If money were no object, where would you love to own a lavish vacation home?
Yes, it’s a bit of a rhetorical question. As you sit simmering in your own private pied-à-terre, we thought the time was perfect for some true real estate escapism. You can contemplate cool retreats where the living is easy and the properties are gorgeous—and, of course, pretty expensive.
These beauties on the market in some of the most appealing vacation spots in the U.S. are going for anywhere from $3 million to $24.5 million.
But treat yourself! Looking at these glorious getaways is free, and that’s a no-cost summer pastime we can all truly enjoy.
So grab a nice, tall glass of limeade, and drink in these luxurious summer getaways.
Surf’s up in Santa Cruz: Who could resist a vacation home on a spot called Pleasure Point? That’s the aptly named strip of sea and sand close to this three-bedroom, 2.5-bath modern contemporary. Located near the shores of Moran Lake, the property offers gorgeous ocean views.
It’s also within walking distance to Santa Cruz beaches and the shops and restaurants on lower 41st Avenue.
The pad comes with its own fun water features like a hot tub, fountain, and outdoor shower. Inside, the luxe layout boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and sliders, multiple decks, an open floor plan, and custom designer finishes.
Heavenly in Hawaii: As the price tag might suggest, this tropical paradise is so much more than a beach house. It feels like a lavish resort and is one of only six beachfront parcels in luxurious Kaanapali.
Sitting on a full acre of land, the 11,076-square-foot mansion features eight en suite bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms. Plus, there’s a beachfront pool with a cabana right in the middle of it.
It also has everything you and your extensive guest list could desire: a media room, formal and informal dining areas, a library/game room, a gym, and an extensive outdoor kitchen. Almost all the rooms open up to the great outdoors, so the sea breezes will find you.
Magnificent in Maine: Can you think of anything more romantic or relaxing than enjoying freshly caught crustaceans on your own bluestone terrace?
On the cliffs overlooking Frenchman Bay, this grand cottage-style mansion sits on 3.68 acres. Imagine living like the Vanderbilts and Kennedys did on their estates nearby.
This magnificent spread, known as Eastern Watch, consists of two elegant residences: a three-story, four-bedroom main house and a two-bedroom carriage house with a children’s bunk room and play loft.
Luxurious features include an ocean-view, three-story living room with a granite fireplace, a multistory windowed turret, and a wine cellar.
Heavenly in the Hamptons: This modernist masterpiece is so exclusive, no address is provided. But there are clues: It’s located “down the street from the Pollock-Krasner House,” and it’s “set in the Springs, East Hampton’s birthplace of abstract expressionism.”
This two-parcel, 4.63-acre “sanctuary” was carefully created in 1974. The design includes a heady, four-bedroom, four-bath home on stilts. The beautiful abode was built for a world-renowned landscape architect, according to the listing.
The residence sits on a protected estuary and has 180-degree views of the ocean and the surrounding wetlands and meadows. Perhaps most intriguing of all, there’s a long, meandering wooden boardwalk to the water.
Georgia home on our mind: All of the fanciest places have titles, and this lovely Southern retreat is no exception: It’s called Three Rivers because it sits on 5 acres with views of the Forest, Little Ogeechee, and Ogeechee rivers.
Inspired by the historic river houses, the four-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 5,746-square-foot retreat was built with heart yellow pine, original Savannah gray bricks, and chestnut wood.
You can walk to the rivers and take advantage of the 450 feet of deep water and marsh frontage. Or enjoy Southern living from the comfort of various verandas, decks, terraces, and balconies.