39 Beach House Designs from Around the World (PHOTOS)

Aerial view of large Florida beach mansion with extensive grounds


Growing up and still living in a coastal community, I’ve been exposed to beach houses all of my life.  Even when I went to college, which was located in Western Michigan which, spectacular lake beach houses (on Lake Michigan – see Lake Michigan image below).

While I’ve never lived in a home situated on the beach, like many people, I love the idea of having a house on the beach – whether my main residence or a vacation home (or both).

In college my roommate’s family owned a 5 acre property on Lake Michigan.  Lake Michigan waterfront is some of the finest in the world with endless sandy beaches and in some areas huge sand-dunes flowing to the water.  My roommate’s family’s home was perched high up above the lake with a series of steps to their private sandy beach.  I had the good fortune of spending many weeks and weekends at that home.  We lounged in the rich sand, swam for hours and enjoyed evening fires in the fire pit on the beach.

Lake Michigan Beach

Beach on Lake Michigan

Beach on Lake Michigan

I grew up with a friend whose family owned a condo in a beach-front condo community on the Island of Maui in Hawaii (yeah, I’ve been fortunate to have many good friends, some of whom had vacation homes in the finest places in the World).  To a 14 year old kid, it was hard to beat 3 weeks steps away from an incredible boogie boarding beach.

Napili Beach, Maui

Napili Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Napili Beach, Maui, Hawaii. Source: Derek van Vliet

These days my beach home living experiences is limited to vacation rentals; although our home is a block from the beach which is the next best thing (and fairly luxurious in and of itself).  I hope to always live in coastal communities because there’s something freeing about being close to a large body of water.  With a little luck and some hard work my family and I may be able to get a home directly on the water.

There are as many beach home designs and architectural styles as there are beaches throughout the world.  This post features 36 distinct beach house styles from all over the world.  Enjoy our gallery.


38 More Beach Houses (Photo Gallery)

Aerial view of the front Florida beach mansion

Aerial view of the front Florida beach mansion with pool, circular driveway and extensive beach.

Aerial view of beach homes

Aerial view of beach homes.

Modern three-story beach house with floor-to-ceiling windows and palm trees

Modern three-story beach house with floor-to-ceiling windows and palm trees.

White beach mansion on Star Island, Florida

White beach mansion on Star Island, Florida. Star Island is renowned for being a beach enclave for the super rich. The Island, situated just outside Miami, Florida is chock full of spectacular waterfront mansions like this one. Source: meunierd / Shutterstock.com

White beach mansion with red roof and wrap-around deck and patio

White beach mansion with red roof and wrap-around deck and patio. This is an example of a luxurious beach mansion with columns and an ornate exterior design.

Grey shingle style beach house with lookout tower and white framed windows

Grey shingle style beach house with lookout tower and white framed windows. This style is common throughout the East Coast of the United States (although this example is a particularly nice shingle style home).

Cliff-side Waterfront beach villa in Italy

Cliff-side Waterfront beach villa in Italy. Although not situated on the beach, it is waterfront and is an excellent example of the waterfront villas that pepper the Italian coast.

Wood beach house in Thailand with tropical trees scattered throughout the yard and elevated covered deck

Wood beach house in Thailand with tropical trees scattered throughout the yard and elevated covered deck.

Multi-colored bright beach house with palm trees

Multi-colored bright beach house with palm trees.

2-story beach house with columns and full-width decks

2-story beach house with columns and full-width decks.

Thatch roof house on the beach in the Maldives

Thatch roof house on the beach in the Maldives. Simple design and small compared to other featured homes in this gallery; however, the beach is second-to-none (for which the Maldives is famous).

Classic A-frame home on a sandy beach with palm trees

Classic A-frame home on a sandy beach with palm trees.

Private island with brick beach house

Private island with brick beach house. Private islands provide for the ultimate in privacy.

Large 2-story beach house on sand dune with full-width sun deck and floor-to-ceiling windows

Large 2-story beach house on sand dune with full-width sun deck and floor-to-ceiling windows. This is a common home design found on the East Coast USA as well as the waterfront of the Great Lakes, USA.

Barn-style beach house with attached lookout tower

Barn-style beach house with attached lookout tower.

Simple barn-style grey beach house with picket fence

Simple barn-style grey beach house with picket fence.

Bright white beach mansion in Turkey

Bright white beach mansion in Turkey.

3-story beach villa in Greece

3-story beach villa in Greece.

Arabic-designed beach home

Arabic-designed beach home.

Massive beach villa in Dubai

Massive beach villa in Dubai. Dubai is a playground for the rich and as the wealthy flock to the United Arab Emirates, more and more spectacular waterfront villas are built.

3-story beach house

3-story beach house with an eclectic design.

White villa on beach with large swimming pool

White villa on beach with large swimming pool.

4 Malibu beach homes

4 Malibu beach homes. Malibu has long been a beach community for the rich and famous. With limited space, the homes are long and narrow. The beachfront homes are built directly on the sand.

Beach mansion in Hawaii

Beach mansion in Hawaii.

French chateau on the beach in Biarritz

French chateau on the beach in Biarritz.

French chateau on the beach in Biarritz

Vancouver beach mansion on rocky beach

Vancouver beach mansion on rocky beach. Vancouver is home to many beach homes in a huge array of styles. This home is unusual in that it’s on a wide lot; whereas most Vancouver waterfront properties are narrow similar to Malibu, California.

Waterfront mansion in Cape Cod, Massachusetts USA

Waterfront mansion in Cape Cod, Massachusetts USA.

Newport Beach palace in Newport, Rhode Island USA

Rosecliff mansion in Newport, Rhode Island USA. Few beach mansions match the oppulance of the the “cottages” built in Newport during the Gilded Age. Source: Ritu Manoj Jethani / Shutterstock.com

Red and blue palace on the ocean in Europe

Red and blue palace on the ocean in Europe.

Beach villa on Lake Como, Italy

Beach villa on Lake Como, Italy. Como Lake has long been a destination for the jet-set rich; however, it skyrocketed in popularity when George Clooney purchased a villa here.

Classic East Coast USA beach home in Rhode Island

Classic East Coast USA beach home in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is home to many beach homes other than the famous gilded age mansions (see the Rosecliff cottage above).

Beach house in the Caribbean

Beach house in the Caribbean

Beach villa in El Gouna, Egypt

Beach villa in El Gouna, Egypt

White beach home on large grounds with palm trees

White beach home on large grounds with palm trees.

Rambling hillside mediterranean style beach mansion in La Jolla, California USA

Rambling hillside mediterranean style beach mansion in La Jolla, California USA.

White beach home in Zasteni Bay, Greece

White beach home in Zasteni Bay, Greece.

Modern hillside 3-story beach house in white with decks on each level

Modern hillside 3-story beach house in white with decks on each level.

Craftsman Shingle beach home with lookout towerClick here to learn more about this classic shingle-style beach home.

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