Choosing a live in or build a home that is in the middle of a large body of water, like an ocean, river or lake, isn’t for the faint of heart. There are lots of options for risk-taking real estate seekers who love nature and want particularly spacious homes with aesthetic appeal. Of course, fascinating homes like these are also purchased by celebrities who will mainly use the homes to entertain guests or host events.
One prime example is the Utopia Project, a home that is actually a man-made island. The house includes glass canopy panels that cover the interior—the panels also open to create a glass deck that is suitable for all climates. The home is shaped like a spaceship, which provides a 360-degree view no matter where you are in the home. The Utopia Project was created by Yacht Island Designs, and can actually be floated to any location that the homeowner desires. The four-legged structure can withstand the toughest weather conditions, and Yacht Island Designs even offers a 295-foot man-made island, with a faux volcano and waterfall, to complete the scenery.
The Utopia Project has cone-shaped structures that reach to the sky, along with landscaping like rugged underbrush and ferns that give the property a lush, nature-inspired appearance that complements its modern design. The great room is even 28 feet tall, and extends into the lake for an even more breathtaking view of the natural surroundings.
The house’s spacious decks provides a great view of the island’s perimeter. To get into the house, guests have to pass a narrow walkway, specifically built to accommodate the large boulder adorning the front of the home. The boulder, “indigenous” to the island, is known as Whale Rock, makes an extreme architectural statement, and is beautiful when it catches the sunlight. There’s also a craggy sloped wall made of rock that makes up part of the shower in the guest room.
Luxury is expected when it comes to a private island, and properties like Miami’s La Gorge Estate don’t disappoint. The home was originally built in Mediterranean style for entrepreneur Carl Graham Fisher, and is a villa that consists of three buildings. The property has been remodeled to include modern and contemporary features, like expansive windows and glass walls, which display a view of Biscayne Bay from virtually any room in the 16,000 square foot home.
One of the home’s 11 bathrooms even features dual rectangular bathtubs that offer an exquisite view of the sunset. No two balconies of the home are alike, and the construction makes it easy to take in the beauty that this tropical paradise has to offer. The balconies on the upper level also provide a detailed view of the beach, and serve as a natural invitation to take advantage of the sand and waves.