8 Dream Homes Serving Up a Slice of Island Life

From Hawaii to Nantucket, see a few gems currently on the market.

Island living means coffee on a balcony overlooking the ocean, or al fresco dining after a long day on the sand and the surf. With prime locations, beautiful architecture and idyllic temperatures nearly year-round, it’s easy to see why people pay a premium to live on an island.

But for those of us who are stuck in the city or suburbs for most of the year: mix up a Mai Tai, put on The Beach Boys and get in the spirit of summer by looking at these 8 exquisite island homes.

Freeland, WA

1924 Shore Ave, Freeland, WA
For sale: $2.995 million

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This home on Whidbey island has no shortage of scenic views — with the ability to see Mount Rainier, the Seattle skyline and ocean from the comfort of the living room. Blue shaker siding on the outside of the house, close proximity to the water and elegant interior finishes, like wide-plank wood flooring and charming built-ins, make this an extraordinary and comfortable island home.

See more homes for sale in Freeland.

Nantucket, MA

222 Eel Point Rd, Nantucket, MA
For sale: $12.995 million

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This Nantucket home takes the classic image of an East Coast beach house and turns it on its head. With clean lines, modern design and the use of solar and geothermal power, this home is anything but cookie cutter. The property spans nearly 5 acres with waterfront access, making it easy to explore the beautiful coastline.

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Tybee Island, GA

3 6th Ter, Tybee Island, GA
For sale: $3.175 million

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Located within a few steps of the water, this Tybee Island home has sweeping ocean views and a private walkway down to the beach. Inside, the home is just as exquisite with elegant details such as Spanish ironwork on the front doors, trace ceilings in the master bedroom, an elevator, and an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Key West, FL

311 Elizabeth St, Key West, FL
For sale: $3.95 million

Photo from Zillow listing.

This historic Key West home is a relaxing place to come back to at the end of a long day playing on the beach. With an inviting porch on the first and second floors, a spacious guesthouse, beautiful hardwood floors, a pool in the backyard and 4 total kitchens throughout the house, it’s the perfect space to find comfort in paradise.

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Johns Island, SC

140 Flyway Dr, Johns Island, SC
For sale: $11.95 million

Photo from Zillow listing.

This unique Southern coastal home has all the hallmarks of a perfect island home: great access to the beach, unbelievable views from the large balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room that let in ample natural light. But, what sets this home apart are its interesting architectural details. This home has many rounded walls, curved windows and a circular foyer that almost make it feel like an observatory deck overlooking the ocean.

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Lahaina, HI

704 Mokuleia Pl, Lahaina, HI
For sale: $9.4 million

Photo from Zillow listing.

This Lahaina home is the quintessential picture of island living. Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean combined with luxurious finishes such as intricately carved kitchen cabinets, paneling in the office and coffered ceilings in the master suite. The home includes over 2 acres of land as well as a pool and spa. It also comes with a private chipping and putting green.

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Quogue, NY

216 Dune Rd, Quogue, NY
For sale: $19.7 million

Photo from Zillow listing.

Nicknamed The Sandcastle, this Quogue home is made for beach royalty. A heated infinity pool overlooking the ocean, wrought-iron staircase railing, box wainscoting and folding glass doors letting in the ocean breeze are just a few of the dreamy details that make up this island home.

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Hilton Head Island, SC

121 Dune Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC
For sale: $3.995 million

Photo from Zillow listing.

Traditional meets modern in this charming island home. Classic Southern details like painted shutters, an apron sink in the kitchen, and dark wood used throughout the home are juxtaposed with a state-of-the-art media room upstairs, creating the perfect beach getaway for the modern family. Enjoy private beach access and beautiful views from the covered porch that’s complete with a cozy fireplace.

Check out more Hilton Head Island listings.


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Staging on Steroids: Swans, Helicopters and Trucks Full of Furniture

Tool around ritzy parts of Los Angeles for a day, and you’re likely to see at least one Meridith Baer moving van.

Baer is the area’s foremost real estate stager, fixing up homes for the rich and famous — sometimes so well the owners (like Scarlett Johansson) stay a while longer. One of Baer’s greatest triumphs was staging the mansion that the Milken family reportedly bought for $102 million in cash, including all the furniture.

Staging comes in all shapes and price ranges, but essentially it’s the art of creating appeal for potential buyers by encouraging them to picture themselves in a home. It leans toward neutral colors and conventional flair.

Sometimes, though, staging goes right over the top:

The swans

These swans were used to stage a Beverly Hills home built by Mohamed Hadid of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Shahs of Sunset” fame. The Crescent Palace, aka Le Palais, was plenty luxe before the birds arrived — with a 40-seat theater, a 200-person ballroom and a Turkish room that’s become a Hadid hallmark. Listing agents for the palace, which sold for $32.75 million, were Joyce Rey and Stacy Gottula of Coldwell Banker Previews International.

The helicopter

Those same agents used a bird of a different sort for the Palazzo di Amore in Beverly Hills: A helicopter was hired to snap images andvideo footage from above. Also built by Hadid, the estate is currently the priciest listing in the country at $195 million. It too boasts a Turkish room by Hadid — plus two wine cellars that hold 13,000 bottles and barrels, a 50-seat theater and a 15,000-square-foot entertainment center with a revolving dance floor.

The furniture

When Baer and her team staged this penthouse in The Seychelle luxury condo building near Santa Monica pier (asking price $10 million), they “wanted it to feel coastal, but not on the nose — more like home,” she said. They filled the space with furniture that feels like home, but is low enough to stay out of the way of the beach views. “Whatever you see on the outside, we wanted to bring in.” The penthouse is being sold by Related California.

The art

Most staging involves some art, but this newly built modern home in Beverly Hills features world-class art chosen not by a traditional stager, but by an art gallery. The agents for the $3.895 million listing are Paul Lester, Aileen Comora and Michael Perez of The Agency.

The Porsche

The listing with the art also featured a McLaren sports car at one of its house-for-sale parties, but a white Porsche stayed for staging purposes. The amped-up staging is “about curating a luxury lifestyle experience that combines not only great furniture, but bespoke art pieces from galleries, cars that might fit the lifestyle of the new owner, and if there’s an event, serving a wonderful array of foods from neighborhood gourmet restaurants and wine tastings from a local winehouse,” said Lester, a partner and founder of The Agency.

The whole enchilada

Luxury-level staging often involves just a few rooms — but Baer staged the entire 10,000 square feet of this $17 million listing in Pacific Palisades, down to the fern in the kitchen and the throw in the home theater. Then she staged outside, including multiple seating areas on the porch and by the pool. The listing agents are F. Ron Smith of Partners Trust and Aaron Kirman of the John Aaroe Group.

Published by Melissa Allison on Zillow Blog.

7 Luxury Home Features That Buyers Demand

Nearly 40% of home buyers are thinking about upgrading to a house on the high end of the market, according to a recent Realtor.com® survey on luxury homes.

Even though every luxury home depends on the whims of the owners, builders, and dreamers behind these decadent digs, there are a few features consumers have deemed most important. A chef’s kitchen, vibrant views, and an expansive master bedroom suite were cited in the survey as the most important features by buyers considering a luxury purchase.

With those luxurious attributes in mind, we scouted out a few high-end features in homes currently on the market. These properties are all asking $2 million or (much) more, but if luxury is what you want, these places deliver…

1. Views – 385 Golden Oak Dr – Portola Valley, CA – $5.1 million

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2. Chef’s Kitchen – 11459 Bellagio Rd – Los Angeles, CA – $18,995,000

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3. Outdoor Kitchen – 5551 E Orchid Ln – Paradise Valley, AZ – $4,295,000

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4. Water Slide – 7724 E Santa Catalina Dr – Scottsdale, AZ – $2,299,000

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5. Full Bar – 24127 Long Valley Rd – Hidden Hills, CA – $3,549,000

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6. Infinity Pool – 2095 Temple Hills Dr – Laguna Beach, CA – $12,888,000

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7. Outdoor Living Room – 570 Allendale Rd – Pasadena, CA – $5,995,000

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 This article was originally published by Erik Gunther on realtor.com. To see the original article, click here.