Life's a beach: the world's best coastal homes

As the weather heats up, living on the coast is becoming pretty attractive.

Here are seven of the best beach houses from around the world, where you can fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing.

Bilgola, Australia

With direct access to Bilgola Beach in Sydney's northern beaches region, this house comes about as close as you can get to the definition of paradise.

Series of alfresco entertaining terraces, level irrigated lawns and garden, saltwater Infinity pool and outdoor kitchen.

Five bedrooms, four bathrooms spa master suite with marble en suite, spa and balcony.

The four-storey home has internal elevators and a 1000-bottle wine cellar and is on the market now.

St James, Barbados

Photos: Savills.

In the West Indies overlooking white sands and azure blue waters is Villa Tamarindo, created by local architect Larry Warren.

The luxury villa is still under construction and is on the market for a cool $US28 million ($36.5 million).

The five-bedroom home sits on 0.4 hectares of land adjacent the ocean and has a 13.4-metre swimming pool and landscaped gardens.

Punta Misterio, Peru

Photos: Longhi Architects.

The Peruvian Lefevre Beach House is perhaps more of a "cliff-house" than a traditional beach house.

Designed by Longhi Architects and completed in 2007, the incredible home overlooks the Pacific Ocean, but its actual swimming spot is the rooftop lap pool.

The home's dining room is in a glass box cantilevered over the edge of the cliff and each bedroom has a balcony above the water.

Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Photos: Bossley Architects.

Designed by Bossley Architects, the Waterfall Bay House is located in a remote bay in the Marlborough Sounds on New Zealand's South Island.

A glazed bridge links the main bedroom to the main area of the house, which has touches of mid-century design and is surrounded by rainforest.

According to the architects the bedroom was "raised above the cliff on visually unstable legs to emphasise its eyrie-like relationship to the tree tops and sky".

Santorini, Greece
Photos: Julia Klimi /Kapsamalis Architects.

On the Santorini coastline, Kapsamalis Architects' take on the quintessential architecture of the Greek islands proves that all-white is all right.

The cliffside home in the town of Fira has two roof terraces with plunge pools, and a third, larger swimming pool in the basement."The connection between indoor and outdoor is achieved through the fact that the walls and the floor inside the house displays the same material as the exterior surfaces, finished in a local technique of white cement mortar," the architects told Dezeen.

Flinders, Australia

The coastal forest surrounding this house and the winding path leading down to the beach may just make you ask "how's the serenity?"

The beach pad has expansive entertaining decks as well as nautical-themed, wave-shaped ceilings and porthole windows.

It's located in the state's Mornington Peninsula region 86 kilometres from Melbourne, so close enough if you wanted to visit but far away from all the chaos.

This timber three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence with separate studio is on the market now.

Mallorca, Spain
Photos: Unique Mallorca.

Spain's touristic Majorca region has no shortage of stunning beachfront homes and this six-bedroom eight-bathroom spread is no exception.

The home covers 1028 square metres, which includes a library, formal dining room, cinema with a bar, a wine cellar, a personnel area as well as two completely separate guest apartments.

And it's on the market for ???18.9 million ($29 million), if you and your mates are keen to pool some cash together.

This story Life's a beach: the world's best coastal homes first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.