A reader writes:
Not sure about this, but I think this is Honolulu, Hawaii - either toward the Moilili/University side where it's sparser, or toward the Ala Moana Park side ... sort of where Waikiki peters out? Clouds are right, it's the right place for the setting of the winter sun, and the buildings are all relatively early postwar.
I'm an architect, and the view from this particular window looks just like my stay several years ago in a Singapore Public Housing Estate. Judging by the location of the setting sun, I'd say Choa Chu Kang district.
I know it's at the beach, and since I'm hoping January is a hint, I'm going to say somewhere warmer and where people flock for the summer. I have a 50/50 shot of getting sunrise or sunset right, so I'm going with sunrise, because the sky seems too orange to me. I guess my guess will be Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Looks to me like Tehran, Iran - north side of Elahiyeh facing south.
I'm gonna take a leap of faith and assume your reader is more likely to catch the sunset than the sunrise, so that means we're looking at a western-facing beach. Obviously tropical or subtropical, as indicated by the palm trees. Architecture and surroundings are all pretty tidy-looking, ruling out most developing-country beach cities, which tend to have a fair share of grit. Beach looks pretty straight and wide-open, meaning it's not in a bay. Shall we say Naples, Florida?