Memorial Day is the perfect time to snag a place on the beach for the warm summer months ahead. When shopping for a beach home, it's all about the view. Can you see the water from nearly every room? Does the home extend the living area outdoors?
These questions and more were top-of-mind Sunday night for the two remaining contestants on NBC's "American Dream Builders." Each designer was asked to remodel Ventura, California, beach houses in their signature style. Chicago designer Lukas Machnik won the competition with his trademark minimalist aesthetic, while home builder Jay Riordan took a traditional "coastal chic" approach. Both designs were light and airy, using lots of white, nautical accessories and organic elements.
As a result, the Zestimate® home value increased by nearly 20 percent for both properties. While the Zestimate is not a substitute for an appraisal, it's a great starting point for determining how much a home is worth.
To see more beach houses, check out the for-sale listings below. Click on the links to see additional photos, maps and home facts.
Located on the Olympic Peninsula, this classic shingled beach house is just 50 miles from Seattle. Equipped with a dock for boating and a second-floor deck for taking in the view, the home is described as “the getaway you’ve dreamed of.”
The home boasts wide-plank floors, overhead beams and a stone fireplace -- giving the place a true Pacific Northwest feel.
This beachfront home encompasses the essence of Old Naples resort-style living. Exterior balconies are complemented by chic white interiors and a sparkling pool.
The master bath is luxury at its best with a private sunset deck and a standalone tub overlooking the water. Meanwhile, guests can opt to retire to the private two-bedroom guest house accessed by a brick-paved courtyard.
This striking five-bedroom home comes with an ocean-side pool and cabana on 2.3 acres with 315 feet of beachfront — a large lot, especially in The Hamptons.
The nearly all-white interior takes the light and airy beach house to another level, drawing your eye right to the water. Home to several high-income renters over the last decade, the modern home first hit the for-sale market in January.