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Resort of Vacation Homes Planned on Oregon Coast
City, Oregon) - The creators of Bella
Beach are bringing a similar but more refined concept of "new
urbanism" in vacation homes and rentals to the southern end
of Lincoln City.
In the Nelscott
area of town, in a cliff-lined section of Lincoln City where a famous
reef for surfing lies beneath the immediate breakers, Olivia Beach
will be Bella Beach’s younger but slightly wiser sibling.
Like Bella Beach, Olivia Beach will have dozens of finely crafted
homes, available for purchase and expertly managed as vacation rentals.
Also like Bella Beach, Olivia Beach will be a small town all its
own, utilizing the new urbanism concept begun with Bella –
with family-friendly streets weaving between homes designed with
front porches as their centerpiece, and everything within walking
distance. It will have a store, wooded paths, parks and numerous
other features that mix nature with the comforts of the finer things
– all a short walk to the beach.
19 acres will
contain somewhere close to 90 homes when the entire area is finished
in the next three to five years, according to manager Jason Wood.
Work has already started on ten homes, and Wood said the goal is
to begin construction on one a week for a while. Six have already
general plan is for these beautifully designed and constructed beach
cottages - which will vary in size, shape and color - to be as interactive
with nature and conducive to social interaction as possible. The
emphasis on being pedestrian-friendly and homes with porches, all
facing each other, encourages personal contact. Green spaces, parks,
a preserved wetland and wooded paths literally celebrate the surrounding
will be the tunnel built through the cliff to the beach, which normally
isn’t accessible from this spot (off 28th St., between Anchor
Ave. and Coast Ave). Also, none of the homes will be beachfront,
since Anchor Ave. already is lined with homes overlooking the sea.
The tunnel will give access to the many tide pools and pristine
sands of this unique stretch of Lincoln City beach, including the
reef rather famous with surfers.
said Olivia Beach is in town – not slightly isolated as Bella
Beach is. "It’s more of an ‘in-town’ place,"
he said. "There’s more to do. You’re more in walking
distance of things like the theater and restaurants."
The makers of
Bella Beach learned a lot from their initial project (which still
has a few amenities, such as a store, to be completed), Wood said.
"Everything we learned with Bella we applied."
Wood said they
learned about utilizing certain building materials, some design
issues, and the general layout is better planned, built around parks
and paths. Wood pointed to small improvements like using green materials,
improved placement of details like a closet, or the windows taking
the path of the sun into account more closely.
worked so well in its initial years that the development company
- owned by Casey Roloff – began construction on another stunning
gem on the Washington coast called Seabrook a few years ago. Some
homes there are completed, and the Roloff’s company is renowned
in that area for literally creating a new small town all its own
where none existed before. (www.seabrook.com).
Bella Beach, homes started in the $200,000 area, and subsequent
resales have seen them climb in value to $500,000 and $600,000.
There is one duplex which has gone for $1.3 recently. Wood said
the initial prices on these in Olivia Beach will be around $400,000
For more information,
contact Jason Wood at 360-276-0099 x16. www.oliviabeach.com.