Our 2010 Ultimate Beach House, which will make its debut in the October issue, is located in the authentic new beach town of Seabrook, Washington, one mile south of Pacific Beach. The Seabrook development puts a Pacific Northwest spin on the community-focused New Urbanism philosophy with an emphasis on sustainability and green building principles. Founder Casey Roloff recognized a need for this type of development on the Washington coast and, after locating the ideal forested bluff location, made it a reality with the help of town planner Laurence Qamar.
The community consists of 303 home sites, all on or near the beach. Plans include rental properties in addition to the permanent residences.
Mirroring New Urbanist beach towns such as Seaside, Florida, Seabrook was designed as a pedestrian place to live and visit, with public spaces just a five-minute stroll or bike ride from residential areas. The community even gives bicycles to new residents as housewarming gifts. Other notable features include a café, market, paint-your-own-pottery studio, gift shop, and a gazebo overlook—ideal for weddings!
Seabrook also caters to nature lovers, with development planned to maximize time spent outside and minimize the impact on the environment. Every detail, from the home ventilation systems to the white crushed oyster shell pathways, was designed to limit the town’s disturbance on the land. Even the lighting at Seabrook is regulated to be subtle and down-lit whenever possible, so there’s always a clear view of the starry sky. And there are lots of natural spaces to enjoy, including several parks, gardens, fire pits, a frog pond, and, of course, ample beaches.
Seabrook’s boundaries stretch from the ocean’s edge all the way to a planned farm district, complete with horses and organically grown produce. “It really encompasses everything we think the beach is about,” Casey says. When complete, this beach-to-farmland community will be the first of its kind in the United States. The appreciation for and preservation of the outdoors, combined with the close-knit community feeling, combine to form what Seabrook’s developers call “the art of townmaking” that guides the community’s design and growth.
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Find out more about the Seabrook oceanfront neighborhood.