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Homes with a Waterfront View

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Spying a body of water—be it a placid lake, roaring ocean, glassy pond, or snaking river—from your bedroom window is one of the fairest sights one can see. And for the residents of these 18 homes, it was paramount. Take a spin through our favorite beach houses, waterfront retreats, and more in the following slideshow.

“I love being close to the water.
The deck off the front is also minimally furnished with elegant lines of beach rock and two Leaf chairs by Arper.
Ziger/Snead Architects constructed this ode to rowing in rural Virginia for a Baltimore couple who share a love of...
Two-year-old Annika and five-year-old Soren make music on the "nap swing," a popular hangout spot for kids and adults...
Click here to read more about Linda Bergroth's prefabricated summer retreat in Finland.
With almost as much area dedicated to decks as to interiors, Peter Dwares’s house is truly made for outdoor enjoyment.
At the rear of the house, bleacher-style steps mitigate the steep grade down to...
Kayak in hand, Tom and Will make a break for the beach.
The open-plan living-kitchen-dining area is a repository of design icons, both classic and contemporary.
Having purchased the land from a friend who also has a house in the community, Schneider had a better sense of what she...
“I’ve been all around the world, and whenever I come back here, I realize that the Pacific Ocean seen from those cliffs...
Architect Craig Steely designed this house for himself, his wife Cathy Liu, a painter, and their son, Zane, that looks...
Laid out in a 270-degree panorama in front of the house is the frosty expanse of Cook Inlet, cascading rocky mountains,...
All of the Worples' guests arrive by boat to the lower level of the Floating House.
In Hobe Sound, Florida, this passively cooled residence overlooking a custom-built water-ski circuit is hardly par for...
View of the boathouse from the lake.
Nicknamed the Floating Farmhouse, this 200-year-old home inspired one former copywriter to delve into architecture as a...
Reclaimed and recycled cypress beams measure 16 inches tall, six inches wide and are 36 feet long.
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