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 Delicate Renovation Revives a ’70s Beach House in Northern California
A Delicate Renovation Revives a ’70s Beach House in Northern California
Butler Armsden Architects’ retooling of a Stinson Beach retreat allows one family to bask in the outdoors.
By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo - a day ago
Beach Breezes Blow Right Through This Ecuadorian House on Stilts
Beach Breezes Blow Right Through This Ecuadorian House on Stilts
Supported by teak wood pillars, this permeable home in Villamil, Ecuador, takes advantage of a coastal climate.
 - 4 months ago
An Inviting South African Cottage Embraces its Seaside Locale
An Inviting South African Cottage Embraces its Seaside Locale
Clad in timber and well-connected to the outdoors, this retreat in the village of Kommetjie is a nod to traditional cottage architecture and its surrounding community.
 - 5 months ago
This Eclectic Beach Bungalow on Fire Island Was Saved After Sandy
This Eclectic Beach Bungalow on Fire Island Was Saved After Sandy
Two of the worst hurricanes in New York history bookend the saga of a Saltaire cottage.
 - 7 months ago
A Venice Beach Abode Becomes a Chic Coliving Space Where Everything's For Sale
A Venice Beach Abode Becomes a Chic Coliving Space Where Everything's For Sale
Two forward-thinking companies collaborate on a project to transform an unassuming L.A. property into a blend of retail, work, and relaxation.
 - 8 months ago
A Hamptons Beach Retreat Gets a Scandinavian-Style Makeover
A Hamptons Beach Retreat Gets a Scandinavian-Style Makeover
Taking cues from their style-conscious clients, Portland-based Jessica Helgerson Interior Design transforms an Amagansett home into a light-filled, Scandinavian-inspired getaway.
 - 10 months ago
This Beachside Pad in San Francisco Is the Stuff of Surfers' Dreams
This Beachside Pad in San Francisco Is the Stuff of Surfers' Dreams
Honing in on the meditative surfing vibes of the ocean, what was once an old horse barn is transformed into a seaside haven, equipped with subtle accents brimming with maritime...
 - a year ago
Living Screens Conceal a North Bondi Beach House and a Semi-Indoor Pool
Living Screens Conceal a North Bondi Beach House and a Semi-Indoor Pool
LED-lit, living wall screens provide privacy while allowing the home's owners to enjoy an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
 - a year ago
A Semi-Modular Beach House in Tasmania Floats Over a Site That Survived a Bushfire
A Semi-Modular Beach House in Tasmania Floats Over a Site That Survived a Bushfire
After a bushfire, a partially prefabricated beach house rises on a rugged Tasmanian peninsula.
 - a year ago
9 Modern Beach Bungalows
9 Modern Beach Bungalows
Humble in size but big on seaside views and low-key vibes, the beach bungalow is a classic staple of beachside culture across the world.
 - a year ago
A Bondi Beach Penthouse Designed For Barefoot Luxury
A Bondi Beach Penthouse Designed For Barefoot Luxury
The design brief of this Sydney project was to evoke the "relaxed sophistication" of the popular Australian beach locale.
 - a year ago
A Modular Beach Home in Australia Allows One Family to Keep an Eye on the Surf
A Modular Beach Home in Australia Allows One Family to Keep an Eye on the Surf
An L-shaped prefab in New South Wales draws in light from the north and captures views of the surf.
 - a year ago
A Renowned Florida Architect's Geometric Family Home Hits the Market For the First Time
A Renowned Florida Architect's Geometric Family Home Hits the Market For the First Time
Architect William Morgan designed this distinctive, triangular house in Atlantic Beach, Florida, which is now selling for $1.75 million.
 - a year ago
This Expansive Beachside Home on Mexico's Pacific Coast Puts a Modern Spin on Tradition
This Expansive Beachside Home on Mexico's Pacific Coast Puts a Modern Spin on Tradition
Made up of several pavilions and consisting of a palm tree-thatched roof, large wood walls, and exposed concrete, Casa en el Pacifico utilizes traditional local materials to...
 - a year ago
Resembling the Inverted Hull of a Ship, an English Guest House Pays Homage to the Harbor
Resembling the Inverted Hull of a Ship, an English Guest House Pays Homage to the Harbor
Designed by Cambridge-based Mole Architects for an architect and developer, the Houseboat is a curved, split-level structure brimming with evocative textures.
 - a year ago
A Modern Finnish Villa That Grows Out of a Seaside Cliff
A Modern Finnish Villa That Grows Out of a Seaside Cliff
Helsinki-based architecture studio Mer Arkkitehdit nestles a monochromatic villa among the trees in the 19th-century seaside town of Hanko, Finland.
 - a year ago
Stay at a Stone-and-Glass Retreat in a Remote New Zealand Bay
Stay at a Stone-and-Glass Retreat in a Remote New Zealand Bay
Relax and soak up the scenery at this stunning architectural gem close to the sea.
 - a year ago
On the Market For $4.5M, This Venice Beach Compound Captures the Essence of Indoor-Outdoor Living
On the Market For $4.5M, This Venice Beach Compound Captures the Essence of Indoor-Outdoor Living
Situated on a sprawling 10,998 square-foot lot—only a mile from the beach and within walking distance to the stores and restaurants of Abbott Kinney and Rose Avenue—this premium...
 - a year ago
10 Modernist Beach Home Rentals to  Escape to This Summer
10 Modernist Beach Home Rentals to Escape to This Summer
Modernist beach homes offer more than just close proximity to the ocean—their clean, bold designs and abundance of natural light serve as extensions of their tranquil landscapes.
 - a year ago
Escape to a Thai Beach House That Showcases the Work of Multiple Contemporary Designers
Escape to a Thai Beach House That Showcases the Work of Multiple Contemporary Designers
On Natai Beach in southern Thailand's Phang Nga, is a beach house that showcases interiors by some of the world's best contemporary design talents.
 - a year ago
Here’s How Hollywood Builds a Malibu Dream Home—on a Vancouver Soundstage
Here’s How Hollywood Builds a Malibu Dream Home—on a Vancouver Soundstage
Tasked with designing a celeb-worthy Malibu abode in six weeks for a new television series on E!, production designer Daniel Novotny and set decorator Renee Read pull out all the...
 - 2 years ago
Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers
Indoek’s New Book Shares a Glimpse Into the Homes of Creative Surfers
After visiting the dwellings of countless surfers from all over the world for four years, Indoek is getting ready to launch its first book that celebrates the surfing world’s...
 - 2 years ago
An Australian Beach Home with Stunning Ocean Views
An Australian Beach Home with Stunning Ocean Views
Eco-friendly features like solar panels and rainwater catchments keep this retreat's environmental footprint small.
 - 2 years ago
Spotted: 10 Modern Homes in the Hamptons
Spotted: 10 Modern Homes in the Hamptons
Known for being the ultimate summer escape for New Yorkers, the Hamptons is sometimes believed to be made up of just traditional country estates that look like they're straight...
 - 2 years ago
Green Sustainable Home in Montauk
Green Sustainable Home in Montauk
Decades after they met as teenagers on a Montauk beach, Manhattanites Victoria and Greg Pryor returned to Long Island to build a sustainable second home together.
 - 7 years ago
A Compact Prefab Vacation Home
A Compact Prefab Vacation Home
A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality.
 - 5 years ago
14 Really Romantic Island Resort Retreats
14 Really Romantic Island Resort Retreats
From this space-age looking pod on the coast of Scotland, to a high-end resort on the beach in the Bahamas, these romantic retreats for two are likely to take your breath away.
 - 2 years ago