Idyllic Beach Getaways – Whether you prefer the preppy traditionalism of Cape Cod or the vibrant tropics of the Caribbean, seaside living—either for the season or for the whole year—will never go out of style. So if you’re looking for inspiration for your next great escape or real-estate venture, we’ve collected some of the most stunning oceanfront properties from the pages of Architectural Digest. From an oceanfront pied-à-terre in Hollywood, Florida, to a simple seaside retreat in the Bahamas, these getaways are sure to inspire wanderlust in beachgoers of every variety.
Shown: Alessandra Branca’s vibrant vacation compound on Harbour Island in the Bahamas follows the traditional Bahamian upside-down house plan, which calls for bedrooms on the ground floor and public spaces on the upper level.
To design their home in Laguna Beach, California, entrepreneurs Sarah and Thom McElroy enlisted Steven Ehrlich and Takashi Yanai of Ehrlich Architects. A minimalist walkway of marble slab steps leads to the entrance of the house, portions of which are clad in teak; the landscape was devised by Sarah McElroy in collaboration with Larry Steinle.
This Spanish Colonial–style home in Pebble Beach, California, received a sumptuous makeover from design firm JP Molyneux Studio. The courtyard, shown here, is outfitted with a Michael Taylor Designs table and McKinnon and Harris chairs; the hand-painted tilework around the arches is by Atelier Prométhée. Bernard Trainor + Assoc. consulted on the landscape design.
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The expansive terrace at real-estate magnate Jorge Pérez’s oceanside pied-à-terre in Hollywood, Florida, offers breathtaking ocean views.
At a Long Island beachfront hideaway devised by architect Thomas Kligerman, peak-capped windows and fieldstone chimneys lend distinctive character to the house’s asymmetrical profile.
Stylist Carlos Mota feeds chickens in the backyard of his Dominican Republic beach house.
At a dazzling Nantucket harborside site, Jacobsen Architecture reimagined the island’s residential vernacular in an extraordinary compound of modest, cleverly planned cottages connected by enclosed breezeways. From a distance, the estate resembles a colony of small cottages, with a series of pitched roofs peaking above the foliage.
Porches and balconies lend a summery look to a Shingle Style Hamptons house devised by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and decorated by design firm S. R. Gambrel.
Evening at the strikingly streamlined oceanside Malibu, California, home of real-estate entrepreneur Kurt Rappaport. The architecture and landscaping are by Scott Mitchell Studio, and the interiors are by Denise Kuriger Design.
George Clooney’s Mexican villa stands next to Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber’s on the Baja peninsula.