There are few places on the Eastern seaboard where one can stand on the deck of an oceanside house and see nothing but salt marsh, beach and the Atlantic -- no houses, no people, nothing but solitude and the sounds of waves, gulls, and Sequin’s fog horn. Yassou (a Greek salutation meaning “welcome”), sitting on a high, granite bluff overlooking the Maine coast, the sand beaches of Popham and Seawall, and the open Atlantic at Casco Bay, is such a place.
Yassou is a 9-acre property overlooking the tidal Morse River and the 4-mile stretch of sand beaches known as Popham and Seawall – formed where the mouth of the Kennebec River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
There are 3 structures on the property – a main house and two out buildings. The house is 2,500 square-feet, spread over four levels, and built to take advantage of the views.
The ground floor has two bedrooms: The Family Bedroom, with a queen bed as well as a twin, and the Two Twins Bedroom. This floor has a full bath, a laundry area with washer and dryer, and a library room that features a small TV for watching one of the many VCR tapes in our collection.
The second floor, with its ocean views, houses the main living and dining areas with an open floor plan and a vaulted ceiling. The living room area is centered around a large cozy fireplace on the northern end of the main floor, with the dining area and the open-shelved kitchen with a breakfast bar on the south side.
Outside decks surround three sides of this level with a screened-in porch off the kitchen. Three sliding-glass doors provide easy access to the deck from this floor. There is also a full bath and master bedroom on this floor, with access from the bedroom to the quiet north side deck for morning coffee as the sun rises.
A loft above the main floor leads to another bedroom and stairs leading up to “The Tower,” which is a treat unto itself. Perched 35’ high, The Tower commands a 360° bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside and ocean. Five adults can comfortably sit in The Tower, which is a stunning place to watch the sunrise or sunset.
Two out-buildings complete the structures on the property. “Blossom,” nestled in the pines just beneath the main house, is a rustic bunkhouse. “The Gallery” is a workshop and storage shed just east of the main house.
For those interested in further exploration of the natural beauty of the property, two private nature trails, created and maintained by our family, provide instant access to adventurous hiking in the Maine woods, plus beautiful vistas along the Morse River and pristine salt marsh.