5 Extraordinary Beachfront Homes for Sale: Week of January 8, 2015

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Our friends at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com have rounded up a cool mix of beachfront homes currently up for grabs.

Read on for our top five picks of the bunch, from Mel Gibson‘s romantic private isle in Costa Rica, to Donna Karan‘s gorgeous island retreat in Turks and Caicos.

Hawaii Beach Home

Designed by award-winning architect Jeffrey Long, this two-story, 6,631-square-foot home—located close to a slew of fine restaurants, spas, tennis courts, and championship gold courses—is nestled on .64 acres in the gated Kapalua resort in Maui’s Oneloa Bay.

Maui Beach Home

Touting six bedrooms and seven baths, the $20.88 million residence—blessed with 120 feet of enviable beachfront—boasts a living room with sliding Sapele glass walls, which allows the house to be exposed to fresh sea breezes and unbeatable views of Molokai Island and the ocean. Other noteworthy facets include the home’s incorporation of Ipe wood and travertine floors, along with the sumptuous free-standing soaking tub carved from a single block of granite in the master bath. In addition, the abode’s kitchen is equipped with appliances fit for a chef, along with onyx and granite counters. The property is also secured by blue rock walls, double gates, and top-notch security systems. Each of the home’s three bedroom suites have oceanfront lanais, as well as a guest suite with a separate entrance.

Mel Gibson’s Romantic Island Retreat

Poised on 500 acres in Costa Rica—a beautiful country popular amongst semi ex-pats, rated by the Happy Planet Index as “the happiest country on the globe”—famed actor Mel Gibson‘s tropical compound features a seven-bedroom, eight-bath, hacienda-style residence overlooking the beach, accompanied by a large courtyard and a pool.

Mel Gibson Costa Rica Island Retreat

The estate—which also houses three separate two-bedroom homes, each with their own kitchen, veranda, and swimming pool—was originally placed on the market for $35 million in 2010, but just took a significant price chop and is now asking $29.75 million.

Key Biscayne’s Mashta Point

Situated on Key Biscayne—a beautiful, storied island off the coast of Florida—Mashta House was initially built by John Matheson (then part-owner of the island) as a party house in 1917.

Mashta House

The home was therefore the site of many glamorous parties that catered to the elite during the Roaring Twenties—prominent figures such as the Carnegies, the Mellons, and the Vanderbilts. Isolated from the rest of the isle, the estate was an ideal spot on which to unload boatfuls of alcohol during Prohibition.

Though the fabulous, Moorish-style mansion originally erected was torn down in the ’50s, a new home—built in 1991—now rests on the fabled lot. Poised on the 1.63-acre private and gated peninsula, the modern-day, 11,588-square-foot Mashta House features six bedrooms and eight baths spanning five floors, along with an elevator, an attached garage, and a swimming pool, not to mention a protected cove and 360-degree water views.

Donna Karan’s Island Sanctuary

Tucked within the thousand-acre island of Parrot Cay—an exclusive resort known for its picturesque white sand beaches, just a boat ride away from Turks and Caicos’ Providenciales—Donna Karan‘s awe-inspiring hideaway is now up for grabs (a large chunk of it, at least).

Donna Karan

The fashion designer might be keeping three of the property’s ten magnificent acres, but the seven-acre portion she’s put on the market is jaw-dropping nonetheless; it touts two luxe four-bedroom villas, each with its own second-level master suite; three other bedroom suites; and an infinity-edge pool. Designed by Cheong Yew Kuan, the villas interiors—dotted with teak furnishings and eccentric works of art from all over the world—are punctuated by cedar and coral walls.

Priced at $36 million, the beachfront property offers the chance to be part of an exclusive community whose members include A-listers such as Keith Richards, Christie Brinkley, and Bruce Willis.

Beach House with Retracting Roof

This beach house boasts a cool feature like no other: a spectacular thirty-foot glass atrium with a fully retractable roof.

Beach House with Retracting Roof

Presently priced at $5.9 million, the 2,550-square-foot residence—which is outfitted with Smart Home technology—has four bedrooms, five baths, and a gourmet kitchen complete with an opalescent glass bar top and professional appliances. It also features a retractable glass-walled Jacuzzi in the main living room.

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