5 Escapist Luxury Vacation Homes That Will Rock Your World

If money weren’t an issue, where would you like to own a lavish vacation home?

Yes, that’s a bit of a rhetorical question. As you sit simmering in your own private pied-à-terre, we thought now was the perfect time for a true real estate escape. You can gaze at cool retreats where life is easy and the properties are gorgeous and, of course, quite expensive.

These beauties on the market in some of America’s hottest vacation spots range from $3 million to $24.5 million.

But have fun! Watching these glorious escapades is free, and it’s a free summer pastime we can all really enjoy.

So grab a nice tall glass of lime and drink in these luxurious summer getaways.

Price: $2,495,000
Surf in Santa Cruz: Who could resist a vacation home in a place called Pleasure Point? It is the strip of sea and sand that lives up to its name near this modern contemporary of three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Located near the shores of Lake Moran, the property offers magnificent ocean views.

It’s also within walking distance of the beaches of Santa Cruz and the shops and restaurants of lower 41st Avenue.

The cushion comes with its own fun water features like a hot tub, fountain, and outdoor shower. Inside, the luxury layout includes floor-to-ceiling windows and sliders, multiple decks, an open floor plan, and custom finishes.

Santa Cruz, California



Price: $24,500,000
Celestial in Hawaii: As the price might suggest, this tropical paradise is so much more than a beach house. It resembles a lavish resort and is one of six beachfront parcels in luxurious Kaanapali.

Sitting on one acre of land, the 11,076 square foot mansion features eight en-suite bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms. Plus, there’s a beachfront pool with a cabana right in the middle.

It also has everything you and your long guest list could want: a media room, formal and informal dining areas, library/games room, gym and an expansive outdoor kitchen. Almost all bedrooms open to the great outdoors, so the sea breeze will find you.

Lahaina, Hawaii



Price: $8,900,000
Beautiful in Maine: Can you think of anything more romantic or relaxing than enjoying freshly caught shellfish on your own bluestone terrace?

On the cliffs overlooking Frenchman Bay, this grand cottage-style mansion sits on 3.68 acres. Imagine living like the Vanderbilts and Kennedys in their nearby estates.

This magnificent stretch, known as Eastern Watch, consists of two elegant residences: a three-story main house with four bedrooms and a two-bedroom carriage house with a children’s bunk room and a play loft.

Luxurious features include a three-story ocean-view living room with a granite fireplace, multi-story glass turret, and wine cellar.

Bar Harbor, Maine



Price: $11,500,000
Celeste in the Hamptons: This modernist masterpiece is so exclusive that no address is provided. But there are clues: it’s located “down the street from the Pollock-Krasner house” and it’s “located in Springs, the birthplace of Abstract Expressionism in East Hampton.”

This two-lot, 4.63-acre “sanctuary” was carefully created in 1974. The design features a heady four-bedroom, four-bathroom house on stilts. The beautiful abode was built for a world-renowned landscape architect, according to the listing.

The residence is located on a protected estuary and offers 180 degree views of the ocean and the surrounding wetlands and meadows. Perhaps most intriguing of all, there is a long, winding wooden boardwalk down to the water.

East Hampton, New York



Price: $3,325,000
Georgia at home in our minds: All the fanciest spots have titles, and this charming southern retreat is no exception: it’s called Three Rivers because it sits on 5 acres overlooking the Forest, Little Ogeechee and Ogeechee rivers.

Inspired by historic river homes, the four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom, 5,746-square-foot retreat was built with heart-yellow pine, original Savannah gray brick, and chestnut wood.

You can walk to the rivers and enjoy the 450 feet of deep water and marsh frontage. Or enjoy southern living from the comfort of various verandas, patios, decks and balconies.

Savannah, Georgia


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