8 of Our Favorite Beach Houses

The East House located in Chilmark, MA set in along the eroding Martha’s Vineyard’s western coast.

East House, Peter Rose Partners, Chilmark, Mass.

Fire Island House, Designed by Richard Meier & Partners. The north, east, and west façades are largely formed from double-height glazed walls that maximize daylight and views.

Living room, with a view toward the second level and office loft.

Chico Beach Cottages Silverdale, Wash. This small waterfront community, which boasts magnificent views of Mount Rainier.

The cottages offer spacious open kitchens for feeding weary beach-goers.

Genius Loci in Montauk, NY offers a spectacular interpretation of a traditional beach house.

Genius Loci offers a unique indoor/outdoor dining and entertainment area.

Gores Beach Villa in Malibu, Calif. offers an amazing resort experience which includes a pool, gym and yoga room.

Living room with large doors with direct access to the beach.

Houses of Indian Beach in Sarasota, Fl. Each level extends out to covered plazas.

Hurricane-resistant translucent glass affords some privacy, eliminating the need for window treatments.

Slaughterhouse Beach House in Lahaina, HI. Architect Tom Kundig was Traditional Hawaiian buildings inspired the home's corrugated metal roofs, which are tailored to the site's wind patterns.

When the walls are raised, the house feels more like an open-air pavilion--with direct sightlines to the water.

Gardiners Bay Beach House in
Amagansett, NY. Fred Stelle created experiential architecture that directs attention to the untamed splendor of its setting.

The building's core, where the kitchen lies, opens up, transforming it and two adjacent decks into an outdoor room.

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