6 peaceful houses by the lakes

Shorewood, Minn.

This five bedroom chalet on Christmas Lake is also within walking distance of Lake Minnetonka. Built in 1900 and renovated in 2000, the house includes a living room opening onto a large terrace overlooking the lake and an owner’s suite with full bathroom and adjoining office space, laundry room and vaulted living room with bar, fireplace and oversized windows. .

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The landscaped grounds feature lawns, trees, a fire pit, a detached two-car garage, and 90 feet of shoreline on some of the clearest waters in Minnesota. $1,750,000. Ben Ganje, Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty, (651) 442-6161.

Willsboro, NY

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Sunset Farm Estate features 645 feet of shoreline on Lake Champlain’s Adirondack Coast. The four bedroom house the traditional colors of the lake houses highlight a modern and clean-lined structure, with cherry and slate floors, a central skylight, three carved stone fireplaces, a chef’s kitchen with bar, a billiard room, a home cinema and several lounges.

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The wooded 29.5 acre property features a landscaped patio and lawns, a barn and stone steps down to the water. $4,750,000. Jonathon Séguin, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, (518) 569-8812.

Lake Arrowhead, California

Accommodation

A private trail leads from Mallard’s Landing to a dock on the water, and Lake Arrowhead Village is just steps away. Renovated by Los Angeles designer, Brooke Wagner, this four bedroom from 1975 The A-frame home has wide-plank wood floors, slatted ceilings, gourmet kitchen, two en-suite bedrooms, loft, bunkhouse, and lake and forest views through floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Outside, two stories of decks with glass railings, dining and entertaining areas, fire pit and hot tub. $5,999,000. Christine Williams, Keller Williams BBLA, (310) 923-8952.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Frank Lloyd Wright designed this four bedroom house on Crystal Lake shortly before his death in 1959. The Cooke house has geometric dormer windows, glazed brick and red cypress walls, a copper roof, the original 40-foot built-in sofa next to a brick fireplace , an updated kitchen, new plumbing, radiant heated floors and in the west-facing hemicycle, a curved wall of floor-to-ceiling windows with sunset views.

Accommodation

The property features multi-level landscaping, a patio, deck with fire pit, and a private jetty. $2,675,000. Robin West, Rose & Womble Realty Company, (757) 816-1987.

Herbert, Mich.

Accommodation

This four bedroom house on Lake Michigan includes access to a sandy beach. Designed by Wheeler Kearns and winner of a 2015 AIA Chicago Achievement Award, the home is built of stacked structures connected by a central floating stairwell and features walls of glass, an open and elevated living space, kitchen with a large island and a roof terrace with built-ins, hot tub and lake view.

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On the ground are trees, paths and natural grass. $3,375,000. George Lucas, RE/MAX Harbor Country, (269) 449-4068.

Beckett, Mass.

Accommodation

Located beside Long Bow Lake in the Berkshires, this three bedroom house is also close to Jacob’s Pillow and other notable sites. The home, built in 1989, has wood-clad cathedral ceilings, knotty pine floors, and an open main space that includes a kitchen with breakfast bar and living room with dining area, fireplace, and huge windows framing water views.

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Outside, a large terrace facing the lake and a grassy and tree-lined 0.6 acre lot sloping towards the water. $425,000. John J. Burns and Shannon Margraf, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/-Barnbrook Realty, (413) 822-5757.

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