KENNEBUNKPORT – The “Deck House” is a midcentury modern architectural classic.

It was introduced just over 70 years ago, and its timeless appeal has only increased over the decades. Today, a deck house looks as pleasingly and strikingly contemporary as any new home you could find.

These “remarkable homes for remarkable people,” in the words of the Acorn Deck House Company, are distinguished by their “signature decking ceiling and exposed post and beam structure that naturally welcomes the outdoors in,” among other things.

“These contemporary homes create a space of relaxed elegance.”

Acorn has produced more than 20,000 deck houses worldwide. Here is a stellar example. This immaculate custom home, built in 2003, provides the qualities and features for which deck houses are renowned – open-concept living; walls of glass; lofty, vaulted ceilings with exposed beams – and more: Expansions have added a gorgeous, glass-ceilinged sun room, and an office/den that connects to a covered porch.

Through full-view doors, both the sun room and the sunny porch access huge patios. This is but one illustration of how harmoniously the home inhabits its serene, woods-screened setting. The 0.73-acre grounds are professionally hardscaped and expertly landscaped, with perennial gardens blooming in sequence through the seasons; and the house is designed so that one can enjoy the surroundings from all eight rooms.

The interior is bright and spacious throughout its 2,686 square feet. Lightly “pickled” paneled vaulted ceilings as high as 17 feet enhance that airy feel, especially in the great room (note its elevated gas fireplace in a lovely surround) and in the master suite (single-level living is an option here) which has a room-sized walk-in with built-ins, and whose spa bath, with an oversized, glass shower enclosure, is new.

The cook’s kitchen, with its granite surfaces and stainless appliances including wall ovens, “works,” perfectly, too; the pantry is especially ingenious. Upstairs, two large bedrooms are served by a full bath, and the balcony-style hallway affords wonderful views.

Among practical advantages are a fine “mud” room; two vehicle, direct-entry garage; central air, generator, air exchanger and security system.The location – a quiet, woodsy neighborhood not far from famed Dock Square and all its attractions, and also walking distance to the open ocean at Cleaves Cove – is a big plus.

The home at 12 Elizabethan Drive, Kennebunkport, is listed at $799,000 by Helen Curry of Kennebunk Beach Realty. For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Helen at 207-229-7647; 207-967-5481; or at [email protected]