an enduring symbol of prestige, just as the yacht itself.

Rod Daley, a luxury specialist in Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Newport Beach explains: “It’s not only a status symbol, but it brings them a sense of serenity and pleasure. It’s representative of a lifestyle.”

And what about the most coveted of all views, the unobstructed ocean view? Naturally they command the highest values.

From coast to coast and sea to sea, Coldwell Banker Previews International® explores five premier waterfront properties currently available on that put the timeless cachet of a view and the boating lifestyle right at your helm.

21 NE 23 Ave
Ft. Lauderdale, FL?33301
$7,900,000 USD

Commonly known as “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale has rightfully earned its nickname, boasting 300-plus miles of intricate and extensive canal systems. These canals have become home to over 42,000 residential yachts with over 100 of the best-equipped marinas to choose from. Situated upon these charming waterways, this magnificent three-story, fully furnished Fort Lauderdale abode is a residence after a yachter’s heart since it offers deep waterfront for mega yachts, large guest suites, captain’s quarters, wine cellar and outdoor/indoor entertaining areas. After a day spent on the yacht, you and your guests can still enjoy the serenity of the water on the wraparound balcony overlooking the glistening pool and canals. It’s nearly impossible to not get swept away…

49 Margin St
Cohasset, MA 02025 
$22,200,000 USD

Ideally situated where Boston Harbor ends and Massachusetts Bay begins, Cohasset has a yachting tradition that spans almost as long as its 300-year history. The Cohasset Yacht Club and the Cohasset Sailing Club offer serious yachters adventure and opportunity for community; however for those who are seeking their own private yachting haven, no other property compares to the historic Oaks Estate. The 20,000 square-foot Georgian Revival stands on its own private 9.41-acre peninsula and parades a private beach, protected 112-foot deep-water dock and 1,800 feet of breathtaking ocean frontage. Panoramic water views can be enjoyed from almost all rooms in the residence and from all vantage points around the manicured grounds.  

6220 SE 22nd St
Mercer Island, WA 98040 
$16,750,000 USD

Mercer Island sets the perfect tone as an island community that can also be easily accessed from Seattle and Bellevue via watercraft. Discovered by the Mercer brothers in 1870 while rowing between the two cities, Mercer Island is now one of the most popular islands within a lake in the United States; and as such, affords homeowners some of the most awe-inspiring views of city skyline and lush green terrain in the Pacific Northwest. Set prominently on the lake in Faben Point, this 14,000 square-foot Mercer Island property offers the best of both worlds: a sublime setting for indoor/outdoor entertaining, proximity to all of the boating activities in sunscaped Lake Washington and an enviable dock that can accommodate up to a 120-foot yacht, plus an arsenal of other water “toys.”

131 Morala Avenue
Runaway Bay, QLD 4216, Australia
$1,765,480 USD

Protected by the deep canals to the west and the islands to the east, Australia’s Runaway Bay is known as the ultimate retreat for fisherman and boat lovers with its calm, wide waters and premier waterfront homes.  This four-bedroom home set in the prestigious enclave of Sea Quester Quays offers the epitome of that lifestyle with 40 meters of prime waterfront.  Featuring extensive water views that can be seen from nearly all rooms, the residence boasts a pontoon, direct access to the Gold Coast’s Broadwater with 3.2-meter bridge clearance and proximity to the Southport Yacht Club. A perfect sanctuary for those who long for visions of blue in their backyard.

518 Harbor Island Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 
$10,428,000 USD

Newport Harbor needs no introduction as a yachting destination. After all, it is one of the largest recreational boat harbors on the U.S. west coast with approximately 9,000 boats. However, this custom waterfront home located on a premier lot within Promontory Bay, puts this sleepy Southern California harbor town in a whole new light.  Offering 50 feet of ocean frontage and two private 50-foot docks, the home offers a true yachter’s paradise with enough room to host up to two yachts spanning up to 75 feet in length and enough space for a smaller craft as well. Take in the endless bay and hill views, watch the paddle boarders and kayakers gently glide along the bay and when you’re all finished, you’re just a hop and a skip from Balboa Island.  If that isn’t a home made in heaven, what is?

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