Waterside Retreats: Inviting Beach House in Maine

This home in Kennebunk, Maine is actually propped up on a retaining wall along the beach's edge, and so enjoys unobstructed views of the water. Shiplap walls, porthole windows and blue decor create a bright, coastal interior that speaks to the home's surroundings.

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Photo By: Francois Gagnon

Home Exterior and Ocean at Sunset

Pick a view, any view! The home offers many indoor and outdoor vantage points from which to take in Maine's amazing sunsets over the ocean.

Gray Oceanfront Home Exterior and Porch

In a setting this spectacular, the outdoor spaces are as essential as the indoor ones. The oceanfront bungalow takes advantage of its perch with a long, covered porch as well as a deck off the master bedroom.

Exterior View from Oceanside

Can't get closer to the waterfront than this! The house is propped up on a retaining wall at beach's edge; the entire back side of the home has unobstructed water views.

White Galley Kitchen With Striped Rug

A striped runner gives a jaunty nautical air to the galley kitchen. The room opens up to a sun-filled breakfast nook.

Bar Nook With Porthole Window

A tiny bar nook gets its own adorable window, porthole-style, with views out to the water.

Built-In Bench With Blue Pillows

A built-in bench off the kitchen gets a fun array of pillows in different shades of blue.

Blue and White Cottage Breakfast Nook With Ocean View

Bay window plus window seat plus ocean view equals best place to eat breakfast! Ship lap paneling and a pale blue-and-white palette stays prettily within the coastal design scheme.

White Stairwell With Ocean View

The airy stairwell becomes a gallery of sorts, white walls and paneling allowing the spotlight to shine on ocean vistas as well as two colorful paintings.

Blue and White Coastal Bedroom With Sailboat

This bedroom stays perfectly in keeping with its surroundings with quaint blue-and-white bedding, ocean-inspired accent pillows and a sailboat.

White Coastal Bedroom With Deck

Who needs a big bedroom when you have your very own oceanfront deck? White shiplap paneling adds to the room's charming coastal feel.

Coastal Master Bedroom With Sunset View

The master bedroom is perched up on the second story, so views are at their very best. When the sunset is at its most spectacular, a set of French doors leads to a private deck.

Gray Marble Small Bathroom With Ocean View

Carrara marble is the star performer of this bathroom-with-a-view; it's used for the shower backsplash, mosaic tile floor and the countertops.

Covered Porch With Ocean Views

The covered porch has a stone-clad outdoor fireplace, a must for ocean breezes and chilly Maine evenings.

Waterfront Home Exterior at Night

The house sits right at the edge of the water with a covered patio and a balcony for prime outdoor viewing.

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