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Waterfront Escapes for $200,000

Catherine Sherman
May 23, 2013

The first day of summer is technically a month away, but who’s counting? For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff of vacation season. If you’re dreaming of relaxing at the beach this summer, consider investing in a home right on the water. You don’t have to spend millions — ocean and lakefront homes are hitting the market for around $200,000 across America.

Stanwood, MI

10545 Miller Dale Dr, Stanwood, MI 
For sale: $209,900

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Built as a log cabin in 2002, this lake house has been completely remodeled, adding a large living room, master walk-in closet, jetted tub, oak kitchen cabinets and laminate flooring. The 2,064-square-foot property also boasts exceptional views of Rogers Dam Pond with 3 waterfront decks.

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Belfast, ME

(undisclosed address), Belfast, ME
For sale: $199,000

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Described by the listing agent as a “little piece of heaven,” this is one of three neighboring cottages asking the median list price in Belfast Bay. Enjoy summers in Maine with a shared beach steps away from your own private deck.

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Ocean Shores, WA

678 Point Brown Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA
For sale: $219,000

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Looking for a Pacific Northwest beach getaway? Located on the Grand Canal of Ocean Shores, this contemporary 3-bedroom is just a few blocks from the sandy Pacific Ocean coastline. It’s also a 10-minute drive to Duck Lake, if you’re in the mood for some bass or trout fishing.

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Kerens, TX

180 Pearl Valley Dr, Kerens, TX 
For sale: $220,000

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This is no log cabin in the woods. Measuring 2,514 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this home was custom-built in 2006 with french doors leading to a large covered balcony overlooking Richland-Chambers Reservoir. An unfinished workshop downstairs could also be turned into additional living space, making a 4,000-square-foot home.

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Sparta, GA

325 Jamesway Dr, Sparta, GA 
For sale: $198,000

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Located on Lake Sinclair, this Cape Cod colonial features an open floor plan with a fireplace, hardwood floors and lakefront porch. The 1.2-acre property also includes a large lawn, private dock and boathouse for summer entertaining on the lake.

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Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, industry trends and home improvement tips. Read more of her work here