Norma and Sam’s home in South Portland, Maine, is positioned on the edge of Maine’s rocky coast. It’s coastal living at its finest—and closest! While touring their bedroom that fills with sunlight each morning, a lobster boat motors by, cutting a wake through Casco Bay.
“Am I in Maine? Am I absolutely in Maine?” beams New England Living TV host, Parker Kelley.
South Portland is a small coastal town with public beaches, bike paths, and parks. Portland, the state’s largest city, is only a short drive away, where there are top-notch, locally owned restaurants and shops. However, South Portland has a handful of culinary gems all its own, and Sam happily takes Parker on a quick tour.
Back at the house, Norma and Sam walk Parker through their home. The living room steals the show with 270 degrees of water views, they can see the Casco Bay islands, passing boats and four local lighthouses. Norma, a lover of woodwork, wanted to have detailed framing around each window, but Sam was all about the seascape. The result was a beautiful compromise produced by Gulf Shore Design.
The custom woodwork throughout the house was done by nearby Saco Manufacturing. New England Living visited their workshop while in Maine and met owner Tony and his team of talented craftsmen, who custom create anything from one-inch finials to fourteen-foot columns.
The couple wanted to have a variety of places to enjoy the outdoors, too. Along the jagged coast, there are porches and balconies as well as a rotunda with custom stone shaped to look like local icon, Fort Gorges. “You maximized every possible angle, every possible view, every possible everything, it’s just incredible,” says Parker Kelley.
Watch the entire show of Episode 10 of Season 1.