8 Waterfront Homes We Can't Believe Are Actually Real RN
Infinity pools? Ocean views? Is this a dream or is it HGTV's Ultimate House Hunt?
We've seen some spectacular homes here at HGTV Headquarters, but few can compare to the wow-worthy listings in this year's Ultimate House Hunt. Somehow, each estate includes flawless fountains, private pools and ocean views — just to name a few details that leave us feeling totally awestruck.
Don't just take our word for it, though. See those waterfront wonders for yourself! Explore each luxury home below, then vote for your favorite in the 2017 HGTV Ultimate House Hunt. But fair warning: You may feel the urge to pinch yourself.
1: Connecticut Home on the Cove
Who knew paradise was waiting for us right in Riverside, Conn.? Tucked into a cove overlooking the Long Island Sound, this custom Craftsman includes its own private beach and pool, not to mention five bedrooms, five baths and sweeping views of the water. Enter this awesome abode, and you'll never leave home again.
Craftsman Living Room With Stone Fireplace
Blue and White Circular Morning Room
The circular breakfast room lets in the cheerful morning light and is surrounded on three sides by the home's beautiful setting. Blue dining chairs and a painted blue ceiling echo the water and sky.
Hot Tub and Infinity Pool With Sound View
2: St. Simons Island Beach Bungalow
Sea Island Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
A little further down the East Coast, we've found a beautiful bungalow appropriately named Villa de Suenos, or House of Dreams. Located in idyllic St. Simons Island, Ga., this Spanish-style compound sits just feet from the Atlantic Ocean and boasts a main house, two-bedroom guest house and an infinity-edge pool for you to swoon over.
Mediterranean Great Room With Embroidered Chairs
Country Living Room With Red Rug
Oceanfront Bathroom With Metal Tub
Beach House With Pool and Lights
This beachfront home is actually made up of two buildings: a main residence with four bedrooms and an adjacent two-bedroom guest house connected by a breezeway. The pool and spacious patio sit in between for both to use.
Mediterranean Patio and Swimming Pool
One of the coziest parts of this vacation home is the patio: it's nestled in between the guest house and the main house and features a pool, hot tub and luxe outdoor kitchen and dining area.
3: Venetian Palace in Florida
Florida Mansion Exterior
Michael Saunders & Company, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Given its stunning architecture and ornate details throughout, we can see why this enviable estate in Longboat Key, Fla., is often considered an ode to Venetian palazzos. To truly get the royal experience, enter through the grand salon, enjoy dinner and conversation in the chef's kitchen and then settle on one of the many balconies to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico.
Victorian Sitting Room With Ocean View
Luxury Sitting Room With Beach View
Renaissance Dining Room With Painted Ceiling
Black and White Sitting Room With Zebra Rug
White Sitting Room With Spiral Staircase
This luxury sitting room is part conservatory, part library, with plants and topiaries greening the space and an intriguing spiral staircase leading up to a balcony full of books.
White Sitting Room and Beach View
Rococo White Bedroom With Sky Ceiling
Renaissance Spa Bathroom With Cloud Mural
Neutral Media Room With Zebra Rug
This media room gets exotic flair from a mashup of animal prints: a zebra rug and throw, leopard print accent pillows. A wet bar along the back wall makes the space extra decadent.
Porch Looking Onto Beach
4: Luxe Lake Tahoe Retreat
Known best as Bali Beach, this picture-perfect cabin in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., combines island life and mountain luxury. Exotic teak marks the interior, which includes four bedrooms, five baths, multiple lake-view decks and, of course, a tiki bar shrouded in palapa. Who could resist this vacation destination?
Cabin Kitchen With Wood Cabinets
The layout of the kitchen in this waterfront home takes full advantage of its beautiful location on the edge of Lake Tahoe. A sliding door pulls back to join the space with the outside areas and there are lots of windows letting in the sky and mountain views.
Rustic Dining Room With Lake View
Rustic Lake View Bedroom With Exposed Beams
5: Coastal California Cottage
Mediterranean Living Room With Green Sofa
Bailey Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
If you prefer a more leisurely lifestyle, then you'll love this villa in Le Selva Beach, Calif. Situated along the coast, the cottage becomes a sanctuary for enjoying the soothing sounds of the ocean. Open the windows in all four bedrooms, breathe in that salty sea air, then head outside for a walk right on the water.
Mediterranean Front Doors and Hall
The design of this stately home combines traditional European details with comfortable, welcoming style for a beach retreat that's so appealing.
Mediterranean Living Room With Green Sofa
The main living area of this beach house has an open concept layout, so residents are treated to ocean views from anywhere in the room. The exposed beams are made from antique reclaimed wood; the floors are rough hewn European oak.
Neutral Mediterranean Home Office With Exposed Beams
Mediterranean Living Room With Globe
As befits a beach house, there are plenty of comfortable sofas and plush armchairs in this California home. But thoughtful details like the wood beams, houseplants and accessories like the globe give the residence charming elegance.
Neutral Mediterranean Dining Room With Ocean View
Indoor entertaining feels like outdoor entertaining when the doors to the patio slide back and the location is as spectacular as this home's. The room's neutral palette keeps the focus on the ocean views.
Mediterranean Dining Room With Beach View
Coastal Living Room and Patio
Throughout this coastal California home, doors open up to connect the interior to patios just steps away from the beach and waves. Keeping a similar color theme inside and out (snappy accents of red and white) help the two spaces feel unified.
Mediterranean Bedroom With Vaulted Ceiling
This beautiful bedroom could be found in a Tuscan villa with its Mediterranean style and relaxed grandeur. A four-poster bed sits up against a rustic stone wall and there's plenty of room left over for a cozy seating area.
Mediterranean Master Bedroom With Canopy Bed
Throughout the home, elegant details make the home feel unique: antique reclaimed wood exposed beams, European oak floors, stone and plaster walls. In this bedroom, leopard-print accent pillows are a sassy touch.
Coastal Spa Bathroom With Shell Tub
A mermaid would feel right at home in this luxe spa bathroom where the tub is an oversized seashell. Coastal details are sprinkled throughout the space, an imaginative nod to the home's oceanfront setting.
Flagstone Patio With String Lights
6: Beachfront Abode in Turks & Caicos
Turks & Caicos Property, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Crystal-clear water and blue sky for miles? We've found another slice of paradise, all right. This enchanting property in Turks & Caicos features seven bedrooms, seven baths, a multi-level pool and cascading water features throughout. If the private beach doesn't blow you away, the 13,000 square foot villa surely will.
Waterfront Dining Room With Blue Chairs
The indoor areas of this spectacular villa feature delicate, innovative architecture that complements and shows off the beautiful setting and provides every comfort for residents and guests.
Open Plan Kitchen With Wood Ceiling
Coastal Bedroom With Arched Window
LED-Lit Pool and Lounge
7: Hilltop Home in the British Virgin Islands
Nestled in the heart of the British Virgin Islands, this hilltop home boasts unbelievable views of Tortola, St. John and St. Thomas. Here, you'll find a spacious main house, three guest cottages and a private swimming pool to complete your tropical oasis.
Tropical Estate Overview and Ocean Views
Perched on a hilltop in the British Virgin Islands, this beautiful estate encompasses over eight acres and features a main house, several guest cottages and lush, tropical landscaping. Oh, and then there are those 360-degree views.
Cottage Exterior With Purple Roof
In addition to the main residence, the estate also includes three guest cottages. The exterior of many of the buildings has gingerbread charm with lavender roofs and white lacy trim peeking out from behind the bougainvillea.
Caribbean Home and Pool
An oasis amidst the greenery, this vacation retreat offers up views of Sir Francis Drake Channel and the island of Jost Van Dyke to the north. The lavender roof is a fun pop of color paired with the pink flowers and rich blues and greens of the landscape.
Covered Terrace With Sunset View
The perfect place to wind up the day is out on this covered terrace, glass of wine in hand and the sunset and ocean stretching as far as the eye can see.
Tropical Living Room With Octopus Pillow
Furniture in creams and white add to the light-as-air feel of this large living room. The space connects to its Caribbean surroundings with tropical details like the ocean friends on the pillows and natural fiber rugs.
Mediterranean Dining Room With Wood Table
Mediterranean style and a soaring ceiling give a stately, but welcoming air to this formal dining room. The beautiful woodwork is highlighted against stark white walls and overhead, a wrought-iron chandelier adds gentle curves.
Covered Terrace and Sun Deck
Spa Bathroom With Soaking Tub
Exterior With Pool and Ocean View
Dream a little dream of a Caribbean vacation and this is pretty much what it looks like: The terraces of this expansive estate feature views, views and more views of the blue waters and rolling hills.
Home Exterior and Swimming Pool
One of this home's many outdoor areas features an infinity-edge pool enclosed by stone terraces. A wet bar makes it the place to be at happy hour. There's even an adjacent changing room.
8: Seaside Italian Villa
Sophisticated and secluded, this villa in Porto Rotondo, Italy is truly a European dream come true. In addition to eight bedrooms, eight baths and an incredible terrace, the sprawling estate includes a garden with direct access to the beach. We can't think of anywhere else we'd rather be.
Villa Exterior and Grounds
This 8-bedroom, 8-bathroom villa is a short distance from Porto Rotondo in Sardinia, Italy. Its large grounds are a mix of green lawns, lush vegetation and many outdoor areas from which to enjoy the amazingly scenic surroundings.
Covered Porch With Water View
The wide open doorway of this covered seating area perfectly frames the stunning view of the Sardinian landscape and the Gulf of Cugnana. A wooden sea creature makes a delightful base for overhead lighting.
Living Room With Wooden Tree
Along with the setting, the details of this home are what make it so special: In the main living area, a carefully-crafted wooden tree branches out and over the living room and dining room, unifying the spaces with unique, organic warmth.