There are three elements to almost every ideal destination vacation: sun, views of sparkling waters, and vibrant cultural experiences. Is it any wonder, then, that islands have always made for the greatest escapes? Here are six where you can stage your next getaway—and then take up permanent residence surrounded by the sea.
Sticking to a daily wellness routine is no sweat when top-tier fitness equipment, private lap pools, and expert-level sports courts are at home, just steps away.
Nashville, Tennessee | Marty Warren, Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty
This extraordinary modern masterpiece features fantastic views, a short walk to Centro Histórico, and two fully furnished casitas. The estate is located on a private lot of 970 square meters with nearly 6,000 square-feet of living area.
Nearly a century ago, the countryside some 60 miles north of Santa Fe beckoned to artist Georgia O’Keeffe, known today for her paintings of flowers, Manhattan skyscrapers, and dramatic Southwestern landscapes. She first came to the area in the late 1920s, eventually settling and establishing her studio there—at her legendary Ghost Ranch and in the town of Abiquiú—all the better to revel in and focus her artistic vision on the region’s breathtaking terrain. This singular inspiring setting is the background for 1,500-acre Estancia del Rio, a remarkably private estate overlooking the winding Chama River from a lofty perch on a rugged bluff dotted with mature piñons and juniper. At its heart are three distinct buildings designed by Curtis & Windham Architects of Houston: a main residence with generous entertaining spaces; a casita with a library, two bedrooms, and two baths; and a third structure offering two additional bedrooms and baths.
Home fitness has long been a staple space for many homes around the world. Companies like NordicTrack and ProForm have been producing exercise equipment for in-home use, but when Peloton and MIRROR burst on to the scene in the last decade, these brands showed fitness enthusiasts how they could bring workout classes home with them like never before.
From timeless Old World–inspired spaces with handsome woodwork to playful modern rooms with colorful décor, these stylish game rooms up the ante on form, function, and fun.
Kealia, Hawaii | Jennifer Acoba, Oceanfront Sotheby’s International Realty
We constantly receive advice on how we could be happier—cleanses, retreats, mindfulness—but according to industrial designer and author Ingrid Fetell Lee, the secret ingredients of joy may be found in our surroundings.
Austin, Texas | Melissa Meeks Kilian, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty