PHIPPSBURG – It would be difficult to overstate the awesomeness of Popham Beach, the several-miles oceanfront expanse of fine sand between the Morse and Kennebec rivers, where the soft sound of the surf never ceases.

In similar fashion, it would be hard to exaggerate the appeal of Driftwood, a new, seasonal, beachfront cottage neighborhood that has 425 feet of private ocean frontage, and abuts gorgeous Popham Beach State Park. On Driftwood’s 4.4 steps-to-the-sands acres are a splendid, four-or-five-bedrooms beach house with an accessory cottage available; and 13 other cottages, one of which comes with a cool, detached building designed to become the master suite.

First, the main house, which can be purchased with or without its companion cottage, and on whose 1-acre lot (or 1.4, if the cottage is included in the sale) a garage, barn or other outbuilding could be added. The 2,260-square-foot home has its own 150 feet of water frontage, and stunning, open-ocean views “accented” by Wood, Fox and Seguin islands. The finely finished home’s classic beach character (beadboard, interior cedar shingles) is enhanced by nautical touches such as ship’s lights in the great room and metal pendant lights in the kitchen, whose soft-gray granite surfaces have a sparkle that alludes to the sands just outside.

Like the great room, the first-floor master suite bedroom looks oceanward, and opens to the wide deck. There are two walk-in closets, and laundry (washer/dryer combined) is housed in the pass-through to the quietly elegant bath. Upstairs are a full bath, and four bedrooms, any one of which would make an excellent office, and one of which has a private balcony.

The two-or-three-bedroom cottages present a range of custom options. Those sited to the rear can be expanded upwards. The model unit, No. 6, is a must-see; its blend of Maine cottage character and vintage charm is exactly what countless people envision when dreaming of beachfront living.

The Driftwood beach house is listed at $1,625,000 (with cottage; or $1,395,000 without) by Sue Spann and Lula Hansen of RE/MAX Riverside in Topsham. Taxes are $14,200/$12,200. The cottages, which like the house have an association fee of $200, begin at $395,000. Please contact Sue or Lula at 319-7814, 725-1967, [email protected]; or 319-7817, 827-2363, [email protected].

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