From coastal Maine to Connecticut, oceanfront properties in New England abound. Now, however, many oceanfront homes are at higher risk of flooding and erosion, as a warming climate causes sea levels to rise. Coastal living isn’t the only option for buyers looking for waterfront living, however. New England is home to plenty of rivers, lakes, and ponds that offer beach access. Here are five non-oceanfront properties on the market right now:
Described as a “private wilderness retreat” in the listing, the 483.54-acre property certainly offers an escape, with cliffs, hiking trails, 1.5 miles of private shoreline on Craig Pond, a hammock grotto, and a hot tub. The 6,683-square-foot, three-season home, which is on the market for $10,000,000, has five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Residents can dive into the pond from one of several boulders along the shoreline. There is also a separate cabin for guests.
For anyone looking for riverside living away from the bustle of Boston, this property in Newton’s Auburndale neighborhood may be just the spot. The seven-bedroom, three-bath home sits on 1.62 acres and is on the market for $3,490,000. The 5,575-square-foot Italianate is right on the banks of the Charles River, according to the listing. “It feels like country living, but it is remarkably close to the bus line, commuter rail, Route 128, and the Mass. Pike.” The living room offers a commanding view of the Charles, the library has a marble fireplace, and there’s a solarium to ward off the rainy-day blues.
Known as “The Cottages at Harvey Lake,” this 1.7-acre property includes a six-bedroom main house and seven small cottages, each with a bathroom, kitchenette, grill, and fire pit, according to the listing. The buildings sit on 500 feet of shoreline, and the $989,000 property comes with a floating dock that can tether up to six boats. The property offers a total of 14 bedrooms, nine baths, and 4,952 square feet of living space.
A set of steps on this 0.22-acre property leads directly into Sluice Pond, where people are free to boat, fish, and swim. For those looking to bask in waterfront views without getting wet, the home has rows of large windows on each floor that look out over the pond. The 1,404-square-foot contemporary comes with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a $699,900 price tag. The kitchen has a quartz-topped island with a waterfall edge, and the owner bedroom, found on the home’s lowest level, features a walk-in closet.
Windows abound in this newly renovated two-bedroom, four-bathroom home. The angle and height of the home allow for views of the Neponset Reservoir from almost every room, according to the listing. Residents can soak up the scenery from the composite deck off the kitchen or step out of the walkout basement and onto a patio with stairs down to the water’s edge. The 3,192-square-foot home is listed for $597,500. The home offers cathedral ceilings, an owner bath with a double vanity topped with quartz, and a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, quartz counters, and a breakfast bar with a waterfall edge. The 0.2-acre lot comes with its own dock.