The world’s best waterfront homes revealed

From a private island retreat that’s only accessible by boat to a tropical escape on the ocean: The world’s best waterfront homes revealed

  • HGTV Ultimate House Hunt has shortlisted properties around world for its best ‘waterfront homes’ contest 
  • All of the properties are currently up for sale with a villa in Laguna Beach, California, going for $11.8m
  • Anyone casting a vote before the closing date on July 17 will be entered into a £7.5k ($10k) prize sweepstake 

Jennifer Newton for MailOnline

A private island, a tropical oceanfront escape and a secluded retreat offering views of grey whales are among the multi-million pound homes battling it out to be crowned the ‘world’s best waterfront property’.

These wonder-homes from around the world have been shortlisted for the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt competition in the ‘Waterfront Homes’ category, a title that is selected through public voting.

The competition is a joint venture from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International, which feature premium properties – and the finalists are all currently up for sale, costing as much as £8.93m ($11.8m).

Stephanie Anton, president of Luxury Portfolio International, said: ‘Waterfront properties have an enduring appeal and are always popular with the voters in the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt. 

‘These homes make the most of their idyllic settings with features like private docks, waterfront pools, and large windows to showcase the views.’

Anyone casting a vote before the closing date on July 17 will be entered into a £7.5k ($10k) prize sweepstake. Scroll down to see the stunning contenders. Which is your favourite?

Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this secluded island property is only accessible through a five-minute boat ride. It boasts an impressive five-bedroom Tudor-style estate, a boat house, caretaker cottage and maintenance shed, as well as two private beaches. Situated in the waters near Norwalk, Connecticut, the private island is decorated with pretty stone paths and ornamental grass

Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this secluded island property is only accessible through a five-minute boat ride. It boasts an impressive five-bedroom Tudor-style estate, a boat house, caretaker cottage and maintenance shed, as well as two private beaches. Situated in the waters near Norwalk, Connecticut, the private island is decorated with pretty stone paths and ornamental grass

Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this secluded island property is only accessible through a five-minute boat ride. It boasts an impressive five-bedroom Tudor-style estate, a boat house, caretaker cottage and maintenance shed, as well as two private beaches. Situated in the waters near Norwalk, Connecticut, the private island is decorated with pretty stone paths and ornamental grass

Described as an 'entertainers dream', this Italian-style villa in Laguna Beach, California, is a mere 1,000 steps from luscious sands and up for sale at £8.9m ($11.8m). The four-bed home boasts an infinity pool, lionhead spa, fountains with koi and indoor luxuries including a library/man-cave with en-suite, wine cellars and more

Described as an 'entertainers dream', this Italian-style villa in Laguna Beach, California, is a mere 1,000 steps from luscious sands and up for sale at £8.9m ($11.8m). The four-bed home boasts an infinity pool, lionhead spa, fountains with koi and indoor luxuries including a library/man-cave with en-suite, wine cellars and more

Described as an ‘entertainers dream’, this Italian-style villa in Laguna Beach, California, is a mere 1,000 steps from luscious sands and up for sale at £8.9m ($11.8m). The four-bed home boasts an infinity pool, lionhead spa, fountains with koi and indoor luxuries including a library/man-cave with en-suite, wine cellars and more

Offering 'sun, sea and sand' this remarkable retreat up for sale at £5.8m ($7.750m) combines community activities with stunning seclusion. Located in Falmouth, Massachusetts, the five-bedroom home is described as fit for comfortable family living, intimate gatherings or grand entertaining

Offering 'sun, sea and sand' this remarkable retreat up for sale at £5.8m ($7.750m) combines community activities with stunning seclusion. Located in Falmouth, Massachusetts, the five-bedroom home is described as fit for comfortable family living, intimate gatherings or grand entertaining

Offering ‘sun, sea and sand’ this remarkable retreat up for sale at £5.8m ($7.750m) combines community activities with stunning seclusion. Located in Falmouth, Massachusetts, the five-bedroom home is described as fit for comfortable family living, intimate gatherings or grand entertaining

This oceanfront tropical escape in Lahaina, Hawaii, is up for sale at £6.7m ($8.9m) and offers panoramic views of the islands and sunsets. The four-bedroom house is just a few steps from white sandy beaches. It's up for sale for the first time in two decades

This oceanfront tropical escape in Lahaina, Hawaii, is up for sale at £6.7m ($8.9m) and offers panoramic views of the islands and sunsets. The four-bedroom house is just a few steps from white sandy beaches. It's up for sale for the first time in two decades

This oceanfront tropical escape in Lahaina, Hawaii, is up for sale at £6.7m ($8.9m) and offers panoramic views of the islands and sunsets. The four-bedroom house is just a few steps from white sandy beaches. It’s up for sale for the first time in two decades

Offering views of the striking aqua blue ocean water from every room and its own private tidal beach, this four-bedroom-home is described a small slice of paradise. Situated within the protected Alexandra National Park, in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, it's up for sale at £4.9m ($6.5m) and offers snorkelling among coral heads teaming with aquatic life

Offering views of the striking aqua blue ocean water from every room and its own private tidal beach, this four-bedroom-home is described a small slice of paradise. Situated within the protected Alexandra National Park, in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, it's up for sale at £4.9m ($6.5m) and offers snorkelling among coral heads teaming with aquatic life

Offering views of the striking aqua blue ocean water from every room and its own private tidal beach, this four-bedroom-home is described a small slice of paradise. Situated within the protected Alexandra National Park, in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, it’s up for sale at £4.9m ($6.5m) and offers snorkelling among coral heads teaming with aquatic life

Boasting breath-taking views of the intra-coastal waterway, this six-bedroom estate in Boca Raton, Florida, is described as a 'striking residence' due to its design. With 202ft of waterfront with east-facing architecture, a state-of-the-art club room, media room and oversized heated infinity edge pool and spa, it's up for sale at £8.7m ($11.5m)

Boasting breath-taking views of the intra-coastal waterway, this six-bedroom estate in Boca Raton, Florida, is described as a 'striking residence' due to its design. With 202ft of waterfront with east-facing architecture, a state-of-the-art club room, media room and oversized heated infinity edge pool and spa, it's up for sale at £8.7m ($11.5m)

Boasting breath-taking views of the intra-coastal waterway, this six-bedroom estate in Boca Raton, Florida, is described as a ‘striking residence’ due to its design. With 202ft of waterfront with east-facing architecture, a state-of-the-art club room, media room and oversized heated infinity edge pool and spa, it’s up for sale at £8.7m ($11.5m)

Located in the desirable Costa Smeralda, this seafront villa in Sardinia, Italy, offers outstanding coastal views and privacy. The six-bedroom property offers a bright living space with a spacious outdoor area overlooking panoramic vistas

Located in the desirable Costa Smeralda, this seafront villa in Sardinia, Italy, offers outstanding coastal views and privacy. The six-bedroom property offers a bright living space with a spacious outdoor area overlooking panoramic vistas

Located in the desirable Costa Smeralda, this seafront villa in Sardinia, Italy, offers outstanding coastal views and privacy. The six-bedroom property offers a bright living space with a spacious outdoor area overlooking panoramic vistas

This Hamptons-esque beach house on Shelter Island, New York, USA, is up for sale at £3.02m ($3.995m). It has four-bedrooms and expansive water views. There is also a private dock and mooring, which allows for a boating, kayaking, paddleboarding and other water sports in its calm protected waters

This Hamptons-esque beach house on Shelter Island, New York, USA, is up for sale at £3.02m ($3.995m). It has four-bedrooms and expansive water views. There is also a private dock and mooring, which allows for a boating, kayaking, paddleboarding and other water sports in its calm protected waters

This Hamptons-esque beach house on Shelter Island, New York, USA, is up for sale at £3.02m ($3.995m). It has four-bedrooms and expansive water views. There is also a private dock and mooring, which allows for a boating, kayaking, paddleboarding and other water sports in its calm protected waters

A secluded lodge on Orcas Island, Washington, offers picturesque views and a walkout waterfront with 700ft of shoreline and a joint-use dock. Described as ideal for launching kayaks, harvesting shellfish or combing the beach, the three-bedroom home nestled within 30 acres of land is up for sale for £3.7m ($4.9m)

A secluded lodge on Orcas Island, Washington, offers picturesque views and a walkout waterfront with 700ft of shoreline and a joint-use dock. Described as ideal for launching kayaks, harvesting shellfish or combing the beach, the three-bedroom home nestled within 30 acres of land is up for sale for £3.7m ($4.9m)

A secluded lodge on Orcas Island, Washington, offers picturesque views and a walkout waterfront with 700ft of shoreline and a joint-use dock. Described as ideal for launching kayaks, harvesting shellfish or combing the beach, the three-bedroom home nestled within 30 acres of land is up for sale for £3.7m ($4.9m)

This 'one of a kind' waterfront retreat in Camano Island, Washington, that's located on eight luscious acres is up for sale at £2.3m ($3.1m). It offers views of the landscape as well as grey whales leaping among the waves and bald eagles soaring above. The six-bedroom home also has fruit trees, flower and vegetable gardens, as well as a chicken coup and barns

This 'one of a kind' waterfront retreat in Camano Island, Washington, that's located on eight luscious acres is up for sale at £2.3m ($3.1m). It offers views of the landscape as well as grey whales leaping among the waves and bald eagles soaring above. The six-bedroom home also has fruit trees, flower and vegetable gardens, as well as a chicken coup and barns

This ‘one of a kind’ waterfront retreat in Camano Island, Washington, that’s located on eight luscious acres is up for sale at £2.3m ($3.1m). It offers views of the landscape as well as grey whales leaping among the waves and bald eagles soaring above. The six-bedroom home also has fruit trees, flower and vegetable gardens, as well as a chicken coup and barns

This harbour home in Stone Harbour, New Jersey, has been kitted out in stunning materials to complement the pretty surroundings. Up for sale at £4.54m ($5.99m) - it has six-en-suite-bedrooms alongside double-high cathedral ceilings, a chef's kitchen and fixed dock 

This harbour home in Stone Harbour, New Jersey, has been kitted out in stunning materials to complement the pretty surroundings. Up for sale at £4.54m ($5.99m) - it has six-en-suite-bedrooms alongside double-high cathedral ceilings, a chef's kitchen and fixed dock 

This harbour home in Stone Harbour, New Jersey, has been kitted out in stunning materials to complement the pretty surroundings. Up for sale at £4.54m ($5.99m) – it has six-en-suite-bedrooms alongside double-high cathedral ceilings, a chef’s kitchen and fixed dock 

This picturesque property located in Ascona, Switzerland, offers stunning views of sailboats as they glide along the waters of Lake Maggiore. The 300-square-metre duplex has a private balcony fitted with smooth stone decking, along with a swimming pool and more

This picturesque property located in Ascona, Switzerland, offers stunning views of sailboats as they glide along the waters of Lake Maggiore. The 300-square-metre duplex has a private balcony fitted with smooth stone decking, along with a swimming pool and more

This picturesque property located in Ascona, Switzerland, offers stunning views of sailboats as they glide along the waters of Lake Maggiore. The 300-square-metre duplex has a private balcony fitted with smooth stone decking, along with a swimming pool and more

  • For more info or to register your vote and enter into the sweepstake visit www.hgtv.com (note that this page does not work in the UK). 

 

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