6 peaceful homes beside lakes

Shorewood, Minnesota

This five-bedroom chalet on Christmas Lake is also walking distance to Lake Minnetonka. Built in 1900 and remodeled in 2000, the house features a living room opening to a large deck overlooking the lake, and an owner’s suite with full bath and adjoining office space, laundry, and vaulted sitting room with wet bar, fireplace, and oversize windows.

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

Willsboro, New York

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Sunset Farm Estate includes 645 feet of shoreline on Lake Champlain’s Adirondack Coast. The four-bedroom home’s traditional lake-house colors set off a clean modern structure, with cherrywood and slate floors, central skylight, three sculpted stone fireplaces, chef’s kitchen with breakfast bar, billiards room, home theater, and multiple sitting rooms.

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

Lake Arrowhead, California

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A private trail leads from Mallard’s Landing to a slip dock on the water, and Lake Arrowhead Village is a short walk away. Renovated by L.A. area designer Brooke Wagner, this 1975 four-bedroom A-frame house has wide-plank wood floors, shiplap ceilings, a gourmet kitchen, two en suite bedrooms, a loft, a bunkroom, and lake and forest views through floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Outside are two stories of decks with glass railings, dining and entertainment areas, a firepit, and a 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 home on Crystal Lake shortly before his death in 1959. The Cooke House has geometric skylights, walls of glazed brick and red cypress, a copper roof, the original built-in 40-foot sofa beside a brick fireplace, an updated kitchen, new plumbing, radiant-heat floors, and in the west-facing hemicycle a curved wall of floor-to-ceiling windows with sunset views.

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The property features multilevel landscaping, a patio, a deck with firepit, and a private pier. $2,675,000. Robin West, Rose & Womble Realty Company, (757) 816-1987.

Harbert, Michigan

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This four-bedroom home on Lake Michigan comes with access to a sandy beach. Designed by Wheeler Kearns and given a 2015 AIA Chicago excellence award, the house is built of stacked structures joined by a central floating stairwell and features walls of glass, a lofted, open living space, a kitchen with extensive island, and a roof deck with built-ins, hot tub, and lake views.

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

Becket, Massachusetts

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

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Outside are a big deck facing the lake and a grassy, tree-studded 0.6-acre lot sloping down to the water. $425,000. John J. Burns and Shannon Margraf, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/-Barnbrook Realty, (413) 822-5757.

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