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 Streamlined Home in Chile Straddles the Line Between Desert and Ocean
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.
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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
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.
- 5 months ago
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
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.
- 9 months ago
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.
Facing the Elements
Incorporating concrete, glass wood, and steel, a house in Malibu stands up to its challenging site.
Shore Bet
Placing resiliency first, a fortified beach house rises in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
A Southern California Beach House Gets a Sea Ranch–Inspired Makeover
Clad in Alaskan yellow cedar that will weather over time, this renovated summer home in Manhattan Beach is made for relaxing indoors and outdoors.
A 1970s Bungalow Is Transformed Into a Breezy Beach House in California
Architect David Montalba creates an oceanfront hangout where an extended family can enjoy the sand as their living room.
Two Cedar-Clad Sheds Make Up This Summer Retreat on Martha’s Vineyard
Remixing the gabled shed, this relaxed and refined summer home opens up to shoreline views.
21 Finely Finessed Getaways in the Hamptons and Montauk
From Westhampton to Montauk, these Long Island retreats celebrate their beachside locales.
An Olson Kundig Tree House Peeks Over the Treetops in Costa Rica
Built entirely of teak harvested on-site, this breezy solar-powered home near the beach ticks all the right boxes for a pair of avid environmentalists who love surfing.
10 Breezy Bachs That’ll Have You Running to the Beach
We’re totally buying into the idea of the New Zealand bach—a modest beach house soaked in sun and surf.
A Hangar Door Opens Up This Long Island Beach House to the Atlantic
A three-ton hangar door lifts to invite ocean breezes into this resilient, beachfront home.
An Idyllic Vacation Home in Greece
A far cry from the whitewashed buildings of Mykonos, this vacation home on the Aegean island of Skiathos will make any modern design fan go Greek.
Ocean Breezes Blow Right Through This Modern Australian Beach Shack
This airy home makes the most of its beachside location with sustainable design, careful siting, and an expansive glazed facade.
Bursts of Yellow and Indoor Gardens Are Just Two Reasons to Love This Home
By eliminating walls and incorporating a series of interior gardens, architect José Roberto Paredes creates an eclectic and inspired El Salvador beach house.
Smart Interior Update Shows When a Gut Renovation Isn't Necessary
An intervention from a clever interior designer spares an old beach house on Fire Island, New York, from demolition.
A Scandinavian Summer Home Built for Surf, Sports, and Sun
An adventurous family envisions a dream getaway on Sweden’s southwestern shore.