homes are often considered vacation homes, but they can also make an idyllic
In warmer states, like Florida, South Carolina, and
California, residents can enjoy the beach throughout the year—especially when
tourists aren’t in town.
At these five homes, living on or very close to the
beach means constant picturesque views, plenty of outdoor space for
entertaining or relaxing, and an abundance of activities around town.
Here’s a glimpse of five beach homes in warm climates that were each recently listed for about $5 million.
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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
Listing price: $5.5 million
just one home back from the ocean, this six-bedroom house in Isle of Palms,
South Carolina, has all the appeal of an oceanfront property without any fears
of possible high-tide flooding.
Built just three years ago, the 4,689-square-foot home
has plenty of space for living, relaxing, and entertaining. Two elevated decks
line the back of the home facing the ocean, and a finished roof deck creates
another outdoor space.
Off the swimming pool is a self-contained guest suite
attached to the house, with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a laundry room, and two
of its own deck spaces.
Most of the coastline in Isle of Palms offers a “nice,
gently sloping sandy beach,” says listing agent Jimmy Carroll of Carroll
With downtown Charleston about 30 minutes away,
residents can enjoy the beach-community lifestyle without being isolated.
The home remains steps from the village’s shops and restaurants.
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Listing price: $4.999 million
This oceanfront Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, home has all the luxuries of both the beach and country-club lifestyles.
Located within the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, the
seven-bedroom overlooks the Atlantic Ocean from its backyard. Though the beach
it sits on is technically public, its only direct access is through the club,
creating the environment of a near-private beach.
In addition to the outdoor patio that has a pool overlooking the ocean, the 5,499-square-foot home has two elevated covered decks. Listing agent Tiffany McNeely of Sotheby’s International Realty says the home’s outdoor space can entertain up to 200 people.
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Long Beach, California
Listing price: $5.179 million
beach is literally in the backyard of this Mid-Century Modern Long Beach,
Built in 1956, the 3,375-square-foot home was fully
restored by its most recent owner, who kept the style consistent with its
mid-century design while updating all its systems and rooms, adding an elevator
and a new roof. The interior sports beamed tongue-and-groove ceilings, a
floating staircase, and the original quarried rock from Catalina Island.
Sitting on a corner lot, the four-bedroom home has
expansive views, including Catalina Island, Palos Verdes, and downtown Long
Though the home backs up to a public beach, listing
agent Keith Muirhead of Compass says it’s hardly ever occupied as the water is
not good for surfing.
Mr. Muirhead says Long Beach is a tight-knit
“unpretentious” community where everybody knows everybody.
“There’s a lot of money around here, but nobody cares,” Mr. Muirhead says. “It’s not like some of the beaches up and down the coast where you have to show your money. Here, you don’t.”
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Listing price: $5.795 million
in the Florida panhandle, this Santa Rosa Beach home has private access to the
The 2,706-square-foot Gulf-front home is located
within a private beach community called Watercolor, but the beach it backs up
to is open only to the handful of homes that line it.
Each of the four-bedroom home’s three floors has deck
space looking toward the Gulf of Mexico, and the entire third floor is
dedicated to the master suite.
Listing agent Kendall Hood of Key Realty of the
Emerald Coast says Watercolor is “amenity-rich,” offering its residents and
renters pools, restaurants, and a boathouse along Western Lake for kayaking and
paddleboarding. Outside the community in the town of Santa Rosa Beach are more
activities like hiking, biking, and state parks.
“Santa Rosa Beach is a small community year-round, but we have the amenities and infrastructure of a much larger city because of the vacationers,” Ms. Hood says.
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Hermosa Beach, California
Listing price: $5.699 million
Hermosa Beach, California, home is just two blocks from the beach and has views
overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The five-bedroom home has three outdoor deck spaces:
one off the living room overlooking the Hermosa Beach Pier; another off the
formal dining room, featuring a barbecue for al fresco dining; and lastly a
roof deck, complete with a hot tub. Bifold doors that open along the main
floor’s two outdoor decks create a flow between indoor and outdoor living
across the 3,705-square-foot beach home.
Listing agent Audrey Judson of Christie’s International Real Estate says Hermosa Beach is a small community that hosts many events for locals, such as free concerts and movie nights on the sand. But with downtown Los Angeles less than 40 minutes away, the city is still accessible. “It’s got a great small-town feel even though you’re very close to a big city,” Ms. Judson says.
This article first appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of Mansion Global Experience Luxury.