There’s something amazing about the approach into port, as a brand new destination emerges from the horizon before you, but imagine that incredible view being where you call home. We decided to brighten Monday morning with a look at how the other half live; here’s our pick of the most amazing waterfront houses in the world. Which would you choose if money was no object and would you still cruise if you had the ocean on your doorstep?
The Razor – La Jolla, California
Set in the sophisticated Californian enclave of La Jolla, between San Diego and LA, The Razor is a design buff’s dream. When architect Wallace Cunningham’s client requested the build, they set an unlimited budget, with money no object when it came to building the most amazing home in the already impressive area. So spectacular is the result, that it is often used as a set for movies and high-budget advertising campaigns. The 11,000sq.ft. home is carved into a hilltop cliff on the edge of Torrey Pines State Park, hovering in a coveted position above the exclusive Black’s Beach. This $34million glass and concrete property puts space and light at a premium and the 60ft infinity pool serves as its crowning glory. Look familiar? There’s more than a hint of Tony Stark’s ‘Iron Man’ house to this contemporary pile.
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The Garden – St James, Barbados
Those of you who love a Caribbean cruise might be able to picture yourself at home in The Garden; one of the most sought after locations in the whole of the Caribbean. Surrounded by lush greenery and edged with white sands, The Garden is a Caribbean dream come true; when we imagine living in paradise, it looks pretty much like this! There’s 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, tennis court and terraces offering ocean views from every angle. The best bit? It’s for sale! Now, who’s got a spare £23million?
Oliver’s Cave – Parrot Bay, Turks & Caicos
Another of the Caribbean’s most amazing homes comes courtesy of Oliver’s Cave in Parrot Bay. This impressive beachfront estate actually comprises a 4 bedroom main house and a 3 bedroom guest house. No expense has been spared in the decoration of either pad, with sleek Venetian plaster, exposed beams and solid wood flooring throughout. Immaculate landscaped gardens surround the house and the Zen Garden incorporates an impressive fountain. No stately home is complete without a pool and Oliver’s Cave’s enormous infinity pool sits directly in the sand.
Holman House – Dover Heights, Sydney
Clifftop houses benefit from some of the most impressive views out to sea and Holman House is no different. Inspired by Picasso’s ‘The Bather’, this sizeable abode sits upon a 230ft cliff in Dover Heights, just outside Sydney, and features huge expanses of glass for views of the stunning scenery. The structure’s most awe-inspiring feature is its kitchen and living room, which are cantilevered above the sea and supported by four angled stilts built into the cliff face.
Mirage House – Tinos, Greece
When Kois Associated Architects were tasked with making a house ‘disappear’, they set out to create an invisible oasis that uses the reflection of the sun to blend in with its surroundings. The result was the aptly named ‘Mirage House’ and it is seriously impressive. Located in the picturesque area of Tinos, the ‘humble’ abode overlooks the beautiful Aegean Sea and blends perfectly with the unspoiled scenery that surrounds it. The main body of the house is built into the cliff, with the exception of the open air living room. However, it is the infinity pool that serves as the pièce de résistance, forming the roof of the entire home.
Villa Amanzi – Cape Amarin, Phuket
Holiday rentals don’t come much more impressive than Villa Amanzi. Located on notorious ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ on the west coast of beautiful Phuket, and with uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea, this private villa can be yours to rent for just over £3,500 per day (including a full time chef at your beckon call). The ultra-modern six-bedroom residence is built into the cliff face and its 15m infinity pool juts out above the rocks below. When you’re tired of the pool, stroll down the mountain walkway to your very own private bay below. Bliss!
Villa la Punta – Paraggi, Portofino
The Tuscan style of this Italian retreat captures the charm of Portofino perfectly. With ten bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and an 8-car garage, you’ll have plenty of space to lose yourself in this sprawling estate. In addition to the 750sq.m residential area, you’ll find stunning verandas and terraces, along with a rolling park of over 6,000sq.m complete with citrus plants and endless Mediterranean greenery. Your view extends across the pretty terracotta roofs and emerald waters of Portofino bay, stretching as far as Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo.
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Azzura Castle – L’Anse aux Epines, Grenada
If you were to try and encapsulate the Caribbean in a single home, it would look a lot like Azzura Castle. Bold, brash and beautiful, this vibrant home is set within its own Moorish walls and is just steps away from a bay with a private boat mooring, hot tub and private bathing areas. Each room is decorated with the colours of the Caribbean and vaulted ceilings create a magnificent space. Four bedroom suites are located off of the main pool, each of which has its own patio garden. Extra space is provided in the guest house, which comes complete with its own rooftop sunbathing deck.