It may only be February, but winter has already outstayed its welcome. To escape the gloom for at least a few minutes, let’s take a look at some of the greatest, warmest, most idyllic pieces of luxury real estate that could very well be your future winter getaway.
1. Palm Beach Magnificent Estate
This stunning, Tahitian-inspired ocean-to-lake estate in Manalapan looks like a Gauguin painting brought to life. Called Acqua Liana, or Water Flower, the 1.6-acre property is brimming with tranquil color and the soft sounds of the natural world - waterfalls sliding over smooth rocks, the warm Florida breeze rustling the palm trees, the ocean lapping at the sand. A home certified "green" by the U.S. Green Building Council, Acqua Liana's seven bedrooms and 10.5 baths provide ample room for the family and friends who are sure to be craving Palm Beach's 76 degree February days.
$26,500,000 | Manalapan, FL | View Listing
2. Malibu Contemporary Home
Spectacular - that's the word that first comes to mind upon seeing this contemporary, custom-designed solar home on the Encinal Bluffs. It is, in practically every way, the home one imagines when thinking of Malibu. It has everything a winter getaway needs - idyllic ocean views that end only at the horizon, private access to one of Malibu's best beaches, and every amenity you need to shake off winter's chill. Temperatures in the mid-60s will have you relaxing here in incomparable style. And if family and friends want to join you, the open floor plan leaves plenty of space for entertaining.
$9,250,000 | Malibu, CA | View Listing
3. Santa Barbara Modern Masterpiece
At this modern masterpiece in Montecito, you'll find California living at its finest. Designed by Barbara Bestor, the famous Los Angeles architect, the home offers transcendent views of the ocean, islands and mountains from the pristine comfort of a private, unspoiled estate. If you're looking to trade the bleak sight of bare trees and grey skies for a panoramic vision of the entire Santa Barbara coastline and refreshing 60 degree days, this home is destined for you.
$8,500,000 | Montecito, CA | View Listing
4. Houston Estate
Take a taste of Santa Barbara with you to Houston. This magnificent custom home built in the style of those on the American Riviera boasts hand-scraped mahogany doors, hand-chiseled limestone floors and towering ceilings. Every square foot is beautiful, from the professional-grade kitchen to the second floor game room (which includes a walk-in travertine-clad bar) to the five fireplaces throughout the home. Not that you're likely to need the warmth. While temperatures can get cool at night, Houston in February is a pleasant 62 to 70 degrees on average.
$6,995,000 | Houston, TX | View Listing
5. Palm Beach Trophy Penthouse
For the ultimate combination of ocean views and easy access to Palm Beach's world-class shopping and fine dining, this in-town trophy penthouse can't be beaten. Early risers will find themselves treated to incredible panoramic sunrises just off the sprawling 1,600-square foot terrace. The sunsets - best enjoyed outside with a glass of wine in hand and the soothing ocean breeze rolling over you - are equally impressive. With the Sun & Surf presenting impeccable services and full amenities, you'll have every opportunity to enjoy the spectacular weather on the beach.