This book gains access to some of the world's most beautiful residences is some of the world's most glorious settings. From Tahiti and Hawaii to the California coast and the Mediterranean - some thirty-five houses located by rivers, ports, waterfalls, ponds and oceans reveal the very special relationship the inhabitants have with their natural surroundings. Modern all-glass houses and neo-Renaissance villas, clapboard mills and moated castles - all have very different connections to the water, and all contain a variety of experiences within. Presented in full-colour with stunning pictures by international acclaimed photographers, 'Living on the Water' is a unique glimpse behind the locked doors of these wonderful private residences. The introduction considers the lifestyle afforded by living on water, and texts on each house expose the qualities of its design, its setting and its occupants. With special pages devoted to exceptional features of houses by water - from terraces to lookouts, from sea-worthy materials to pools - this publication journeys into the nature of human experience itself.