5 Amazing Coastal Homes

There's nothing better than having the beach as your backyard

You know what they say: location, location, location! There’s no backyard that’s more impressive than the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. Enjoying the sounds of the sea as you go about your day is guaranteed to bring happiness time after time, not to mention the spectacular sunsets. These ocean homes prove that when in the company of the great wide yonder, life is good.

Walkers Beach House, Oahu 

gallery-oahu_walkersbeachhouse_01Formerly the home of John Walker, a Scotsman who built local Hawaiian landmarks like City Hall and the Bishop Museum, this ocean-front home was made with careful attention to detail. Walker erected the home in one of the island’s most enchanting environments, a quiet slice of sand on Lanikai Beach with reef-protected waters. Huge windows frame the turquoise sea below, and breezy tropical decor provides a seamless indoor-outdoor transition. Kayak and snorkel to your heart’s content right from the comfort of your backyard, and soak in that gorgeous purple sunset while you sip on a cocktail at your shoreside dining area.
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Captured in Paradise, Malibu 

coastal-california-capturedinparadise_01Can’t you just envision spreading out on this terrace with your favorite book, taking the odd break to frolic in the ocean? Captured in Paradise brings you the best of Malibu living with its mixture of a laid-back essence and touches of Los Angeles glamour. Special perks like a hot tub and cinema screening room make the home perfect for entertaining, while the cozy lounge areas invite you to sit back and hide away from it all. When it’s time to venture down towards shore, we recommend trying your hand at surfing here, you’re in Malibu, after all!
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Lahaina Dream, Maui

coastal-maui__lahainadream_01For nature lovers, the outdoor space at Lahaina Dream is unbeatable. Lush grounds peppered with soaring palms greet you as soon as you venture down the 600-ft driveway; your gaze is treated to both the West Maui Mountains and the sparkling Pacific Ocean along the way. While the home is warm and inviting, the features outside – such as a heated pool and Jacuzzi, alfresco shower, tiki torches and soothing waterfalls – encourage you to sit back and enjoy Maui’s natural magic around the clock. From sunrise to stargaze, you’ll realize how this villa got its name in no time.

Hamaya, Cape Town 

coastal-capetown_hamaya_01Vistas of the rugged Atlantic Ocean and Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain make for a lovely backdrop at Hamaya, a stylish, serene estate in the luxurious Camp’s Bay area. The simple, chic villa has all the makings for a relaxing getaway, but nothing beats getting out to explore Cape Town’s waters first hand. You can find a good place to surf almost all year long, or if you’re really in for an adventure, you can go cage shark diving in nearby Gansbaii for the thrill of a lifetime. If you’d rather enjoy the coast from dry land, you can enjoy the scenic drive to Chapman’s Peak from Hout Bay.

Casa Oceano, Costa Rica 

gal-costarica_casaoceano__02Costa Rica’s pura vida philosophy has a special way of enchanting its visitors. Whether it’s the incredibly lush rainforests, the friendly faces or the hundreds of miles of pristine ocean, Costa Rica’s atmosphere is destined to revitalize all comerse. Casa Oceano is no exception; the villa’s open-air design and multiple terraces let the ocean breeze trickle through the home, while the infinity pool that juts out right onto the beach might be one of the best places in the country to enjoy the sunset. Take a walk on your own private stretch of beach, go for a swim in the Pacific, and you’ll ease your way into the pure life in no time.
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Colleen McNamara