Imagine drifting to sleep to the gentle sounds of the ocean… every night. What a glorious feeling.
If you have ever imagined owning a home at the beach, then consider joining Town Founder, Casey Roloff for a walk about town to see the inspiration and hear the story of Seabrook and the Art of Town Building.
Hear just how Casey and his wife found Seabrook, the history of traditional towns built to accommodate cars, and how New Urbanism converts traditional towns into communities that are walkable and affordable for everyone to visit, live, work, and flourish.
While you walk the town, you will learn the three principles of town building and experience firsthand the sophisticated network of pathways, sidewalks, alleyways, trails, and garden promenades.
Seabrook invites you to take the town tour this Saturday to find out more about the planning and development techniques that went into this magical resort community we all call Seabrook.
“When you build towns intentionally, you create more beautiful spaces.” – Casey Roloff, Seabrook Town Founder
MEET AT THE SALES OFFICE SATURDAYS, 11 AM
Not up for a walk today, that is okay. There are Facebook LIVE videos on the Seabrook, WA Facebook page in the left frame under Videos that you can watch at your leisure.
Hope to see you at a Town Tour real soon – the ocean calls.
10 FACTS TO SHARE
- Seabrook's inspiration? The township of Seaside, FL. See the article by Nathan Norris, Seaside is a model of ideas worth spreading. Seabrook’s Director of Town Planning | Landscape Designer, Stephen Poulakos, says, “We’ve used nearly all the town building techniques listed in the article to design and develop Seabrook.”
- Many years ago, pre-Seabrook land had been clear-cut three times, which created a poorly managed forest that was crowded, unhealthy, and lacked biodiversity. Even the staunchest environmentalists were supportive of the Seabrook approach and the plan to bring back native vegetation. Today, this walk-able, dense town is a healthy environmental model with sustainable parks, trails, and vegetation to last generations.
- Seabrook’s name was derived from the multiple creeks and brooks that lead out to sea.
- Seabrook was almost named Salmonberry Beach after the native plant (in the rose family), which blooms springtime. Watch for berries later this summer! Salmonberry − ‘Rubus spectabilis’.
- Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) defines New Urbanism as a planning and development approach based on the principles of how cities and towns had been built for the last several centuries: walkable blocks and streets, housing and shopping in close proximity, and accessible public spaces. In other words: New Urbanism focuses on human-scaled urban design.
- Streets in Seabrook were designed to create chaos for drivers because pedestrians come first. Driving should always be slow and cautious. “The number one traffic-calming town design is good architecture.” As an example, see the beauty and detail of the Meriwether Pavilion roundabout. Drivers are more apt to slow down.
- Porches in Seabrook are near sidewalks and pathways to foster neighborly communications and actions.
- 60% of the homes in Seabrook face something other than streets (ocean, parks, promenades, pastures, natural preservation green spaces, etc.).
- Seabrook was built using sustainable materials that patina − get better with age.
- Seabrook was developed using Deflected Vistas and Terminating Vistas. A Deflected Vista is two viewpoints of visual interest at key points that ‘speak’ to a view beyond the deflection. A Terminating Vista is a single viewpoint added to provide aesthetic appeal to a town and emphasize important structures or monuments. The Pacific Ocean and Town Hall are two of several Terminating Vistas in Seabrook.
Sources: Town Tours, Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and historical information.