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Seabrook Expands With 15 Oceanfront Lots

Seabrook Washington Oceanfront Aerial
December 5, 2013
By Journal Staff

Seabrook Land Co. is expanding its master-planned community on the Washington coast. 

The developer said 15 new lots are available, and most overlook the beach. 

House models range from two-bedroom floor plans starting at $459,000 to four-bedroom floor plans starting at more than $1.1 million. 

Seabrook oversees design and construction in-house, though buyers can work with their own architect and homebuilder if they choose. 

The developer doesn't build any houses until they have been purchased. 

A representative with the company said she expects all 15 of the new houses will be built within the next two years. They take about eight months to build, she said. 

Company President Casey Roloff said in a recent presentation that Seabrook is modeled off Seaside, Fla., one of the country's first towns to be developed based on “New Urbanist” principles such as walk-ability, a mix of uses and high-quality public spaces. 

“We're taking everything we can from lessons learned at Seaside,” he said. 

The market for Seabrook is driven by buyers in Seattle and on the Eastside who want easy access to a beachfront vacation home. The closest comparable community is Cannon Beach, Ore. 

Roloff said second-home sales have gained strength after taking a hard hit during the housing bust. He credits low interest rates and pent-up demand. The cottage rental market at Seabrook has also seen solid growth over the past four years, he said, “with no end in sight.” 

So far, Seabrook has developed 250 houses on 100 acres, and can ultimately accommodate more than 800 houses on 350 acres. At least half the property will be preserved as green space. 

The new section is called Pacific Glen. It is on a bluff 70 feet above sea level and is set back from the beach, both for safety and to preserve views. 

Roloff said all the houses at Seabrook are structurally engineered and sited well above the recommended 50-foot elevation level for areas vulnerable to tsunamis. 

Roloff has two other beachside communities on the Oregon coast: Olivia Beach and Bella Beach, both south of Lincoln City.