09/13/2012 12:46 pm ET Updated Sep 13, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Real Estate: Live, Eat Cake Along The Water (PHOTOS)


WASHINGTON -- You, like most people, probably start dreaming this time of year of settling down in a $6 million castle on a private peninsula on the Chesapeake Bay. You're in luck!

When you're looking for prime real estate on the country's largest estuary, you have nearly endless living options before you. Yes, you could live in the castle -- which comes with a princess bedroom -- or 20 acres of waterfront property in charming Stevensville, Md. But perhaps you'd prefer a more modestly priced three-bedroom house on Virginia's Tangier Island -- a place that chose not to join up with the Confederacy during the Civil War and is home to one of the country's most unusual accents.

Or maybe the quite affordable two-bedroom condo in a place that has a great tiki bar nearby is more your speed. Or the charmingly-priced three-bedroom house on Smith Island, famous for its 10-layer cake, Maryland's official state dessert.

We can also see the appeal in the $2,740,000 7,000 square foot coastal house that comes with its own boatlift and boardwalk.

Which of these watery abodes, listed by our friends at Realtor.com, strikes your fancy? And when do we get our invitation to come over for Smith Island cake?

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