After 33 years in the real estate business, Jeffrey N. Cohen is known for creating and restoring buildings that provide superior living space and enhance the visual appeal of their neighborhoods.
Waterview at Bayside, Cohen's latest project, is a perfect example of this philosophy. It's façade and interior finishes echo the grandeur of city living of yesteryear. At the same time, Waterview at Bayside's use of healthy building materials, energy-efficient appliances and state-of-the-art telecommunications systems reflects today's best design principles.
"In the case of Waterview, I didn't want a modern building," Cohen says. "I wanted a building that looks like it's part of the neighborhood. People will look at this building and say, "That looks like it's always been there."
Washington, D.C. plays host to many of Cohen's buildings and developments. Here in Maine, the quality of Cohen's work is visible in a variety of properties.
Goose Cove in Woolwich and Thatchbed Island in Kennebunk are examples of Cohen's attention to detail. The Maine lakefront homes at Sanctuary Cove in Bridgton, a recent endeavor, combines new, historically-inspired homes with preserved lakeside cottages, lodge, and a fitness center.
"I've developed projects with a few residences and others with hundreds," Cohen says. "They all involve the creation of first-class living space. The buildings I develop must be something that I would want to live in myself."
His careful and considerate approach to design has won him accolades from the American Institute of Architects and the Art Deco Society. Cohen's appreciation for history and design are reflected not only in his buildings, but also in his Portland office, where antiques mix with traditional modern art.
When asked how his aesthetic sensibilities influence his design choices, Cohen says he seeks to create "warm, user-friendly living environments. I want my projects to be energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly," Cohen says. "I want them to meld with the land. I want the design to be exceptional, and not just built for the sake of building."