Best Old House Neighborhoods 2010: Waterfront

For our third annual Best Places to Buy an Old House contest, what we looked for was simple: oft-overlooked neighborhoods populated by people who share an appreciation of finely crafted homes that have plenty of past and lots of future. And what we found—with the aid of our friends at, who helped us contact thousands of neighborhood groups, real estate agents, residents, and preservationists for nominations—was mighty impressive.

If you like gazing out at the lake, ocean or river right from you own front porch, here are 19 towns that should satisfy your water needs.
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