What could be better than waking up every morning to a million dollar view of the sun rising over the horizon? Every day, you grab the surfboard and catch some waves before brekkie, maybe throw a few shrimps on the barbie and watch the sunset reflect off the water from your private balcony. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it?
From contemporary to traditional, Asian-influenced to downright wacky, the coastline of Australia is dotted with stunning beachfront homes. Some of the homes listed are lived in year-round and some are for sale, while others can be rented by the night, which means a little bit of luxury is within everyone’s grasp, even for a short time.
Check out these 7 stunners below; bets on that you’ll be packing your suitcase by the time you’ve finished reading.
1. Avalon Coastal Retreat, Swansea
Price: $770.00 per night for up to six people
The views from Avalon are simply stunning. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows capturing the scene beyond, you won’t miss any of the East Coast’s beautiful Great Oyster Bay. Take a walk down to the beach, swim in the ocean or grab your binoculars check out the birds and sea life. If you’d prefer some quiet time just relax and read on the large terrace overlooking the bay. At night, why not enjoy a nice bottle of Australian red wine next to the glorious fireplace with the one you love.
Designed by award-winning architect Craig Rosevear, Avalon is a perfect fusion of steel girder and glass design, to maximize the impact of its surroundings. It won the Residential Award in 2005 from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects for Tasmania. With room for six, you might want to consider rounding up some of your mates for a holiday you’ll no doubt talk about for a long time.
2. 3/148 Brighton Boulevard, Bondi Beach
Own a slice of the good life on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach with home loan for just over $2.5 million. Imagine having your lunch outside on that terrace. This two-storey townhouse apartment has both Bondi Beach and ocean views, and with a 100 square metre private terrace and garden the new owners will definitely appreciate the views while soaking up the sun.
Inside are three generous bedrooms, a spa bathroom, granite kitchen and a separate studio/office. A double garage and visitor parking means you can share your lovely home with others, though with the thoughts of sunset cocktails and beach side barbies, you may never be able to get rid of some friends and family!
3. Ron Roozen’s Beach House, Prevelly
Price: from $550 per night
Designed by prominent Sydney architect Dale Jones-Evans, Ron Roozen’s Beach House, near Margaret River, is a surfer’s paradise. With 180 degree views of the Indian Ocean from every room, this home has been featured in international style magazines and the travel section of many newspapers.
The home of local artist and surfer Ron Roozen, it can be rented with all the bells and whistles – a private chef, in-house masseuse and local wine tours. The house is in a secluded setting on a hill side and is in close proximity to world-class surf breaks and stunning beaches. Plus, the award winning Margaret River wineries and restaurants are nearby.
The property features three bedrooms and three separate outside terrace areas from which to drink in the view. You may never want to leave.
4. Beach House, Kingscliff, New South Wales
This beautiful beachfront property is on the East Coast of Australia. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, it has been finished to a high standard throughout. The exterior has a deep-pitched gable roof and salt-white weatherboards, offering stylish beachfront living, albeit at a top-whack price. Inspired by Melbourne’s Brighton bathing boxes and the Ralph Lauren styling of the Hamptons in New York State, it successfully combines luxury living with an easy, breezy seaside style.
Modern eco-building has been used to reduce energy and water consumption: environmentally-friendly and sustainable materials have been used throughout – including the use of recycled timbers. The property sits in the sub-tropical community of Salt Village, an easy hour’s drive south of Brisbane. Not only do you have the ocean on your doorstep, but there is a pool with a separate hideaway at the end, which can be used as an office, guest room or granny flat.
5. Mystique Beach House, Newell Beach
Price: $650 per night for up to six people
This home is designed over one level and makes the most of its beautiful and peaceful beachside location. Cool yourself with the sea breeze off the Coral Sea, while basking in the sunshine, appreciating the glorious setting.
The house boasts uninterrupted views across to Port Douglas, Low Isles and Snapper Island. If you want to venture further out, Newell beach is well situated for exploring the Daintree rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll never be bored of things to do – the owners provide kayaks for your use and private yoga sessions can be arranged.
Inside, Italian travertine marble floors are laid throughout, there is a designer kitchen plus four bedrooms and three bathrooms. With luxury, space, glorious views and a serene setting, Mystique Beach House would be ideal for a holiday to remember.
6. Beach House, Broadbeach Waters, Queensland
This unusual home in the beautiful setting of Australia’s Gold Coast is truly individualistic in its design. Tremendous thought and planning has gone into the design to create a space which works well for many different uses.
The home is built around an outside space – bi-fold glass doors open up the kitchen, lounge and family room allowing for a natural flow between inside and outside spaces. The large outdoor terrace offers 180 degree views of the water and a curved infinity pool makes this property ideal for water babies and sunbathers alike. A few steps down from the pool takes you to the Main River, where residents have fast boat access to the ocean.
This waterfront home features five bedrooms, plus a study. There is a vast, formal living room separate from the other living quarters, too, offering an adult-only space to visit away from the rest of the house but has plenty of room for everyone keen to enjoy the great outdoors.
7. Sydney Beachouse Hostel
Price: From $24
A slice of the beachfront life doesn’t have to be the sole reserve of the rich. This YHA Youth Hostel allows you to experience the best of beachfront vacationing at a fraction of the cost.
Located at Collaroy Beach in the middle of Sydney’s Northern Beaches you have the best of beach life right on your doorstep. The Northern Beaches boast 24 surfing beaches, which are among the best in the world.
Sydney Beachouse offers the following FREE equipment for your use: bicycles, beach volleyball equipment, surfboards, boogieboards and snorkelling sets, so there’s no excuse not to sample the best that the Northern Beaches has to offer. And at this price, you could definitely afford a little more than a few nights of beachfront life.
Knight Hooson was born and educated in Canada before moving to Great Britain in 2002. After surviving several years working with large American Private Equity firms in Mayfair, he now turns his hand to freelance writing for a variety of print and web-based clients. When not working, he enjoys learning about wine and exploring France - especially at the same time. www.knighthooson.com Read more posts by Knight.