Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or just love to lounge by a pool while taking in azure water views, the following estates offer whatever waterfront fantasies you’re looking to fulfill.
By Jamie Grill
One of the most interesting features is certainly “The Gunpowder Room,” which was originally built in 1826 by the British to store gunpowder supplies and has now been fully restored with a full-scale kitchen in order to make it the perfect retreat for entertaining your guests.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
John Christie, H.G. Christie Ltd.
The epitome of oceanfront, this 3.75-acre estate on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is surrounded by 1,750 feet of water frontage on both the north and south sides, and a spectacular white, powdery sand beach on the north end. You and your guests will have no trouble arriving in style at this magnificent vacation home. It’s equipped with ample open ground, which can be used as a helipad, and its own dock with slips for 12 boats.
Dining like a king is made a reality in the 6,000-square-foot main home with amenities such as a gourmet kitchen with a butler’s service area, service hall, executive chef full-service equipment, a walk-in freezer, coffee bar, and wine cooler. The master suite on the second floor boasts a kitchenette and a balcony with breathtaking views of the ocean and Atlantis Resort. The interiors and patios were elegantly decorated and furnished by English designer Robert Kime.
There is also a two-bedroom, two-bath, east guest cottage, a lovely two-story west guest cottage, and a sparkling 60-foot by 30-foot heated swimming pool on the property. One of the most interesting features is certainly “The Gunpowder Room,” which was originally built in 1826 by the British to store gunpowder supplies and has now been fully restored with a full-scale kitchen in order to make it the perfect retreat for entertaining your guests.
While the property may be self-sufficient with two standby generators, standby rainwater tanks, and a standby reverse osmosis plant, it is still not shut off from the mainland as three docks and a cement access ramp allow trucks and equipment to be barged in.
This home is the perfect waterfront getaway for those seeking ultimate privacy and self-sufficiency.
Two screened gazebos flank the sun drenched upper terrace, which spans the length of the residence. Experience pure heaven as you relax in the warm sun on the lower-level terrace, which wraps around the pool and spa.
Guy Brooks, Premier Properties of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates
Port Royal is revered as one of the most desirable aquatic playgrounds in the world,” says Guy Brooks of Premier Properties of Southwest Florida, Inc. Its properties offer deep water and direct gulf access, but only a select few are located on the beachfront.
This exceptional Naples estate is one of these special few. Offering 147 feet of powder soft, white sand beachfront, you’ll lose yourself in the endless vistas of striking gulf waters and boundless blue sky. Encompassing nearly 1.9 acres, the five-bedroom main residence and two guesthouses have a gracious entry through privacy gates and generous grounds between the homes and the beach that afford extra privacy.
The 7,026-square-foot main residence, designed in elegant Bermuda architecture, can be entered from multiple points of access. The living room, which is graced with a wall of windows, the adjacent formal dining room, the family kitchen, and the nautically inspired gathering den are all oriented directly toward the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally on the ground floor, a library done in the finest cherry wood provides a lovely spot to unwind and two bedroom suites provide abundant room for family or guests.
Upon ascending to the second floor, a sumptuous master suite with a private sitting room and his-and-hers bathrooms awaits. Two more bedroom suites finish off the upper level. Two screened gazebos flank the sun drenched upper terrace, which spans the length of the residence. Experience pure heaven as you relax in the warm sun on the lower-level terrace, which wraps around the pool and spa.
As the owner of this estate, you have the opportunity to join the world-class Port Royal Club, just steps from the property. The club offers a tennis compound with an active tennis program, a high-tech exercise facility, casual and fine dining, and a multitude of hosted activities. “The Port Royal Club provides an unparalleled lifestyle to its limited number of privileged members,” says Brooks.