Beach Houses

The connection these beachside houses have to the natural world can't be denied. Explore some of our favorite waterfront homes that define seaside living. Modern living on a beach is the way to live! Lakes, oceans, ponds and rivers are all great places to experience modern beach living and architecture.

A Creative Couple’s Long Island Beach House “Bubbles” With Life
A Creative Couple’s Long Island Beach House “Bubbles” With Life
Clad in cypress and charged with color, the North Fork getaway of author Julie Satow and editor Stuart Elliott is something to write home about.
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A Hamptons Beach House Gets a Minimalist Makeover With Midcentury Vibes
Architectural designer Sarah Reilly of Studio Rozu draws inspiration from Charlotte Perriand’s 1934 beach house to make her surf shack dreams come true.
This Family Home in Australia Is a Love Letter to the Sea
On an oceanfront site, Levesque & Derrick Architects creates a serene, ship-like residence for a couple riding the wave of retirement.
Italianate Classicism Meets Laid-Back Beach Vibes in This Orange County Home
Italianate Classicism Meets Laid-Back Beach Vibes in This Orange County Home
Custom furnishings, sculptural fittings, and abundant marble accents punctuate this courtyard-style dwelling’s mix of formality and ease.
A Beach House Made of Timber, Clay, and Concrete Welcomes Sunbeams and Sea Breezes in Mexico
Designed by Mexico City–based firm BAAQ', Casa Naila features four pitched-roof volumes that open to the pristine shores of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.
The Couple Behind a Buzzworthy Swedish Furniture Line Built a Home That’s Just as Irresistible
Jari and Anna Visuri turn a wooded plot of land by the Baltic Sea into an unexpected place to call home—and a casual calling card for their successful furniture business.
9 Beachy Retreats You Can Rent on Airbnb Right Now
With summer well underway, it’s time to hit the coast and dip those toes in the sand.
13 Beach House Floor Plans That Celebrate Coastal Living
These interior layouts make the most of their seaside settings.
This Beach House in Australia Is Nothing Like Its Neighbors—or Any Beach House You’ve Seen
Though it’d be hard to tell from the street, the compound of concrete blocks forms a surprisingly breezy family retreat.
This 100% Off-Grid Cabin in Chile Was Built for $165K
Completed in six short months, ZeroCabin Krul is a self-sufficient getaway near the Andes mountains and the Patagonian fjords.
Before & After: A Bungalow on the English Coast Becomes an Eclectic Retreat
Before & After: A Bungalow on the English Coast Becomes an Eclectic Retreat
A couple draw from the surf shack aesthetic to create a holiday home in Camber.
25 Surf-Inspired Getaways That Encourage Laid-Back Living
From revamped surf shacks to contemporary coastal cabins, these sunny retreats offer easy beach access and incredible ocean views.
Pedigree Charted
With an extended family apt to drop by at a moment’s notice, lifelong modernist Hannah Ferguson has a new home that’s all about heritage.
A Concrete Beach House in Mexico Opens a Portal to Epic Surfing
Homeowner and surfer Christopher Hansen envisions a secluded oceanfront retreat that lets him keep an eye on the waves.
A Streamlined Home in Chile Straddles the Line Between Desert and Ocean
Designed and remodeled by 56.02, B8 House features glass-cube bedrooms that privilege the wild landscape.
These Legendary Surfers’ Converted School Bus Connects to a Three-Story Tree House on Hawaii
Aamion and Daize Goodwin’s radical digs in Hanalei, Kauai, can best be described as “Peter Pan” meets “Swiss Family...
Before & After: A Washed-Up Venice Beach Shack Catches a Second Wave
Veneer Designs turns a crumbling home into a beachside paradise.
Austin’s Weird and Wonderful Sand Dollar House Can Be Yours for $2.2M Clams
Here’s your chance to scoop up a splendid seashell house by the seashore.
A Waterfront Home in Washington Grows Two Hovering Wings
Elevated above the Hood Canal shoreline, Aldo Beach House expands to make room for visiting family.
A Coastal Retreat in Sweden Feels Light as a Cloud Inside
Delicately placed on the sandy shores of the Baltic Sea, Sommarhus H provides sanctuary among sea grasses and birch trees.
A Stark White Residence Signals the Renaissance of a Brazilian Fishing Town
In a 4,000-person village known for epic windsurfing vacations, Atelier Branco builds a striking courtyard home.
This Prefab Beach Shack in Montauk Is a Surfing Family’s Dream Come True
In Montauk Shores, a pair of HGTV stars transform a prefab home into a beachside paradise.
A Weathered Beach House Becomes a Breezy, Live/Work Pad in Northern California
Architect Malcolm Davis revives a sun-bleached property in Pacifica, adding a detached studio wrapped in Cor-Ten steel.
A Coastal New Zealand Home Mines Starlight and Sunshine With Massive Light Wells
On the coast of New Zealand’s North Island, an award-winning holiday home puts a sculptural twist on the local bach typology.
A Curved Holiday Home Nestles Into a Spectacular Clifftop in New Zealand
Belinda George Architects crafts a family “bach” on New Zealand’s North Island that celebrates the native bush and outdoor living.
Before & After: A Mixed-Up Montauk Beach House Gets a Sleek New Look
Brooklyn-based Descience Lab converts a “shabby-chic” beach house in the Hamptons into a timeless retreat.
Before & After: A Park Avenue Prewar Apartment Gets a Multihued Makeover
An old flat in a Carnegie Hill co-op building gets a vibrant update that maintains its prewar bones.
An Architect’s Beach House Brings California Surfer Vibes to Chigasaki, Japan
Architect and surfer Kenichiro Iwakiri renovates a beach house for himself in Shonan, a region of Japan known for its surf spots.
This Hermosa Beach Home With an Underwater Pool Window Nails California Living
Drawing from Nordic, midcentury modern, and beach house traditions, this family home is serene yet playful.
10 Coastal Prefabs That Bring Modular Housing to the Beach
When an efficient prefab can become a coastal retreat with a spectacular view to boot—it makes a very compelling case for not being landlocked.