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3 Dreamy Homes With Private Beaches for Sale

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A sandy backyard escape

With summer well underway, the warm weather and sunshine have got us pining for a private beach—you know sandy stretches where you can stroll and lay on your own terms, sans crowds and the crowds’ trash. For those with a few spare bucks—okay, millions—such luxury is within reach.

Have a look at this trio of properties on the market right now, offering very different, very scenic waterfront lifestyles. Pacific, Atlantic, or Lake Michigan: Take your pick (if only in a daydream!)

1. 671 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, CA
Asking Price: $12.9 million

The picture-perfect SoCal beach here is made even dreamier with what perches above it. In addition to a terrace with a pool and pool house, there are also two levels of decking in the four-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot main house itself. The cottage-style residence has some surprising charms, including intricate fireplaces and a brick-paved, atrium-style dining room.

2. 17 Squam Road, Nantucket, MA
Asking Price: $13.5 million

With few photos of the interior, this listing knows what it’s really about: 5.44 secluded waterfront acres with long stretches of pristine Nantucket beach. The four-bedroom, 2,646-square-foot home was built in the ‘30s and enjoys panoramic ocean views on the ground level. The same family has owned it for the last 60 years.

3. 691 Sheridan Road, Winnetka, IL
Asking Price: $6.45 million

Built in an English manor style, this five-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot brick home located 20 miles north of Chicago offers nearly 100 feet of beach frontage with vast Lake Michigan views. Large windows connect the rear of the house to the picturesque "backyard," which also includes an expansive terrace with a pool and lawns.