Bayfront Estate in Florida Offers French Charm

In Sarasota, Florida, this home is elevating the standard of luxury, waterfront living. 

1309 Vista Drive in Sarasota, Florida, is a gated French Country private estate located right on the bay. It was built in 2015 on the 1.5-acre-plus property.

Located in one of Sarasota’s most coveted neighborhoods, Harbor Acres, the property is just as close to the bay as it is to the bustling downtown district filled with restaurants and retail stores. The perfect blend of old-world charm and modern Florida luxury.

The interior of the home includes a La Cornue gourmet kitchen, imported French stone floors and cabinetry. But the quality doesn’t end inside — with over 244 feet of direct bayfront on the property, you can enjoy the water every day of the year.

1309 Vista Drive in Harbor Acres, being a perfect blend of French charm and modern style, is the quintessential home of the neighborhood and surrounding area.

Photos courtesy of 1309 Vista Drive.

Propelled by natural beauty, cultural diversity and imagination, Florida has built an entire industry dedicated to luxury living.

The Seagate Hotel & Spa

© Scott Wiseman

Florida is more than a single place or prevailing attitude. While its history is multicultural, this vestige of the Deep South has attracted enough newcomers to swell into the nation’s third-most populous state and an economic powerhouse. Snowbirds from up north arrived, so did Cuban and Haitian refugees looking to rebuild their lives. Ultimately, people from around the world joined native Floridians in contributing a unique energy that makes the Sunshine State a world-class destination.

Checking In

The combination of sunshine and sandy beaches is irresistible to the hospitality industry, so it is hardly surprising that luxury brands like Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons maintain a heavy presence in Florida. “Four Seasons has a history of entering into markets and setting the standard for luxury lifestyle experiences,” says J. Allen Smith, President & CEO of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. To date, his company has invested in Miami, Surfside, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, while Ritz-Carlton has more than a dozen properties in the state.

When it opened in 1954 — long before nearby South Beach became trendy — the Fontainebleau was Miami Beach’s premier hotel. Reimagined for a new generation, it now features restaurants from celebrity chefs and a vibe reminiscent of Las Vegas. Equally iconic but more buttoned-down is The Breakers, a stately oceanfront property in Palm Beach where high society has convened for a century.

The Seagate Hotel & Spa presents a stylish package of amenities in Delray Beach, including a contemporary tropical aesthetic that incorporates five eye-popping custom aquariums. “Affluent, in-the-know travelers looking for an intimate, personal setting are increasingly venturing beyond the Greater Miami area,” explains William J. Sander, III, executive vice president, director of operations and general manager of the Seagate.

On the Gulf Coast, an Edition Hotel (a modern luxury brand from Marriott International in collaboration with Ian Schrager) is being integrated into Water Street Tampa, a $3 billion, 50-acre mega-project. On the top 15 floors of the 26-story tower will be 46 Edition-branded residences, among the most luxurious of the 3,500 housing units planned for Water Street.

Orlando has shaken its reputation as a company town, but two of its best hospitality properties are at Walt Disney World. The Victorian-themed Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is luxuriously nostalgic, while the Mediterranean-esque Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers a sense of privacy, championship golf and a chic rooftop steakhouse.

The Seagate Hotel & Spa

© DominicMiguel Photo

Real Estate Snapshot: Tampa Bay Area

Trend: The market is no longer so reserved, but still a bargain by Miami standards.

Clientele: Real estate developers, old money Floridians, newcomers looking for an alternative to South Florida.

Signature Property: Offered at $15.9 million is a historic oceanfront estate in Clearwater, with 23,900 extravagantly appointed square feet.

Settling Down

In addition to luxurious overnight accommodations, Florida leads the nation in branded residences with all the amenities of a five-star hotel. Now that Fort Lauderdale, once the capital of spring break, has grown up, the 22-story Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences is rising over the oceanfront. More than $100 million in sales have already occurred for residences scheduled for completion in 2020. A four-bedroom, 4,200-square-foot unit is currently priced at $7.7 million.

Fortune International Group, whose development projects include the glitzy Jade Signature in Sunny Isles Beach and Auberge Beach Residences & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, responds to worldwide demand for the South Florida luxury lifestyle. President & CEO Edgardo Defortuna reports, “Developers look to differentiate themselves by bringing in international architects to create unique amenities and products.” He believes the scarcity of sites in Greater Miami and the extension of the Brightline high-speed rail project will encourage investment in other regions of Florida.

Even for a weekend, luxury is taken seriously at Aqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, but there is also an opportunity to move permanently into the Mansions at Aqualina or forthcoming Estates at Aqualina. Almost ready for occupancy is the Mansions’ $38 million Palazzo del Cielo (“Palace in the Sky”) penthouse that includes complimentary use of a Rolls-Royce or Lamborghini.

Fortune International Group’s Defortuna reports that branding of residential towers, pioneered by hospitality companies, is now attracting other iconic names — Porsche and Aston Martin from the automotive industry, Armani and Fendi from the fashion world — to convey exclusivity.

Real Estate Snapshot: Greater Miami

Signature: Jaw-dropping oceanfront estates; penthouses in towers designed by “starchitects.”

Clientele: Hedge fund managers, pro athletes, international entrepreneurs.

Highest-Priced Property: 14,000 square feet of Neo-Classical opulence on 2.38 lushly landscaped acres in Coral Gables, offered at $55 million.

Jade Signature in Sunny Isles Beach

Photo by DBOX

Retail Therapy

With annual events like Miami Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week, designers and fashionistas are focusing their attention on Florida, where Latin influences are fused with European themes to arrive at cutting-edge fashion design. Local boutiques, from Key West to Pensacola, reflect that creative energy.

Alexis Barbara Isaias, who co-founded the trendy Alexis fashion label with mother Ana Barbara in Miami, reports the city’s fashion cred has evolved. “Miami was stereotyped as a sexy beachwear city, not a place to debut a fall collection,” says Barbara Isaias, but insists the Miami Design District, Art Basel and new fashion education programs are changing perceptions. “There’s a lot to inspire designers” says the young entrepreneur of her hometown, citing the climate, bold colors and vibrant cultures, and believes the industry will eventually spread throughout Florida.

There are luxury shopping destinations scattered throughout Greater Miami, including Aventura Mall and Bal Harbour Shops. Art, fashion and interior design intersect at the Miami Design District, where iconic labels Bulgari, Givenchy and Tom Ford compete for attention with art galleries and high-end home furnishing showrooms.

Worth Avenue in Palm Beach has been called the “Rodeo Drive of the East,” sharing many exclusive designer boutiques with Beverly Hills’ famous shopping street. Escada, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, and Louis Vuitton are just a handful of the rarified fashion labels found on this lovely sun-drenched lane.  

Despite the emergence of smartwatches, demand for ultra-luxury handcrafted timepieces is sizzling. With prices rivaling Italian sports cars, no brand is hotter than celebrity-favored Richard Mille, famous for its avant-garde aesthetics. A Richard Mille boutique is found at Miami’s Brickell City Centre, which also hosts a branch of Westime, a Beverly Hills retailer whose 50-plus brands of Swiss watches include Audemars Piguet, Greubel Forsey and Hublot. Company President Greg Simonian, who clearly appreciates the sophistication of his new clientele, states, “I’m continually reminded of how many clients we already know in South Florida because they travel the world and have shopped at Westime in California.”

A watch is not the only thing you can wear on your wrist that is worth more than a typical Florida condo. Creating extravagant bracelets is Lugano Diamonds, which arrived on Worth Avenue last year, breaking into the Palm Beach market after establishing boutiques in Newport Beach and Aspen. In Naples, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and De Beers occupy storefronts at Waterside Shops.

Tiffany & Co., Burberry and Hugo Boss are among the 200 stores at Tampa’s International Plaza & Bay Street, anchored by Neiman Marcus. And in Orlando, names like Prada, Versace and Ferragamo elevate the suburban shopping experience at The Mall at Millenia.

Miami’s Brickell City Centre

Real Estate Snapshot: Naples

Trend: Increasingly opulent oceanfront homes competing with more prestigious Atlantic Coast markets.

Clientele: Retired entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 execs, Miami expats.

Highest-Priced Property: 16,000 square feet of European-style elegance with beachfront exposure, offered at $49.5 million.

For the Sport of It

Florida is home to numerous major league teams, high-profile PGA events and some of the nation’s top collegiate programs, but spectators are not the only ones having fun. None of Florida’s 21 million residents live more than 90 minutes from the ocean — not to mention the state’s 30,000 lakes and network of waterways — so watersports are a part of everyone’s life.

Sailing in Florida can take many forms, from sport fishing off the coast of Destin or Panama City to boarding opulent yachts whose amenities rival luxury hotels. For those dreaming of jetting across Biscayne Bay like Sonny Crockett, Florida is the best place to acquire a high-performance speedboat.

South Florida is one of the centers of the yachting world, offering a short voyage to hundreds of Caribbean islands ripe for exploration. Brokers are currently experiencing an explosion of demand for larger, faster and more flamboyant vessels with prices equivalent to oceanfront estates. For those interested in a short-term relationship, a glamorous 230-foot Benetti superyacht — complete with eight staterooms, gym, Jacuzzi, and crew of 27 to pamper the guests — can be chartered for about $500,000 per week.

With more courses and more touring PGA professionals residing there than any other state, golf is practically a religion in Florida. “Florida remains a world-class destination for golfers, thanks to the year-round sunshine and mild weather, as well as the variety of golf courses offered throughout the state,” says Jeremy Wiernasz, general manager and director of golf operations at the multi-course PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie.

Offering 160-plus golf courses, Palm Beach County proclaims itself “Florida’s Golf Capital,” undeterred by Naples’ bold assertion that it is the “Golf Capital of the World.” Nobody disputes the game is an economic force statewide, generating about $9 billion annually to Florida’s economy, even more than theme parks. Florida Gulf Coast University Professor of Economics Christopher Westley reports, “The development of a corporate culture — with capital and labor moving here from higher tax and regulation states — has resulted in greater demand for golf.”

Further reflecting the synergy between golf and real estate in Florida, several homes lining the fairways at the Nicklaus-designed Bear’s Club in Jupiter are on the market for nearly $10 million. Identified as among the most exclusive courses in the world by Forbes is Key Largo’s Ocean Reef Club, where members enjoy a private airstrip, 175-slip marina and two impeccably manicured championship-caliber courses. Adjoining homes can command in excess of $15 million.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

Photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton Naples

Frequently ranked by golf journalists as the best course in the state, Juno Beach’s Seminole Golf Club is so elite it reportedly turned down golf legend Jack Nicklaus for membership. Sandwiched between Ocean Drive and the Atlantic surf, the estates surrounding the course are predictably palatial.

For equestrian sports, Florida is unrivaled. There are thoroughbred racing venues in the Tampa Bay Area and Greater Miami (some with casinos). Many of America’s most legendary horses, including Triple Crown winners Affirmed and American Pharoah, have connections to Ocala, a northern Florida city nicknamed “Horse Capital of the World.” Its hunter/jumper events draw competitors from around the globe, and multimillion-dollar ranches reflect the economic clout of the community’s biggest industry.

The Village of Wellington, outside Palm Beach, hosts the Winter Equestrian Festival, where 8,000 horses compete for more than $9 million in prize money. As one of America’s premier equestrian communities, Wellington home prices regularly gallop past $12 million in price while some ranches command $30 million.

The “Sport of Kings” also has a presence in Wellington, where the 250-acre International Polo Club Palm Beach hosts the prestigious U.S. Open Polo Championship. The accompanying social scene involves the consumption of Champagne and caviar at fêtes that sometimes make the matches feel like an afterthought.

Real Estate Snapshot: Palm Beach

Signature: Gated Mediterranean-inspired estates with ocean frontage.  

Clientele: Old money, both native Floridians and New York elites settling in for the winter.

Highest-Priced Property: Over 28,000 square feet of classical elegance on the ocean, priced at a staggering $109.5 million.

Cultivated Communities

Once dismissed as a sleepy state reserved for leisurely rounds of golf or perpetual sunbathing, Florida has assembled a world-class portfolio of cultural institutions. Sarasota is known for sugar-white beaches, but The Ringling, an art museum and Venetian-style palazzo built by one of the founders of Ringling Brothers Circus, puts the city on the arts trail. St. Petersburg, long burdened with the reputation as an overgrown retirement community, has developed a robust cultural scene headlined by the Salvador Dalí Museum.

The largest performing arts venue in Florida is the Straz Center in Tampa, but Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center hosts the New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera and touring musicals. In 2002, Swiss-based Art Basel added Miami Beach to its exclusive calendar of events and the trendsetting festival has helped the city burnish its status on the world’s art stage.

Other cultural attractions in the state’s largest city include the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the spectacular Vizcaya Museum & Gardens on Biscayne Bay. Executive Director/CEO Joel Hoffman maintains his institution inspires people to embrace the natural beauty and cultural vitality of its host city. “Today, Miami represents a global perspective with limitless creative and artistic viewpoints and experiences,” he says.

The Miami skyline, with buildings from celebrity architects Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron, and Zaha Hadid, reflects the city’s dominance in the visual/interactive art of architecture. It is also a testament to a competitive luxury real estate market in which high-rise developers showcase world-class design to sell condos at a premium.

Miami is not the only Florida city where architecture contributes to the local heritage. Sarasota, nationally recognized for its Mid-Century Modern design, is the equivalent of a drive-thru museum, while both the natural environment and ethnic diversity foster a culture of creativity in Jacksonville. St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation, showcases Spanish, French and English architecture.

Art collectors appreciate the Sunshine State’s generous clusters of galleries, such as Duval Street in Key West, Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, downtown Jacksonville, and Gallery Row in Naples. Tallahassee’s Railroad Square is home to more than 50 studios and galleries, while resident artists in St. Augustine are inspired by the city’s 450-year history.

For equestrian sports, Florida is unrivaled.

Real Estate Snapshot: St. Augustine

Signature: Traditional villas that complement the city’s unique heritage.

Clientele: Affluent history buffs with little interest in showing off; old-time Augustinians.  

Highest-Priced Property: Offered at $6.5 million is a nearly 8,000-square-foot villa on the Matanzas River.

Flavors of Florida

“Another day, another country,” was how the late Anthony Bourdain described Miami on CNN’s Parts Unknown. “You can eat your way across the Caribbean and through all of Latin America, and then over to Africa if you’d like. It’s all there,” he said. Contemporary Floridian cuisine, in which classic technique is applied to eclectic ingredients, takes full advantage of that diversity while showcasing resources nurtured by the state’s farmers, ranchers and fishermen. And while you can score a satisfying Cuban sandwich for a few bucks, there are some bona fide luxury experiences awaiting diners in the Sunshine State.

At Victoria & Albert’s, the restaurant at Disney World’s Grand Floridian that put the Magic Kingdom on the culinary map, a tasting menu at the exclusive kitchen-adjacent chef’s table begins at $250 per person. Celebrity chef José Andrés brought molecular gastronomy and some wildly creative mashups (e.g. jamón ibérico and caviar “tacos”) to The Bazaar in South Beach, but his latest Miami restaurant, Bazaar Mar, offers a $225 tasting menu called “A Study of the Sea.”

Many award-winning wine lists do not offer a single bottle of revered Château Pétrus, widely considered the best of Bordeaux. But the extraordinary list at Tampa’s Bern’s Steak House — thick as a telephone book and backed-up by a cellar overflowing with a half-million bottles — offers more than a dozen vintages of Pétrus, several exceeding $5,000 per bottle.

The steaks at Bern’s are justifiably renowned, but for beef with a more exotic pedigree consider Prime 112 in Miami Beach, where an eight-ounce Japanese A5 Kobe filet is priced at $280. With just eight seats, Miami’s Naoe presents an exclusive, highly personalized sushi experience, but before even ordering a glass of sake, the meter starts running at $220 per person.

Real Estate Snapshot: Orlando

Signature: Sprawling Mediterranean-style homes, often lakeside, that are long on amenities, short on pretenses.

Clientele: Corporate execs and entrepreneurs, plus some Mouseketeers at heart.

Hot Property: Under construction in Four Seasons Private Residences at Disney World is an 8,500-square-foot Mid-Century Modern-inspired home, priced at $7.945 million.

This story originally appeared in the Winter 2019 edition of Unique Homes Magazine.

Whether it’s a beautiful cottage looking out upon the Atlantic Ocean from Martha’s Vineyard, a luxurious island mansion on the shores of Nantucket, or even an idyllic, historical home with bay views on Cape Cod, the shorelines of Massachusetts are appealing locations for buyers looking for a luxury, waterfront experience.

By Kristen Ordonez

Photo courtesy Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

Gary Winn, Broker at Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty, knows all too well about the benefits of purchasing a waterfront home, specifically in Nantucket. “I can’t speak for all of Massachusetts, but buying waterfront property on Nantucket is a great opportunity and a great investment.”

Similar to other regions of New England, waterfront properties in Massachusetts aren’t limited by a small inventory, but instead face difficulties in finding room to expand. As Winn mentions, a stretch of land with water frontage is rare because “they’re not making any more” of them. However, this fact opens up the opportunity to either purchase an existing waterfront home with a long history, or start from the ground up by refurbishing or building a new construction. As featured below, many of the most expensive waterfront properties in Massachusetts are original mansions or homes that have been around for decades, as well as fully renovated estates that are new to the shore.

Nantucket and other shore towns in Massachusetts offer an array of opulent estates for the most discerning buyers, providing exclusive lifestyles that are not available elsewhere. “When you come to Nantucket, although you may not be travelling far, you really feel like you’ve gone someplace,” says Winn.

If you want to buy something for $10 million or more in Massachusetts, then here are your options:

$42,500,000
4 Middle Valley Road and 48 Shimmo Pond Road, Nantucket
Designed by renowned Jacobsen Architecture, the Harbor Hill Estate on the Shimmo waterfront features luxurious amenities, state-of-the-art systems and exceptional execution on an elevated harborfront, 4.5-acre parcel with private beach stairs.
Listed by Donna Barnett of Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

$35,000,000
260 Polpis Road, Nantucket
With over 60 acres and unobstructed views over Polpis Harbor, this Swain’s Neck estate is situated on a peninsula and potentially the island’s most private family retreat.
Listed by Jonathan Radford of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$32,750,000 to $28,500,000
72, 76 and 78 Pocomo Road, Nantucket
Unique waterfront compound with 300-degree dramatic views, privacy, direct access to a gorgeous sandy beach, boat moorings and multiple dwellings, including a main house, studio, 2-bedroom cottage, 6-car garage, pavilion and guesthouse.
Listed by Gary Winn, Bernadette Meyer, and Craig Hawkins of Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

$24,500,000
22 & 24 Easton Street, Nantucket
Perfectly situated on the inner harbor waterfront in the heart of Brant Point, this spectacular property boasts 120-plus feet of waterfront and one of only three private deepwater docks on the island.
Listed by Edward Sanford of Great Point Properties

$19,995,000
13 Squam Road, Nantucket
This oceanfront, private compound was designed for the discriminating buyer to enjoy the island of Nantucket with a main house, thoughtfully designed outdoor living areas and a private boardwalk that leads to Squam Beach.
Listed by Chris Kling of J. Pepper Frazier Real Estate

$19,995,000
97 Tilippi Run Street, Cape Cod, Chatham
Boasting one of the most spectacular properties on the Cape Cod shoreline, this shingle-clad, 6-bedroom estate is poised on 1.9 acres and majestically resides over the Atlantic Ocean, Monomoy
Islands and Nantucket Sound with 10,974 square feet of living space.
Listed by Christopher Rhinesmith of Pine Acres Realty

$19,950,000
119 and 119R Eel Point Road, Nantucket
An outstanding property consisting of 2 homes, each sitting on nearly 2 acres; offered together, the main house, studio and cottage overlook 4 acres of oceanfront real estate on the north shore of Nantucket Island.
Listed by Gary Winn of Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

$19,750,000
46 Easton Street, Nantucket
The most authentic, unrestored Old Nantucket homestead available on the island, “Auburn Cottage” is available for new owners for the first time in its history. This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own an iconic island landmark.
Listed by Bill McGowan of Lamacchia Realty, Inc.

$19,525,000
40, 41 & 43 Ocean Avenue, Nantucket
Located just a short distance from the center of Main Street, “The Sheiling” is an elegant home with many custom details throughout and panoramic ocean views from almost every room.
Listed by Jeanne Hicks of Lee Real Estate

$19,500,000
7 Starbuck Neck Road, Edgartown
A rare offering in one of Edgartown’s most coveted neighborhoods, this exclusive, 1.2-acre estate has spectacular water views of Edgartown Harbor, Edgartown lighthouse and Nantucket Sound from three sides of the house.
Listed by Thomas Wallace of Wallace and Co. Sotheby’s International Realty

$19,250,000
79 Turkeyland Cove Road, Edgartown
Custom-designed by Bradenburger Taylor Lombardo Architects from San Francisco, and built by reputable island builder John Early, this unique and lavish home is in a league by itself.
Listed by Thomas Leclair of LandVest

$18,900,000
192 and 187 Mishaum Point Road, Dartmouth
At the tip of Mishaum Point, Robert A.M. Stern created a Shingle-style masterpiece that is perfectly sited to embrace the full scope of its 270-degree ocean views and features handcrafted details throughout.
Listed by Robert Kinlin of Robert Paul Properties

$17,500,000
The Oaks, 49 Margin Street, Cohasset
The Oaks, a private 9.41-acre peninsula with 1,800 feet of ocean frontage and a protected 112-foot deepwater dock, is a magnificent 20,000-square-foot Georgian Revival mansion that has been renovated to the highest standards.
Listed by Jonathan Radford of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$16,995,000
45 Hulbert Avenue, Nantucket
The iconic Brant Point property is complemented by native Rosa Rugosa, a lush side and front lawn for entertaining and a 6-bedroom home, which boasts a balanced blend of yesteryear and today’s modern amenities.
Listed by Laura Fletcher of Great Point Properties

$16,950,000
50 Oyster Watcha Road, Edgartown
Ideally and prominently positioned on the southernmost peninsula of Oyster Pond, this idyllic compound offers over 1,200 feet of private waterfront on Oyster Pond and access to over 2,200 feet of Atlantic beach.
Listed by Peyton Wallace of Wallace and Co. Sotheby’s International Realty

$16,800,000
Kragsyde, 27 Smiths Point Road, Manchester
Finished in 2015, this modern stone and glass estate is a spectacular waterfront property that combines uncompromised ocean views with breathtaking modern architecture, contemporary convenience and unsurpassed luxury.
Listed by Darin Thompson of Stuart St. James, Inc.

$15,250,000
2 and 4 Morse Street, Edgartown
Multi-lot waterfront family compound consisting of two primary homes of equal quality and a separate studio/office, all with dramatic views of Edgartown Harbor, the Lighthouse, and Katama Bay.
Listed by Twanette Tharp of The Tharp Group

$14,500,000
96 Beach Road, Edgartown
This dramatic compound is set amidst 150 acres of conservation land. Completed in 2010, and offering almost 10,000 square feet of living space, this 5-bedroom, 7-bath custom home affords every amenity with exceptional finishes.
Listed by LandVest

$14,500,000
33 Proctor Street, Manchester
A rare opportunity to own a waterfront family compound consisting of 2± acres on Manchester Harbor. With 325± feet of water frontage, the property offers direct boating access to Manchester Bay and beyond.
Listed by Lanse Robb of LandVest

$13,995,000
8 Lavendar Lane, Nantucket
Stunning 280-degree panoramic and unobstructed water views can be enjoyed from this Eel Point location. The house and cottage sit on 5.5 acres and have direct beach paths to some of the island’s most ideal beaches.
Listed by Chris Kling of J. Pepper Frazier Real Estate

$13,900,000
421 Main Street, Osterville
Overlooking the beautiful waters of East Bay and Nantucket Sound sits this sophisticated yet intimate waterfront estate that has been completely upgraded from stem to stern with the highest-grade
materials and exceptional craftsmanship.
Listed by Robert Kinlin of Robert Paul Properties

$13,450,000
19 East Tristram Avenue, Nantucket
The quintessential Dionis waterfront property featuring an
attractive 4-bedroom, 4-bath home, high elevations allowing for expansive views of Nantucket Sound, and a wonderful bath and beach house.
Listed by Edward Sanford of Great Point Properties

$12,900,000
55 Eel Point Road, Nantucket
One of Nantucket’s most beautiful homes in one of Nantucket’s most valuable locations! Immaculate 5-bedroom, 5-bath residence on 2 acres with a rare backyard beach path.
Listed by Steve DiFrancesco of Hunter, Reed and Company

$12,500,000
27 Ocean Bluff Drive, New Seabury, Mashpee
This truly exquisite home has easy access to the flawless white sandy beach and is situated close to all the activities of Popponesset, New Seabury country club and golf club.
Listed by Paul Grover of Robert Paul Properties

$12,500,000
10-54 Sipson Island, Orleans
Sipson Island, a 25-acre landmark on the eastern coast of Cape Cod, is presented for sale in its entirety for the first time in generations and features several year-round dwellings and an extensive private beach.
Listed by Paul Grover of Robert Paul Properties

$12,250,000
17 Squam Road, Nantucket
With 180 degrees of spectacular ground-floor ocean views, few opportunities arise to find another rare 5-acre waterfront parcel like this one.
Listed by Susan Chambers and Juliet Hunter of Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

$11,950,000
13 Kingsbury Lane, Orleans
This secluded 4.4-acre waterfront estate overlooking Pleasant Bay features a new 8,500-square-foot residence with magnificent views of a bay studded with islands.
Listed by Robert Kinlin of Robert Paul Properties

$11,250,000
260 North Bay Road, Osterville
Capturing the luxurious spirit of Oyster Harbors, a private gated community, this stunning Royal Barry Wills waterfront residence features elegant interiors with rich details, extraordinary views and 275 feet of water frontage.
Listed by Robert Kinlin of Robert Paul Properties

$11,000,000
4 Gosnold’s Way, Chillmark
A rare opportunity to own one of Chillmark’s premier waterfront
locations. Enjoy over 22.75 acres of scenic, natural landscape from this unique parcel.
Listed by Gerret Conover of LandVest

$10,995,000
520 Shore Road, Chatham
Sand Bars is the largest waterfront parcel on Shore Road and offers stunning, elevated views of Chatham Harbor and the Atlantic.
Listed by Christopher Rhinesmith of Pine Acres Realty

$10,800,000
“The Whale,” 849 Main Street, Vineyard Haven
Affectionately known as “The Whale” and owned by the same Vineyard family for more than 60 years, this West Chop waterfront home on 1.62 acres in Vineyard Haven is a true Martha’s Vineyard classic.
Listed by Carol Shore of Coldwell Banker Landmarks Real Estate

$10,750,000
46 Shimmo Pond Road, Nantucket
“High Shimmo” is ideally situated at the end of Shimmo Pond Road, creating a private oasis accented with private beach and sweeping views of the harbor, the channel, and out to Nantucket Sound.
Listed by Edward Sanford of Great Point Properties

$10,750,000 or $20,000 a week
53 South Water Street, Edgartown
Harborfront on South Water Street, this 4-bedroom home is impeccably landscaped right down to the water’s edge. A quaint boathouse for kayak and fishing pole storage, plus a deepwater dock complete this special village home.
Listed by Gerret Conover of LandVest

$10,750,000
32 Ocean View Avenue, Edgartown
Located on exclusive Ocean View Avenue, this custom contemporary home offers panoramic views of Edgartown Harbor and Chappaquiddick Island.
Listed by Thomas Leclair of LandVest

$10,650,000
205 Eel Point Road, Nantucket
This waterfront wonder represents an opportunity to own 2.9 acres on the well-protected Madaket Harbor in Dionis. Enjoy beautiful sunsets, over 130 feet of beach, and water sports right out your back door.
Listed by John McGarr and Kristen Gaughan of William Raveis

$10,500,000
“Cliff Cottage,” 22 Quitsa Lane, Chillmark
Originally built in 1850 and remodeled by the current owners, “Cliff Cottage” enjoys one of the most picturesque settings and water views on Martha’s Vineyard and reflects today’s lifestyle and amenities.
Listed by Thomas Wallace of Wallace and Co. Sotheby’s International Realty

$10,000,000
32 Boldwater Road, Edgartown
This amazing property offers open living areas, countless unique features and an abundance of glass windows and doors facing the water and the beautiful landscaped grounds.
Listed by Gerret Conover of LandVest

This story originally appeared in Unique Homes Summer 2017. 

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By Alyssa Apuzzio
Palmetto Bluff, the largest remaining waterfront property on the East Coast, has debuted its second residential community, Moreland Village. Surrounded by rich history dating back 12,000 years, the architecture is designed to create seamless transitions between the indoors and outdoors.

Crescent Communities at Palmetto Bluff has committed to the recent expansion of the Crescent-managed forest area by an additional 90 acres, protecting this land from development and allowing the organization to study and maintain the land. This increases Palmetto Bluff’s protected acres to 12,631.

“The needs and interests of the land and wildlife lead everything we do here at Palmetto Bluff, and we’re in great hands with the Conservancy team helping to ensure that the Bluff’s original inhabitants, its wildlife, prosper,” said David O’Donoghue, Crescent Communities executive vice president, resort and second home.

Amenities include The Boundary, which features a bowling alley, restaurant, smokehouse, two pools, a fitness center and an art loft. Palmetto Bluff is also home to the newly expanded AAA Five Diamond
Montage Palmetto Bluff with fantastic golf, spa, canoe club, and culinary offerings — all surrounded by 32 miles of riverfront and extensive nature trails.

Palmetto Bluff is currently home to 466 families, with the long-term plan of developing another 3,500 homes.

Photo courtesy Crescent Communities

This story originally appeared in Unique Homes Ultimate ’17. Click here to see the digital version.

Managed by The Ritz-Carlton, this unique program offers owners a top tier beach experience tailored to their specific wants and needs.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, a shorefront luxury residential development, will introduce a new luxury beach concierge program as an additional perk for its residents.
“The beach concierge program adds yet another component to the recreational lifestyle offered at The Residences and is an extra layer of innovative amenities for our residents to enjoy,” said Ophir Sternberg, ceo and founding partner of Lionheart Capital, the developer of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach. “Whether you take a ride on our house yacht or house car, or venture out with friends and family, owners will have access to the best beaches in the city.”
 

 
Whether enjoying a day of fun-in-the-sun with family or relaxing on the beach, residents will have their special requests catered to. From setting up beach beds, umbrellas or towels to coordinating food and beverage options or transportation, the staff will do it all.
“Owners can experience an ultra-luxury lifestyle with access to an array of services and enriched amenities including beach club access, entertaining, dining options, and a number of spa services that can be booked through The Residences’  concierge,” adds Sternberg.

 
Additionally, the beach concierge program will introduce a partnership with Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach. The partnership will offer owners free access to the hotel’s beach club, as well as preferred rates on Eden Roc accommodations, fitness classes, personal training sessions, treatments at the new 22,000 square-foot spa and dining at Malibu Farm.
Available to the residents of the 111 condominiums and 15 single-family villas of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, the beach concierge program combines modern luxury living with personalized entertainment.

Photos courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach

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