Anne Simpson, a Bellevue Realtor and Seabrook homeowner, visited Seabrook for a weekend and ended up finding a place that truly felt like home.
As a self-proclaimed “beach person,” Annie, as most people call her, grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan before moving to the West Coast. Although Annie has happily lived in Bellevue, WA for many years, she was almost surprised to feel an immediate connection with Seabrook. “It was the first place to really feel like home since I left Michigan,” says Annie of the budding new beach town she found on a work retreat in 2007.
With an easy 2 ½ hour drive from home, no ferries to wait for, and a welcoming small-town atmosphere, Annie quickly realized that Seabrook was a place she would be able to enjoy often and would feel safe visiting alone. Although she had thought that she might end up in either the San Juan Islands or perhaps somewhere on Hood Canal, after only two visits Annie knew Seabrook was a place she wanted to be a part of. “You’re not just buying a house at Seabrook,” says Annie, “you’re becoming a part of a real community.”
Although she can often be found enjoying the company of good friends around town or the sunny front porch of her cottage “Sea La Vie” with her dog Rex, it is the excitement of learning how the town is growing and changing that Annie most looks forward to on her visits to Seabrook. While there were only 75 homes in Seabrook when Annie first fell in love with this seaside village, she has watched it grow to nearly 180 homes and businesses.
“There is a vibrancy and excitement about Seabrook that is hard to find,” says Annie. “The adventurous spirit that contributed to creating Seabrook has really set the tone for something special here. There is always something exciting going on and something new to see! Besides…where else can you be a part of building a town?”