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8 Striking beach houses on the California coast

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Life's a beach

Beach houses may be a fantasy for many of us, but they can still be a significant source of inspiration to bring a bit of the beach life into our own homes. Whether you're ready to design a beachfront-worthy home or simply want to dream, take a look at these eight stunning beach homes on the California coast.

1. Keeping it simple yet stunning

William Guidero designed Newport beach home

A Newport Beach favorite, this beautiful beach house is a William Guidero design. Inspired by the simplicity of beach living, Guidero designed the home with clean lines and natural materials. The all-white and window exterior faces the waves and allows the California sunshine to come right in.

2. Bringing the Mediterranean home

Rich in detail and lush in Mediterranean inspiration, this gorgeous beach house, located in the quiet coastal town of Cayucos, was designed by AAC Designs and built by Mark Sullivan Fine Custom Homes. With this house, one of Sullivan's favorite projects, the exterior is Old World while the interior has elements of beams and woodwork reminiscent of the family's historic cabin in Montana.

Photo credit: Joe Johnston Photography

3. When your beach house is better than a vacation

Victor Montgomery: Avila beach house

Architect Victor Montgomery of RRM Design Group designed this luxury beach home overlooking the ocean in Avila Beach. In addition to sweeping coastal views, the house features an infinity pool, a lanai and substantial stone work.

4. It's a spa day every day

This impressive Malibu beach-front home was designed by Santa Barbara-based Shubin + Donaldson Architects. It's ideal for those of us who want our home to not just be our haven, but to also be the most tranquil place we can go. The substantial windows, white interior and exterior, and stairs to the sand make every space in this place a tranquil retreat.

Photo credit: Tom Bonner Photography

5. Bringing the tropics home

Combining ocean views, the love of wood and lush greenery, this tropical-style beach home was designed by El Segundo's Rockefeller Partners Architects. The house, located in Manhattan Beach, features wood, stone and other natural materials on all three levels.

Photo credit: Eric Staudenmaier Photography

6. Contemporary on the coast

San Luis Obispo-based building designer Alex deLeon partnered with builder Mark Sullivan of Mark Sullivan Fine Custom Homes to make the most of a small lot size by designing this contemporary two-level beach house. Situated between the ocean and the rolling coastal hills, this Shell Beach house features large glass areas to let in the sunshine and provide the coveted view.

Photo credit: Trevor Povah Photography

7. Ocean views on every level

You can't beat the views in this contemporary three-level beach home, a project by KKC Fine Homes in Hermosa Beach. With a unique open design featuring a glass front with patios, this is a house for a family that doesn't want to miss a moment of living on the coast.

Photo credit: Nicole Leone Photography

8. A modern design

Paul Davis Architects a modern design

If you prefer a modern style, this home will catch your eye. Representing a departure from the typical coastal home design, Paul Davis Architects in Newport Beach designed this house to integrate indoor and outdoor living. It features extensive use of glass and sliding doors and easy courtyard access.

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