When the mercury begins to climb, most New Yorkers seek refuge from the heat in darkened theaters or find themselves lingering in chain stores that set their air conditioning to arctic.
Of course, not everyone plans their weekend around which bars or restaurants have the coldest air conditioning (AC). People living a slightly more charmed life need only slide open a glass door and step into a private oasis that would make any city dweller green with envy.
Today we decided to take a look at five listings with truly blissful backyard oases that could rejuvenate even the grumpiest summertime straphanger.
1. This Glittering, Newly-renovated Carbon Beach Mansion
While the Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu in general are synonymous with trophy properties with jaw-dropping natural beauty, you might be surprised to learn that many properties there have rocky beaches, steep cliffs, or other impediments between your flip flops and the beach.
One tried and true method to ensure this doesn’t happen is a no-brainer: add a zero or two to your budget. What, you think you’re the only one who wants their own little slice of heaven in Malibu?
We all took a deep breath and murmured something akin to “whoa” when we stumbled across this jaw-dropping Malibu gem on Zillow. Every ocean view from every angle seems optimally planned to tickle your serotonin receptors and make you instantly forget why you were every stressed out in the first place.
The interior isn’t too shabby either. Recently renovated into 2019 Beverly Hills mansion spec, this 7,936-square-foot home boasts retracting window walls that offer true indoor/outdoor living, walls of museum-worthy book-matched marble, a home theater, a yoga/office area, a gym, and all the treats you’d expect from a Bird Streets mansion.
The only difference, of course, is that instead of having a view of someone else’s backyard, you have a view of the Pacific Ocean … from every room that counts, including the master bedroom.
Stunning. I don’t think there’s any other way to describe this place.
Want an ocean view from your wine room?
Imagine waking up to this.
2. This Magnificent, High Modernist Style Quogue Beach House
If you want a little more seclusion and quick access to Times Square instead of Wilshire Boulevard, then you’re going to want to head east. Really east. Pretty much as east as you can get without being in the Atlantic Ocean.
You could do worse than ending up in a tranquil former fishing village like Quogue on Long Island’s South Fork. Just as pretty as its more famous (and tourist clogged) cousins in East and West Hampton, Quogue gives heat-stroked New Yorkers a glimpse of what the Hamptons was back in the days when mere millionaires could buy a house on Meadow Lane.
I don’t think we need much setup here. Just look at these pictures and tell me how many limbs you’d sell to spend your summers here instead of sweating it out on the 4-5-6 platform.
Stunning right? A few lounge chairs, an icy pitcher of margaritas … what more could you possibly want from life?
Who could tire of this view?
The house itself ticks a lot of the boxes most New Yorkers want in a summer home. Soaring ceilings, lots of space, and stunning views.
3. This Daydream-worthy Honolulu Retreat
Say aloha to your sweltering commute and aloha to drinking mimosas in your Jacuzzi on this glorious compound on Honolulu. This is one of those places that doesn’t even look real. It’s like someone opened up Photoshop and decided build a CGI paradise based on everyone’s daydreams. But it’s real, and with a few lucky moves with your cryptocurrency portfolio, you can actually buy it.
Pretty at noon, and even prettier when the sun sinks behind the waves, this is the type of view that pop stars wrote songs about in a more romantic era.
Imagine jumping in this natural stone pool after a run on the beach.
Then end your day with lobster and some Tiki cocktails with this view and the sound of waves lapping on the shore.
4. This Aptos California Beach House With Charm to Spare
If you’re looking for some peace and quiet on the West Coast, then head north up past Big Sur to Santa Cruz or Aptos, California, where this postcard-perfect vintage beach house sits right on the beach.
There are no walls of glass or sleek marble fireplaces here. Instead, you get a rustic charm that all but forces you to relax.
Nestled in a 16-home private beach club, this house will surely make anyone smile, even without the view. But that’s what we’re here for today, and that’s what we’re going to show you. It most certainly does not disappoint.
The panoramic ocean views from the deck are one thing, but you also get glorious bay views from most rooms in the house, including this super-hip beamed living and dining area. Perfect for a collection of eclectic art and furniture.
Again, we don’t need to prop us this place with purple prose. Just look at the pictures and imagine how cozy and relaxing you could make this place.
5. This Maui Compound With Ocean & Mountain Views
Next, we head back to Hawaii for this jaw-dropping compound in Lahaina, Hawaii. Although the beach is a bit of a hike, we’d trade it in a heartbeat for these postcard-perfect views of the ocean and mountains from this hilltop retreat.
Surrounded by lovely tropical landscaping and a pool with one of the prettiest views we’ve ever seen, this 4,090-square-foot home with included guest house will undoubtedly make an appearance in a daydream or two this summer.
Can you even imagine a prettier setting for a house?
Another drone’s-eye view of the lush tropical paradise and stunning views surrounding this estate.
Who needs TV when you have a view like this?
Over to You
Hopefully we’ve given you something to daydream about the next time you’re afraid to leave your office and endure the inferno and noise on 8th Avenue to get home.