As the summer winds down, we wanted to give you a look at America’s Coolest Beach Homes. These are the ‘coolest’ of the ‘cool’ – the best times of the summer beach sizzle like suntan lotion, bikinis, surf boards and Jimmy Buffett songs. They have it all from top-of-the-line design, technology and upscale amenities to breathtaking ocean views and crashing waves. All are now for sale.
California’s Malibu Beach has been a popular surf & sun site with 32 beaches on 21 miles of ocean since the Pacific Coast Highway came through town in the 1930s. More visitors and surfers hit the Malibu beaches after the 1960’s teen bikini movies were filmed there, followed by a wave of hit television shows including “Charlie’s Angels,” “Hannah Montana” and “Two and a Half Men.” Past and current celebrity residents range from Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston to Halle Berry, Ellen DeGeneres and Charlie Sheen. The Hollywood stars can choose from a large inventory of expensive homes to live on the Malibu sand. It is the site of the 2015 #1 Beach Home.
Malibu architect Ed Niles has long been known for functional cubist glass and steel homes designed to maximize natural light and landscapes. It’s the type of home he’s built for years for his clients, including the late Johnny Carson’s Malibu home. In 1910, Niles built a dream beach home for Dr. Wei-Tzuoh Chen, a California nephrologist. In addition to maximizing the beach experience, Dr. Chen wanted to incorporate his Chinese heritage and his vast collection of Asian art, antiques, and 80,000 classical albums into the home. He also asked for the exterior to be unassuming, but the good luck color of red should be prevalent. Even with the striking modern architecture, the house can barely be seen from the Pacific Coast Highway and almost everything from the open triangular cooking area and dining structure to the museum-quality art incorporates something red.
Located on one of Malibu’s best beaches and with the Santa Monica Mountains rising in the background, the 8,989-square-foot residence includes walls of steel beams, concrete, translucent fiberglass and glass walls with 29-foot ceilings that provide for Dr. Chen’s art collection, while allowing prisms of sunlight and breezes to sweep through the house and expansive ocean views. The home is now for sale at $53 million. The listing agents are Aitan Segal of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in San Diego and Ari Afshar of The Agency in Beverly Hills.
Other 2015 cool beach homes include Casa del Cielo (House of the Heavens) located on over an acre of prime Florida beachfront on Siesta Key Beach, voted the #1 Beach in America by Dr. Beach in 2011, for sale at $5.999 million, and a contemporary home of 7,473 square feet on Oahu, President Obama’s favorite Hawaii vacation beach, for sale at $18.5 million.
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