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7 scenic homes along the Great Lakes

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Homes on the Great Lakes.

Burtchville, Michigan. Architect William Kessler created this 1976 home on Lake Huron out of triangular sections. The five-bedroom house features color-saturated finishes, cedar-clad walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the lake.

The 5.1-acre property includes a pool, hot tub, pool house, and guesthouse and 250 feet of sandy beach-front. $1,699,000. Denise Bellore, Keller Williams Realty Rochester, (586) 242-5752.

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Frankfort, Michigan. This 1972 six-bedroom house sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Designed by architect Glenn Arai, it features a living room with cathedral ceilings, a two-sided stone fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows framing water views.

A south wing was added in 2014 with a master bedroom, a four-bed bunkroom, and a screened porch. The 0.7-acre property includes a wraparound patio, a hot tub, and private stairs down to the lake. $2,900,000. Tamara Vomastek, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, (231) 620-2275.

Kelleys Island, Ohio. Set on a secluded 2 acres in Jones Preserve, this four-bedroom home offers views of Lake Erie from most rooms. Built in 2016 in modern-farmhouse, open-plan style, it has shiplap walls, wide-plank wood floors, exposed rustic beams, and vaulted ceilings.

A screened porch leads directly to a lawn, woods, and the lake. $1,790,000. Lisa Deuschle, Street Sotheby's International Realty, (419) 797-4400.

Rochester, New York. This 6,000-square-foot, five-bedroom home stands by Lake Ontario. The renovated Colonial-style house, built in 1900, retains its original shiplap ceilings, wainscoting, built-ins, and leaded glass.

The 0.64-acre lot includes a porch, wooded lawns, a stone patio, a carriage house converted to a three-car garage and guest suite, a sandy beach, and a boat dock. $995,000. Holly Creek Team, Howard Hanna–Brighton, (585) 400-4000.

Two Harbors, Minnesota. Built in 2007 by renowned architect David Salmela, this three-bedroom cedar cabin sits on 2.8 acres including 600 feet of Lake Superior waterfront. The Scandinavian-style home features outsize windows framing lake and woods; the open-plan living area has a woodstove, slate floors, and basswood walls and ceilings.

Outside are sitting areas, walking trails, a grilling patio, and a sauna. $729,000. Dave Lilja, RE/MAX Results, (612) 810-8779.

Bratenahl, Ohio. Once owned by a protégé of Albert Einstein, this 1880 waterfront home on Lake Erie has been maintained by Case Western Reserve University for several decades. The four-bedroom New England Colonial has formal sitting and dining rooms; original details include coffered ceilings, wood trim, and curved walls.

A wraparound porch overlooks 1.45 private acres of lawns and woods. $699,900. Ryan Young, Keller Williams Realty, (216) 378-9618.

Ashtabula, Ohio. This four-bedroom cottage is set on a private beach on Lake Erie. Built in 1939, the now-updated, fully furnished two-story home includes family and living rooms, an open kitchen/dining area, and a screened porch with water views.

A rolling lawn and a two-car garage fill out the 1-acre plot. $395,000. Scott Newman, Howard Hanna Real Estate, (440) 278-0745.

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