Storm Watching In Seabrook.
It’s time to drop the pretense. The sun has forsaken us and won’t come back till next year. Yet it’s not quite time for that winter vacation to Colorado, Whistler, or the Cascades. So what’s there to do? Of course you could struggle through the mist and rain on the local links, maybe try your luck and pray for sun in Suncadia. Or you could gather up some loved ones and go storm watching on the Washington Coast. You may have already heard of Seabrook—a new vacation town nestled into the pines just south of Pacific Beach. It provides the charm our coast has been lacking for some time. There, wandering oyster shell paths wend through cozy clusters of cedar-shingled houses reminiscent of Nantucket and Cape Cod vacation homes.
Now in its seventh year, Seabrook is one of the few upstart vacation communities to survive 2008’s subprime crisis. This is, in part, because it is such a unique offering on the Washington Coast.
In lieu of creating another town like Pacific Beach or Ocean Shores, Seabrook has adopted the rich history of Oregon’s coastal real estate. Seabrook’s founder, Casey Roloff, wanted a town developed artistically with a master plan—giving the place a singular sense of self and soul. The result is a pedestrian friendly village adjacent a mystical beach that has received attention from numerous publications, including being featured in Coastal Living’s “Ultimate Beach House” .
Even if autumn storm watching isn’t for you, Seabrook has a variety of offerings. An indoor pool, spa, grocery market, art studio, basketball court, pet store, pub, and a colorful selection of beach cruiser bikes provide activities and ambiance to a town still very much in the making. Future plans have been made for tennis courts, a bank, a physician, a theater, a hotel, and additional restaurants, wine bars and coffee shops.
Most of the homeowners participate in the rental program, so there is an astounding variety of homes available each week. The listings start as low as $50.00 a night for a small one-bedroom cottage nestled in the woods to $300 a night for a three-floor manor. Prices do increase around holidays.
Homes are still very much available for purchase. The Seabrook team starts a new home every week, each home taking about four to six months till completion. They range from $249,000 to $2,000,000.
One downside to a newer development like Seabrook is that there is still a lot of construction. Echoes of it rattle through the streets fairly early in the mornings during the weekdays. But on Saturdays and Sundays, it’s quiet except for the laughter of kids riding beach cruisers and the murmur of couples as they walk to the Pacific Ocean with coffee in hand.
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