In 2013 Sunset magazine named Seabrook, Washington its Idea Town for that year – their first ever. There were a number of reasons the editors chose it, but two of the main ones were its commitment to the ecology of the area and its walkability.
Sunset magazine also built and featured two idea houses there that year…a small blue one which they called their Beach Bungalow and a larger red one, the Shoreview House. The larger red one is currently for sale, (here) but if you can’t buy it, it is available as a rental for guests (here.) 🙂
A courtyard is located between the two homes, and it has practically every outdoor amenity you will need (minus a swimming pool, but who needs that when there is an indoor community pool, and the beautiful Pacific Ocean is right outside your door?)
This outdoor grilling and dining area is adjacent to the blue bungalow.
Wouldn’t this be the perfect spot for entertaining?!
There is even a greenhouse for all you gardeners out there.
All the interiors, designed by Brian Paquette, have a very liberal use of bright color – as you can see here in the living room from the Beach Bungalow. Orange appeared in a number of spaces in the homes.
And oh my goodness at that wall of windows with the view of the Pacific Ocean here!
Here is the kitchen from the Shoreview House. I want rafters like those in the next house we build.
I thought this gallery wall art arrangement in the staircase was quite clever.
The Beach Bungalow has an artist’s studio!
More bright colors are used here in this bedroom…
and again here in the master bathroom.
And now for yet another idea house.
Before Sunset magazine had any interest in Seabrook, Coastal Living magazine had already discovered its charms. They constructed their Ultimate Beach house in the little town in 2010.
Here’s my photograph of it (there in the middle) from when we visited…
and here is a much better photograph from Coastal Living’s site. 🙂
My photo of its streetside view….
and Coastal Living’s of the same.
I also managed to walk the path that runs beside the house and take a photo of the interior of the courtyard.
Just like the Sunset houses, this one by Coastal Living is perched on the bluff that overlooks the Pacific.
As much as I like bright color, I actually liked the interiors of the Coastal Living house more. The 3200 sq. ft. house was decorated by designer Tim Clarke in natural shades of the Pacific beach area there.
This idea house has 3 floors, a guest cottage, and even a spa and media room on the lower level. It looks like shiplap walls are used throughout the home.
The kitchen is very streamlined.
When I first looked at that kitchen I wondered where they had room to store dishes with the small number of cabinets. Here’s the answer….in the built in pantry shelves.
There is a mudroom area by one of the doors for handling beach supplies.
Now let’s take a look at the bedrooms. The master has a blue ceiling, and I believe I read that the wallpaper is hand painted.
Don’t you love that painting there in the master bath?!
I thought it was perfect for the space.
Here is a guest bedroom with orange headboards.
Somehow I must have missed the notice to use orange in my decorating…hmmm.
The porch areas of the Coastal Living house are wonderful of course.
There is even one off the upstairs bedrooms. Wouldn’t it be great to sit there with a cup of coffee and just watch the waves?
I guess we can all dream, right? 🙂
And if you have a little over $2 million to invest, you can own this dream home because it too is listed for sale here. (I’m afraid we will just have to settle for enjoying renting one of the small cottages there in Seabrook.)
That wraps up the idea houses from the town, but I will have its charming shops in the next post. Then after that we will finish our tour of Seabrook with a number of interiors from some of the rentals that are a little less modern in feel than those in the idea houses. I hope you will be back to enjoy them! 🙂
Until next time…