Architecture and design give a town its looks, but it's the people that give Seabrook its true community feel. Read how our homeowners found their way to the beach through their very own stories:
"From the moment we rounded the last corner on Highway 109 and turned onto Front Street at Seabrook, we knew we wanted to be a part of this amazing community! After only a few memorable visits with our families and a personal tour with Casey Roloff, we decided that we wanted Seabrook to be a place for our family and friends to share and create their own memories. The team at Seabrook has made the experience of building our dream beach home so enjoyable and easy, that any worries or concerns we might have had were never issues. We feel so blessed that this has been such a rewarding experience and we are absolutely thrilled with our new beach house! We are certain that this will prove to be more than a great financial investment, but also a great investment in a relaxed and peaceful lifestyle. The most wonderful part about Seabrook is that it goes beyond the beautiful homes and the incredible location - the people who work and visit Seabrook are all so happy and content to just be here."
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"My story with Seabrook began before the town had even been developed. I started looking for property along the Washington coast a couple of years before Seabrook was founded. I settled on the Pacific Beach area because it reminded me of the Oregon coast. I was then told about Seabrook by a real estate agent and I signed up for one of the first informational sessions Seabrook put on at the Pacific Beach Fire Station. After the session and a tour of the property, I was convinced this was the place for me. I put a deposit down for a Founder Lot and remember being number 61 on the original list.
I was drawn to Seabrook by the beach. I am constantly amazed how few people there are on the beach even on the nice days in the summer. I also enjoy the different types of weather and like to be down at the beach during the winter. I'm looking forward to doing some beachcombing after a heavy winter storm.
There were multiple reasons why I chose to become a Seabrook homeowner. First, the location is perfect. When I planned out my possible purchase of a home by the ocean, I only considered properties that were on a high bank. The fact that Seabrook is on a bluff that overlooks the ocean gives our beach homes the security in case of a tsunami. When I think of the Oregon coast this is also what comes to mind and I wanted to get as close to that scenario as possible.
Second, I really like the idea of being part of a community. I had visited Seaside and Rosemary Beach Florida and had seen the success these communities had become. I liked the idea of getting in on the ground floor of a similar project.
Third, I wanted to have a new house built so I would get all of the things I wanted to put into the house. That's why I purchased a founders lot.
Lastly, the weather on the coast is fascinating. As the lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Seattle, I enjoy my job and I love seeing different weather phenomena. I like the fact that there is always something unique to the forecast every day. I'm looking forward to all of the new data we will be getting from the new coastal Doppler radar at Langley Hill and the improved forecasts for the coast that will come from this data.
The Pacific Northwest is truly an amazing place. In just a couple hours, my camera and I can be at the beach at Seabrook or in the mountains on Mount Rainier. In fact, the idea for my house was to have a mountain cabin at the beach. I had the good fortune of having Lew Oliver and Raul Torres of Whole Town Solutions take this idea and make it a reality. "
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"After vacationing at Seabrook a number of times and meeting Casey and the Seabrook team, we made a decision two years ago to invest in a beach house. Our primary goal was to build a home we could enjoy with our family and friends, and take part in the sense of community that is Seabrook. However, the overall financial investment was important to us as well. Besides providing a stable real estate investment, we recover costs through the cottage rental program. We continue to be confident in our decision to buy at Seabrook, while at the same time experiencing year-long fun at the beach!"
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"When we purchased our home at Seabrook, we made two investments. First, we made an investment in a second home. Second, we made an investment in the concept or vision that was Seabrook. We looked at enough Seabrook houses to have confidence that our house would be well-built and would hold its value over time. But we didn't know what level of confidence to have in the second aspect of our investment - the investment in the Seabrook plan and community. Seabrook today is barely recognizable from what it was when we purchased and, despite the difficult economic conditions during the past several years, Seabrook seems to be growing and amenities are being added faster today than ever before. The fulfillment of the Seabrook vision unquestionably has added value to what already was a good investment in a second home, and we've never had reason to question the soundness of the decision to purchase a home at Seabrook or the trust and confidence that we had, and still have, in the Seabrook team."
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"Ever since our first experience staying at a cottage in Manzanita, Oregon, and coming from Southern California, we knew we wanted a 'beach' home on the NW Coast. We were looking for a place where we could enjoy living more, whether part-time, or even eventually full-time, rather than how the purchase would look in our investment portfolio.
Through internet searches, we found Seabrook. Our first impression was, WOW, we could live here, and the more we talked to Casey about his vision of how Seabrook was to grow, we became even more excited about the future here through home growth and having an actual town. With most home developments, they are more of an extension of a city, a subdivision. Seabrook is a growing town, with shops, restaurants and other businesses to support the residents and their guests.
During our first weekend here, we decided to move forward with a purchase. We thought less about how the investment would appreciate, but more on how it would hold its value, becoming a long-term investment. Based upon that concept, we, and our investment manager, knew we made the right decision. We have continued to see growth and Casey's vision coming together...more so that we are discussing a business opportunity with Seabrook, so we not only have an investment in a home, but in a business, which will continue the growth of our 'town' Seabrook."
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Lake Forest Park, WA
"Summertime 2010, our adventure of owning at Seabrook began. Many of our past summers had been spent in this area vacationing together with our children. So when stories and chatter of a new town called Seabrook began to circulate, we decided to check it out. One thing that first struck us and has been delightfully reinforced over this past year is that we bought more than a house, we bought a dynamic community. Each time we come, we see friends and make new ones, surrounded by a broad spectrum of home owners and guests. The town is vibrant and full of life!
As the community grows and infrastructure takes shape, we see the positive impact of the value of our property. Recently we re-financed and despite the overall housing market, our Seabrook home held and increased in value! The option of participating in the rental program results in an increase of investment growth potential, both as owner occupied as well as income producing property. We have a number of real estate investments and Seabrook is a key part of our portfolio.
We are well pleased with our home here, and enjoy the total Seabrook experience with our family, grandchildren, and friends. Who wouldn't be happy with an investment that brings such fringe benefits as sea foam on sandy toes and a steaming latte' under the nose!"
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"We first encountered Seabrook while on a trip to the coast one weekend in November. Heading north from Ocean Shores on highway 109 we came around a bend and Seabrook appeared. Two things struck me at that moment - how magically charming the town was and how it integrated into the landscape such that it seemed to have been there for many years. Simply put, I was enchanted.
Once there, we realized we had seen a billboard advertising Seabrook numerous times on our way between Seattle and our home in Olympia. The billboard simply didn't do Seabrook justice - it is truly and uniquely beautiful. We intended to wander through on our own to check out the houses but we bumped into Darci, who offered to give us a tour. The interior of the homes were equally as beautiful as everything we had already seen. By the end of our tour we were inquiring about the details of owning at Seabrook, having never previously considered owning a vacation home or living on the coast.
After leaving Seabrook we toured real estate in the surrounding area for comparison. Although a wide variety of homes and land are available on the Washington coast nothing we saw that weekend, or had seen previously, came close. Seabrook was, and is, the total package.
The following spring we received a card in the mail from Stephen Poulakos announcing, among other things, Seabrook's planned Beach Camp cabins. We looked online at the cabin plans and also read up on the Cottage Rental Program at Seabrook. We then took a trip out, staying in the Eleanor Cottage. By the end of our stay we had signed on a Beach Camp cabin.
The cabins are small and cozy, meeting our desire for a weekend getaway perfectly. The cottage rental program has demonstrated success with Seabrook's wide variety of homes, and the staff take care of everything. The pairing of a cozy cabin and the ability to rent it out with ease made buying in Beach Camp a no brainer. The only possible downside? Going out to Seabrook more frequently might just make us want to move there, in which case we'll need a bigger place.
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"Seabrook can only really be described as a mystical place. At the surface, it may be tempting to attribute this to the surrounding natural environment - among the most beautiful the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Once you've spent even a short amount of time at Seabrook, however, you'll likely note that it's the sense of community that gives Seabrook its mysticism. From the grassy lawns of Crescent Park to the communal fire pits, from the frog ponds to Front Street Cafe (and future town center) all via a vintage community bicycle, Seabrook grabs hold of you and transports you to the most idyllic parts of your childhood. This isn't by accident or chance - it's a result of the tremendous care, hard work, and passion Casey and his team have invested in Seabrook. As we begin to build our cottage, we've witnessed this dedication firsthand - we feel total commitment from the Seabrook team to our success and happiness. "
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""Laurie and I first met Seabrook founder Casey Roloff while vacationing at Bella Beach five years ago where he told us of his plans to build a beach town on the Washington Coast. We love Cannon Beach and Langley (on Whidbey Island), but couldn't imagine such a place on the Washington Coast.
Fast forward to this May. We spent our anniversary at Seabrook. The picturesque homes, the lovely beach, and the great cafe all impressed us, but what surprised us was the unique sense of community that Seabrook inspires. We found ourselves naturally drifting into conversation with those we passed as we strolled about. To mark the occasion, we stopped by the office to buy a cap. But since Seabrook's sense of community is what we really wanted, we bought a home instead.""
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"We had purchased a home in Bella Beach, so we knew the quality of construction and the investment opportunity in Seabrook. We were also very impressed with Casey; he's so passionate, sincere, and likeable, and it rubs off on everyone around him. Casey also has a home in the development, which speaks volumes about his commitment level.
Generally when you see a plan on paper, the reality doesn't ever live up to the plan. But when Seabrook Land Company builds, it exceeds your expectations. And I believe Seabrook will continue to do that."
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Lake Oswego, OR
"We all dream of having a sanctuary - a retreat to escape the grind of everyday life. At Seabrook we feel that we have found such a place. As this new town unfolds around us, it isn't just the architectural details and beautiful natural surroundings that lend it a quality of unending discovery; it is the nature of the people and the sense of community they foster that combines to make Seabrook so special.
This is life as it should be - a chance to savor, reflect and appreciate amid idyllic surroundings that get better with each passing day."
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"A really sweet moment was when we closed on the house at Seabrook and walked into the garage to see two bikes for us to ride. It was just the type of "extra" touch that Casey adds to his homes. Another "extra" surprise was the fancy railing they took the time and money to put on the porch without anyone talking about it. They just do nice things for people."
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