September 1, 2017 / Property Spotlight

The High-Rise Life: Six Penthouses with Waterfront Views

A beach house can also be a penthouse, especially when a half-dozen specimens offer unique seaward or lake vistas

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While almost nothing compares to an oceanfront or waterfront lifestyle and the immediacy of the pounding surf or lapping waves, there is something to be said for being above it all. A penthouse with a commanding water view and its own amenities such as a private pool or spa, plus ready elevator access to terra firma and the beach beyond, truly offers the best of both worlds—a waterfront aesthetic combined with the privacy and security of a lofty vantage point. Luxury Defined has set its sights on six beachside aeries with a seagull’s-eye view of the azure horizon.

Oscar Niemeyer Penthouse
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A stunning lap pool points to Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf from the terrace of this Rio de Janeiro masterpiece. A stunning lap pool points to Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf from the terrace of this Rio de Janeiro masterpiece. A stunning lap pool points to Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf from the terrace of this Rio de Janeiro masterpiece.

Situated in a building designed by Oscar Niemeyer, this exceptional penthouse is notable for its breathtaking view of famed Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf beyond. Featuring an elegant and contemporary layout, this stunning penthouse offers wide spaces and sophisticated touches, including marble floors and a dazzling exterior deck with lap pool, spa, and gleaming surfaces—truly a beach house/penthouse in one.

Grand Waiea Penthouse
Honolulu, Hawaii

Cinematic vistas of Diamond Head, Waikiki, and Honolulu Harbor area a hallmark of this exclusive Waiea Tower penthouse.Cinematic vistas of Diamond Head, Waikiki, and Honolulu Harbor area a hallmark of this exclusive Waiea Tower penthouse.

Honolulu beachfront homes are rare luxuries, but this stunning exclusive penthouse has taken beach-style life to new heights, literally, in a multi-level in rooftop Waiea Tower at exclusive Ward Village in the trendy new enclave of Kakaako. Not only does this grand penthouse have commanding views of Diamond Head, Waikiki, and, downtown Honolulu, but it enjoys its own sky lanai—on a separate level—with swimming pool, poolhouse, and outdoor kitchen.

Riviera Penthouse
Cannes, France

The decks and windows of this Cannes hillside penthouse open up to welcome a vast Côte d'Azur view. The decks and windows of this Cannes hillside penthouse open up to welcome a vast Côte d'Azur view. The decks and windows of this Cannes hillside penthouse open up to welcome a vast Côte d'Azur view.

Cannes is famous for its annual film festival, and this penthouse is itself worthy of an award, with gleaming vistas of the Côte d'Azur from its exclusive vantage in the hills of Californie.  This sumptuous and historic perch sits atop a mansion built in 1890 for the family of Tsar Nicolas I. The penthouse has been luxuriously renovated with a double-size, south-facing living room opening onto a balcony with signature views, and features a separate roof with panoramic sea views and a Jacuzzi.  

South Beach Stunner
Miami, Florida Clean modernist lines and plentiful windows of this perfect penthouse offer more than 200-degree views of South Beach and the Miami coastline.The Art Deco capital of the East Coast has room for this modernist gem, a stunning ultra-luxurious lower penthouse with views in virtually every direction. Its clean lines and many windows welcome the breathtaking panoramic ocean, Miami skyline, and South Beach views from every interior and exterior corner. An immaculate open floor plan accommodates a chef's kitchen, large master suite, two guest bedrooms, and beautiful finishes throughout. An 11-foot-wide wraparound terrace truly lends this lofty residence a sense of airborne “beachfront” prestige.

Duplex-Penthouse in Ascona
Ticino, Switzerland

Lake Maggiore’s blue depths resonate through vistas offered by this unique “sky chalet” penthouse in Ticino, Switzerland. Lake Maggiore’s blue depths resonate through vistas offered by this unique “sky chalet” penthouse in Ticino, Switzerland.Lake Maggiore’s blue depths resonate through vistas offered by this unique “sky chalet” penthouse in Ticino, Switzerland.

Moving inland, it’s always refreshing to know that water views can include lakes and rivers. This lofty residence is often described as "Ticino's most sought after location.” Situated at the bottom of a hill, and directly connected to a lakeside promenade, this penthouse is just a few steps away from the famed “Piazza” in Ascona. The 300-square-meter penthouse enjoys ideal southeast orientation with simply dazzling views of limpid Lake Maggiore.

Penthouse La Passeggiata
Porto Cervo, Sardinia, ItalyRustic intimacy characterizes this Porto Cervo penthouse that welcomes in the Sardinian shoreline.Built in 1965 and refurbished in 2015, this splendid penthouse is located within the heart of Porto Cervo on the island of Sardinia with a fantastic view of Porto Vecchio and La Piazzetta. The charmingly rustic residence enjoys the perfect location for those looking for proximity to the marina, to the boutiques and to the restaurants of Porto Cervo Piazzetta and Promenade du Port. The Tennis Club is just 300 meters away and the Pevero Golf course can be reached in a short taxi ride. The lovely views truly bring the outside in and create the impression that one is virtually beachside.

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Jeffrey Burbank
is the Western and Asia Pacific Marketing Manager at Christie’s International Real Estate

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