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7 Heavenly Havens By The Beach

by Jaclyn Macrae

See the latest in luxury beach living that will leave you swimming in inspiration.

Beach shacks simply aren’t what they used to be. These days, prime coastal real estate comes with all the comforts. These standout beach homes offer basement cellars, wraparound views and even a swimming pool that doubles as a skylight. Wade in and see the latest in luxury beach living.

Symmetry and style. Turning heads in the Victorian coastal town of Balnarring, this weatherboard beauty showcases glamour inside and out. Charcoal weatherboards create a stylish first impression, with a dramatic peaked roof drawing in the eye.

Swimming in the sky. Designed to be both modern and timeless, this beachfront stunner nestled in the sand in Florida uses aluminium and glass to stunning effect.

A floating staircase and wooden louvred windows cast beautiful shadows – but eyes quickly turn skyward upon entering the stunning dining zone. A rooftop pool serves the dual purpose of a skylight, creating a daring and mesmerising focal point. 

Magnificent in Manly. A contemporary take on the traditional beach house, this Sydney home makes the most of its outdoor space with an enviable entertaining area and an inviting plunge pool.

The dining zone, opening up to the pool deck, catches the eye with turquoise artwork and ‘60s-style moulded plastic chairs. Splashes of colour – a striped rug and a vivid blue light fitting – add interest. 

Toes in the sand. There’s no need for a sandpit when your front steps descend onto a wonderland of powdery white sand. Perched on Malibu’s Pacific Coast Highway, huge expanses of glass have been paired with recycled wooden accents, resulting in a home that sits harmoniously in its environment.

Hamptons meets Australia. Large and imposing, this Perth home showcases upside-down living – ensuring the upstairs zone captures the best views. Huge balconies surround the home, offering a choice of sunny nooks for coffee breaks throughout the day.

Inside, it’s a study in rich textures – from the stone-clad fireplace to the intricate pendant light. A cane dining setting emphasises the beachy theme.