Life’s a beach? For $19 million it is

The No. 1 ranked beach house in the United States -- according to a real estate website -- is a modern-style Montauk, N.Y., home with a price tag in excess of $19 million.

The house topped the list put out by, which ranked the Top 10 Coolest Beach Homes for 2012.

Highlights on the 2012 list include the Montak, N.Y., contemporary chosen by Architectural Digest for its innovative design, a sparkling Gulf-to-Bay compound in Florida, a new home in Hawaii on a pristine beachand Pierre Koenig's last built project on a California beach.

California is the leading state with six homes on the list. New York has two homes; Florida and Hawaii each have one home selected for the Top 10. 

The asking price for the 7,400-sq.-ft. home is $19.5 million.