ACROSS AMERICA — Making room for guests and entertaining them isn’t always easy when the swimming pool is at the Y three miles away, the guest bedroom is a den with an inflatable bed and the in-home theater wouldn’t be at all without a Black Friday flat-screen deal.

Saltwater swimming pools and spas, and other luxe amenities aren’t a necessity, of course. Friends and family will visit because they love you and not because you’ve got 400 bottles of wine waiting to be opened in the climate-controlled wine room or a boat slip big enough for a yacht.

It’s OK to dream, and this week in How Much House, we dream big with resort-style homes in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia.

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Massachusetts | $8,795,000

27 Ocean Bluff Drive, Mashpee
Listed by:
Paul E Grover | Robert Paul Properties Inc.
Square feet: 6,884
Acreage: 0.82 acre
Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms: 8 (7 full)
Year built: 1992

If money were no option, who wouldn’t want to live in this waterfront masterpiece with panoramic views of Nantucket Sound? Your guests may never want to leave.

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Set in the exclusive enclave known as The Bluff, it has a waterside pool and an outdoor kitchen that are just a stone’s throw from a private sandy beach.

Soaring ceilings and ample, floor-to-ceiling windows in the open-concept living area offer stunning views. The gleaming white gourmet kitchen is to die for with built-in appliances, a two-level island and an adjacent dining area that opens to a deck overlooking the sound.

The primary suite has a private balcony to watch enchanting sunrises over the ocean. The main residence has five other well-appointed bedrooms, and a two-bedroom guest house offers flexibility for guests — or for multigenerational living or staff. Peek inside for more photos.

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Rhode Island | $6,995,000

15 Carnegie Heights Drive, Portsmouth
Listed by:
The Hadfield Group | Hogan Associates/Christie’s International Real Estate
Square feet: 6,244
Acreage: 0.93 acre
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 9 (7 full)
Year built: 2023

This brand, spanking new home at The Aquidneck Club offers luxurious coastal living at its best. A resort within a resort, it boasts views of Narragansett Bay and has a 20-foot-by-40-foot heated saltwater pool and spa, an outdoor shower and an outdoor fireplace.

On a level dedicated to entertainment are a 10-seat movie theater, a full billiards lounge and bar, and a temperature-controlled wine room with space for 400 bottles. A 40-foot “dockominium,” or boat slip, just steps away.

The home is warm and inviting with extensive mill work and a southwest exposure for summer freezes and amazing sunsets. The soaring entryway, chef’s kitchen, oversized living room with a fireplace, and ensuite bedrooms with custom marble baths pair well with fine living.

The property comes with Aquidneck Club membership and access to the 18-hole golf course and driving range, clubhouse, fitness center, pool, tennis court, and equestrian center, all accessible in a golf cart. Peek inside for more photos.

Virginia | $3,000,000

315 Piedmont Ave., Washington
Listed by:
Ashleigh Cannon | Cheri Woodward Realty
Square feet: 3,586
Acreage: 21.03 acres
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3 (all full)
Year built: 2002

Stillpoint Farm is a turnkey luxury estate set on 21 acres of rolling fields with forests that offer both privacy and habitat for flora and fauna. The views from the property drink in the surrounding farms with the Blue Ridge mountains in every direction.

The heart of the property is the stone and stucco main house with an elegant entryway, a spectacular chef’s kitchen and a two-story living room with 24-foot ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace.

The primary suite on the second floor has a private balcony, walk-in closets and a bathroom worthy of a five-star resort. An ensuite bedroom on the top level also has a balcony. The lower level has a large workout room, a climate-controlled wine room and a movie theater.

The estate has oodles of other resort-like amenities, including a luxurious gunite saltwater pool. The pool house has a hidden kitchenette, a full bath with a unique stone walk-in shower and a second-floor bedroom. Large French doors open to the pool deck, which has an amazing outdoor kitchen with a built-in propane grill and a covered dining and patio area with a propane fire pit. Peek inside for more photos.

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