Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. Time to wash and fold the beach towels, let the air out of the pool floats, post those last vacation photos to social media…and click on some fabulous beach houses.
Wouldn’t you like to stretch out the season just a little longer. After all, dreaming about sunshine and the beach never gets old, and can carry us through dark days of winter when the kids are building snowmen rather than sandcastles.
Sure, the year-round beach life doesn’t come cheap, but browsing and dreaming are free. Soak in these five oceanside oases where summer feels like it lasts forever.
Ventura Highway: About half an hour south of Santa Barbara and north of Malibu lies the sleepy little beach town of Ventura. It’s where where this pristine three-bedroom home sits serenely on the sand in a gated beach community.
Built in 1990, the 2,300-square-foot residence is spectacularly renovated, with lovely designer touches like teak-wood ceilings, a wall of French doors facing the beach, and a massive deck with a fire pit.
The two-story shingled home has an open concept living space downstairs with a cheery green-tiled kitchen and ocean views from every room.
Gulf-front glory: More of a beach castle than a humble beach house, this Mediterranean estate on a large lot offers direct access to the sand and surf. There’s also a pool on the side of the home in case you can’t make it the few extra steps to the beach.
Within its 6,860 square feet, there’s every luxury accoutrement you might desire. Spread across three stories, the six-bedroom home is packed with posh features such as marble floors, a 30-foot tall entry foyer, coffered ceilings, and sculpted columns.
Promoted as the perfect work-from-home spot, there’s a fancy office with custom-built cabinets and desks. But the real allure is the lovely stretch of beach. Residents will likely spend most of their time soaking up the sun on the numerous decks and balconies.
P-Town treasure: Brimming with history, this classic shingled Cape Cod beach house was built in the mid 19th-century. It was once the home of home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and director Abe Burrows, and is on the market for first time in almost 40 years.
Renovations and additions have been made over the decades and it now features three bedrooms and 2
The location is ideal, too. It’s within walking distance of the restaurants, shops, and the fun nightlife that Provincetownis famous for.
Sweet home Alabama: This cottage-style beach house has been on the market for over 250 days, so it might be time to make your move.
There are four bedrooms (and two primary suites), four bathrooms, and an additional sleeping loft. It can also accommodate four-legged family members, as it sits on one of the few dog-friendly beaches in the area. For nature lovers, there’s the promise of sea turtles nesting nearby.
Located in the coveted Gulf Shores area, the beachfront home has a brand new roof and is elevated on stilts.
Ahoy, matey!: This six-bedroom home is located right on Pirate’s Beach on the Gulf Coast, where the water is warm and the waves are gentle.
There’s plenty of room for an entire extended family, as there are an abundance of built-in bunks in the bedrooms. According to the listing details, the home has a “strong rental history”—which means a new owner can also reap the benefits of additional revenue if they choose.
Multiple decks and balconies extend its 3,116 square feet of living space outside, making it an ideal retreat in the Lone Star State.