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N.C. townhome a getaway with easy ICW access

wfjpg“I’ve always enjoyed the gorgeous view of Oriental Harbor,” says Alice Underhill, a 69-year-old former North Carolina state lawmaker who owns a waterfront townhome in the center of the village of Oriental, N.C. “It’s so relaxing to sit on our porch and just watch the water and the boats.”

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Seascapes: Cozy cove

seascapesOil painting by West Fraser

West Fraser was making one of his regular trips to Maine to paint when he came upon a waterfront scene in the Boothbay region that caused him to stop and set up his easel. Painting on the spot, or en plein air, the 60-year-old South Carolina artist created Cozy Cove, an 18-by-24-inch oil and a good example of the “richly painted, atmospheric vistas” that have made him well-known over a 30-year career.

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A boat-shaped home on a Connecticut lake

waterfrontS.S. Sweeney, Jack Sweeney’s boat-shaped home, rose from the ashes of his fire-destroyed cottage on Hitchcock Lake in Connecticut.

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Heading up: Oil painting by Harley Bartlett

seascapes1Blue sky, an easy current and a light morning breeze to belly the sail on the catboat. A snug harbor is left behind as a distant horizon beckons. It’s a fine day to be at the tiller in Harley Bartlett’s Heading Up.

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Easy living, fine fishing on a Florida key

A concrete seawall protects this four-bedroom home on Florida's Cudjoe Key.Looking for a winter home, Virginia residents Garland and Betty Kight discovered Cudjoe Key near the end of the Florida Keys chain.

For more than a decade they’ve enjoyed “warm winters, easy open-water access and a very friendly, quiet residential neighborhood,” says Kight, 68, an avid fisherman semiretired from his Norfolk, Virginia, sportfishing boat sales business. “Fishing in the Keys is the best on the East Coast.”

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