“A river is more than an amenity; it is a treasure.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes

Holmes would certainly agree that if a river is a treasure, the living along the river is also something to be cherished. The opportunity to live in an environment where one can be soothed by the sounds of gently flowing waters and captivated by tranquil views is rare and those who possess that lifestyle are quick to acknowledge how extraordinary it is.

So agrees the owner of this remarkable 16-room residence located directly on the banks of the Housatonic River in Stratford. When asked what the home’s most striking characteristic is, the owner says it always comes back to the views.

“Every guest we have cannot get over the views, day or night, from almost every room in the house,” said the owner.

This impressive 10,467 square-foot residence encompasses expansive walls of glass that capture the riverfront panorama, along with numerous decks, balconies, and patios, as well as its own dock and heated saltwater pool. The open floor plan is graced with a formal living room and banquet-sized dining room overlooking the pool, dock and river. The custom eat-in kitchen opens to a family room with French doors to a riverfront deck.

“The moonlight and the lights from the homes across the river sparkling on the water is a great way to end the evening,” the owner added. “It’s hard to imagine anything better than being on the deck with a cocktail in your hand, watching the boats and wildlife pass by.”

There are five bedrooms including the luxurious master suite boasting a sitting room with fireplace, wet bar and private balcony that affords an oasis of calm looking over the water. A cherry-paneled library, first-floor guest bedroom or office and a finished lower level with kitchenette, game room, full baths and walkout to the pool round out the offering. The home is offered at $1.350 million through Porto Real Estate Group of Coldwell Banker.

On River Road in Southport, this charming four-bedroom colonial enjoys 200 feet of direct frontage on the serene Tide Mill Pond with Southport Harbor beyond. The 3,100 square-foot home sits in an idyllic setting with both the upstairs and downstairs living spaces seamlessly opening onto multiple decks to take in the glorious panoramic water vistas. The location also affords immediate access to launch kayaks and canoes.

The living room embraces the stunning water views through tall spans of windows and French doors to the deck and terrace. The living room is open to the spacious dining area with French Doors that also open to the porch overlooking the water. The chef’s kitchen flows into the family room with vaulted ceiling, window seats and French doors to the deck overlooking Tide Mill Pond. The elegant master suite offers a private balcony and there is also a Great Room/bedroom suite with balcony with wonderful views. This home is offered at $1.395 million through Victoria Fingelly of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.