Luxury Living: Homes in cities by the sea

Do you want to go to the beach today — or visit an art gallery? Here are 5 luxury homes, from Sydney to San Francisco, where the metropolis meets the ocean — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

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  • Neerim Park Castle Cove, NSW, Australia
    Price upon request

One of Sydney’s most significant trophy estates, Neerim Park is a secluded one-hectare waterfront reserve landholding on majestic Middle Harbour. Just 15 minutes from the city’s Central Business District, complete with Sydney Harbour views, this secluded estate features a 1,140-square-metre, pavilion-style main house designed by award-winning architect Michael Robilliard; a two-storey guest house; and grounds with an all-weather tennis court, a heated pool, entertaining terraces and tropical gardens. 

This palatial villa commands a hillside setting close to Kavouri beach in the most exclusive seaside suburb of Athens. Built in 2008, the Kavouri mansion is graced with elegant reception areas, four en suite bedrooms, staff quarters, and facilities including a gym, sauna and steam room. The estate’s idyllic grounds have been beautifully landscaped with cypress and palm trees, a swimming pool, and grand terraces with sea views. 

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  • Casa Mare Miami Beach, Florida
    US$12,900,000

A waterfront retreat overlooking downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay, Casa Mare enjoys an ultra-private setting in the Venetian Islands, a chain of five exclusive islands in Miami Beach. Originally built in 1937, the property was creatively reconstructed in 2010, and today boasts 5,181 square feet of contemporary living spaces and features including an outdoor pool and lounge, a yoga deck, tropical gardens, a koi pond, and 110 feet of Biscayne Bay water frontage with a yacht dock.

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  • Los Primos Punta del Este, Uruguay
    US$12,900,000

The largest waterfront property in Punta del Este, Los Primos is situated along a scenic road that links the coastal resort city to the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Designed by renowned architect Pachi Firpo, this striking private compound includes expansive living spaces with custom-designed furnishings, extensive grounds with 1,500 feet of Atlantic Ocean beachfront, plus a landscaped amphitheatre for grand-scale events and entertaining. 

This 3,500-square-foot oceanfront residence has an enviable location on the prestigious Sea Cliff Avenue in San Francisco. The three-story, five-bedroom home features elegant reception rooms and a master suite with its own private deck. But it is the property’s rear garden that holds its best-kept secret: a breathtaking panorama of the Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach, Marin Headlands and Point Reyes.