The West Coast of the United States has long held appeal to affluent homebuyers for its laid-back lifestyle. From Southern California all the way to the iconic Pacific Northwest region of Washington State, there’s something about the West Coast’s picturesque Pacific Ocean beaches, sparkling lakes, swaying palm trees, and sky-soaring redwoods that exude health and wellness. Life is less frenzied here, with more emphasis on slowing down and soaking up every minute of the day.
Our partner Redfin shares their insights into the West Coast lifestyle and highlights the most compelling homes for sale in the area through Redfin Premier — a service specializing in upscale real estate across the United States.
Why the West Coast Wins When It Comes to Well-Being
Offering both an easy-going lifestyle and a prioritization of health and well-being, the West Coast paints an ideal picture of contentment.
The area is known for its well-developed wellness niche, from holistic practices and meditation to yoga and mindfulness. Here, you’ll find an array of classes and workshops aimed at supporting mental and emotional well-being. Wellness retreats, nestled amidst diverse landscapes from deserts to rainforests, are within easy reach, offering rejuvenation for your mind, body, and soul.
And when it comes to sports, the West Coast offers a lifestyle where a sunrise jog on a beach can seamlessly transition into skiing down alpine slopes, hiking, or paddleboarding on Lake Washington.
Understanding that health comes from the inside out, the West Coast’s dining culture leans into locally sourced, organic cuisine. Farmers’ markets are typically right around the corner, as are health-conscious restaurants, making it easy to eat healthfully at home and out on the town.
Finally, both California and Washington are home to world-class medical institutions, providing residents with top-tier healthcare, specialized services, and cutting-edge treatments. The region also embraces alternative and integrative medicine practices, including acupuncture, naturopathy, and Ayurveda, to support holistic health.
10 Must-See Listings Spanning the West Coast
The West Coast’s commitment to well-being is woven into the fabric of its lifestyle. Owning a second home in the region means not only embracing a stunning environment but also nurturing your quality of life.
1. Coveted Corner Lot with Ocean Views
Location: Manhattan Beach, CA
Come home to scenic views stretching from Palos Verdes to Catalina Island. This 6,400-square-foot property in the exclusive Hill Section of Manhattan Beach is ideally located for serenity and sunsets from two decks.
At entry level, find the primary suite with a jetted tub and custom tile work, two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom. Upstairs, natural light streams into an office/library, formal dining room, two living spaces with fireplaces. The expansive kitchen is decked out in high-end Wolf, Thermador and Sub Zero appliances. Downstairs, find two bedrooms, a flex-space room, fitness space and a laundry room.
Special touches include hand-distressed hardwood flooring, custom cabinetry, 1920s light fixtures, Lowen doors and windows, wrought-iron appointments, two HVAC systems and a three-car garage.
2. The Vistas: an Arts & Crafts Sanctuary
Location: Carnation, WA
For the truly discriminating buyer, “The Vistas” is a gorgeous arts and crafts estate on more than 12 acres in a lush location east of Seattle. Inspired by the historic Gamble House Museum, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home features impeccable custom details put in place by 12 master craftsmen who painstakingly worked for two years on the property.
Of exceptional design, the home puts its exotic wood accents, stunning beams, dovetail joints and artisan stained glass on full display. Expansive windows reveal inspiring vistas of towering cedars and beckoning mountains.
Outside, the beautifully landscaped grounds include clinker brick and river-rock walls, a pickleball court, and a spacious studio with an outdoor kitchen. This is a masterful home of comfortable elegance and true enchantment.
3. Fully Furnished, Modern Luxury Beverly Hills Home
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Available for sale or for lease at $13,000 a month, this light-filled home is just moments from Franklin Canyon Park, Coldwater Canyon Park, the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sunset Boulevard and more. Nearly 11-foot-high vaulted ceilings set the stage for the tastefully updated interior, with contemporary finishes, gleaming hardwood floors, a trendy wet bar with a built-in wine fridge and high-quality surround sound. The kitchen boasts quartz counters, custom cabinets and stainless-steel Viking appliances.
Sleep soundly in the spacious primary bedroom with its true walk-in closet and French doors leading to the serene backyard. The en-suite features a designer, stand-along tub, glassed-wall shower and stone-finished dual sinks. A spacious second bedroom features a full en-suite bathroom. Entertain all year long in the private backyard with full outdoor Viking kitchen.
4. Lagoon View Home
Location: Del Mar, CA
This estate perched above the San Dieguito Lagoon boasts unobstructed water views, sits on a large lot within the highly desirable Del Mar community, and includes an ADU. Two primary suites on opposite wings of the home provide private space to spread out. Sliding glass doors lead to a wraparound deck around the main floor, ideal for indoor/outdoor living. Vaulted ceilings and skylights bask the home in natural light.
The beautifully appointed kitchen offers Wolf, Sub Zero and Café appliances, perfect for entertaining outside in the large grassy area with garden beds and fruit trees. Conveniently located just blocks from the beach and the Coast to Crest Trail, and down the road from the Crest Canyon Trail, award-winning schools, shopping, dining and more, this is a Del Mar dream.
5. Lakeside Home in the Pacific Northwest
Location: Sammamish, WA
With Lake Sammamish views from every floor, soaring ceilings and three balconies, this lakeside 5,225-square-foot home celebrates the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Setting the bar for luxury, open-concept living, the five-bedroom, four-bathroom residence opens to a gorgeous living room, where large windows frame the waterfront and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace invites cozy moments. The thoughtful floor plan delivers two primary bedrooms (one en-suite has a balcony and heated floors), a spacious rec room with a wet bar and extra finished rooms.
The fortunate homeowner enjoys shared beach and boat moorage with seven slips and a boat launch right around the corner. Amenities include a full-house generator, air conditioning, electronic shades, Trex decking, UV-protected windows, a tankless hot-water heater, a sprinkler system, an EV charger, additional parking space and more.
6. Luxury Living in Lochmoor
Location: Bellevue, WA
This perfectly positioned home in the beautiful Lochmoor neighborhood with both Lake Sammamish and North Cascades views features four bedrooms and three baths within 3,470 square feet. The culinary enthusiast is inspired by the gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances, a six-burner gas stove, a wine fridge, a walk-in pantry and a large center island with breakfast bar.
Just off the family room, French doors open to the spacious Trex deck, where you’ll get those dramatic water and mountain views. The primary bedroom features a gas fireplace and spa-like en-suite with a stand-alone tub, marble vanity and striking tile work. This rare find also features a 7,000-square-foot ADU with designer finishes. You’re just minutes to Weowna Park, Crossroads, major highways and highly rated Bellevue schools.
7. Designer Dwelling with Rooftop Deck Potential
Location: Los Angeles, CA
This post-modern property boasts a highly desirable Silver Triangle location in Venice with a 100% walking score. The property features a fresh look with tall ceilings, an open-floor concept, an airy split-level living room with fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. A covered back patio with a fire pit and cooking, along with permitted architectural plans for a rooftop deck, add to the appeal.
Inside, the dining room/kitchen offers a large island and Caesarstone counters, and blends seamlessly with the main floor’s wet bar, powder room and laundry. Three bedrooms occupy the top floor, each with hardwood floors. The primary suite has a personal balcony, gas fireplace and en-suite bathroom with an oversized tub. The bottom level could be split into a separate one-bed, one-bath ADU.
8. Rare Newport Beach Gem
Location: Newport Beach, CA
This brand-new, 2023 modern coastal home is located on one of Newport Beach’s most coveted streets, just a stone’s throw from the sand. The tri-level, four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom residence has a large deck on the third floor. Elegant shell beach flooring in combination with white oak doors and copper accents creates a sophisticated, yet beachy vibe.
Sleek lines, pristine surfaces and high-end steel appliances define the modern, open kitchen, which blends into the living spaces for effortless entertaining and everyday living. Thoughtful features throughout the home include a barn door and marble shower wall in the primary bedroom’s bathroom, penny tile flooring, terracotta accents, a cozy fireplace and a top-level bonus room with a deck overlooking the ocean. All this, just a short walk from Newport Pier.
9. A Hidden Gem on Cottage Lake Creek
Location: Redmond, WA
Spread out in this picturesque, two-acre retreat with 160 feet of access to Cottage Lake Creek. Exceedingly private, the custom-built, modern farmhouse-style home sits at the end of a tree-lined driveway. Perfectly laid out with three independent living spaces, the 5,484-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bathroom home is ideal for family visits, cherished gatherings, multigenerational living or rental income.
Spend languid days near the tranquil creek, watching salmon swim upstream, or grilling on the patio. Inside, thoughtful features include Lutron lighting, in-ceiling speakers, central vac, heated baths, centralized networking, a back-up generator, and a finished basement with two bonus rooms and a full bath. The commute to Microsoft, Google, Amazon and more is mere minutes, and families enjoy access to award-winning Lake Washington School District schools.
10. Architectural Masterpiece with Natural Vistas from Every Room
Location: Lake Tahoe, CA
This architectural masterpiece in Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe boasts natural lighting throughout and unparalleled views from every room. Mingling modern design and rustic elegance, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home offers a variety of sleeping arrangements.
A two-story granite boulder anchors the living space, with an oversized hearth fireplace carved into it. A hidden sauna room, set amidst authentic Native American grinding stones, a meditation loft, and a built-in library nook overlooking the creek inspire tranquil moments. The roof deck with built-in BBQ and fire pit are ideal for morning coffee or cocktail hour. Don’t miss this extraordinary Lake Tahoe home with endless views.
Whether it’s the dazzling weather of Southern California or the rugged natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, discerning homebuyers have myriad reasons to purchase on the West Coast.
Ideal for primary or secondary homes, much of the region feels like being on vacation every day in your own home. For those who value health and wellness, in addition to the elevated comforts that come with luxury real estate, the West Coast is an obvious choice.
For more information on these exceptional properties, contact a Redfin Premier agent.