CAPITOL ISLAND, SOUTHPORT – “Who wouldn’t want to be washing the dishes here?” realtor Julie Sheehan asks. Her question is rhetorical. The sink she gestures toward is set in a granite-topped kitchen bar facing tall windows that present glorious views out to the open ocean.

Of course, you could just stick the dishes in the dishwasher (stainless Thermador, as are the other appliances) and relax on the wraparound, elevated deck, where there’s water on three sides and Maine coast magnificence stretches directly for miles before you, with landmarks including Squirrel Island, Cape Newagen and The Cuckolds lighthouse just beyond. Closer to, a sun-kissed colony of lobster buoys bobs, and the July morning is enhanced by birdsong and aromatic summer breezes.

“The real Maine Downeast experience begins in this area, I think,” says Sheehan, watching a young egret forage in the grasses and tidal pools below. “It’s perfect for anyone who’s dreamed of a place on the Maine coast.”

This property, “A View to Sea,” has 199 feet of waterfront. It was built in 2006 on the footprint of an old cottage and is truly water’s-edge, as one cannot build today. The creation of Bethanis Architects, it has been featured on the covers of Downeast and Cabin Life (some irony there) magazines.

There are three levels of living – and an elevator to serve each one. Topmost is the master suite, which has a private deck; an open, Euro-style walk-in closet; and a gorgeous bath with both tub and a beautifully tiled shower enclosure with exposed ceiling beams.

The main, middle level is the gathering area – gourmet kitchen, living, and dining. The lower level provides three view-blessed bedrooms; two full baths (one also houses the laundry) and a utility room. Heat is propane.

One could live here year-round, except that water service is April-to-October. A bridge connects this island to the mainland; Boothbay Harbor village is less than 10 minutes away. Part of the town of Southport, Capitol Island is a community of 44 homes. There’s a beach, a tennis court, and a casino. The pace of life is reflected in the speed limit of 10 mph.

The 2,643-square-foot home at 22 Tennis Court, Capitol Island, is listed at $1,450,000 by Julie Sheehan of F.O. Bailey Real Estate in Falmouth. Please contact Julie at 730-1991 or at [email protected]

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