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For sale: 6 breathtaking summer beach houses

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Beach front property in Malibu, California.

Scarborough, Maine. Set on the dunes of Pine Point Beach, this five-bedroom home overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The three-story house has an open floor plan, seven bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with a large sitting area, and a master suite with an office area and a private deck.

The 0.6-acre property is part of a gated community 20 minutes from Portland. $2,295,000. David Banks, RE/MAX, (207) 831-8033.

Lakeside, Michigan. Lying along Lake Michigan, this property offers access to 570 feet of water frontage. The single-story, three-bedroom contemporary home has walls of windows, three fireplaces, high ceilings, and a sunroom.

The 2-acre wooded lot sits within a private enclave with a tennis court and a beach. $2,195,000. Karen Strohl and Donna Iwamoto, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, (312) 953-8906.

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This 1985 five-bedroom home was custom-built with a cedar exterior. The house has three cantilevered marble fireplaces, an elevator, heart-of-pine floors, and mahogany throughout.

Outdoor amenities include a glass-and-steel deck, a marble-trimmed pool with a spa, and stairways that lead to the ocean. $4,999,000. The Rupp Team, Engel & Völkers, (843) 415-1133.

Amagansett, New York. This three-bedroom beach cottage is on the market for the first time in 40 years. The "upside down" style home's top floor has a living room, a kitchen, and a master bedroom, and there are two guest rooms below.

Additional details include a fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows, and 84 feet of coastal frontage. $2,999,999. Marie L. Lazzi, Sotheby's International Realty, (516) 456-0699.

Malibu, California. This two-bedroom house provides panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Interior details include hardwood floors, exposed ceiling beams, a family room with a wet bar, and a master suite with a spa bathroom and sliding doors to a deck.

Courtesy Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

The outdoors features a hot tub, two fire pits, a three-car garage, and access to Las Flores Beach. $6,450,000. Chris Cortazzo, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, (310) 457-6550.

East Sandwich, Massachusetts. This newly renovated, two-bedroom Cape Cod condo lies just 200 steps from the water. The 400-square-foot cottage has an open kitchen, sliding bedroom doors, hardwood floors, and an additional sleeping loft.

Outside, there's a shower, a small deck, and a barbecue area. $259,000. Jane Bodrie, Sotheby's International Realty, (508) 737-4915.

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