The coast at Big Sur offers grand ocean views, many with distant backdrops of sweeping hillsides and rocky cliffs. This 1,900-square-foot home, designed by architect Mary Ann Schicketanz, hugs a hill of red fescue and California oat grass, affording the homeowners a front row view of the deep blue sea.
Visions of surf and sea reflect off of the 10-foot-tall windows at this seaside Oregon house. While the interior of the home, designed by Portland firm Boora Architects, is truly magnificent, it’s the “amazing view” that understandably drew the homeowners to this beachfront property.
The Harry Gesner-designed Cooper Wave House in Malibu is situated so close to the Pacific Ocean, it practically rides its waves. Built in the late 1950s, the home displays a unique wave-like roofline in honor of its environment.
Another of Harry Gesner’s designs perches atop Malibu cliffs with incredible views of the ocean, seen here through gigantic Gothic windows.
Heading far south of the border, to the seaside cliffs of Tunquen, Chile, the environmentally-friendly Casa Cuatro floats 180-feet above the surf. Built by the homeowner’s daughter, architect Barbara Bernal, the well-planned home offers magnificent views. An open-plan welcomes ocean breezes to circulate through the space.
Viewing the Pacific from an eastern shoreline, this home in Maui has a unique angled roof designed to resemble the surrounding cliffs and a wooden deck that extends the living space outdoors.
Designed by Norman Millar, dean of the Woodbury School of Architecture, and Judith Sheine, head of the architecture department at the University of Oregon, this modern, rustic retreat in Northern California offers its owner, a Los Angeles radiologist, stunning ocean views and respite from big city life.