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
Houlihan Lawrence, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
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.
2: St. Simons Island Beach Bungalow
Beach House Mediterranean Exterior
The Keith Summerour-designed house sits feet away from a peaceful stretch of beach off the Atlantic Ocean. The construction is steel frame with pilings and geothermal heating and cooling.
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.
3: Venetian Palace in Florida
Florida Mansion Exterior
It's hard to believe from the outside that this mansion, right on the beach in Longboat Key, Florida, isn't a historic home somewhere in Europe. With six bedrooms, six bathrooms and all the amenities, it's a sight to see.
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.
4: Luxe Lake Tahoe Retreat
Chase International, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
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?
5: Coastal California Cottage
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.
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.
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.
7: Hilltop Home in the British Virgin Islands
Smiths Gore Limited, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
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.
8: Seaside Italian Villa
Immobilsarda, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
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.