Waterfront homes may be more versatile than you think. After all, the features that make them work well on lakefront or beach property—wide porches, breezy open layouts—are appealing to buyers in many different locations. And although they undoubtedly work well in vacation settings, these plans come with modest square footages (all less than 2,100 square feet) that also make them charming candidates for primary residences.

Beach Beauty

This Visbeen Associates design is the quintessential beachside bungalow, boasting wide covered porches, metal roofing, and old-fashioned storm shutters. The kitchen, dining, and living areas create ample room for gathering, with access to the porch and outdoor patios. The first-floor master suite includes a large walk-in closet and full bath. Additional bedrooms are located on the upper level. The optional finished basement of the home is set up to entertain. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.

Taking in Views

Maximize a scenic lot with this simple, rustic home. A wide deck wraps around abundant windows, offering lots of room to enjoy waterfront scenery inside or out. The casual living/dining space is highlighted by a woodstove. The master suite nestles to the left of the living area and boasts a walk-in closet. Two secondary bedrooms allow space for guests and family members. The kitchen provides a snack counter. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.