LuxeGetaways Magazine – Fall 2016 | It is simply not enough to include a few floor-to-ceiling windows when designing modern-day homes. Homeowners today want to have the accessibility to the wonders of the outside world while also enjoying all the comforts that come with life indoors. For many, it is the salty breeze along the ocean, while others seek that crisp mountain air. Regardless of the reasons for wanting to bring the outdoors inside, there is no doubt that this trend is only going to grow in the coming years.

LuxeGetaways discovered five unique developments with homes that showcase this trend beautifully, along with design elements one would expect in these local destinations of Miami, South Carolina, Lake Tahoe, Los Cabos and the British Virgin Islands. Whether you want to dine outside and bring the indoors out, or sit on your plush sofa in your living room while enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the idyllic outdoors by inviting the outdoors in, these homes have something to offer everyone.

1. Coconut Grove | Miami

With no prior architecture or design experience, a filmmaker turned designer Alejandro Landes, just completed his first “anamorphic aesthetic” home on a private peninsula in Coconut Grove, Miami, known as Casa Bahia. Though Landes is mostly known for his film career, including his most popular film, “Porfirio;” he is now being recognized as a very talented designer.

Casa Bahia boasts design strokes of minimalist and raw features with an exposed exoskeleton wrapped in teak, glass and white stucco. Landes’ design creates a seamless indoor-outdoor experience with gravity defying design features including expansive floating balconies made to give you a “cliff-like suspension,” cantilevered sinks and floating staircases. All interior design elements are bespoke and handcrafted by Landes’ mother, Catalina Echavarria of CEU Studio. She is an award-winning interior designer who has designed for Donna Karan, Shakira and Cher. The result is nothing short of stunning!

2. Lake Keowee | South Carolina

This South Carolina home is part of The Cliffs community, and happens to have a stunning view of Lake Keowee. The 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom estate features a gourmet kitchen with sitting area and a signature “window wall” that opens to the outdoor living space complete with fireplace and built-in grill that is the perfect place to enjoy the summer months in South Carolina. This view gives the owners plenty of reasons to want to bring the outdoors in through this inventive lowcountry design.

The Cliffs is a collection of seven private luxury mountain and lake communities in the western Carolinas, between two of the nation’s top award-winning cities for quality of life – Greenville, S.C and Asheville, N.C. The Cliffs’ suite of amenities for members includes seven clubs, six wellness centers, 50 restaurant and private event venues, seven championship golf courses, marinas, beach club, a robust cycling program, tennis complexes, equestrian center, hiking trails, water sports, wine clubs, an organic farm and more than 4,000 year-round social activities to create timeless experiences. Fresh mountain air and sensational views are just what the doctor ordered!

3. Lake Tahoe | California

This custom home is a 6,043 square-foot custom estate located on 1.7 acres, complete with gallery views that are enhanced by a huge wraparound stone terrace and glass doors that disappear, blurring the line between the indoors and outdoors. This idea of “bringing the outdoors in” is also evident in the raw wood and stone elements that are used throughout the home, creating a natural and comfortable mountain retreat.

Martis Camp is a luxury Lake Tahoe community located in Truckee, California, and is widely considered to be one of the most successful real estate developments in the last decade. Much of its appeal comes from the design as a year-round, family retreat with a number of one-of-a-kind amenities that include direct lift access to Northstar, a Beach Shack on Lake Tahoe (lakeside lunching, kayaking, paddle boarding, etc.), an Aerial Adventure park for zip-lining, a world-class Day Spa, Tom Fazio golf course, 26 miles of private hiking trails, and a Family Barn with swimming, bowling and indoor basketball to keep you active; and an art loft, folk school, movie theatre, restaurant/bar and outdoor performance theatre to round out the activities. Savor the views from this estate in luxury!

4. Los Cabos | Mexico

This home lets the outdoors in with stunning views of Chileno Bay, a treasured stretch of beachfront on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Wake up to the sounds of the surf, and easily open the house to take full advantage of the spectacular views that are waiting to be appreciated just outside.

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is a new beachfront hotel and residential villa community from Auberge Resorts and SV Capital set to open December 2016. Nestled in the protective cove of Chileno Bay, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences will feature a 29-room, boutique luxury hotel and 32 contemporary three- and four-bedroom beach villas. Amenities include a centerpiece 138-meter swimming pool, a second pool for families, an oceanfront hot tub, fire pits, a new Tom Fazio golf course, extensive spa, fitness center and movement studio with a series of classes, a kid’s club, owner’s lounge, and h2O Cave, the resort’s waterfront sports center. With these spectacular views and amenities, it will be great to see this property when it officially opens!

5. Virgin Gorda | British Virgin Islands

Nestled into the hill on the North Side of Oil Nut Bay, Water’s Edge Villa is perfectly positioned for views of the Atlantic Ocean, Anegada and Oil Nut Bay. This luxury villa has an open concept floor plan in the great room, and each suite has a private entrance. The villa includes large pocket doors to embrace the stunning views, an open terrace with outdoor dining and an infinity pool.

Virgin Gorda is distinguished by harbors that house world-class yacht clubs, breathtaking views and amenities, and the historic Spanish Town that still has traces of nearby mining ruins and streets. It is a mix of modern luxuries, untouched landscapes and pristine beauty. Oil Nut Bay is one of the most secluded, most comfortable and most pristine natural settings in the Caribbean; and it has been carefully developed and constructed in harmony with nature to allow residents and visitors to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle in a private island setting. When you want to get away from it all and relax, Water’s Edge is idyllic!

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