Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. It’s time to wash and fold the beach towels, let the air out of the pool floats and post those latest vacation photos on social media.
But we would like to extend the season just a bit little longer. After all, dreaming of the sun and the beach never gets old and can get us through the dark days of winter when kids build snowmen rather than sand castles.
Of course, year-round beach life isn’t cheap, but sailing and dreaming are free. Dive into these five oceanside oases where summer seems to last forever.
Ventura Highway: About a half hour south of Santa Barbara and north of Malibu is the sleepy little beach town of Ventura. This is where this immaculate three bedroom home sits serenely on the sand in a gated beach community.
Built in 1990, the 2,300-square-foot residence is dramatically updated, with lovely design touches like teak wood ceilings, a wall of patio doors facing the beach, and a massive deck with a fire pit.
The two-story clapboard home features an open concept living area downstairs with a lovely green tiled kitchen and ocean views from every room.
Gulf Glory: More of a beach castle than a humble beach house, this Mediterranean estate on a large lot offers direct access to the sand and waves. There’s also a pool on the side of the house in case you can’t take a few extra steps to the beach.
Within its 6,860 square feet there are all the luxury amenities you could want. Spread over three floors, the six-bedroom home is packed with elegant features such as marble floors, a 30-foot-tall entrance hall, coffered ceilings, and carved columns.
Billed as the perfect home workplace, there’s a chic office with bespoke cabinets and desks. But the real draw is the beautiful stretch of beach. Residents will likely spend most of their time soaking up the sun on the many terraces and balconies.
P-Town Treasure: Brimming with history, this classic Cape Cod shingle beach house was built in the mid-19th century. It was once the home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and director Abe Burrowsand is on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Renovations and additions have been made over the decades and it now comprises three bedrooms and 2
The location is ideal too. It is within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, and the fun nightlife that Provincetown is famous for.
Sweet Home Alabama: This cottage-style beach house has been on the market for over 250 days, so it might be time to move.
There are four bedrooms (and two master suites), four bathrooms and an additional loft. It can also accommodate four-legged family members, as it sits on one of the few dog-friendly beaches in the area. For nature lovers, promise of nesting sea turtles nearby.
Located in the coveted neighborhood of Gulf Shores, the beachfront home has a brand new roof and is elevated on stilts.
Ahoy, buddy! : This six bedroom home is located directly on Pirate’s Beach on the Gulf Coast, where the water is warm and the waves gentle.
There’s plenty of room for an entire extended family, as there’s an abundance of built-in bunk beds in the bedrooms. According to the details of the listing, the house has a “strong rental history”, which means a new owner can also benefit from additional income if they wish.
Multiple decks and balconies extend her 3,116 square feet of outdoor living space, making her an ideal retreat in the Lone Star State.