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Speaking of Westport, another newly constructed Nantucket-style cedar-shingle home is just a mile or so from the train station and Post Road shops. It also offers a dock that allows you to put your kayak into the Saugatuck River and boasts water views from virtually all of its lofty rooms. It's listed for $1.9 million with Rob Grodman of Coldwell Banker Residential on Post Road in Westport (203-227-1269, ext. 245).
Island Life, Close to Home
Your dream-home scenario may differ wildly from mine. But when it comes to vacation homes, many, many people share the same fantasy: an island getaway. And while the Caribbean has its charms, buying an island home off the New England coastline is much more practical. Block Island is simply easier to get to than Barbados. Plus, your close-proximity paradise is (usually) unaffected by turmoil whipped up by foreign governments or Class-5 hurricanes. Here are our picks for island listings not so far from home.
Friendship Long Island, Maine
On 36 acres on the northern point of Friendship Long Island, this estate includes a five-bedroom farmhouse offering water views, nearly 3,500 feet of shorefront and deepwater docks on both the eastern and western sides of the island. Called the Moxie Farm, the property also includes a large barn with a workshop and a one-bedroom guest apartment, a private two-bedroom caretaker's cottage and room to roam across fields, meadows and around the private woods. It's offered by Terry Sortwell of LandVest, Inc. in Camden, Maine (207-236-3543).
Here's a house that will make you extremely popular with your weekend guests. Built in 2005, it has spacious rooms and terraces, its own glorious master suite (balcony included), a guest suite, two additional guest bedrooms and yet another bedroom wing in the basement, perfect for a nanny or au pair.