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. By Alyssa Rosenthal
Boca Raton, Florida
This penthouse overlooking South Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway redefines sophisticated elegance and magnificence, covering a sprawling 7,500 square feet, with an additional 4,500 square feet of outdoor living space and a private elevator. A wraparound balcony extends around nearly half of the building, providing beautiful views of Lake Boca, the surrounding cityscapes, and the parade of boats traversing the waterway below. If it is too hot outside to enjoy the balcony or terrace, floor-to-ceiling windows assure that you will never be without a breathtaking view. Inside, four bedrooms and five baths are accompanied by a great room, dining room, breakfast room, two bars, and a kitchen with two freestanding islands and a butler’s pantry. The outdoor terrace holds another kitchen and a private gym, as well as a private cabana. $15,000,000, LXR Realty/1000 Ocean, 561-869-5000, onethousandocean.com.
Completely remodeled in 2002, this contemporary oceanfront home boasts exquisite views and expertly designed living spaces. Covering 9,700 square feet and boasting four bedrooms, five full baths, and two half baths, the estate sits on prestigious Kahala Avenue in Honolulu. Perfect for entertaining or relaxing, the house has two oceanfront Hawaiian lanais, a heated pool, a gourmet kitchen, and a private disco. The master suite offers expansive ocean views from Koko Head crater to Black Point. Separate live-in staff quarters, which can also be used as an exercise room, sit above the three-car garage. For top-notch shopping, dining, and entertainment, the Kahala Resort & Hotel and the neighborhood of Waikiki are just minutes away. $16,950,000, Patricia Choi, Choi International, 808-734-7711, choi-realty.com.
Newport Beach, California
A desirable combination of open spaces, minimalist contemporary style, and 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival architecture make this West Coast home one to daydream about. Situated on wondrous Newport Harbor, this property is a feast for the eyes both inside and out. Walls and doors of retractable glass welcome the California sun inside, and simple, polished decoration and detail, such as white oak hardwood flooring and impressive tile work, give the home a truly unique feel. Outside, residents can enjoy unobstructed views of the harbor and the city from the beach, swimming pool, or cabana, or take advantage of access to a pier that can accommodate a yacht of up to 115 feet. $12,900,000, Evan Corkett and Steve High, OC Premier Homes, 949-640-3603, ocphomes.com.
This hilltop estate overlooking Penobscot Bay proves that New England can do coastal living just as well as, perhaps even better than, the warmer climates. Occupying 13.8 acres and offering 16,443 square feet of living space, the home drips with the warmth and coziness that is so characteristic of Maine. Its 10 bedrooms, nine full baths, and two half baths are nearly overshadowed by the features outside the main house, which include three guest cottages, a heated pool, a media screening center, and a game building with an arcade and bowling alley. Boating in the bay provides yet another option for recreation. A country club and shopping are nearby for those days when you’re craving interaction with neighbors and friends. $4,950,000, Leslie Tranchell, Legacy Properties/Sotheby’s International Realty, 207-230-1003, legacysir.com.
Marco Island, Florida
This Marco Island estate brings the best of Florida to you: sparkling beaches and oceans and verdant tropical gardens. Covering nearly three acres, Greystone Manor is sophisticated elegance and grandeur at its finest. Inside the 20,000-square-foot home are six bedrooms and 7.5 baths. The master bedroom has his-and-her master baths, and the second master suite leads to an outdoor patio. A sweeping balcony also connects to the grand dining room, which comfortably seats 24 guests. Outside, lush gardens and fountains welcome tropical birds, and a dock extends out into Robert’s Bay. Other features include a gourmet kitchen, library, and office. $12,900,000, Maria Coords, Premier Plus Realty Co., 239-682-8321, mariacoordsluxuryhomes.com.
Charleston, South Carolina
Situated in the midst of Charleston Harbor, this virtually brand-new residence is the premier property in Charleston, South Carolina. Formally the degaussing station for the harbor, a massive construction project that ended in early 2010 transformed it into a stunning waterfront estate. Sitting on the nearly three acres of land are the main residence and a two-bedroom guest house, not to mention the 240-foot fixed dock and the 100-foot floating dock that make the home the only one in downtown Charleston with a private dock. The main house has three bedrooms and three baths, with a fourth bedroom doubling as a fitness room. A gourmet kitchen, library, and temperature-controlled wine room accompany the home’s crowning jewel: a programmable window shade system on the third floor that allows for 360-degree views of Charleston Harbor and the breathtaking Charleston skyline. $17,500,000, Charles Baarcke, McAlister Preferred Properties, 843-884-1664, mcalisterproperties.com.
Cohasset Harbor, Massachusetts
Built on the site of Cohasset, Massachusetts’s largest 19th-century shipyard, “The Oaks” was first constructed around 1850. The house was razed in the early 1930s, making way for the 20th-century Georgian revival mansion that exists today. The home sits on a 9.41-acre peninsula with panoramic views of Cohasset Harbor and cove, as well as of the extensive grounds and gardens surrounding it. The mansion and its outbuildings comprise a total of over 24,000 square feet of living space, supplying 10 bedrooms, seven full baths, and four half baths. With four floors, there is endless space for a great room, formal dining room, library, multiple sitting rooms, billiard room, pub room, home gym, and an elevator and intercom, in case you get lost. Outside, a rooftop deck and the bluestone patio offer magnificent views of the grounds and the harbor, and the private beach and deepwater dock offer opportunities for water recreation. $44,900,000, Jonathan P. Radford, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 617-335-1010, jonathanradford.com.
The Showcase Estate sets an unfairly high standard for the rest of the homes in the Malibu community. Boasting 10,000 square feet of single-story living space, both indoor and outdoor, the polished finish, attention to detail, and seamless transitions between spaces never cease to remind you that this property is special. The 60-foot great room with 14-foot high ceilings and the twin master bedrooms with 22-foot ceilings allow for endless views of the waves crashing against the California coast. Other amenities include a wet bar, theater, chef’s kitchen, wine cellar, and gym. Outside, you can enjoy the 130 feet of ocean frontage from any of three patios or from the infinity-edge lap pool. $17,000,000, Scott Morris, MariSol Malibu, 310-589-8848, marisolmalibu.com.
Port Aransas, Texas
This home lives up to its title as a “Fisherman’s Paradise.” The 6,004-square-foot residence is built to withstand storms with up to 80-m.p.h. winds, but it’s also one of the most elegantly designed and constructed homes on Mustang Island. Award-winning designer Christy Palmer designed the two full kitchens, 6.5 baths, and the cabinets throughout the home, which also boasts five bedrooms, a game room, a bar, a tackle room, and a master closet with its own full bath, exercise studio, and Programme Martin Closets. The estate’s crowning feature, and what gives credence to its name, is the covered boat dock made with Brazilian Ipe hardwood that can house a 30-foot boat and jet ski on lifts. The space is conducive to serious relaxation and affords views from its top. A floating dock keeps kayaks and other small boats, and there’s a docking station for your yacht. Price upon request, Kevin Crawford, Crawford Luxury/Keller Williams Luxury International, 210-380-5386, crawfordluxury.com.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Kiawah Island has so much stunning real estate to offer that we couldn’t pick just one home. Located at 85 Blue Heron Pond Road, this seven-bedroom, nine-plus-bathroom stunner sits on nearly 12acres of land and faces the Atlantic Ocean. Designed by Shope Reno Wharton architects of Norwalk, Connecticut, and finished with top-shelf detailing by master builder Russ Cooper of Kiawah, the home was recognized by Architectural Digest in 2009 for its impeccable craftsmanship. With 15,000 square feet of space in its main home and an additional 5,000 square feet of outside space, you can rest assured there’s plenty of beautiful work to admire. Amenities include pavilions, porches, an infinity pool, a wine cellar, and much, much more. $10,500,000, Kiawah Island Real Estate, 843-768-3400, kiawahrealestate.com.
East Hampton, New York
A wonderfully picturesque summer cottage, this residence on coveted Lee Avenue exemplifies the perfect blend of luxury and the comforts of home. With eight bedrooms and 7.5 baths, the home mixes its traditional style and charm with the lavish, modern lifestyle of the Hamptons. The nearly two acres sit mere minutes from East Hampton’s world-famous beaches and house grand old trees, gardens, and a private pool area. Inside, you’ll find rooms such as the den, study, and exercise room, while enclosed porches and brick terraces extend out onto the grounds. If the house just doesn’t seem warm and cozy enough, try lighting any of its seven fireplaces—sparks may fly in morethan one way. $18,500,000, Tim Davis, Corcoran Group, 631-283-7300, corcoran.com.
Key Largo, Florida
A magnificent custom-built home on Florida’s Key Largo, this six-bedroom home boasts five full baths and two partial baths and occupies 100 feet of Atlantic Ocean frontage. Stunning views abound from nearly every room in the house, but perhaps the best place from which to drink them in is the home’s zero-entry infinity-edge pool or its spa, which are surrounded by an expansive terrace. Or, stake your claim on a spot in the home’s second-floor living room, which features barreled and coffered ceilings and affords sweeping ocean panoramas. Additional amenities include a gourmet kitchen with island seating, an outdoor kitchen, a formal dining room, a grand master suite with a private laundry room and walk-in closet, and a handsome office with built-in cabinetry. $14,500,000, Mary Lee, Russell Post/Sotheby’s International Realty, 917-603-3252, russellpostsir.com.
Cook Inlet, Alaska
Combining luxury living and the Last Frontier, this four-story residence, which comprises five bedrooms, seven full baths, one partial bath, and a two-story carriage house, affords sweeping views over Cook Inlet and its mountainous surroundings. Residents enter the 10,608-square-foot home through stately gates via a beautiful patterned concrete driveway—which is heated in the frigid winter months to prevent freezing and snow pileup. From there, an expansive motor court gives way to a beautiful glass-covered entryway that’s flanked on two sides by water. Inside, the home, which is constructed entirely of Pennsylvania blue stone and Himalayan quartzite, features copper and mahogany trim, adding a rich and wonderful mix of textures and surfaces. A magnificent circular staircase connects the home’s four floors and culminates at an observation room on the top floor. Gazing out at the majestic setting, you’ll feel like the king (or queen) of the world. $3,500,000, Charlie Whitlock, Coldwell Banker/ Best Properties, 907-250-5556, wesellalaska.com.
This gated estate in Westport, Connecticut, is perfect for families looking for a waterfront property in a friendly community. On two peaceful acres, this 9,496-square-foot home enjoys 200 feet of private waterfront access and a deepwater dock for swimming in and boating on the Long Island Sound. With five bedrooms, five full, and three half baths, the residence offers a pool and patio for relaxation and a Har-Tru tennis court for fun and activities. The Colonial-style house is situated near a variety of schools and colleges and is just a short train ride from New York City, making it the perfect place to raise a family in serene luxury. $10,995,000, Michelle&Company, William Raveis Exceptional Properties, 877-298-2780, raveis.com.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
On posh Kiawah Island, South Carolina, this home on Ballybunion Drive packs in 8,034 square feet and is equal parts beach house and garden home, thanks to its beautiful location by the Atlantic and amid a lush arbor. A meticulously landscaped pond adds to the home’s charm. Comprising three levels, six bedrooms, seven full baths, and two half baths, the home boasts an inviting, open floor plan complete with multiple kitchens, a family room with a pool table, a laundry area with twin sets of washers and dryers, and a third-story master suite with its own private ocean-view porch. The home’s outdoor features include a spacious terrace with an outdoor music system, a pool and spa, and a TEC infrared grill—which means house guests won’t be far behind. $13,800,000, Kiawah Island Real Estate, 843-768-3400, kiawahrealestate.com.
Though not completely developed, the spectacular 2,700-acre Dillingham Ranch cannot be overlooked. Founded at the turn of the 20th century by railroad tycoon Benjamin Franklin Dillingham, the ranch includes 19 acres of oceanfront property, including mountainous terrain and rolling green fields. Considered the birthplace of Hawaiian polo, the likes of Britain’s Prince Charles and General George S. Patton have played on the famous fields. The Ranch’s main lodge, the “Big House,” was recently restored to its 1917 condition and holds eight bedrooms, a 3,000-square-foot great room, and a sprawling 700-square-foot gourmet kitchen. With areas to horseback ride, surf, hike, or sail, Dillingham Ranch is a picture-perfect Hawaiian paradise. $65,000,000, Zackary Wright, Christie’s International Real Estate, 310-385-2680, christiesrealestate.com.
Pass Christian, Mississippi
Originally built in the 1960s by the wealthy shipbuilder J. Edgar Monroe, this sprawling, sophisticated estate is a sparkling image of Southern charm. Since then, it has been expanded from 11,000 square feet to 33,000, with the main house and two rear additions existing as three homes in one. Sitting on eight acres of land overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the residence has 14 bedrooms and 14.5 baths, making it the perfect spot to host a summer getaway with close friends and family (and then some). The high ceilings, white trim and detailing, and lavish decoration and design bring old-fashioned Southern comfort to the home, while the lush courtyard, pool, and patio outside allow for peaceful relaxation that you’ll hope will never come to an end. $15,000,000, Patricia Kahn, Dorian Bennett/Sotheby’s International Realty, 504-450-4506, sothebysrealty.com.
Naming a property the “Ultimate Estate” is usually an incredibly risky venture, but not when you’re dealing with this 20,000-square-foot masterpiece. The European-style palatial estate sits on 5.33 acres and gazes out onto the awe-inspiring Pacific Ocean. With 11 bedrooms, 10 full baths, and two half baths, there is plenty of room for your family and friends to stay and partake in the seemingly never-ending list of recreational options. The more athletic of the lot might play a match on the tennis court or choose from the stables a horse to ride, while others might prefer a stroll through the orchard or the rose garden. Terraces and balconies extend from the house and offer views that could easily be mistaken for heaven. Price upon request, Shamon Shamonki, Sotheby’s International Realty, 310-713-4492, sothebyshomes.com.
“Swain’s Neck,” a one-of-a-kind waterfront estate, embodies Nantucket culture and charm. Sprawling across nearly 70 acres, the estate includes a lavish main residence, a gatehouse complete with a two-bedroom apartment, a splendidly quaint two-bedroom waterfront guest cottage, and a boathouse with plenty of storage and an outdoor shower. The main house has four bedrooms, all of which allow for spectacular, unobstructed views of Polpis Harbor. A high-ceilinged, atrium-like living room is joined by a parlor, a sitting room, and a dining room that are smaller and more intimate, ensuring that you will always be perfectly comfortable and in whatever environment you desire. About the grounds, you’ll find rambling green fields and gardens, fenced-in pastures, and a sport court. $59,000,000, Gary Winn, Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty, 508-228-1881, ext. 115 themaurypeople.com.
We’ve all dreamed of owning our own island paradise, and Little Bokeelia Island fits the bill perfectly. This tropical oasis comprises more than 100 acres of pristine beaches, lush nature trails, and earthly beauty in its original state. The 6,486-square-foot Spanish-style manor house (it was built in the 1920s for inventor Charles Burgess) is surrounded by land that can never be developed, making the four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home a perfect picture of serene privacy. With a self-contained three-bedroom guest wing with a private entrance, there is plenty of space to accommodate guests without interrupting the comfort and splendor of the residence. Bokeelia Island’s own old Florida village is located just a short walk from the house, and is complete with a gathering pavilion, a pool, a koi pond, and a terrace area perfect for entertainment, relaxation, or both. $29,500,000, Klaus Lang (941-383-7591) and Jennifer Calenda (941-505-5555), Michael Saunders & Co., michael saunders.com.
Katharine Hepburn’s family home in elite Fenwick, Connecticut, sits on nearly 3.5 acres of land, bordered by the Long Island Sound to the south and a pond to the north. The 8,000-square-foot main residence was completely renovated by New York builder Frank Sciame in 2005 in an effort to preserve the historical integrity and structure of the estate, which he achieved wondrously. The Colonial-style house has six bedrooms, 7.5 baths, a den, a chart room, a cook’s kitchen, and living and dining rooms that overlook the Sound. Outside, a private dock allows you to go boating or swimming with ease, and the three adjacent acres designated by Hepburn herself for conservation ensure that your tranquility will never be disturbed. $30,000,000, Colette Harron, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 860-304-2391, williampitt.com.
This oceanfront estate defines luxury living at its best on the west coast of Florida. Located on the exclusive north end of Casey Key, the 13,553-square-foot home allows for endless enjoyment of the sun and the surf, with a gorgeous beach to the west and a covered boat dock to the east. You could even work up a sweat on the tennis court or perfect your short game on the putting green. Inside, the eight bedrooms and 9.5 baths are accompanied by a formal dining room, a bayfront family room, a wine cellar, a billiard room, and a home theater. Bayside and gulfside terraces, a summer kitchen, and a lap pool and spa leave little else to be desired from this Florida dream residence. $8,900,000, Linda Dickinson, Michael Saunders & Co., 941-350-3304, michaelsaunders.com.
Southampton, New York
This luxury estate in posh Southampton, New York, is oceanfront living in perfect Northeast fashion. The 8,600-square-foot traditional-style home boasts six bedrooms and 6.5 baths and features beautiful, unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean and Shinnecock Bay. Sitting on nearly five acres of rolling dunes and beaches, it is adjacent to another six acres of land trust, ensuring constant privacy and peace. Walls of glass provide a constant view of crashing waves, while outside, a pool, two hot tubs, and a championship tennis court provide endless opportunities beyond enjoying the white sand beach. The home’s located just a stone’s throw from New York City means that the Big Apple’s glitzy offerings can be enjoyed with a moment’s notice. $34,000,000, Tim Davis, Corcoran Group, 631-283-7300, ext. 211, corcoran.com.
Vero Beach, Florida
The grandeur and serenity of this riverfront estate will instantly make you forget that life exists beyond the 1.5 acres on the western shore of Gem Island. Comprising more than 8,000 square feet of living space and housing five bedrooms (the master suite has his-and-her walk-in closets, detailed Onyx-clad baths, and a private boudoir), eight full baths, and one half bath, this Southern plantation-style home offers indoor and outdoor living spaces in which to relax or soak up the invigorating Florida sun, respectively. Amenities such as a swimming pool, a spa, a boat dock with a lift, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, and a cinema room provide entertainment at all hours. The English Georgian architecture, hand-painted trim and ceiling details by the French artist Dupuis, and floors of blue marble and mosaic tile give the home the appearance of a true artistic masterpiece. The master bedroom features an outdoor gallery from which to view the breathtaking Intracoastal Waterway. $9,600,000, Robyn Flick, John’s Island Real Estate, 772-231-0900, johnsislandrealestate.com.
Laguna Beach, California
The Villa Bella Donna is a one-of-a-kind Italian-style villa located in magnificent Emerald Bay in North Laguna. The three-level, 6,000-square-foot estate has six bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and two family rooms on the main and lower levels. Wraparound decks on all three levels, plus the home’s eastern orientation, provide a perfect space for viewing the Laguna Beach coastline at all times of the day and night. Floor-to-ceiling two-story windows will make you feel as if you are on the beach before even setting foot on the warm, California sand. Other features include a gourmet kitchen, an exercise room, a temperature-controlled wine room, two garages, and separate servants’ quarters with a private entrance. Living in this exclusive community also provides access to private tennis and volleyball courts, parks, and its community center. $19,750,000, Sam Smith Team, Beach Cities Real Estate, 949-355-1622, lagunabeachrealestate.com.