The finest oceanfront homes for sale from hawaii to maine We searched high and low for the best of the best. From quaint oceanfront villas to palatial cliffside estates, these dream homes currently for sale represent the top of the market in the most desired and most exclusive seaside communities in the United States. If you want an oceanfront home, your search begins right here.
Situated on the westernmost promontory of Belvedere Island, this 9,500-square-foot five-bedroom home features views of San Francisco Bay, Mount Tamalpais through Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline. Designed by Warren Callister, the home comprises a main residence with five bedrooms, four full baths, and three partial baths, along with a separate one-bedroom guest apartment with its own bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Additional amenities in the main house include formal living and dining rooms, an intimate library with a fireplace, an office, and a top-floor master suite with his-and-her baths and dressing areas and a private terrace. If that’s not enough, consider the property’s five fireplaces, three-car enclosed garage (with additional parking for up to seven cars), and gated entry, all of which are encased in a setting of terraced lawns and gardens. $27,500,000; William Bullock, Decker Bullock/Sotheby’s International Realty, 415-381-7300, sothebysrealty.com
Westerly, Rhode Island
An opportunity for ownership in tony Watch Hill is The Timbers, the sprawling estate at 19-23 Ocean View Highway. The home is set along a quiet stretch of beach within walking distance of the village. Built in 1917, the English Tudor-style Timbers boasts 10,500 square feet, as well as two separate, three-bedroom guest cottages, all designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, whose other works include the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art. Details sure to win you over are the home’s 12 fireplaces, massive grand stairway, bell tower, and nine acres of landscaped lawns and gardens, which include an apple orchard, a large flagstone terrace, an in-ground pool, and two miles of beach frontage, making it the ultimate New England beach escape. $17,500,000, Jim Michalove, Seaboard Properties, 860-535-8364, seaboardpropertiesre.com.
Northeast Harbor, Maine
Seemingly at the edge of the world on a point of land overlooking the entrance to Somes Sound in Northeast Harbor, Maine, the estate at 9 Indian Head Lane takes full advantage of its position, offering spectacular panoramic ocean, island, and mountain views. The shingled Cottage-style residence was designed by renowned architect Keith Kroeger, while its impeccable interiors are the design of Bunny Williams. Among the five-bedroom residence’s interior spaces are grand living and dining rooms and a gourmet kitchen that overlooks the Sound and offers access to several outdoor porch areas. The carriage house serves as a fully appointed guest area and is complete with a caretaker’s workroom below. Additional property features include an exercise room, a library, and an elevator. Residents enjoy more than 947 feet of deep-water frontage, including a beach and a dock with yacht moorings. $15,500,000, Story Litchfield, LandVest, 207-276-3840, landvest.com.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Our third pick from posh Kiawah Island, South Carolina, this new Shingle-style home is sited on a nearly two-acre double oceanfron homesite. Ideal for green-minded buyers, the home, designed by Christopher Rose Architects LLP, yields lower energy and water bills as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Elegant details of the eight-bedroom, nine-bath home include a soaring foyer with a grand circular staircase, heart pine flooring and custom millwork and cabinetry throughout. Among the home’s comfortable living spaces are a great room, a gourmet kitchen, a cherry wood-paneled clubroom with a fireplace, and a luxurious master suite that features ocean views, a walk-in closet, and a spa-style bathroom with a soaking tub. Ample guest suites provide the perfect place for special company to take up temporary residence. $11,980,900, Kiawah Island Real Estate, 843-768-3400, kiawahrealestate.com.
Harwich Port, Massachusetts
In Harwich Port on Cape Cod, Wychmere Breezes affords sweeping views of Wychmere Harbor. The residence, built in 2000, features 19 rooms, three fireplaces, and an attached three-car garage. The first floor features a waterfront living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and a state-of-the-art kitchen with an eat-in area. The master bedroom boasts water views, a marble master bath with a steam shower and a bathtub overlooking the water. The second floor is home to the east and west bedroom wings, as well as a family room with a fire place. Additional amenities include a pool house with vaulted ceilings and water views and a waterfront boathouse, also with vaulted ceilings and screened porch. The landscaped grounds feature stone walls, flower beds, and specimen trees including daylilies, hydrangeas, pear trees, and holly. Wychmere features more than 3.5 harborfront acres in a private and secure setting with perimeter fencing, electric gated entry, and outdoor lighting. $14,500,000, Stewart Young, LandVest, 617-357-8930, landvest.com.
Laguna Beach, California
This three-bedroom, six-bath residence in the Montage Laguna Beach resort community is perched on a bluff overlooking a spectacular stretch of oceanfront. The home features 9,000 square feet of space and includes access to all Montage Laguna Beach amenities. Additionally, residents enjoy access to the resort’s personal concierge, housekeeping, and engineering support services, among others. Among the spectacular spaces in the three-level home are a great room, a gourmet kitchen, and a master bedroom, the latter of which is outfitted with its own fireplace. All spaces within the home were designed to flow seamlessly to the outdoors and to facilitate beautiful ocean views: mission accomplished. The home was also intended for leisure, as is evidenced by a planned family/media room—perfect for entertaining on a group or intimate level—and an infinity-edge pool and spa that offer stunning views of the sunset over Catalina Island. $31,900,000, John Stanaland, Home Group, 949-342-3635, homegroup.com.
Boca Raton, Florida
Located in Boca Raton, the South Florida community that is synonymous with luxury living, Coconut Palm is situated within the exclusive Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club. The gated Italian Renaissance-style waterfront estate overlooks roughly 475 feet of water designated for protected yacht dockage and is enveloped by lush landscape. At 25,000 square feet, Coconut Palm has six bedrooms and 8.3 bathrooms, as well as a graceful waterfront terrace, a resort-style pool and spa, a summer kitchen, a cabana bath, a practice putting green, a wine room, seven fireplaces, an indoor lap pool, and a state-of-the-art theater room complete with a bar. $21,900,000, Mark Nestler, NPSIR, 561-212-1517, npsir.com.
The epitome of graceful oceanfront living, this estate in Carlsbad, California includes 166 feet of ocean frontage and comprises 10,000 square feet of living space. Surrounding the estate are nearly 1.5 acres of land with Hawaiian-style landscaping. Paying homage to the home’s breathtaking surroundings are six oceanfront patios, providing various vantage points from which to enjoy the views. Special features of the five-bedroom, nine-bathroom home include an entertainment wing that contains a poker room and a media room with seating for 12, as well as a sit-down bar area, a 600-square-foot office with ocean views and an 85-inch flat-screen TV, and a separate guest house. $29,000,000, Doug Harwood, The Harwood Group, 858-735-4481, theharwoodgrp.com.
Kaanapali Beach, Hawaii
Life is like a permanent vacation when you’re fortunate enough to spend it living in this grand residence on Kaanapali Beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The 5,348-square-foot residence houses four bedrooms (two have vaulted ceilings), 5.5 baths, a large professional kitchen, a fully equipped gym, and office space. Mosaic tile details and limestone and marble floors add an elegant finish to the home, which combines the nautical styles of Hawaii and New England. In order to make the most of the location’s almost-always pleasant climate, all first-level areas of the home open to a spacious lanai and grounds that feature a large tiled pool, a barbecue area, and a private spa. If privacy is your number-one priority, consider snatching up the undeveloped parcel of almost equal-size land directly north of the home. $16,600,000 FS, Mary Anne Fitch, Maui Estates International, 808-250-1583 , soldmaui.com.
Montauk, New York
In Montauk, one of the country’s most sophisticated and sought-after oceanfront destinations— and posh even by Hamptons standards—the estate at 42 Old Montauk Highway offers 7,000 square feet of space that includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a den, and a media room, among other spaces. Perhaps the most spectacular feature of the modern, Zen-like oceanfront estate is its setting atop a bluff, which affords owners breathtaking views of the verdant landscape and the ocean beyond—not to mention utter privacy. Special touches include radiant heat marble floors throughout, a home theater, and a path to the home’s own stretch of beach and a pond. The home is just a short drive to the airport, as well as to a nearby marina, making it easily accessible by land and water. $50,000,000, Susan Breitenbach, Corcoran Group, 631-899-0303, corcoran.com.
Westerly, Rhode Island
Built in 1930, this majestic hilltop estate in the revered village of Watch Hill in Westerly, Rhode Island overlooks a vast expanse of ocean and features a total of 20 rooms, including seven bedrooms and nine full baths. An in-ground pool is built into the home’s five-plus-acre lot, while additional features include cathedral ceilings, a wet bar, a library, and a solar room. Total living space is more than 11,000 square feet. The owner of this property truly will be king of the hill. $24,000,000, Jim Michalove, Seaboard Properties, 860-535-8364, seaboardpropertiesre.com.
Completed in 2010, this palatial beachfront home is located in the Port Royal area, along the Gulf of Mexico, in Naples, Florida. Lasting first impressions are made by the home’s hand-forged wrought-iron gated entry, beyond which a set of cedar and mahogany exterior doors and iron archways welcome you inside. Once inside, owners of the 20,075-square-foot home have their pick of rooms to use and are treated to details like imported travertine flooring with onyx accents, a 32-foot imported travertine fireplace, handmade Italian chandeliers, Costa Brava granite, copper hammered sinks, gorgeous groin ceilings, a custom wood paneled family room, a study, and a library. Additionally, a temperature-controlled wine room, a gourmet kitchen with imported solid granite surfaces and modern appliances by Miele and Thermador make for elegant entertaining. A butler’s pantry, servant’s quarters, and an outdoor kitchen with a fireplace round out the offerings, all of which are surrounded by multiple Gulf side verandahs overlooking a two-level water feature flowing into a beachfront pool. It’s simply paradise. $22,900,000, Philip N. Collins, Luxury Real Estate, 239-404-6800, Naplesluxuryproperties.com.
Northeast Harbor, Maine
The stately Shingle-style Sound Edge is a totally restored summer cottage on 1.4 acres of land along the shores of Maine’s Somes Sound. Sound Edge comprises a total of 16 rooms—including eight bedrooms and eight full bathrooms—and 6,273 square feet. Modern amenities include granite counters, new heating and air-conditioning systems, and a gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances. The best accessory for taking in views of the Sound is a porch that runs the length of the home, also a perfect spot for alfresco dining, cocktails with guests, or simply taking in the sights of sounds of the home’s pristine surroundings. $8,900,000, Story Litchfield, LandVest, 207-276-3840, landvest.com.
Set on three park-like acres in the Edgartown neighborhood of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, this exquisite 18th-century property is outfitted with modern additions and amenities, helping earn the home its rank among the country’s ultimate waterfront properties. The home comprises seven double bedrooms and one single bedroom, each with its own distinct character—and private bath. The 300-foot stretch of sandy beach on Nantucket Sound is private and ideal for swimming and boating. Perfect for buyers who enjoy the buzz of town but appreciate quiet seclusion, the estate is close to Edgartown village, though it is far enough removed at the end of a scenic country lane. $19,500,000, Gery Conover, LandVest, 508-627-1617, landvest.com.
With its minimal white exterior, soaring arcs, and walls of windows built in-the-round, this architecturally stunning beachfront home in Captiva, Florida, is a jaw-dropping backdrop against which to enjoy the coastal lifestyle that only Florida can provide. Perhaps the home’s most coveted features are its panoramic beach and water views, which its owners enjoy through oversized windows that stretch from its foundation to its ceilings. The home boasts more than 12,000 square feet of living space and numerous features: seven bedrooms; multi-level balconies; a theater room; a family “fun room” with arcade, fitness and billiard areas; a state-of-the-art kitchen; a multi-level terraced pool, spa, waterfall, and entertainment area; tropical landscaping; and plenty more. $15,900,000, Mike McMurray, VIP Realtors, 239-472-5187, viprealty.com.
Orange Beach, Alabama
One of the finest estates available in Orange Beach, Alabama, this Mediterranean villa-style home is situated on more than five acres with approximately 270 feet of water frontage on beautiful Bayou St. John, which is one of the bays accessible from the Gulf Of Mexico through Perdido Pass on the Alabama-Florida border. Accoutrements and fixtures imported from New Orleans and New York give the estate a unique style all its own. A 1,300-foot hand-laid brick driveway leads to the 6,210-square-foot, three-bedroom main house, a three-bedroom, three-bath guest house, and a 400-square-foot garage apartment, all of which are nestled among magnificent gardens and lighted brick pathways. A mixture of lush tropical foliage, including a citrus grove and oak, magnolia, and hickory trees, provides a private oasis on the water. Additional amenities include a boat house, a 90-foot waterfall, formal gardens, and a meditation area. $5,500,000, Chuck Norwood, The Norwood Team, 251-948-1212, orangebeachestate.com.
St. George, Maine
Located just off Port Clyde in the Georges Islands archipelago of Muscongus Bay, Davis Island comprises roughly 48 acres and is offered in its entirety. Its crowning jewel is an estate that comprises a residence and guest house, a boat barn, and two docks. The dramatic main residence features open living areas, fine finishes, and ample space for entertaining. The focal point of the spacious main room, which features a cathedral ceiling, is its central fireplace with a copper chimney. Spiral stairs lead to an observatory that affords breathtaking 360-degree views. Other highlights include a master suite with walk-in closets and a luxurious bath, plus an adjacent sunroom that opens onto a deck. Boaters will appreciate the property’s two deepwater docks and a mooring field. The property also includes a two-bedroom guest cottage with a separate one-bedroom caretaker’s apartment, a two-story boat barn, and a generator shed. Although wonderfully private, the island is easily accessed from the mainland and is a short trip from Port Clyde. $5,750,000, Terry Sortwell, LandVest, 207-236-3543, landvest.com.
This contemporary home blends beautifully into its sandy surroundings in Carpenteria, along California’s Gold Coast. The estate’s expansive glass walls usher in views of the beach at Padaro Lane, as well as lush gardens that are shaded by eucalyptus, oak, and cypress trees. The 5,900-square-foot main residence boasts an open floor plan: the first floor contains a bedroom and interior courtyard, as well as a great room with combined living and dining areas, a chef’s kitchen, and another wing with two additional bedrooms that offer access to the outdoors. The loft-style upper level contains a light-filled office area, a sun deck and fireplace, a bathroom with its own fireplace, and a spacious master bedroom—all in one open space. In addition to the main house, guests can make themselves at home in the property’s detached guest house of more than 800 square feet. Clay tennis courts and other amenities make for perfect outdoor entertaining. $29,000,000, Susan Burns, Coldwell Banker Previews International, 805-565-8822, susanburns.com.
On Maui’s picture-perfect North Shore, this stunning oceanfront home was built with exquisite detail and master craftsmanship. The estate occupies more than an acre of meticulously landscaped grounds and comprises 7,385 square feet of living space. Basics include three ensuite bedrooms and three half baths, while additional amenities include a beautiful pool and spa and retractable pocket doors that allow the indoors and outdoors to merge. The home’s master suite includes a family room and wet bar, separated by an interior bridge to the other bedrooms, and the casually elegant great room contains kitchen, dining, and living spaces. A porte-cochere, media room, library, guest cottage (located on parcel 25), and garage parking for five cars are only a few of the property’s additional accoutrements. Inside, details include cabinetry made from African Mahogany, mango, and bamboo, as well as carved railings and eight-foot interior carved doors. An outdoor barbecue area is the perfect place for entertaining guests. $15,500,000 FS, Jacque Delaunay, Equity One Real Estate Inc., 808-870-4575, equityonemaui.com.
This former Disney estate on Encinal Bluff occupies three acres of mature landscaped grounds. The Cape Cod-style estate, redesigned by renowned Los Angeles architect Walter Meyer of Meyer Architecture, comprises a 9,800-square-foot main house with seven bedrooms, 7.5 baths, a gym, his-and-her offices, built-in custom cabinetry, and walnut floors throughout. Gourmands will appreciate the home’s oversized kitchen, which is outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances by Viking and SubZero. The oceanfront master bedroom affords panoramic views and features a fireplace, his-and-her spa-designed bathrooms with steam showers, and two large walk-in closets. A media room bearing its own full bar is perfect for entertaining company or hosting a party to watch the big game. When the Great Outdoors come calling, owners can head into the back yard entertainment area to enjoy its oceanview pool, the eight-person spa, or the fire pit. Having guests overnight? Suggest they retire to the home’s separate beach house, which offers 1,200 square feet of space including two bedrooms, two baths, a fire place, a Wolf stove, SubZero appliances, and stone floors. Price upon request, Damon Skelton, Coldwell Banker, 310-567-0024, damonskelton.com.
Mercer Island, Washington
Boulevard Place Estate is a crowning jewel of Seattle’s celebrated Mercer Island Diamond Coast. The home, which was built in Greek Revival style, occupies a 1.669-acre site that includes 164 feet of wade-in, no-bank waterfront. Within the home’s 14,000 square feet of living space are seven bedrooms and 12 baths, a billiards room, an in-home fitness center, a media room/theater, a steam room, a wine cellar/grotto, an outdoor kitchen, and designated staff quarters. Outside, a resort-style swimming pool, a barbecue pavilion, and a tri-level elevated limestone terrace combine to create the ultimate space for outdoor entertaining. Boating buffs will fall for the freshwater yacht moorage and boat house, plus access to Puget Sound’s premier boating destinations. $28,800,000, Moira Holley, Realogics/Sotheby’s International Realty, 206-660-4787, boulevardplaceestate.com.
Highland Beach, Florida
With an astounding eight bedrooms, 11 baths, three half-baths, and a five-car garage, this magnificent beachfront home consists of 11,249 square feet of living space. The Mediterranean-style mansion, designed by architect Tom Benedict of the Benedict Group and with interiors by Marc-Michaels Interior Design, is offered fully furnished and accessorized. Half the fun of owning this estate is entering its grounds: a set of iron gates opens to a driveway leading to the estate through lush and elaborate tropical landscaping designed by Kent Wieland Design. It’s a majestic entrance that hints at all the splendor beyond. $15,900,000, Mark Nestler, NPSIR, 561-212-1517, npsir.com.
This exquisite waterfront offering spans approximately half an acre on Coffin Beach between Ipswich Bay and Essex Bay at the northwestern tip of Cape Ann on Massachusetts’s North Shore. Approached via a private oceanfront road, the residence, built around 1880, has been fully renovated and features new state-of-the-art systems while maintaining original architectural detail throughout. The home has five bedrooms, three full baths, and a chef’s kitchen and offers ocean views from nearly every room. Set on an elevated site overlooking Ipswich Bay, magnificent dunes, and private, white sandy beach, this unique property is one of the finest beachfront properties in Gloucester. $4,100,000, Lanse Robb, LandVest, 617-357-8996, landvest.com.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
On South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, legendary for its luxury offerings, this five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home occupies more than a half acre of land and comprises 6,556 square feet of living space complete with ocean views. Designed to allow residents to enjoy the outdoors, the home features a porch and deck, with outdoor living space adding up to 3,655 square feet. The home’s family room includes thoughtful touches like custom built-ins and a marble-surround fireplace, not to mention a spacious bar with its own sink and refrigerator/freezer, beckoning guests to sit back and enjoy some Southern comfort. The home’s second levels features oak hardwoods and high ceilings, while floor-to-ceiling windows afford views of the island’s lush landscape. Meanwhile, the third-floor master suite is encapsulated by floor-to-ceiling windows and includes details like a tray ceiling and high moldings. A sitting room and morning bar, combined with a marble bath, a fireplace, a deck, and a jetted tub, may give you cause to stay cocooned in this sanctuary indefinitely. Additional amenities include an elevator, a cutting-edge gourmet kitchen that’s flooded with natural sunlight and ocean views, and a sitting room and breakfast room, the perfect place to start your day before heading out for a round of golf on Kiawah’s famous fairways (a Kiawah Island Club Golf Membership is available). $9,750,000, Kiawah Island Real Estate, 843-768-3400, kiawahrealestate.com.
On three oceanfront acres in Malibu next to La Piedra State Beach, this villa, built in 2007, combines indoor and outdoor living. Glass doors along the ocean side open to expose wraparound flagstone decks, an outdoor kitchen, and a saltwater pool and spa. Interiors include spacious living, family, and dining rooms that were designed with attention paid to details—think massive stone fireplaces, wood beams, walnut floors, and hand-forged designer hardware. A must for buyers in Malibu, views of the sea and sky are available from all angles, thanks to design features like giant arched picture windows and single-pane French doors. The home boasts six bedrooms, as well as a three-bedroom, two-bath guest apartment. You’ll never know a shortage of parking, thanks to the home’s giant, climate-controlled garage, which houses up to 18 cars. A wine cellar/bar, professional theater, hair salon, and gym round out the home’s amenities. $32,900,000, Bob Hurwitz, Hurwitz James Co., 310-477-8865, hurwitzjamesco.com.