Just so you know, the following are not required to enjoy “Houses by the Sea”: trust fund, yacht, or girlfriend named Brandy. But you will want a good travel agent after soaking up the coolest seaside dwellings from Cannes to Malibu.
The book’s 409 photos survey a full range of new and rustic ocean-side homes, with intimate peeks into bedrooms and bathrooms as well as grand beachy vistas.
Highlights include a German house boat–make that gorgeous house boat–and an ultra-modern dwelling in the dunes of Uruguay.
Photography is the book’s main course, but Graffin’s captions and intros nicely context the visuals and provide architectural analysis. Her prose is clear and understated, with nary a “rugged” or “sun drenched” in sight.
Primarily grouped by sea climate (cooler, temperate and tropical), the book is further sectioned by house type (traditional, natural, unusual and contemporary). I recommend opening random pages for that “spin-the-globe” effect.
Any way you browse, if you want your own beach home but your name isn’t Wilfred III, “Houses by the Sea” will do very well.
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