A waterfront location is one of the most desirable attributes a property can possess. While many seeking the waterfront lifestyle opt for a home by the sea, it is the river that draws those in search of a higher level of privacy, off the beaten track, enhanced by the sights and sounds of nature and the promise of prime recreational pursuits—creating the perfect balance for mind, body, and soul. Though worlds apart, each of the unique properties featured here have been designed to take advantage of their direct riverfront setting, whether it’s a fishing lodge on the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park or an estate on New Jersey's Navesink River.
Terraces on the Navesink River
Middletown, New Jersey
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from its tranquil location on the banks of New Jersey’s Navesink River, this extraordinary château-style estate comprises a 20,000-square-foot main residence and resplendent multi-terraced gardens leading to the water’s edge. The estate offers the ultimate in luxurious riverfront living and world-class recreation. In addition to the private boat dock, the property includes indoor and outdoor pools, a two-lane bowling alley, indoor racquetball court, arcade room, fitness center, and spa, all within easy access of local beaches and the Navesink Country Club. The Navesink River is the dramatic backdrop for two other prominent estates (featured in the images above), both located in the peaceful shore community of Red Bank.
The Hermitage on the River Soar
Kegworth, Leicestershire, England
This historic property is beautifully positioned on the banks of the River Soar in the medieval market town of Kegworth. Originally a spiritual retreat and later a hunting lodge, the Hermitage has been preserved by the same family for nearly half a century. The manor house includes eight bedrooms and grand reception rooms, all with large mullion windows facing the river. The estate’s multi-faceted past is evidenced through the unique array of amenities; below the home are extensive cellars, including a wine store and boat room with access to the river; a coach house; kennels, and more than five acres of tranquil wooded grounds with a croquet lawn, rose garden, and kitchen garden with a potting shed and greenhouse.
Colonial-Style Home on the Potomac River
Located in the leafy DC suburb of McClean, Virginia, this Colonial estate enjoys four-season views and 2.5 acres of grounds on the Potomac River—complete with direct water access for both fishing and kayaking. The elegant interior spans 12,000 square feet with five bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, and conservatory. Residents can take in the views of the river from the home’s large balconies and multi-tiered gardens, which also create a memorable venue for entertaining or relaxing to the tranquil sights and sounds of the great Potomac. The grounds also have ample room to add a pool and tennis courts for further recreational enjoyment.
Willow Point on the Madison River
Beginning at Yellowstone National Park, Montana’s most famous river flows through the heart of this spectacular mountain home on 4.75-acres in “Big Sky Country.” Willow Point’s pristine trout-filled waters provide the ultimate setting for world-class fishing, boating, and bird watching. Nearby, the Old Kirby Place provides some of the best fly-fishing on the upper Madison river. After a day on the river, horse riding, or any number of outdoor pursuits, residents can retire to the estate’s luxurious lodge home, which provides four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and indoor-outdoor living and entertaining areas aplenty that capture the breathtaking Montana landscape.
18th-Century Manor on the Amstel River
Two entrance bridges and gates serve as the grand entrance to this Grade I listed estate on the Amstel river. Set within a serene enclave, yet close to the historic center of Amsterdam, this outstanding 5.5-acre estate takes advantage of its idyllic riverfront setting with its own private mooring. Built circa-1725, the original manor house and coach house have been superbly renovated for the 21st-century. The 9,000-square-foot living space includes seven bedroom suites and ultra-luxurious features including a hammam, sauna, and elevator. For outdoor amusement, residents may relax by the natural swimming pool or meander through the glorious gardens.
Federal-style Farmhouse on the Umpachene River
New Marlborough, Massachusetts
Beautiful and peaceful aptly describe this 18th-century New England estate on 40 acres of parklike grounds traversed by the Umpachene River. Formerly known as Umpachene Old Farm, the estate takes full advantage of its riverfront setting with delightful landscape architecture encompassing fragrant perennial gardens, mature fruit trees, two ponds, entertaining patios, and a delightful suspension bridge over the river. An exemplar of Federal-style architecture, the original farmhouse underwent an extensive renovation in the 1980s by noted architect Bob Fleury and today includes 3,300 square feet of interior space, which showcase views of the river from every room.
Double L Ranch Retreat on the Salt River
This private ranch estate commands eight acres of lush land along an oxbow bend of Wyoming’s great Salt River, 45 minutes from the historic Old West town of Jackson. Built in the style of a classic mountain lodge, the property sits on two parcels of Double L Ranch, a 400-acre Western paradise and world-class sporting ranch. The dwelling has been exquisitely crafted and features 6,700 square feet of living space with four bedroom suites, a gourmet kitchen, media room, and wet bar. Residents can share fishing tales by the enormous woodburning fireplace in the great room or on the numerous porches overlooking the river and the majesty of Wyoming’s Star Valley.