Our love of ocean vistas is hardwired into our very being. Tens of thousands of years ago, early human migration essentially began “a long walk on the beach,” populating the world by wandering its coastlines. No wonder the echoes of humankind’s first great adventure linger in our souls. Luxury Defined presents five spectacular homes which indulge that primal yearning. Overlook the Atlantic in a stately manse in Manchester-by-the-Sea or watch the Pacific sunsets from a laid-back Laguna Beach contemporary; survey the panorama of Sydney Harbor in lushly appointed elegance; dwell in the greenery of a glass-fronted Hawaiian beach house on Kauai’s North Shore, or live between the sky and the sea on the Portuguese Riviera.
Bellevue Hill Estate
This home in Bellevue Hill enjoys an unrivaled setting among some of Sydney's most historic and distinguished trophy homes. Surrounded by idyllic grounds, sheltered by towering trees and enhanced with a swimming pool and limestone terrace, the estate’s multiple living spaces create intimate zones designed for entertaining and relaxation, framed by spectacular vistas of Sydney Harbor. A vast glass-enclosed living area is the central attraction with its wood-burning fireplace and polished timber floors.
Other superb features include a modern, stainless steel kitchen, an atrium-style conservatory, cozy media room, library, and four bedroom suites. The lower level is devoted to recreation, complete with a games/billiard room, gym, and sauna. The beautiful gardens create a calming backdrop of greenery. An expansive north-facing terrace shaded by mature Chinese elms overlooks the harbor and creates a wonderful environment for stylish alfresco dining and entertaining.
Coolidge Point Oceanfront
This magnificent oceanfront estate is on the southeastern tip of private Coolidge Point, overlooking Kettle Island in the picturesque seaside town of Manchester by-the-Sea. Situated on a promontory high above the Atlantic Ocean, the 7,500-square-foot main house boasts breathtaking 270-degree panoramic views from every room, while numerous porches and terraces directly face the ocean.
Originally built in 1896, the stately home was reconstructed with meticulous attention to detail. The historic architectural elements have been preserved and blended with luxurious contemporary updates—the best of both worlds. The property includes more than two acres of grounds with 500 feet of ocean frontage and deeded beach access. There is also an elegant carriage house, which is offered as a separate parcel.
Pacific Ocean Beachfront
Laguna Beach, California
One of the finest properties in Laguna Beach, this oceanfront contemporary lies on an extended curve of California coastline with unobstructed views extending from Main Beach and the cliffs of Heisler Park, out to Crescent and Emerald Bay. The interior is equally alluring. Rare and exotic materials, artworks, and finishes, including a mosaic-inlaid tile entrance leading to an artist-designed sculptured glass front door, are just a handful of elements that contribute to the home's opulent aesthetic.
A wine-cellar, separate guest quarters, outdoor entertainment areas, and a gourmet kitchen establish a warm ambience that's quintessentially relaxed Laguna Beach luxury. Built nine years ago, this home remains in mint condition, and incorporates a coveted four-car garage.
North Shore Estate
This beachfront idyll on Hanalei Bay is set amid an acre of tropical grounds fronted by a pristine sandy beach, with a front-row view of Hawaii’s North Shore coast and the crashing surf beyond. The centerpiece of the estate is a contemporary residence with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, stunning indoor-outdoor living spaces, and a terrace with a panoramic vista of verdant hills and aquamarine waters. Complementing the main residence is a two-bedroom garden cottage and a garage/workshop.
The beachfront setting includes an idyllic swimming hole, right in front of the grounds; a protective reef lies just offshore, buffering the property from the crashing surf, allowing residents to snorkel, kayak, kite, surf, and swim right from their doorstep, while Tunnels Lagoon is merely a five-minute walk away.
Contemporary Villa on the Sintra Coast
This contemporary villa, set on five acres, is just outside the village of Biscaia, on the high cliff coast between Cascais and Cabo da Roca. The property has two houses, an infinity pool with pool house and barbecue area, a pine forest and sweeping ocean views. The upper floor of the five-bedroom main offers a spacious living room with connecting dining room leading to a wooden deck terrace, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and the large master suite with dressing room.
On the lower floor are four bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms, a gym room, bathroom, laundry and storage rooms. The secondary dwelling has a living room, kitchen, and two additional bedrooms. The property adjoins the protected Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and is a short drive from the world heritage town of Sintra, the Cascais town center and Estoril, with its cosmopolitan lifestyle.