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8 Homes that Capture Today’s Inviting Coastal Grandma Style

by | May 24, 2022

Grab your softest throw blanket—the “coastal grandmother” aesthetic has come ashore, gently imbuing home decor and design with delightfully inviting, perfectly sunlit style. With Google searches for “Coastal Grandmother” having spiked over 1,300% since the start of the year and the hashtag #coastalgrandmother garnering 28.9 million views on TikTok, the look is fully trending. Knitting together relaxed beach vacation vibes with nap-friendly coziness, the coastal grandma vibe draws inspiration from the quietly sophisticated style seen in beloved Nancy Meyers movies—think Diane Keaton’s softly monochromatic Hamptons house in Something’s Gotta Give, Meryl Streep’s lush Montecito bungalow in It’s Complicated.

In terms of home design, the look comes to life through naturally bright living spaces, a mix of old and new natural materials, the layering of subtle patterns and the application of neutral hues, from sandy beiges and creams to seagrass greens and tidepool blues. From the beaches of California to the coasts of Florida and Vancouver, see below for a look at eight extraordinary homes that capture this deeply appealing design trend.

6525 Point Lechuza Drive Malibu, California

Known as the Koenig Beach House, this home is the last project by renowned architect Pierre Koenig and one of Malibu’s most exquisite architectural properties. Situated on Lechuza Point, this beach retreat offers inviting sunlight interiors with sweeping ocean and coastline views down Broad Beach to Zuma Beach and Point Dume. Surrounded by cypress and palm trees, the home pairs privacy with seamless open-air access, featuring an oversized ocean-view spa and retractable stairs down to the sand. This solar-powered smart home comprises a Control4 total home system, radiant heated flooring, car lift/garage, home theatre and gym. Sandro Dazzan holds the listing.

3817 Ocean Front Walk, Marina del Rey, California

This beachfront home’s warm, enticing living spaces are imbued with contemporary grandma coastal chic and look out to the sand and ocean beyond through walls of windows. Designed by world-renowned architect Ray Kappe, AIA, this extraordinary, private architectural retreat is set on a vast stretch of sand with no boardwalk or bike path. The versatile floor plan offers an open chef’s kitchen, perfect for impromptu happy hours and stylish beachside entertaining. Plus, this seaside oasis is minutes from the restaurants and shops of Venice, Silicone Beach and Santa Monica. Alexandria Brunkhorst holds the listing.

2724 Ocean Boulevard, Corona del Mar, California

Known as the Island House, this Corona del Mar compound comprises three combined homesites. It features a 7,168-square-foot estate with a timeless grandma coastal-esque aesthetic that harmonizes luxe Hawaiian oasis vibes with a classic, open-plan beach house design. Capturing sweeping ocean and harbor bay views from nearly every room, this legacy property on the coveted Newport Beach coastline is moments from the sand and sea, with views of Newport Harbor, the Balboa Peninsula, Catalina Island, Palos Verdes and popular surf spot, The Wedge. Mauricio Umansky, Michael Caruso and Roxy Gonzalez hold the listing. 

851 Buena Vista Drive, Montecito, California

Balancing elegance with total ease—in quintessential coastal grandma-style—851 Buena Vista Drive is a recently remodeled East Coast-inspired masterpiece nestled on a quiet street in Montecito. Designed by architect Don Nulty, the estate offers expansive scale with living spaces set over 12,168 square feet plus an onsite guest house. Take in magnificent ocean and mountain views from the outdoor living room—complete with TV and fireplace. Imagine curling up with a book in countless sunlit corners, slipping into a bath in the primary suite’s soaking tub or cooking up a meal in the chef’s kitchen as guests relax with their drinks at the marble-topped eat-in island. This home’s amenities include a gym, game room, sunroom, a wet bar, craft room, office/library and ten-seat theater. Eric Haskell holds the listing. 

18975 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

Drenched in sunshine and boasting a soothing neutral coastal grandma-style color palette crafted with natural materials, Penthouse 00 is an ultra-sophisticated take on coastal grandma-chic. Set atop the Residences by Armani Casa, this home offers 8,700 SF of indoor and outdoor living over two levels. This BA-HAUS KNF-designed residence offers unparalleled interior living framed by soaring 30-foot-tall ceilings. A private rooftop pool area offers breathtaking views of the sparkling ocean, plus residents enjoy Armani/Casa’s more than 35,000 square feet of onsite resort-style amenities, including a private restaurant, gym, spa, movie theater and much more. Daniel Tzinker holds the listing. 

11125 Gulf Shore Drive, PH01, Naples, Florida

This exquisite 11th-floor penthouse in Naples’s coveted Moraya Bay community is replete with bright, neutral interiors by Renee Gaddis Interiors set across a breezy open plan featuring wide-plank wood floors and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. A formal dining room and an airy living room offer stunning views of the Gulf while a well-appointed kitchen is equipped with professional appliances and a separate full butler’s pantry. The primary suite’s spa-like bath is designed with separate showers and a large soaking tub and leads to a stunning walk-in closet with custom built-in cabinetry. Residents will access Moraya Bay’s resort-inspired lifestyle with pool and beachside food and beverage service, a spectacular restaurant and lounge, a concierge and an exercise facility. Club membership includes reciprocal privileges at the Floridian Club and Kalea Bay. Miles Griffin holds the listing. 

4823 Major Road, Victoria, British Columbia

A divine harmony of modern style and traditional comforts, 4823 Major Road offers inviting living spaces with unobstructed views of Mt. Baker, the Gulf Islands and the ocean as far as the eye can see. This nearly 7,900-square-foot custom-built home features an Italian designer kitchen, formal dining and living area with a two-story fireplace and coffered ceilings throughout. Additional elements include a temp-controlled wine cellar, billiard/games room, hotel-inspired onyx bar with a built-in teppanyaki grill, imported light fixtures and a tatami room. A walk-out basement leads to a stunning pool area with a hot tub and expansive granite patios. Venture down a private stairway to a sandy tidal beach—the perfect place to revel in the natural beauty of Vancouver Island coastal living. Jason Binab holds the listing. 

4325 Gordon Head Road, Victoria, British Columbia

With one of the most spectacular views in all of Victoria, 4325 Gordon Head Road provides quintessential waterfront living steeped in a modern, coastal grandma-chic style. This ultra-private home frames panoramic ocean views from nearly every room and is perfect for entertaining family and friends. Outfitted with hardwood floors and natural stone accents, the grand living and dining room centers around a cozy fireplace and flows to the host-ready kitchen with quartz countertops, two breakfast bars, and stainless steel appliances. Additional home features include an indoor hot tub, sauna and exercise space. Ryan Cochrane holds the listing. 

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