In his book Blue Mind, marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols writes that being close to a body of water promotes mental health and happiness. With their enviable views of the ocean, from the Hamptons to Carmel, these five homes may be the perfect buoys for modern-day living.
Ocean-View Villa in Hope Ranch
Dating to 1928, this stunning four-bedroom home in the enviable Hope Ranch enclave has been impressively remodeled for 21st-century living. In addition to such refined details as Venetian plaster walls and walnut flooring, it features a chef’s kitchen, formal living and dining rooms, family and media rooms, and a private guest suite above the three-car garage. The patio—which includes a built-in grill and spa—an infinity-edge pool, lush lawn, and a bluff-top sitting area allow for utmost enjoyment of Pacific Ocean views.
Offered at: $14,950,000
Location: 4151 Creciente Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
The Butterfly House
This one-of-a-kind 2,667-square-foot residence overlooking the rocky coast of Carmel resembles a butterfly in its dynamic, organic design. Glass walls and panels of stainless steel create its unique, powerful profile, and spaces throughout enjoy uninterrupted views of the dazzling terrain and the ocean. Outdoors, a path meanders through gardens and connects sitting areas designed for enjoyment of the spectacular environs. The rarefied setting overlooks the dramatic Wildcat Cove, and the property has private access to the water.
Offered at: $10,200,000
Location: 243 Highway 1, Carmel, CA 93923
Striking Oceanfront Oasis
This eye-catching three-bedroom, 3,612-square-foot home constructed of sturdy granite and handsome redwood presents a singular silhouette high above two ocean inlets in the exclusive Carmel-area enclave of Otter Cove. Banks of floor-to-ceiling glass—as well as multiple decks and an expansive terrace—reveal views of the area’s rugged coastal landscape and breathtaking waters, which are home to whales, otters, and an array of sea birds.
Offered at: $7,100,000
Location: 30620 Aurora Del Mar, Carmel, CA 93923
Distinctive Surfside Design
Designed by the inimitable architect and critic Peter Blake, this iconic 1960s home perched above the shoreline was masterfully restored to retain its unique original style, with its four serene bedrooms on the ground level and chic living, dining, and kitchen spaces on the upper floor. Nearly every room as well as the covered and open-air decks and terraces enjoy breathtaking views of enticing sandy beaches and the Atlantic beyond.
Offered at: $6,995,000
Location: 102 Surfside Avenue, Montauk, NY 11954
Seaside Retreat on Cape Cod
High on a private bluff in the New Seabury golf and beach resort community, this one-of-a-kind five-bedroom home was carefully designed to make the most of its views of Nantucket Sound. The interiors—which include multiple living and dining areas—blend luxury and comfort, and floor-to-ceiling windows afford views that sweep from Martha’s Vineyard to Osterville. Outdoors, a heated swimming pool, a hot tub, and a fire pit all overlook the sea.
Offered at: $6,900,000
Location: 46 Triton Way, Mashpee, MA 02649