Water view homes are charming all year round! Winter time seems to last forever in January – but I promise that the warm weather will be here soon. You will start dreaming of walking along the beach or sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. Maybe you just want to sip your morning coffee while you are looking at the Potomac River. There are lots of water view homes in the DC area!

Water View Homes in Alexandria

One of my favorite buildings in Alexandria is the Porto Vecchio at 1250 S Washington St. because of its lovely water views, amazing amenities, and convenient location.   Porto Vecchio is an elegant and sophisticated building with a lively resident community surrounded by a wildlife preserve and waterfront park.

You can easily walk to all the world class shopping and dining in Old Town, or take a scenic walk along the natural and beautiful Mount Vernon Trail. If you want to venture further, you can use the resident limo service to go to the Kennedy Center, airport, DC sports etc.

Unit 408 at Porto Vecchio is a one bedroom one bath condo listed for $549,000 with a condo fee of $1011 per month.  WIth over 1000 square feet, unit 408 offers an updated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless appliances, large walk in pantry with built in shelves, under cabinet lighting, tile backsplash and stylish espresso cabinets. Sliding glass doors from the living room lead to the balcony overlooking the river as well as the tennis courts.

The large, primary bedroom has two closets and a spa like ensuite with jetted soaking tub & large walk in shower. Beautifully maintained, original parquet flooring throughout. Gorgeous, large windows bring in natural sunlight and views that serve as a beautiful backdrop for every room.

The river views will never get old! Watch the tide come and go, experience the surrounding wildlife, socialize and participate, hop into Old Town or DC in minutes or just relax by the pool and english gardens!

To see some other water view homes in Alexandria, just click here.

Water views in Georgetown

A penthouse at 3150 South Street NW at the edge of Georgetown is for sale for $11,250,000 – stunning water views of the Potomac River are included.   This Ritz Carleton Georgetown penthouse has 6400 square feet of living space – 4 bedrooms, 5 full baths and two half baths – and an elevator that takes you right to your new home.  There are lots of luxury water view homes for sale in DC, but this one is particularly striking.

water view homesBesides being the largest unit in the building, it also offers more than 3,000 square feet of private terraces, spanning a full 112 feet in length.  Imagine having cosy dinner in front of a roaring fireplace in the formal living room while looking out at the twinkling Arlington skyline beyond panoramic windows and then finishing with a brandy and coffee on the terrace.  What a Valentine’s Day dinner that would be!  The custom curved staircase takes you to the upper level, with a custom wood and leather-paneled bar, quiet office space and a the roof terrace with views of the Washington Monument, Watergate, and Kennedy Center to the east, Rosslyn to the South, Key Bridge to the West, and Georgetown’s vibrant historic center to the North.  Since this is the Ritz Carleton, you have a full-service 24/7 concierge and on-site management in addition to four garage valet parking spaces and access to all hotel amenities.   To see what is on the market now and what has recently sold at the Ritz Carleton Residences in Georgetown, just click here. 

Of course there are several other stunning buildings in Georgetown with exquisite water views.  To see what else in Georgetown is for sale right now with water views, click here.


Reston Has Water View Homes

Generally people think of moving to Annapolis or somewhere else on or near the Chesapeake Bay.  Stop!  You don’t have to go that far!  Do you know that you can move to Reston VA and find a perfectly lovely home on the water there – although admittedly not as big as the Chesapeake Bay.  For example, there are town homes in Reston on Lake Anne which give you a peaceful water view without all the congestion of trying to go over the Bay Bridge!

Water view homesCheck out 11475 Washington Plaza W, a town home with 3 bedrooms with a waterfront location. This Mid-Century-Modern home, located in the heart of Reston–Lake Anne Village Center, was designed by William J Conklin, one of original 5 architects hired by Robert E. Simon, founder of Reston. Walls of windows bring in tons of light and beautiful views of the quiet Lake Anne canal. Walk to the pool, or paddle over to the Saturday Farmers & Crafts Market. Stroll over to the Brew House for a beer or the Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar for dinner.  Take a run round the lake, play tennis or walk over to the pool!

To see other homes in Reston on Lake Anne, just click here.

Lake Barcroft

Water view homes in lake BarcroftYou can achieve a water view in Lake Barcroft too!  Of course, this community from the 1950s has lots to offer besides its water views.  People love that close sense of community, a convenient commute and the style of the homes which were built in the 1950s but renovated to today’s expectations.

6253 Lakeview Drive, Fairfax, VA is a great example of an appealing Contemporary with year-round wide-open views of Lake Barcroft from nearly every room of the house! This completely renovated 4 bedroom and 3 bath home sits just steps from one of Lake Barcroft’s beaches providing unparalleled lakefront views and experiences! Contemporary redwood siding and oversized windows throughout invite the outdoors in and harmonize seamlessly with the modern design.

The open main level floor plan includes a fully renovated kitchen with custom Neff cabinetry, granite counters, and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances.  French doors open to an expansive slate patio, an idyllic perch to savor serene lake vistas. Additionally, the main level boasts a family room, a bedroom, a full bath, and a sunroom.

Ascend the floating staircase to discover an opulent primary suite featuring a wall of windows with panoramic lake vistas. The primary bath is a spa-like retreat with an oversized walk-in rain shower, Grohe fixtures, custom tiles, floating dual sinks, and high-end cabinets.

Nestled on a charming lot, this property boasts a private backyard, exquisite landscaping, and an oversized 1-car carport. Embrace lakeside living in this extraordinary Lake Barcroft retreat. Seconds to Lake Barcroft’s 5 sandy beaches for swimming, boating, fishing, and more! 1 block to the Metro bus stop, and easy access to commuter routes (Rts 50/66/495) Arlington, Tysons, DC, and more!  Here are the other homes for sale in Lake Barcroft.

Deale Maryland

water view homesAre you looking for a home on the water in Maryland that you can update and make your own, perhaps as a second home?  Be sure to check out 500 Deale Road in Deale, MD.  Listed for $649,900, this home has been in the same family for more than 100 years. Located in the center of Deale on 1.29 acres with approximately 250+ft. of water frontage, this home is in need of a complete renovation. Fall in love with this home with its very good elevation with nice views of Tracys Creek.  There is a 3 car detached garage and 2 car carport.   Walk to shops, waterfront dining, award winning marinas and more.

Maybe you don’t want a fixer upper – but Deale sounds like a perfect get away for a weekend home.  You might like 5830 Swamp Circle Road!  With 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths on 7.26 acres, a private dock and a 12.5k boat lift plus 450 feet of waterfront along Rockhold Creek, this one sounds like a keeper!   If you want to see all the other homes for sale in Deale, just click here.

Retire to Annapolis and Live on the Water!

water view homes in AnnapolisIf you are thinking of retiring, do you want to stay close to DC but still be close to the water? Imagine yourself living a retirement life overlooking the Chesapeake Bay…  Check out Baywoods of Annapolis, a retirement cooperative on the water.  You’ve earned this! Now it’s time to let someone else take care of the daily mundane tasks, monthly condo fee includes ALL utilities, taxes, insurance, weekly house cleaning, daily meal, local transportation, basic cable TV , any/all mechanical repairs plumbing/electric, appliances, HVAC, etc. Not to mention immense social groups and well being classes. Plus, onsite beauty salon and garage parking all in a luxurious Annapolis setting. Licensed nurses on duty 24 hours along with complete medical staff is available in the Healthcare Center. Baywoods, a premier retirement facility includes Independent living as well as Assisted Living and a Comprehensive Skilled Nursing facility. Best of all, 100% refundable Healthcare Access fee when your unit is resold.

Even if you aren’t ready for a retirement community, think how nice it would be to have relatives living at Bayview in Annapolis whom you could visit regularly and then enjoy dinner in town!

Currently, there is a one bedroom coop for sale at the Baywoods of Annapolis community.   Listed for $275,000, this 1000 square foot home has stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay.  The coop fee is $ 3836 and includes Air Conditioning, Alarm System, Appliance Maintenance, Bus Service, Cable TV, Common Area Maintenance, Cook Fee, Custodial Services Maintenance, Electricity, Exterior Building Maintenance, Health Club, Heat, Insurance, Lawn Maintenance, Management, Other, Parking Fee, Pier/Dock Maintenance, Pool(s), Recreation Facility, Reserve Funds, Road Maintenance, Sewer, Snow Removal, Taxes, Trash, Water.

The amenities include the Bar/Lounge, Beauty Salon, Billiard Room, Club House, Common Grounds, Community Center, Concierge, Convenience Store, Dining Rooms, Elevator, Exercise Room, Extra Storage, Fax/Copying, Fitness Center, Game Room, Gated Community, Gift Shop, Guest Suites, Jog/Walk Path, Library, Meeting Room, Party Room, Picnic Area, Pier/Dock, Pool – Indoor, Putting Green, Recreational Center, Reserved/Assigned Parking, Retirement Community, Security, Shuffleboard, Spa, Storage Bin, Swimming Pool, Transportation Service, Water/Lake Privileges.

The Friary

Perhaps you are not ready for a retirement community, but you have always wanted to live in Annapolis.  The Friary is a Trophy property in a league of its own!

Set on 23 private acres overlooking a gracious bend of the Severn River with 1,500ft of prime waterfrontage, just minutes from downtown Annapolis and less than an hour from the nation’s capital  is a  35,000+ sqft residence which originally was a Capuchin monastery.  Now the Friary offers modern amenities for comfortable family living yet easily accommodates elegant grand scale entertainment and private events.

The exterior features spectacular 270 degree river views, nine car garage, roof garden, pool pavilion, 60 feet infinity edge pool, tennis court and direct access by funicular to a 6 slip private dock with 10′ MLW and a boat lift.

18th-century elements, like original heart pine floors & foyer arch moldings, have been flawlessly preserved in the main house. A cleverly designed limestone rotunda containing a conservatory & atrium lead to either of the house’s wings: the impeccably appointed guest wing with spacious common room, or the chapel-turned-ballroom with sweeping limestone fireplace, herringbone teak floors, & arched double doors with a picturesque terrace beyond.

The property contains a total of seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and eighteen fireplaces, formal dining room and formal parlor, commercial size gourmet kitchen, over sized ballroom, conservatory, family room, library, music room, indoor spa, game room, wine cellar, catering kitchen, work shop, and a secret vault.  Additional structures on the property include a three bedroom, two bath-guest/staff house, an Asian tea house and mechanical facilities.  To see all the pictures of this remarkable property, click here.


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