This Newport Beach, Calif., backyard has sweeping views of the coast and Pacific Ocean. The linear swimming pool pairs with a sleek hot tub and flagstone walkway for an inviting, relaxing outdoor space. Flower beds are full of beautiful plants, shrubs and trees and highlight the lush green lawn.
This oceanside bedroom features sleek modern furnishings and fun pops of color, including burnt orange pendant lights and large-scale modern art. A wall of glass lets the room take maximum advantage of its Pacific Ocean view, while a sunny corner is home to a modern desk and chair.
Architects elevated the low profile of this ranch home with high, vaulted ceilings and lots of natural light coming in through skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows. In the dining room, the design influence was the nearby Pacific Ocean with blue-green watercolor wallpaper and a sea glass-inspired chandelier.
A trio of mirrors sits above a traditional double vanity with cream cabinets and marble countertops in this spa-like bathroom. At the far end of the space is an elegant soaker tub overlooking the Pacific Ocean, while a romantic-style bench in the center offers a spot to relax.
As seen on House Hunters on HGTV, homeowners can watch the setting sun over the Pacific Ocean from this beautiful Maui, Hawaii home, where a sunken fire pit and patterned pillows create a cozy atmosphere. The modern style and clean lines produce a simple and understated elegance without detracting from the breathtaking view.
Rich coral tones in the upholstery mimic the soft hue of the horizon at sunset in this contemporary dining room, which features a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Warm hardwood flooring is balanced by the striking finish on the tray ceiling, and a contemporary pendant bathes the table in a soft glow.
SPG Architects’ Casa Torcida, located in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, features expansive terraces and a pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The operable glass walls enclosing the living spaces can be opened, erasing the separation between interior and exterior. SPG juxtaposed bright, tropical colors against the neutral palette of the building materials.
This cozy beachside bedroom features warm wood furnishings against a cool, gray and white backdrop. A long wall of glass offers a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, while a terrace gives the owners a spot to enjoy the ocean out-of-doors. A modern desk and comfy reading chair build maximum function into the space.
The sleek master bedroom of this Malibu home features a wall of glass that offers a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean. White walls and gray tile provide a neutral backdrop that allows the water view to steal the show. A gray sofa creates a modern and functional sitting area, while a surfboard adds character as wall art.
This classically styled French Provençal home is situated on the high side of a La Jolla, Calif., lot with views of the Pacific Ocean from nearly every room. The home’s exterior is a composition of smooth Santa Barbara stucco, light tan-to-gold-colored rustic and carved stones, stained wood eaves, elegant Génoise roof eaves and rustic clay-tiled roof.
This urban outdoor deck is the epitome of fun and entertaining. The flooring was custom painted to mimic the hardwood flooring from inside, blurring the interior and exterior space. Poised next to the outdoor glass fireplace, the seating is smaller in scale and sustainable in its fabrication. A putting green is 1,200 feet above street level with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean.
A step up in book storage, these Japanese-inspired “Tansu Stairs” were designed by Steven Ehrlich, FAIA - Ehrlich Architects and hand crafted by David Albert. They’re set in a sustainable residence just one kilometer from the Pacific Ocean, and are built to reflect the bohemian spirit of Venice, Calif. A staircase bookcase is a great space saver in a home like this one, built on a narrow lot.
This modern Malibu bedroom features gray tile floors, a paneled, whitewashed accent wall and a wall of glass that provides a panoramic view of the Pacific. Dark woods and leathers on the bed, reading chair and case pieces ground the space and give it warmth.
Although the Pacific Ocean was just beyond this backyard and offered an unparalleled view, the space needed a highlight feature that could be seen from inside. The spa can easily been seen from the front door, throughout the great room and other rooms in the house. Its central location, clean infinity edge and alignment with the ocean beyond allow for it to be a major highlight to the backyard, while also blending well with the surrounding materials.
From this view, the spa looks quite high, but it is accessed by a 12" raised patio. By raising the patio and subsequently the spa by twelve (12"), it allowed enough height for the spa water to blend perfectly with the ocean beyond.
Since this property overlooks the Pacific Ocean, evening breezes can become quite cool and possibly making evening use not as desirable as one would hope for. Therefore, it was important to provide a cozy outdoor gathering space that is out of the wind, and this space between the home and its Casita provides an excellent location for spending time in front of a warm fireplace, while it also provides for an excellent highlight feature when walking to the front door.
The clients thought the fireplace alone would be sufficient as a design feature, but after showing them that by adding the short wall, with several view-ports accented with wrought iron (that matches their Juliet balcony) it not only provided a true connect between the home and Casita, it also created a much more grand feature and a sense of enclosure without losing the planting depth behind the fireplace, which was needed for privacy.
Where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean is lined with gated resorts, each more beautiful than the next. But there is something special about JW Marriott Los Cabos which manages to balance intimacy and glamor with its iconic design by Jim Olson from Olson Kundig in collaboration with Mexico City-based design firm IDEA Asociados. Built to blur the line between inside and out especially in its striking open-air lobby and six swimming pools, and to embrace the local land, sky and incredible desert foliage of Los Cabos, the resort debuted in 2015 but feels timeless. The design of the 229 guest rooms and suites blends seamlessly with the landscape and features remarkable sight lines that often end in a striking piece of contemporary art. Rooms are spacious and contemporary in feel and integrate works by Mexican artisans. There is a beautiful spa on site that offers an ancient temazcal sweat-lodge experience as well as award-winning Chef Thierry Blouet's renowned Cafe des Artistes though for my money, the incredible breakfast buffet featuring both Mexican treats (like fresh guacamole and made-to-order quesadillas with an array of local fillings) and European pastries was worth the stay alone.