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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.

Modern On The Marsh
The owners of this property on the marsh, set out to create a home that maximized the 180 degree view that they had of the marsh.
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...
A Compact Prefab Vacation Home
A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality.
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...
Architect Mary Ann Schicketanz created a 1,900-square-foot home in Big Sur, California, that hugs its hillside site.
A reclaimed-wood fireplace is a defining feature in the living room.
The structure sits lightly on a stone patio that cuts into the hillside site.
Native grasses, large wood timbers, and plentiful amounts of stone help maintain the sense of “living close to nature”...
Native grasses, such as red fescue and California oat, dot the landscape surrounding the house.
Mike Kurokawa and Paul Fishman set out for the beach from their house in the Puna region of Hawaii.
One side of the building contains two simple bedrooms and a bathroom.
The kitchen and dining area opens onto a patio.
The home, clad in natural Australian timber, enjoys a sense of lightness thanks to slender columns that let it float...
South American Beach Escape (Governador Celso Ramos, Brazil) Vacation-worthy beaches are as numerous as one-name...
The kids' bedroom sports an Ikea bunk bed and trundle, which leaves plenty of space for toys.
The trio walks down to the beach via the strand.
The guest room doubles as a home office.
Nestled into a steeply sloped waterfront site on Lake Michigan, the home is defined by verticality.
A series of ladders and cantilevered staircases connect the four-story home from the exterior, offering a dramatic...
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