CAPE ELIZABETH – The open-ocean views are stunning, panoramic. The breezes are sweet with salt sea air. The music of the surf, whether it’s crashing or washing gently up over the rocks, is always playing.

These pleasures are to be enjoyed not only from this lovely 1.16-acre property’s grounds and its 440 feet of rocky shoreline and pebbled beach; but also from the wraparound decking, and from nearly every room in the 5,000-square-foot house.

Designed by the renowned Boston architectural firm of Royal Barry Wills, the five-bedroom, six-bath home was built in 1968, in Wills’s masterful New England style. Architecturally, it is the perfect, understated complement to the magnificent setting; while its interior comforts and its quiet elegance, thanks to updates sensitively carried out, are entirely modern.

The 13-room home is two-level. On the main floor, a brick fireplace (there are five total) with arched woodbox ornaments the dine-in, gourmet’s kitchen, above whose triangular island with cooktop is an equally striking, maple-encased vent hood.

The adjacent dining room could accommodate a banquet, and its walls of glass look far northeast to Bailey Island, Small Point and Phippsburg. The cathedral-ceiling living room has a fireplace, as do the very cool den/library, whose butler’s pantry has a vintage sink; and the master suite, whose spa bath features a glass shower that forms part of the exterior wall, unifying inside and out, view and viewer. The shower has a counterpart enclosure just below, outdoors.

Downstairs, in addition to laundry and utilities and whatnot, are a central family room with lots of built-ins and one of the five total fireplaces; a large office; and two bedrooms, plus baths, in each wing.

Across the driveway from the skylit sunroom, the former pool house has been converted into a delightful, panelled, heated office with a half-bath. The acreage is beautifully landscaped and hardscaped. It recently hosted a sizeable wedding celebration, and the pebbly beach has seen many a lobster bake.

One can stroll the lawns and paths from one “room” or patio to another. Two “secret” spots of note: The fisherman’s casting point, where stripers are most plentiful; and the peninsula-tip, hidden patio, where Portland Head Light is seen away to the north, Cape Elizabeth Light (at Two Lights) quite close to the south.

The property at 1 Hunts Point Road, Cape Elizabeth, is listed at $3.145 million by David Banks of RE/MAX By The Bay in Portland. Please contact David at 207-773-2345 or at

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