FALMOUTH FORESIDE – When this splendid oceanfront home was built in 1938, Boston architect Royal Barry Wills was entering the period of his finest work.

A true son of New England, Wills was celebrated for championing and modernizing the Cape Cod style, on which he gently elaborated with traditional Colonial elements.

Here, the Casco Bay setting and the classic Maine coast home represent a perfect marriage. Beautifully, professionally landscaped and hardscaped, the property on 2.72 level acres of manicured lawns and exquisite gardens enjoys unspoiled views, with the Foreside shoreline to the north, and a panorama across the water: directly out to “The Brothers” (two tiny islands) and southeast to Long and Great and Little Diamonds islands.

Due-east exposure ensures glorious sunrises. A dock can be added on the 244-foot length of waterfront, which is owned by the town (a distinct tax advantage for the buyer here) and therefore is effectively a private preserve.

The home, encased in sturdy oversized cedar shingles rarely seen these days, has been thoroughly updated with the utmost fidelity to its original design, and measures 5,747 square feet, following an expansion several years ago. The four bedrooms include a master suite on each level.

The extended living room, flanked by lovely patios, seems to literally “reach out” to the water. Hardwood flooring is herringbone-pattern, walls of windows usher in gorgeous views, and built-ins include bench seats. The gourmet’s kitchen (nine-foot island, Carrera marble, six-burner Wolf gas range) is done in a soft, buttery yellow that imparts warmth. Another highlight is an upstairs bonus/entertainment room whose nautical touches include ship’s lights and a fan with oar-blades.

There are two outbuildings. Closest to the water, and facing out over it through full-view doors, is a year-round hot tub cottage. Across the driveway is a newer carriage house, with three cedar-doored bays for boat and/or vehicle storage (this is in addition to the direct-entry garage) and an upper level of about 800 square feet that is plumbed, and prime for finishing to create a guest or in-law suite.

The quiet neighborhood, Bramhall Field, is less than 10 minutes to downtown Portland, and slightly more to the Portland International Jetport.

It was written of Wills, in his firm’s 1968 book “More Houses for Good Living,” that
“he wanted only to design the indigenous New England house supremely well, and succeeded beyond any other architect.” This Falmouth home embodies the truth of that statement.

The property at 18 Carroll St., Falmouth, is listed for sale at $3,415,000 by David Banks of RE/MAX By The Bay in Portland. Please contact David at 773-2345 or at [email protected]