In Your Gaze: Properties that Offer a View to a Thrill

The view of the house is obviously important when it comes to finding the perfect property. But it’s the view from the house that often compels a purchase.

It’s not surprising that high-end view properties are in high demand across the country—or that they sell for a premium. For many, an upscale view home is aspirational, largely because the view from said home is so inspirational.

Whether it’s perched above an endless sea or with mountains unfolding before it, holding court over a prairie or ensconced in an affluence of trees, having something pretty to gaze at can take a property from want to need. If a great view is a necessity for you, you’re going to love this roundup of prime view properties in some of the country’s most spectacular spots.

3787 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI.  

4 Bedrooms
4 Baths and 1 partial
6,231 Square feet

Waterfront properties in Diamond Head are rare; Only about 60 such homes exist on the shores of the Pacific in the shadow of this iconic Hawaiian landmark. Even rarer still is a Diamond Head property with so much incredible land. Set on more than three-quarters of an acre, fringed by soaring palm trees, this Ohau property is the largest beachfront parcel offered for sale on Diamond Head Beach in more than two decades.

That includes 123 linear feet of prime sandy beach frontage beyond the residence’s sweeping green lawn, affording both unbelievable views and unmatched privacy. Separating sea and grass are gated stairs that provide private entry to the beach. From the sand, the view back to the house, with Diamond Head directly behind, is wondrous.

Or, stand inside the large living room and take in the full view of the beach before heading out to the adjacent outdoor entertainment area. The water vistas are also stunning from the owner’s suite, dining room, and gourmet kitchen, which leads out to an oceanside-covered lanai.

This property is listed for $19,850,000 by Tracy Allen of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties.

303 East 57th Street, Apartment PHA
New York, NY.

5 Bedrooms
3 Baths and 1 partial
5,050 Square feet

Unobstructed, 360-degree views spanning the Manhattan skyline, including the East River, Central Park, and the Chrysler Building. Who wouldn’t be captivated by this?

Gleaming water by day and sparkling city lights by night is an everyday reality here, high in the sky in this Billionaire’s Row duplex penthouse. Flooded with light through huge windows, the residence reveals an ideal floorplan with gracious entertaining areas, a gourmet marble kitchen and master bath, and guest space on the first floor. Ascend to the primary bedroom with its postcard view and the glass-encased office and media room on the second floor, where a wraparound terrace allows you to soak up the city views from every direction.

This property is a full-service luxury co-op with amenities including full-time door staff, a concierge, a health club, spa, roof deck, swimming pool, and valet services.

This property is listed for $4,995,000 by Arlene Reed of Coldwell Banker Warburg Realty.

401 N Wabash Avenue Unit PH89A
Chicago, IL

5 Bedrooms
7 Baths and 2 partials
14,260 Square feet

Soaring 1,300 feet above N. Wabash Street, this astounding penthouse offers perhaps the finest view in all of Chicago. It’s located in one of the tallest residential towers in the Western Hemisphere—the work of the same architect who designed the world’s current tallest structure, Burj Khalifa—and the 360-degree views of the city and lake are every bit as spectacular as you would imagine given its pedigree and prominence.

Spread out on an entire private floor with more than 14,000 square feet of exceptional space for entertaining and living, including 19-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, separate service entrances, and a private access elevator. The property is nearly complete, with walls and ceilings finished, affording you the opportunity to bring your designer and customize finishes to your exact specifications.

Five-star amenities in the building include a state-of-the-art health club and spa, club room, indoor pool, concierge, and four penthouse-level parking spaces.

This property is listed for sale for $30,000,000 by Chezi Rafaeli of Coldwell Banker Realty in Chicago.

2600 Wild Oak Drive
Los Angeles, CA

4 Bedrooms
3 Baths

A one-of-a-kind Southern California property deserves a one-of-a-kind Southern California view. The Oaks Estate is a 1952 rat pack-style house on 15 acres, with 360-degree unobstructed Jetliner vistas of the entire eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains and many of Los Angeles’ most famous landmarks. From this preeminent perch and through walls of glass that encase almost the entire side of the home, you overlook all of Los Feliz and the westside; That puts everything from the Hollywood Sign to the Griffith Park Observatory to Downtown L.A.’s high rises to the western coastline and ocean in your sightline.

The gated property features an incredible use of stone, a chef’s kitchen, and well-placed outdoor space including view decks and a putting green. With only four private owners in the past 77 years, the home retains the architectural significance of a bygone era on a piece of land that is rarely found in the city. Use as a pied a terre, add on to the existing residence, or take advantage of the unique development potential to build out a compound on this amazing mountain summit. The possibilities are as wide open as the views.

This property is listed for $27,995,000 by Joyce Rey and Timothy Di Prizito of Coldwell Banker Realty in Beverly Hills.

41 Arvida Pkwy
Coral Gables, FL.

8 Bedrooms
9 Baths and 2 partials
23,282 Square feet

When one water view isn’t enough, find a property like this Coral Gables jaw-dropper. On an expansive and unique, v-shaped lot and surrounded on three sides by water, this magnificent manse provides 574 feet of prime water frontage—most of which is on display from every inch of the massive residence.

The modern interior offers walls of glass showcasing those breathtaking views, as well as a double curved staircase, a new Mick De Giulio kitchen, and a decadent principal suite with custom-built dressing room. Slide the impressive living room’s glass doors aside and step out onto the large entertaining deck. From this elevated space, you have a pristine view of the open ocean and downtown Miami, as well as the one-of-a-kind Estudio Arque-designed SICIS glass mosaic infinity pool in the center of the parcel.

This estate includes a 140-foot boat dock that can accommodate up to a 200-foot mega yacht, captain’s quarters, and palm trees lining the entire perimeter, providing the quintessential Florida touch to this exceptional property.

This property is listed for $54,900,000 by Jill Hertzberg and Judy Zeder of Coldwell Banker Realty in Miami Beach.

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