Not everyone can start the summer season off with a trek down the Jersey coast. If you can't make it to the ocean, a view can still make you feel like you're on vacation. These three Bucks County homes are so lovely — and offer water views of their own — that you won't miss the salt air.
325 Chestnutwood Lane, Bensalem
Monthly taxes: $2,991
Tell me all about it: This home features a whopping 9,280 square feet as well as historic cachet. The property was built in 1857 for a local doctor named George Fox. Today it boasts an enormous porch flanked by flowering gardens that overlooks the Delaware River. The home features all the historic detail you could want, including pocket doors, 12-foot ceilings, Moravian tile fireplaces, and dual parlors alongside the library. Between the formal foyer and the grand staircase, all your entrances will be magical.
3786 River Road, Lumberville
Monthly taxes: $880
Tell me all about it: Bridgeview House features not only a front porch (furniture included!) overlooking the Delaware River, but a private footbridge to Bull's Island for your own mini getaway. The manor-style home has four bedrooms over 4,000 square feet of living space and includes preserved historic details including trim and millwork, as well as huge sash-style windows. In addition to the main home, the property includes a carriage house or garage and a separate barn with an office and a storage loft.
509 Waterview Place, #509, New Hope
Monthly taxes: $2,682
Tell me all about it: Let's start with an 80-foot terrace overlooking the Delaware River. If that isn't enough to make you feel as if you're on vacation, maybe the master bedroom suite — with its en-suite steam shower and jetted tub — will. The home also features a gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets, granite countertops and high-end appliances. Both of the additional two bedrooms are also en-suite escapes.