“We cannot see our reflection in running water,” the Zen saying goes. Which may explain, at least in part, our attraction to placid ponds and lakes. Located on some of the most picturesque bodies of water in the world, these beautifully designed digs offer respite, relaxation and ample opportunities for recreation.
N1588 Lakeside Lane, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, $6,295,000
An ideal retreat, this 5-bedroom suite abode in the South Shore Club offers dramatic vistas of Lake Geneva from nearly every room in the house. Boasting a beamed cathedral ceiling, a fireplace and a wet bar, the spacious great room and kitchen can easily accommodate large gatherings. A 4-season screened porch and a huge entertaining deck invite parties outside. The club includes tennis, a playground, a swimming pool, a club house and access to a fleet of boats.
1463 Glarus Court, Incline Village, Nevada, $4,500,000
Offering unobstructed views of Lake Tahoe from every window, this remodeled mountain home features spacious, light-filled rooms with a strong connection to the outdoors—very fitting for the picturesque location. There are four bedrooms in total, including a guest suite that includes 2 guestrooms, which both offer access to a lake-facing deck with a hot tub.
119 Springfield Point Road, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, $8,995,000
Top of the line finishes and materials define this stunner on more than 300 feet of frontage on Lake Winnipesaukee in Springfield Point. Think Brazilian teak flooring finish, radiant floor heating with steam humidification and casework made with top-of-the-line, vertical-grain wood. Lush landscaping, a fire pit, a docking system with a rooftop deck and space for 4 boats very much add to the appeal.
1591 Lighthouse Circle, Greensboro, Georgia, $2,449,000
Located at the end of a private driveway on a nearly 1-acre lot in a gated golf community, this lovely brick home’s open layout and split-level floor plan create a wonderful space in which to enjoy the beautiful lake views. In addition to the master and guest suites, there are 3 additional bedrooms on the lower level. Plus, the club offers amenities galore, including a community golf course, a fitness center, a swimming pool, a dog park and a community garden.
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Tate Gunnerson is a Chicago-based freelance journalist with an equal appreciation for natural beauty and good design. He is a passionate supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Kidney Foundation.