With a second floor on the house now, we can see the water. There are houses between us and water, but you can get some small views between the houses behind us.
I took some pics of the state of the backyard. It used to look much nicer, but there was some excavation work during this whole process and a lot of perennials moved from one side of the house. Spring will bring sod, reshaping of some beds, and moving perennials around.