Brian Vanden Brink
At the front of the estate, Paradise Cove hangs a sign with a popular Maine state slogan on it: The Way Life Should Be. The house combines a classic expanded cape form with shingle style elements and decorative interior finishes common in coastal Maine, the owner’s previous home location. A broad triangular gable sits atop a central entrance cape with a broad front porch. Turquoise board shutters with starfish cutouts hint at the vernacular of classic Cape Cod beach communities nearby. Shingled brackets, an eyebrow dormer and a ship’s stern balcony are at the center of the ocean cove facing back and surrounded by numerous windows to the view. At the interior, a rustic stone fireplace with a rough-hewn timber mantle is at the center of the horizontally paneled living space while teak, mahogany and cedar paneling give warm rich character to other interior spaces.