Owning your own home remains a central tenet of the American Dream, and if it’s a house by the ocean, so much the better. The owners of this elegant waterfront home in Westport, Conn., take maximum advantage of a pretty tidal marsh on the front side of the house and an intimate pool and terrace, overlooking Long Island Sound, at the rear. A masterful design by leading Westport architect Peter Cadoux, the beautifully appointed shingle-style residence exudes the classic New England aesthetic with expansive glass doors and windows capturing the dazzling water views, and Americana accents in the stars and stripes found in the exterior detailing. Like all good architects, Cadoux personally designs all of his homes and meets directly with clients. “The house doesn’t have a formal name,” he says, “but the owners refer to it as their American Dream, attained through a lifetime of hard work.” cadouxaia.com