LITTLEJOHN ISLAND, YARMOUTH – Designing this stunning oceanfront manor was no abstract process for Russell Legare. He devoted countless hours to walking and analyzing and “living” these 16-plus acres, both day and night, to learn the property thoroughly and determine how a home should be situated for maximum enjoyment of the splendid Maine coast setting.

Researching the locale effectively pre-dated the 13-month construction period of this home, since Legare had previously built another of the only five homes permitted in this association adjacent to Littlejohn’s 23-acre nature preserve.

This secluded property seems a nature preserve unto itself. There are 1,740 feet of water frontage, extending from a small cove all the way around a woodsy peninsula. Off its tip is a little island – a perk of the property to be shared with the osprey who nests here – that you can walk to at low tide, when the ribs of a wrecked ship appear above the water a couple of hundred yards off shore.

In the other direction, you can also see the association’s mooring-access dock, a golf-cart ride away.

The property is a rarity in several senses, including a highly unusual amount of waterfront acreage in southern Maine; proximity to intown Portland (a 20-minute ride; note that the island is connected by a causeway); and the extraordinary quality of the home’s design and construction.

The home – at 7,600 square feet – has the character and simple elegance of a classic Maine seaside “cottage” (note how perfectly the stone-and-shingle exterior suits its setting) but with all the advantages of state-of-the-art comforts and efficiency (e.g., 14 heating zones). A 1,200-square foot terrace and a wonderful covered porch, overlooking the Roman-ended, old-school Gunnite inground pool, add outdoor living space.

A first-floor master suite provides the ease of single-level living. There’s a second master suite, with private balcony, above. Among the home’s six fireplaces are two of floor-to-ceiling stone (from Bowdoinham), back-to-back in the great room and the porch. Woodwork includes solid mahogany doors, white oak flooring, and a walnut butcher block counter in the huge pantry off the gorgeous kitchen.

The home at 350 Pemasong Road, Littlejohn Island, Yarmouth, is co-listed for sale at $4.75 million by Sue Girouard of L&S Realty in Yarmouth, and Linda MacDonald of RE/MAX By The Bay in Portland, and is being shown by appointment.

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Linda at 749-1215 or [email protected]; or Sue at 846-3294, 233-4913 or at [email protected].
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