10 Vacation Homes to Dream About

by Lolz Gonzalez
Full disclosure: We're not exactly at the second-home-buying-stage just yet. But that doesn't mean we can't look, and when it comes to vicarious architectural gazing, our go-to destination is Bungalux, the aspirational real estate site by Alex Brunkhorst. We asked Brunkhorst to fill us in on the vacation homes across the nation that top her list. dh-bungalux-slide-title
nantucket
  • PICTURE-PERFECT IN NANTUCKET
  • Location: Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Price: $10,800,000
  • Listing type: Single family home
  • Beds/baths: 5/6.5
  • Year built: 2009
  • Bragging rights: Featured in Interiors Magazine.
  • Amazing amenity: Has that elusive "holiday look." 
  • Professional opinion: So many of my clients start by saying they want "Diane Keaton's house in the Hamptons" or the "Something's Gotta Give house." This is the Nantucket interpretation.
 
lakewash
  • IDYLLIC MIDWESTERN LAKE HOUSE
  • Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  • Price: $5,600,000
  • Listing type: Single family home
  • Beds/baths: 6/7.5
  • Year built: 1929
  • Bragging rights: Three-plus acres on Lake Geneva.
  • Amazing amenity: A vintage boathouse.
  • Professional opinion: Lake Geneva is one of the most beautiful lakes anywhere, and was once the playground for wealthy industrialists from Chicago and Milwaukee. There's an original path around the lake that takes hours to walk, and it rivals that of Newport, Rhode Island, in my mind. Real estate cardio is always a bonus. 
malibu
  • CINEMATIC MALIBU BEACH GETAWAY
  • Location: Malibu, California
  • Price: $6,795,000
  • Listing type: Single family home
  • Beds/baths: 4/5
  • Year built: 1978
  • Bragging rights: Hot design provenance.
  • Amazing amenity: A beautiful courtyard with beach access.
  • Professional opinion: Brad Dunning (who's also designed homes for Tom Ford, Steven Meisel, and Demi Moore) designed this one. I've been in it, and it's one of my favorite beach houses ever.
kenebunkport
  • KENNEBUNKPORT HARBORFRONT RETREAT
  • Location: Kennebunkport, Maine
  • Price: $1,695,000
  • Listing type: Single family home
  • Beds/baths: 3/2.5
  • Year built: 1900
  • Bragging rights: Famous neighbors.
  • Amazing amenity: Ocean access via private boat dock.
  • Professional opinion: Maine's an awesome low-key vacation spot, with a bit of flash despite its salt-of-the-earthiness. No you won't be showing off your G5 at East Hampton Airport, and your kids won't be swinging with Matthew McConaughey's at the Malibu Country Mart, but you might bump into a Taylor Swift or a Bush family member at the neighborhood lobster bake.
bigsur
  • MIDCENTURY MARVEL IN BIG SUR
  • Location: Big Sur, California
  • Price: $5,000,000
  • Listing type: Single family home
  • Beds/baths: 2/2
  • Year built: 1960
  • Bragging rights: Designed by Mark Mills.
  • Amazing amenity: Horizontal redwood and stone embedded walls.
  • Professional opinion: There are few spots that are more beautiful or romantic than the northern coast of California, and Mark Mills is the architect for many of this area's most stunning houses. 
venice
  • GOOGLE-ADJACENT VENICE BUNGALOW
  • Location: Venice, California
  • Price: $995,000
  • Listing type: Single family home
  • Beds/baths: 2/1.75
  • Year built: 1954
  • Bragging rights: One of LA's hottest neighborhoods.
  • Amazing amenity: It's minutes away from the beach and local bars.
  • Professional opinion: Venice is one of the hottest 'hoods in the world--yes, the world--right now. Google's moved in, surf's up, Cali girls are still the hottest (all biases aside), and there are some of the best restaurants and bars around at your doorstep. Warning: The multiple offers required to get in there right now are not for the faint of heart.
southampton
  • GASTBY-APPROVED VIEWS IN SOUTHAMPTON
  • Location: Southampton, New York
  • Price: $24,995,000
  • Listing type: Single family home
  • Beds/baths: 7/9.5
  • Bragging rights: Water views from every lakeside room.
  • Amazing amenity: Nine (nine!) fireplaces.
  • Professional opinion: I've always loved this one. I'm a sucker for indoor pools, and this property has one of my favorites.
aspen
  • ARCHITECTURAL STUNNER IN ASPEN
  • Location: Aspen, Colorado
  • Price: $19,950,000
  • Listing type: Single family home
  • Beds/baths: 5/8
  • Year built: 1994
  • Bragging rights: Two words: Robert Stern. The fact that he is your architect will electrify every dinner party.
  • Amazing amenity: Millions of dollars of furniture included.
  • Professional opinion: Prime area, blue chip architect, access to slopes and summer festivals--the only thing that could make it better would be if it came with a racquetball court. Oh wait, it does.
newyorkapt
  • MANHATTAN DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Price: $579,000
  • Listing type: Co-op
  • Beds/baths: 2/1
  • Year built: 1929
  • Bragging rights: Newly renovated with nine floor-to-ceiling closets. More than enough room for your Jimmy Choos.
  • Amazing amenity: Gaggenau appliances.
  • Professional opinion: Sure, Manhattan gets a bad rap in the summer, but in my opinion it's not true! For those who don't live there, it's the perfect vacation destination. And the US Open is around the corner from this East Midtown property.
 miami
  • THE ULTIMATE MIAMI PENTHOUSE
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Price: $14,500,000
  • Listing type: Condo
  • Beds/baths: 5/5
  • Year built: 2006
  • Bragging rights: Featured in Italian Architectural Digest as Miami's premiere penthouse.
  • Amazing amenity: Rooftop hot tub with an amazing view.
  • Professional opinion: Miami in the summer may not appeal to everyone, but just think of how much fun you'll have here in the winter. And once you see the gigantic walk-in closet, you'll most definitely be sold. 
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