10 of the Most Expensive Beach Houses That Sold in 2016
Sold for $42 Million
This home sits on more than 1.5 secluded acres fronted by 57 feet of beach. The cutting-edge, all teak contemporary has 13-foot ceilings, wrap around decks, and walls of glass. A Bulthaup kitchen hides in plain sight in the cavernous space and a solid teak soaking tub is the highlight of the main master suite.
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
Sold for $29 Million
Indoor-outdoor living is raised to an art form with this low-slung contemporary home, which is more resort than private residence. The 10,500-square-foot stunner features Arts & Crafts styling and a host of entertainment amenities such as 4,000 feet of decking, fountains, ponds, a pool overlooking the ocean, and an outdoor movie theater.
Long Beach, Indiana
Sold for $2.1 Million
Classic meets contemporary with this newly built, four-bedroom beach house on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, just one hour from Chicago, with a view of the city skyline. A deck with cable rails looks towards the water, as does the patio, just a few steps from the beach. The open layout boasts large windows and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, while a freestanding tub is the centerpiece of the master suite.
San Juan Island, Washington
Sold for $5.6 Million
This 5,400-square-foot Craftsman-style home is located on San Juan Island’s coveted western shore. An extensive stone patio spills out from the main living space, incorporating a built-in stone fire pit and island with integrated grill, all surrounded by professionally landscaped, naturalistic gardens. Inside, stacked stone pillars and fireplace, as well as wood slat ceilings create an outdoorsy feel.
Sold for $6.8 Million
This custom designed, nearly 10,000-square-foot home, set just a bit back from the quietly rugged shores of Saco Bay, has a 270-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean, multitude of islands, and a light house. A gourmet kitchen, billiard room, and home theater are among the features ideal for entertaining, along with the infinity edge pool.
Newport, Rhode Island
Sold for $16.1 Million
Fairholme, an historic Tudor revival oceanfront estate built in 1875 sits on four oceanfront acres above Newport's Cliff Walk. The 20,000-square-foot and meticulously turned out main house features gilded woodwork, silk-covered walls, delicately molded plasterwork, diamond-paned windows, and marble fireplaces. The park-like setting boasts a carriage house, greenhouses, an infinity edge pool, and cabana pavilion.
North Haven, New York
Sold for $33.75 Million
Strongheart Manor, built in 1902, sits on more than six waterfront acres with views over Peconic Bay and Mashomack Preserve. Two guest houses, a deep water dock, 60-foot pool, fireplace pavilion, and beach with a waterfront pond complete with a bridge and tea house, are just few of the property’s amenities. A screened porch with beadboard ceiling spans the entire length of the 14,000-square foot house, making indoor-outdoor living a breeze.
Palm Beach, Florida
Sold for $43.7 Million
This Palm Beach mansion exhibits the expected grandeur of an oceanfront manor home. Among its 20 well-proportioned rooms are a wood paneled formal dining room with mirrored ceiling, game room, club room, media room, and pub. The property, part of a gated community, also includes a separate guesthouse, staff quarters, 12-car garage, outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, and east- and west-facing pools.
Two Harbors, Minnesota
Sold for $1.95 Million
This custom four-bedroom contemporary is sited on 1.2 wooded acres with more than 650 feet of rocky frontage on Lake Superior, including a deep private harbor. Floor-to-ceiling windows blur the line between indoors and out, as does the wood-lined interior, which includes a living room with soaring ceiling and statement stone fireplace.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Sold for $1.47 Million
This great big box of a beach house stands on stilts right at sand’s edge. With eight bedrooms, including four Gulf-side master suites and two bunkrooms, plus a game room with shuffleboard and bumper pool, as well as covered decks and an oversize pool, this almost-new construction is vacation central.