Living with water views is a coveted luxury, but living in one of these five mansions takes the pleasure of waterfront living to a new high.
Such aquatic vistas don’t come cheap, though, particularly in the deluxe locations these houses occupy — one is even located on a stretch of road known as “Millionaire’s Mile.” But one million dollars just isn’t going to cut it: the "bargain" in this company is a rental asking $175,000 per month and, for truly big spenders, there’s a $60M spec house.
What they all have in common is a contempt for walls spoiling the view. The solution? Floor-to-ceiling glass to make the most of that location, location, location.
Here's five transparently beautiful homes near the water that are appealing to us:
|This $34 million Incline Village, NV home is near Lake Tahoe.
Location: Incline Village, Nev.
593 Lakeshore Boulevard, Incline Village, Nevada, 89451
The Skinny: The $100M estate Tranquility casts a long shadow over Lake Tahoe real estate, but, if this compound is any indication, it doesn't exactly hurt to be second best. Sited on eight acres, Osprey was built in a more contemporary style than its mega-mansion neighbor, but the results are no less luxurious.
The 7,100-square-foot eight-bedroom main house rests comfortably among towering old growth trees, but it's the 1,000-square-foot guest house (above) that really takes the cake. Paneled in mahogany, the guest house features floor-to-ceiling glass facing a sculpture garden and glorious views of the lake. Unfortunately, to get that little slice of lakefront heaven, you'll have to cough up for the whole estate. The $34M price might not be $100M, but its no drop in the bucket.
|This $25 million LaJolla, CA home overlooks the Pacific.
Location: La Jolla, Calif.
9826 La Jolla Farms Road, La Jolla, California, 92037
The Skinny: Set above the pristine Torrey Pines State Reserve, this modern glass house known as The Razor occupies one of the premier locations on the Pacific coast. On the crowded SoCal coastline, where new construction is usually stuffed into a cramped lot, this sort of space borders on unique. Instead of a park ranger's rustic cabin, this is a sprawling 11,000-square-foot mansion, replete with seven bedrooms, eight baths, a subterranean parking garage, a home theater, and an infinity pool.
This house impressed us with its jaw-dropping bedroom, but it turns out that was just for the guests. So while this place might be all about location, location, location, the house sure doesn't hurt. Know what does? The price. All $25M of it.
|This $40 million Hillsboro, FL home has a stunning ocean view
Location: Hillsboro Beach, Fla.
927 Hillsboro Mile, Hillsboro Beach, Fla., 33062
The Skinny: Set on aptly-named "Millionaires Mile," this 20,000-square-foot seaside sanctuary might be the pick of the lot. Hillsboro Beach might not be the first name in pricey Florida real estate, but with a population of less than 2,500, this sleepy strip of sand offers a true escape compared to the snowbird crowds of nearby Boca Raton and Palm Beach. Boasting 2.8 acres—and fronting on both the Atlantic and Intracoastal Waterway—this property comes equipped with a deep-water yacht dock, infinity swimming pool, seven bedrooms, three elevators, and a nine-bay underground garage.
And while the stark interiors might not be for everyone, they're a soothing respite from the overwrought Italianate standard in South Florida. All those clean lines don't come cheap, though; a $40M price tag makes this one of Florida's most expensive.
|This $60 million Miami, FL home has a record price and a compelling vista
Location: Miami, Fla.
3 Indian Creek Island Road, Indian Creek, Fla., 33154
The Skinny: The WSJ covered this massive spec house back in January, but when broker Julian Cohen, the property's exclusive broker who works with Prudential Douglas Elliman, sent us some brand-new snapshots, we couldn't help but take another look. This brand-new megamansion on Miami's exclusive Indian Creek Island was completed last fall to great fanfare and a whopping $60M price tag, which, if realized, would make this the most expensive home in Miami history.
Thus, it's not surprising that the place is stocked with the ritziest of features: a 3D projection movie theater, fingerprint-secured wine cave, and hidden art vault. That vault will come in handy, too, considering the 30-foot sliding doors probably take a mighty long time to close. More accurately considered a personal resort, the modernist manse stretches over 30,000 square feet, with 10 bedrooms and 14 baths. It all impressed A-Rod so much when he toured it that he convinced Cohen to bump the price to its current ask.
|If you like mother nature, this is your $1.3 million place.
Location: Sitka, Alaska
2323 Halibut Point Road, Sitka, Alaska, 99835
The Skinny: Thanks to the warming effect of the Pacific Ocean, Sitka enjoys a more mild climate than one would expect. The expected high on Christmas Day? Forty degrees fahrenheit, and on average, the temps dip below freezing just 13 days a year. That might make this the perfect place to pretend to flex your macho while catching up on Deadliest Catch from the couch. For $1.29M, this glass-walled waterfront retreat offers up Carrara marble and walnut flooring in a contemporary style rare in Sarah Palin's home state. And no, there's no private dock, but come now, this is a far cry from Into The Wild. Still, we want to know: can you see Russia from there?