In 2014, marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols published Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. Despite its long-winded title, the book provides some insight into the human psyche and its connection to large bodies of water. More recently, a Michigan State University study revealed that a direct correlation exists between a person’s overall happiness and his or her proximity to the coast. In fact, according to a Well-Being Index produced by Gallup-Healthways, Hawaii—which offers the greatest connection to the ocean of any U.S. state—ranks as the happiest and healthiest state in the country.
Given all of that evidence it’s clear that the most desirable homes are ones built along the coast. And while many exclusive waterfront communities exist throughout the Americas—and around the world, for that matter—they do not offer a homogenous lifestyle. Those who choose to live at The Carnegie Abbey Club or the Newport Beach Club in Rhode Island, for example, likely prefer to experience the waters of Naraganssett Bay aboard a sailboat. Those who purchase a residence at Guacalito de la Isla in Nicaragua are likely drawn to the exceptional surfing conditions that exist along the nation’s Emerald Coast. While those who make Chileno Bay Golf & Beach Club their home in Los Cabos, Mexico, do so for the great swimming and snorkeling that the community can provide.
Along the East Coast of the United States, however, no state is better associated with beachfront living than Florida; and one of the state’s most desirable waterfront communities is Sailfish Point. Set on the southern tip of Hutchinson Island—a barrier island about 50 miles north of Palm Beach, 100 miles north of Ft. Lauderdale, and 120 miles north of Miami—Sailfish Point is a private residential community set on 523 acres and offers a mix of estate homes, villas, townhomes, and condominiums. Not only does Sailfish Point offer a stretch of private and pristine, white-sand beach along the coast, it also provides residents with access to the calmer, protected waters of the inner bay. Boaters who are lucky enough to have a home at Sailfish Point can spend a leisurely day pleasure cruising along the Floridian coast or they can set out for deeper waters for a chance to reel in a trophy-sized sport fish. Of course, great views of the Atlantic Ocean can also be had from the community’s Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, the oceanfront clubhouse, or from any one of the various residences and home sites—proof that happiness springs eternal at Sailfish Point. www.sailfishpoint.com