Over-the-Top Waterfront Homes

We're daydreaming about full-on luxurious coastal homes with wow-worthy exteriors, landscapes to die for, and of course, breathtaking vistas. Join us, won't you?

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Connecticut, Take Me Away

With nearly half a mile of private shoreline, this Victorian-style estate has a luxurious manor house, two guest homes and over five acres of traditional English gardens. Located in Stonington, Conn., the compound overlooks Fisher Island Sound. In addition to the expansive saltwater pool, the grounds also boast tennis courts, a heated greenhouse and a workshop.

New England Landscaping at Its Best

Situated on gorgeous Chapoquoit Island in West Falmouth, Mass., this 4,395-square-foot Cape Cod has a half-acre of manicured lawn. The setting is quintessential New England with trimmed hedges, hydrangeas and even an arbor covered with roses. A curving brick patio wraps around the back of the home to enjoy the waterfront scene.

Luxe Lake Living

Sitting on the banks of Lake Sunapee, this three-story home is designed to appreciate its expansive waterfront views. The New Hampshire house seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living with spacious bluestone terraces and patios.

Classic + Opulent

Positioned on an acre of land, this shingle-style home has over 6,000-square-feet of living space, a heated pool and stunning vistas of the Long Island Sound. The weathered gray exterior pairs with stacked stone walls and classic gambrel rooflines. Outside is a true destination at this home since the screened-in porch has a second story sun deck over it, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors rain or shine.

From: Houlihan Lawrence and Luxury Portfolio International®

Made for Parties

Designed for entertaining, this Greenwich, Conn., mansion has over 10,000 square feet of living space, including six ensuite bedrooms, a home theater, gym and music room. Resting on a hill off the water gives the home privacy from the lake and provides stunning views, while a vast terrace stretches the length of the house and is ready for a party. A five-car garage and expansive driveway provide plenty of parking for guests.

From: Houlihan Lawrence and Luxury Portfolio International®

Environmentally Minded

Not only is this Contentment Island home in Connecticut a grand waterside retreat, but it's also eco-friendly with solar panels and a rainwater collection system. It doesn't skimp on luxury though with a movie theater and wine cellar inside. A gentle slope leads down to the ocean, where a private 12 by 20 dock awaits to launch your boat out into the water.

From: Halstead Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

The Harbor Scene

Overlooking a gorgeous harbor of sailboats, this Connecticut haven has a 5,000-square-foot main house and a 200-square foot guest cottage. The interior features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a chef's kitchen with bricked fireplace and a glass-enclosed butler's pantry with wine storage.

From: Halstead Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Your Own Island Escape

Off the coast of Stony Creek, Conn., sits this gorgeous home on Potato Island. The private island is a little over an acre and has a heated, gunite swimming pool. A wraparound porch provides 360-degree views of the water.

From: Page Taft Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

High Living, High Style

Architect Robert A.M. Stern designed this 21,000-square-foot shingle-style home on the tip of Mishaum Point. The classically New England home has covered porches that wrap around the exterior and waterfront views from three sides. Situated on the east side of the home, the infinity pool is sheltered from gusts that roll off Massachusetts' Buzzards Bay. The 10-acre property even has a U.S. Navy surveillance bunker from World War II buried on the site.

All Inclusive

For the nature lover, this South Salem, N.Y., property backs up to 4,300-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, offering constant views of nature and wildlife. Even without that perk, there's more than enough to enjoy on the estate itself, including a three-stall barn, grazing pastures, riding ring, falcon house, chicken coop and vegetable gardens.

From: Houlihan Lawrence and Luxury Portfolio International®

A World of Your Own

Who doesn't want to escape to their own private island? A five-minute boat ride across the Long Island Sound from Norwalk, Conn., and you're at this true retreat away from the world. The 6,000-square-foot Tudor home is not only surrounded by water, but also by tall privacy trees and weaving stone paths that lead to the different structures throughout the island.

Anchor Here

This two-story bayfront home in Stone Harbor, N.J., has a massive dock with protected boat slips and an extensive terrace for relaxing by the water. The shingle-and-brick facade feels right at home in the New England area, and large windows span the entire back of the home to create an uninterrupted union between the indoors and out.

On the Shore

Positioned on the Navesink River in Rumson, N.J., this two-and-half-acre estate is perfect for those who love to be on the water. In addition to the deep-water dock and boat lift, the home has extensive outdoor living spaces for gatherings. The home itself has six bedrooms, six bathrooms and two half baths, as well as open concept kitchen and living areas full of natural light.

From: Gloria Nilson and Co. Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Seaside Sanctuary

Extravagant but oh-so-homey, this four-level Greenwich, Conn., home has 12,000 square feet of living space. Nearly every room has views of the Long Island Sound and nearby islands. The clapboard-and-stone exterior has an asymmetrical yet completely pleasing design, complete with rounded bays, turrets and vast porches.

From: Halstead Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

European Inspiration

In Old Greenwich, Conn., this 7,180-square-foot, four-story manor revels in breathtaking seascapes. Built in 1895, the fieldstone-clad home evokes Old-World charm. The pool and spa sit at the edge of the property, where an 85-foot pier leads out to a dock with deep-water mooring.

From: Houlihan Lawrence and Luxury Portfolio International®

Set Your Sights High

Set on Lake Champlain in Shelbourne, Vt., this waterside retreat blends traditional shingles with modern glass and steel. Since the property site was very narrow, the architects took the home vertical with three stories and used all the outdoor space to the max with a small lap pool, spa and Ipe wood terrace extending over the water.

Quiet Solitude

Nestled back in its own private beach cove, this Riverside, Conn., home was built in 2008. The Craftsman home sits on an acre of land that boasts an infinity-edge pool and putting green. The can't-fail pairing of cedar shake shingles and native stone exhibit a characteristic New England facade.