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Is This Real Life? The Ultimate Guide to Summer Real Estate

May 8 2014 - 6:15am

Before you continue reading, consider yourself warned. The homes you're about to see will have you questioning your Summer plans, not to mention your current digs. Searching for the best of beach living, we've compiled the ultimate guide to Summer real estate. Located in the country's most exclusive communities and with asking prices around $60 million (yes, you read that right), these estates include everything from private beaches to multiple pools. A girl can dream . . . right?

Source: Douglas Elliman [1]

Malibu, CA

This Malibu estate [2] is so grand that the price isn't even revealed! Located on six acres across from Zuma Beach, this French-inspired home literally has everything one could dream of. Aside from its sweeping ocean views, the house includes a barn, wine cellar, and bowling alley.

Source: The Agency [3]

Newport Beach, CA

Surrounded by water on all three sides, it's no surprise this Bay Island home [4] has graced several architectural magazines. Listed at $21.9 million, this beach house has everything one needs including an infinity pool and tennis court. Let's not forget about the private beach . . .

Source: The Agency [5]

Indian Creek, FL

Located on the most exclusive island in the world, this Indian Creek home [6] is the epitome of Summer living. Similar to a beach resort, the eight-bedroom property has a spa, private dock, and pool. Dispersed around is the 18-hole Indian Creek Golf Course, so a game of golf is always at your fingertips.

Source: Douglas Elliman [7]

Lihue, HI

Sure, the $24 million listing price is quite a chunk of change, but this historic Hawaiian estate [8] feels more like a resort than a private home. While the house itself is impressive, it's the grounds that steal the show. With views of the Pacific Ocean and two distinguished waterfalls, it's no wonder the lot is regarded as the most beautiful filming location in all of Kaua'i.

Source: Sotheby's Reality [9]

Water Mill, NY

The best way to escape from Manhattan during the Summers has to be at this Water Mill estate [10]. From the double staircase to the koi pond, no detail has been spared in this $58.5 million house. Designed with foodies in mind, the main kitchen is accompanied by a separate prep kitchen and bakery. Naturally, the home can be monitored from anywhere in the world through its top-of-the-line security system.

Source: Douglas Elliman [11]

Bal Harbour, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Blending indoor and outdoor living seamlessly, this modern beach house [12] is one of Florida's finest. Designed by the famous architect Chad Oppenheim, features include serveral gardens, an infinity pool, and a rooftop deck complete with a jacuzzi. For $30 million, you can be the home's first owner.

Source: Douglas Elliman [13]

Southampton, NY

Originally built in 1915, this Hamptons home [14] is a classic. Among the 18,000 square feet of living space, expect to find 12 rooms and 15 bathrooms. The home also boasts resort-like features such as a grass tennis court and both an indoor and outdoor pool. But the luxe life will cost you a cool $45 million . . . NBD.

Source: Douglas Elliman [15]

La Jolla, CA

Can we talk about this view? What could be described as priceless is actually worth a mere $16.9 million. Resting on a bluff, every room in this La Jolla home [16] was designed to enjoy the sunset. Jaw-dropping features include an infinity pool, beautiful outdoor fireplace, and spacious courtyard.

Source: Sotheby's Realty [17]

Santa Barbara, CA

No, this Santa Barbara property [18] is not considered a home but rather an estate. Located in one of the country's most coveted zip codes, this 20,000-square-foot mansion could (and should) host some epic parties. Don't worry, there is plenty of space for guests, considering three guest homes sit on the property.

Source: Sotheby's Realty [19]

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