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Intracoastal Over Oceanfront: 5 Waterfront Gems in Florida

If you’re looking for a dream home in South Florida with water views, and can’t decide between an oceanfront or Intracoastal property, here are some insights.

Homes on the Intracoastal Waterway offer some of the same benefits as their beachfront counterparts—such as serene panoramas and a steady increase in value—with added perks. They’re often in more private (and therefore quieter) communities, and can include boat docks for quick access to the ocean or even a favorite restaurant.

In case you are still undecided, these five spectacular Intracoastal properties—from a modern home in Ocean Ridge to a villa in West Palm Beach—just might convince you:

Palm Beach Estate

This 13,398-square-foot estate at 225 Indian Road in Palm Beach features eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms—all of which are impeccably designed. The landscaped tropical garden and modern pool lead out to 220-feet of Intracoastal frontage, which includes a dock and boat lift. The property also boasts a waterfront guesthouse with two suites that overlook the aquamarine water.

Modern Luxury

In Ocean Ridge, 26 Hudson Avenue is the definition of modern luxury: The 4,448-square-foot home includes an epicurean kitchen, master suite and spa-like bathroom with a soaking tub. The “grand room,” with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, provides unparalleled views of the Intracoastal and the property’s 107-feet of water frontage (complete with a 35-foot dock in a no-wake zone). There are also a resort-inspired pool and covered loggia with an outdoor kitchen and gas fireplace.

Ocean Ridge Style

Located in Ocean Ridge on Inlet Cay, this 5,890-square-foot house at 64 Spanish River Drive features five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths. The property includes 100 feet of water frontage and a 175-foot-wide canal that can accommodate a sailboat or yacht. There is also a modern lap pool with a sun shelf and Jacuzzi, plus a short walk leads to the beach.

West Palm Beach Villa

The elegant 10,966-square-foot villa at 6215 South Flagler Dr. in West Palm Beach includes five bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bath and walk-in closet. The grand room features 25-foot ceilings with custom moldings, Brazilian cherry floors and a wet bar constructed of Italian marble. Indoor-outdoor fireplaces can be found in the family room and loggia, and palm trees and an expansive lawn surround the pool. There’s also a dock for easy Intracoastal access.

Palm Beach Dream House

Situated at 1191 North Lake Way on the north end of Palm Beach, this 10,055-square-foot estate comes with prime Intracoastal views. The interior features five bedrooms, seven-and-a-half baths, and an open kitchen and family room—with charming finishes and details throughout. There are also an elevator and three-car garage. Outside, a lush garden and large pool leads to a private deep-water dock that’s ideal for boats of all kinds.