Seabrook: A new beach town. This is where Ruth & I spent our 2016 Thanksgiving. It was our 2nd visit to this new burg and we’ve already scheduled our 3rd. Washington’s Pacific Ocean beaches are not as developed as Oregon’s. There wasn’t much north of Ocean Shores except for Kalaloch all the way to the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula until 2004.
Casey & Laura Roloff founded Seabrook. They learned how to create a new town by developing Oregon’s Bella Beach and soon began looking for a new location. They fell in love with a wide beach backed by bluffs on the wild Washington Coast and Seabrook, a clustered community, began. Sunset Magazine has recognized Seabrook’s uniqueness and labelled it an Idea Town. It made this term up to describe a walkable village threaded through with a network of passageways connecting parks, civic spaces, houses, etc. There’s a Town Hall that looks ideal for meetings, weddings, gatherings of all types.
Clustered means that Seabook’s dwellings are close together and streets are narrow. This is sometimes called “new urbanism”. It works. I was amazed at how much Seabrook has grown since our first visit. The Washington coast gets lots of rain, especially at this time of year. It poured most of the time we were there, but no one stayed inside. The trails, paths, and sidewalks of Seabrook were well-used. We went to a seasonal tree lighting ceremony and at least a hundred people were packed into Meriweather Square. I don’t know if every available house was rented, but it seemed so.
There are currently 170 rentable houses of varying sizes and 300 competed homes. Three generations of Harbaughs have now stayed in Ocean’s Five and Sandcastle. Both were large-group fine and packed with activities. When the rain let up for one morning, kids and parents rented bikes and hit the beach. It was not expensive. The adults paid $10 apiece for 2 hours of pedaling and the children were $5.
The town itself is a totally fun place to explore. Home architectural styles range from coastal shingle to craftsman to colonial to New England. There are stores and pizza places. A new town center that will include a grocery store and pharmacy is on its way. Seabrook Avenue will soon be Main Street. An ice cream parlor and bakery already exist. The Farm District is the newest phase of residential development. This area will ensure pastures, barns, horses, a pickelball court, a community garden, etc.
Seabrook sits atop a bluff with steps down to a fine beach, so ocean views are panoramic and a tsunami is unlikely to reach the community. Any rental or home purchase encourages kite flying, clam digging, meditation. I especially enjoyed driving on a beach about 10 miles south of town.
You won’t yet find Seabrook on maps. The closest population center to it is Hoquiam, and it’s roughly a 2 to 3 hour drive from Seattle. Check it out.