Whether it’s a lakefront ranch or a million-dollar penthouse, a beautiful view is one of the most common selling feature of the homes we’ve toured. And why wouldn’t it be? Think about the feeling you get when you catch the sun slowly rising above the water or watch city lights illuminate the night sky—you probably feel a wave of calm wash over you as you take in the magical view.
We’ve put together some of our favorite views—from waterfront cottages to city skylines—so you can experience that same feeling right where you are.
1. Lakeside ranch
Nestled on the shores of Lake Erie, this newly renovated 1960s ranch boasts an unobstructed view of crystalline waters and a large back patio perfect for entertaining friends and family. Though the view is spectacular, it’s only one of the highlights of this waterfront home—other takeaways include an expanded kitchen with cherry wood floors, vaulted ceilings in the family room, custom cabinetry, and customized walk-in closets in the master bedroom.
Out of all these renovations, the kitchen is the homeowners’ biggest indulgence. Between family holiday parties and weeknight dinners, most time is spent in the kitchen—which doesn’t seem that bad, especially since there’s a full view of the water from the kitchen sink.
Just beyond the cobblestone streets of historic, downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, a one-bedroom cottage sits on the banks of Hewletts Creek, a thin tidal channel that rises and falls with the ocean’s tide. Complete with massive oak trees and a lovely dock, this humble abode looks out over an expansive lawn that slopes down to the water and leads out to the Intracoastal Waterway.
Inside the cottage, white walls, rattan and wooden furniture with colorful cushions, jute rugs, vintage pieces, and junk store finds nod to the cozy, waterfront environment.
Unlike your typical coastal setting, a 3,000-square-foot, three-level Tribeca penthouse offers a stunning skyline view of the Empire State, Chrysler, and World Financial Center City Hall buildings. While these are the most iconic skyscrapers visible from the top of 44 Lispenard, the rest of this expansive concrete jungle is a sight to behold for urbanites, especially when the sun begins to set.
Aside from a striking view, this loft is adorned with neutral, quarter-sawn white oak floors, a Snaidero Italian kitchen, three private outdoor terraces, and a floating staircase. Mid-century modern furniture balanced with muted embellishments like earthy wood and faux furs creates a natural fluidity between the indoors and out.
Situated on the cerulean waters of Lake Erie, this waterfront colonial is home to two empty nesters, Bob and Maureen, who manage to keep their home lively with meals at the backyard picnic table and sunset theaters on the deck. Gazing beyond the grove of trees in the backyard, you’ll find a private beach lined with crystal-clear waters that the homeowners have enjoyed for more than 34 years.
As you step inside, you’ll feel an immediate sense of warmth and serenity—a feeling natural to many a waterfront home. The interior is awash with shimmering sunlight and huge windows that open the living spaces and bedrooms to Lake Erie’s waters. Traditional décor, antiques, and family heirlooms situated around the home are evidence of a family life beautifully lived.
Every room in this house has a view of Lake Erie—even the shower. Some might argue that the best view is from the main living room: centered with impressive pale-wood beams and panoramic windows, this space was designed to open the view to the water. The lower-level family room, surrounded by coastal blue and green hues, provides instant access to Lake Erie’s beachfront—a tangible view that’s hard to beat. For a more private experience, homeowners Karen and Sid have made a balcony off the master bedroom for a perfect view of the beach.
Dotted with simple, modern embellishments, the home has very little furniture—an intentional decision by the homeowners to not distract from the lake. Original wood and tile floors paired with painted, textured walls keep the home simple and uncluttered.