Beach homes offer a safe-haven from the buzz and chaos of daily life, a summer oasis that brings the eternal promise of escape.

Whether a sophisticated bungalow or chic cottage, there’s really no wrong way to go with a coastal backdrop. But there are varying degrees of the right way to go, and here, we've rounded up a few of our favorite seaside retreats.

Award-winning designs, such as Richard Meier & Partners’ Fire Island House and Peter Rose + Partners’ East House earned praise for their open, transparent layouts that feature sleek indoor/outdoor transitions, creating plenty of nooks for soaking up sunshine and the salty sea breeze. 

From New York to sunny Malibu, with stops in Tampa and Martha’s Vineyard along the way, these awe-inspiring designs elevate an already awe-inspiring view.