Venice, California. This 1982 Tudor-style home stands in the enclave developed by Abbot Kinney in 1905, now the Venice Canal Historic District. The three-bedroom house features an open floor plan, wood beams, stained-glass windows, and a master suite with fireplace and grotto shower.

Outside are a roof deck with shower and spa, a patio and garden overlooking the water, and a dock. $3,145,000. Zach and Rita Goldsmith, Hilton and Hyland/Luxury Portfolio, (310) 278-3311.

New Hope, Pennsylvania. Built in 1851, this three-bedroom stone house sits on the bank of the Delaware Canal in Bucks County. The home has a vaulted great room with a Palladian window, a chef's kitchen with inlaid wood floors, and a master suite with French doors opening to a Juliette balcony.

The 1.9-acre property features water-view terraces planted with ivy, boxwood, and hydrangeas. $1,245,000. Kim Woehr-Kates, Kurfis/Sotheby's International Realty, (215) 498-3824.

Galveston, Texas. This four-bedroom home stands in Lafitte's Cove, a planned community in a 35-acre nature preserve. The canal-front house has two master suites, two living areas, an elevator, and extensive Brazilian redwood decking.

The double lot includes a pool with five water features, a covered dock with boat lift, and a country club membership. $2,300,000. Bet Jennings, Greenwood King Properties, (281) 773-3477.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The city has more than 165 miles of waterways; this five-bedroom home stands alongside a canal leading out to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1965, the mid-century modern house features a two-story great room, a coral-rock fireplace, a floating staircase, and a gourmet kitchen.

The property includes a pool, palm trees, and 100 feet of deep waterfront. $2,375,000. Mariene Menin, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, (954) 817-2774.

Sarasota, Florida. In 1917, Sarasota's mayor built this five-bedroom home in a now historic neighborhood on Siesta Key. The house features pecky-cypress walls, heart-pine floors, a sleeping porch, and a lofty first-floor master. The guest lodge, added in 1988, has a bedroom, sleeping loft, and game room.

Outside are a dock, a Jet Ski lift, and access to a canal once used by rumrunners from the Bahamas. $2,685,000. Judie Berger, Premier/Sotheby's International Realty, (941) 928-3424.

Morrisville, Pennsylvania. This three-bedroom home was built in 1921 as part of an artist's community along the Delaware Canal. Interior features include red-oak floors, a working stone fireplace, and original doors, fixtures, and woodwork.

A sunroom leads out to a back deck and patio with canal views. $325,000. Jennifer Tome-Berry, Keller Williams/Delaware Valley Realty, (609) 987-8889.