By Josh Saunders
A private island, tropical oceanfront escape, a seclude retreat offering views of grey whales are among the multimillion pound homes battling it out to be crowned BEST BEACH HOUSE.
These waterfront wonder-homes have been shortlisted for the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt competition.
The remaining 12 are now competing to be crowned winner of the ‘Waterfront Homes’ category, a title that is selected through public voting.
Anyone casting a vote before the closing date on July 17 will be entered into a £7.5k ($10k) prize sweepstake.
The competition is a joint venture from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®, that feature premium properties.
The finalists are all currently up for sale, costing as much as £8.93m ($11.8m), but feature everything from private island getaways, oceanfront retreats, secluded homes and more.
Stephanie Anton, President of Luxury Portfolio International®, said: “Waterfront properties have an enduring appeal and are always popular with the voters in the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt.
These homes make the most of their idyllic settings with features like private docks, waterfront pools, and large windows to showcase the views.”
LISTED: THE HOMES
CRAFTMANS RETREAT ON ORCAS ISLAND
A secluded lodge on Orcas Island, Washington, USA, offers picturesque views and a walkout waterfront with 700ft of shoreline and joint use dock.
Described as ideal for launching kayaks, harvesting shellfish or combing the beach, the three-bedroom home nestled within 30 acres land is up for £3.7m ($4.9m).
NEW JERSEY HOME ON THE HARBOUR
This harbour home in Stone Harbour, New Jersey, USA, has been kitted out in stunning materials to complements the pretty surroundings.
Up for sale at £4.54m ($5.99m) – it has six-en-suite-bedrooms alongside double high cathedral ceilings, a chef’s kitchen and fixed dock.
LUXURY BEACH HOME IN BOCA RATON
Offering breath-taking views of the intracoastal waterway this six-bedroom estate in Boca Raton, Florida, USA, is described as a ‘striking residence’ due to its design.
With 202ft of waterfront with east facing architecture, a state of the art club room, media room and oversized heated infinity edge pool and spa, it’s up for sale at £8.7m ($11.5m).
SUN-SOAKED VILLA IN LAGUNA BEACH
Described as an ‘entertainers dream’, this Italian-style villa in Laguna Beach, California, USA, is a mere 1,000 steps from luscious sands and up for sale at £8.9m ($11.8m).
The four-bed home boasts an infinity pool, lionhead spa, fountains with koi, along with indoor luxury including, a library/man-cave with en-suite, wine cellars and more.
SWISS PENTHOUSE ON THE LAKE
This picturesque property located in Ascona, Switzerland, offer stunning views of sailboats as they glide along the waters of Lake Maggiore.
The 300-square-metre duplex has a private balcony fitted with smooth stone decking, along with a swimming pool and more.
CONTEMPORARY BEACH HOUSE IN TURKS AND CAICOS
Offering views of the striking aqua blue ocean water from every room and its own private tidal beach, this four-bedroom-home is described a small slice of paradise.
Situated within the protected Alexandra National Park, in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, it’s up for sale at £4.9m ($6.5m).
Alongside a contemporary designed home, it also offers snorkelling among coral heads teaming with aquatic life.
SECLUDED ISLAND ESCAPE IN WASHINGTON
This ‘one of a kind’ waterfront retreat in Camano Island, Washington, USA, that’s located on eight luscious acres and is up for sale at £2.3m ($3.1m).
It offers views of the landscape as well as grey whales leaping among the waves and bald eagles soaring above the head.
The six-bedroom home also has fruit trees, flower and vegetable gardens, as well as a chicken coup and barns.
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CHARMING CAPE COD-STYLE RETREAT
Offering ‘fun of sun, sea and sand’ this remarkable retreat up for sale at £5.8m ($7.750m) combines community activities with stunning seclusion.
Located in Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA, the five-bedroom home is described as fit for comfortable family living, intimate gatherings or grand entertaining.
LONG ISLAND HOME WITH PRIVATE DOCK
This Hamptons-esque beach house with on Shelter Island, New York, USA, is up for sale at £3.02m ($3.995m).
With four-bedrooms and expansive water views, a private dock and mooring, it allows for a boat, kayak, paddleboard and other water sports in its calm protected waters.
HAWAIIAN BEACH BUNGALOW
This oceanfront tropical escape in Lahaina, Hawaii, USA up for sale at £6.7m ($8.9m), offers panoramic views of the islands and sunsets.
The four-bedroom beach house has white sandy beaches just a few steps away with a surf spot nestled within a gated ten home community.
To keep the original feel of the property, which is up for sale for the first time in two decades years, also offers hand-sewn Hawaiian quilts, artwork and more.
SEASIDE VILLA NEAR SARDINIA, ITALY
Located in the desirable Costa Smeralda this seafront villa in Sardinia, Italy, offers outstanding coastal views and privacy.
The six-bedroom offers bright living space with a spacious outdoor area, overlooking the panoramic vistas and breath-taking sunset.
PRIVATE ISLAND IN NORWALK, CONNECTICUT
Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this secluded island property is only accessible through a five-minute boat ride.
It boasts an impressive five-bedroom Tudor-style estate, a boat house, caretaker cottage and maintenance shed, as well as two private beaches.
Situated in the waters near Norwalk, Connecticut, USA, the private island is decorated with pretty stone paths and ornamental grass for exploring.
For more info or to register your vote and enter into the sweepstake visit: www.hgtv.com