Hoping to expand your social circle this summer? That’s easy — just fork over $265K. That’s the lowest asking price among these eight amazing beach homes, each of which can promise a seasonal boost in popularity as readily as a suntan.
Kidding aside, these properties on both coasts can be a great weekend retreat — or in some cases, make your life seem like a permanent vacay. Because every day starts to feel like Saturday when you’re surrounded by panoramic ocean views, the sound of crashing waves, and the feel of soft sand between your toes. Private locales like Northport, ME, and fully equipped master suites don’t hurt either.
Modern luxury in the Sunshine State: $8.6 million, 7490 Sanderling Road, Sarasota, FL 34242
Besides a few sea grape shrubs and a swath of soft, sugary sand, little stands between the Gulf of Mexico and this 5,203-square-foot, open-concept contemporary home on the barrier island of Siesta Key in southwest Sarasota, FL. It comes as no surprise, then, that ocean views are central to the home’s design. In nearly every room, the gulf’s turquoise waters are framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, but it’s the master suite — which makes claim to the entire second floor — that really sees the home’s spoils (who wouldn’t want to watch for dolphins while flossing?).
Little cottage, big views: $5.15 million, 24 Potbelly Beach Road, Aptos, CA 95003
You’re probably wondering how this four-bedroom charmer on a 0.28-acre lot can demand a whopping $2,753 per square foot. Simple: location. Built right up to the sands of northern Monterey Bay in Aptos, CA, the custom-built home sits in precisely the right spot to provide a that includes Santa Cruz to the west, Monterey to the south, and miles of the Pacific Ocean in between. Contrasting all that wide open space, the interior’s Scandinavian vibe is delightfully cozy with its vaulted ceilings and brick fireplace.
Making waves in the OC: $16.88 million, 990 Ocean Front, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
This Laguna Beach, CA, home in a word? Dramatic. How else would you describe an oceanfront residence whose infinity-edge limestone floors (custom, of course) seem to disappear into the crashing waves of the Pacific? That’s not to imply that this place lacks a playful side. Au contraire, more than 2,000 square feet of outdoor recreation await at this LEED-certified stunner, including multiple patios, a private courtyard with a saltwater pool, and a sand-floored terrace complete with a fire pit (BRB, gettin’ our s’mores on).
Bali by way of Malibu: $16.9 million, 11794 Ellice St., Malibu, CA 90265
Who knew that this portal to the tropics existed next to the PCH (that’s Pacific Coast Highway, for locals)? The Balinese aesthetic is at the core of this 6,870-square-foot, five-bedroom Malibu, CA, mansion, which is replete with vaulted and beamed ceilings, lush landscaping, and living spaces that blur the line between indoors and out. Let’s fast-forward to the courtyard-style patio, shall we? Because between the infinity-edge pool, spa, built-in barbecue, and outdoor fireplace, it’s the patio that’s the real heart of this bluff-top estate. That is, if you don’t count the breathtaking views of the Pacific.
Primo rental opportunity in the OBX: $899,000, 1945 Sandfiddler Road, Corolla, NC 27927
No need to call dibs on the master suite: This 2,714-square-foot beachfront contemporary in the Outer Banks town of Corolla, NC, has three. Each is equipped with its own custom bath, proving the home to be ideal for vacationing couples — though it’s yet to be entered into a rental program. Common areas include an open-layout kitchen/dining/living combo with vaulted ceilings, plus two wraparound decks that offer panoramic views of the Atlantic. Last one in the hot tub’s a rotten egg!
Pretty as a picture in East Hampton: $1.3 million, 85 Gerard Drive, East Hampton, NY 11937
Nestled in the grassy dunes of serene Gardiners Bay, in an out-of-the-way location that only adds to its mystique, this snow-white beach cottage is a living portrait of the East Hampton, NY, lifestyle. Perhaps that’s why the home has long captured the imagination of photographers and painters — as well as anyone who’s lucky enough to pass by at sunset. Inside the 1,100-square-foot cottage, visitors will find two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open-floor-plan living area and kitchen. All of the above takes a back seat to the unobstructed water views of Gardiners Bay and Accabonac Harbor.
Serenity and solitude in New England: $535,000, 788 Shore Road, Northport, ME 04849
Need a little me time? Make a beeline for this secluded, Shingle Style hideaway in Northport, ME. Built in 1880, the two-bedroom cottage measures in at a wee 1,022 square feet — ample room for vacationing couples or a writer with a deadline, but not much else (including everyday stress). Beadboard, exposed beams, and painted wood floors contribute to the cottage’s breezy, country-nautical decor, while a rear deck makes the most of the home’s perch on the banks of tranquil Penobscot Bay. Introverts can do some soul-searching on the private beach just below, then reconnect with the living by taking a short stroll into town.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $264,999, 338 51st Ave. N, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Located in Cherry Grove, a coastal community in North Myrtle Beach, SC, marked by saltwater channels that separate each residential avenue from the next, this 1,400-square-foot, one-bedroom home arrives with its own floating dock for easy access to the water. Better yet, the stilted house is a walkable distance from the beach, and it’s a mere 1 mile from the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier, famous for its record catches and known as one of the best fishing sites in the Carolinas. Fun fact: A nearly 1-ton tiger shark set a world record when it was reeled in here back in 1964.