The Cottages at Seabright Farm

The Cottages at Seabright Farm

February 07, 2014 11:34 ET

Waterfront Community Plan for Point Roberts Approved

POINT ROBERTS, WASHINGTON--(Marketwired - Feb. 7, 2014) - The Cottages at Seabright Farm, a waterfront development just 50 minutes drive from Vancouver, has won approval to begin work on its 58-lot cottage community.

The preliminary approval was granted by a Whatcom County hearing examiner last week after reviewing the plans for a cottage community on 62 acres at the south-eastern coast of Point Roberts, a tiny piece of America located on the southern tip of Tsawwassen.

Wayne Knowles, spokesman for the developer Orca Shores LLC, said: "We are delighted that the hearing examiner has awarded us preliminary approval to begin preparing the land for this exciting collection of cottages. This project has been over six years in the making, as we have striven to design a community in harmony with its surrounding environment and with our town's peaceful character. We are very eager to start making our vision for this heritage farmstead come to life."

The hearing examiner added some further conditions to the many already in the plans that protect open space, create corridors for wildlife movement, preserve the wetlands, encourage native vegetation and ensure the retention of the picturesque tree canopy over the municipal road leading to Seabright Farm.

Knowles, who has been working in the community on this development, said Orca Shores is confident it can meet the new conditions, including plantings of native vegetation, and still have cottages ready to go this coming summer. Orca Shores conducted site tours last year for hundreds of potential buyers, most of them Metro Vancouver residents, and developed a pre-registration list of over 100 families interested in reserving lots once the approval was granted.

Drawing those visitors to the site are waterfront and ocean view lots and cottage options that are hundreds of thousands of dollars lower than for similar properties in neighbouring Vancouver. They have also been attracted by the quick access to Point Roberts via a quiet international border crossing, a very low crime rate and a climate that has one-third more sunshine and one-third less rain than Vancouver. The 62-acre farmstead was settled in the last century by Icelandic immigrants, and the project's sales centre is housed in a renovated cottage built by those immigrants in the 1890s.

The Cottages at Seabright Farms is the first major residential development in decades in Point Roberts. The community boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, a 900-boat marina, four public beaches and a slowed-down rural lifestyle favoured by B.C. cottage seekers. The Point has restaurants, a grocery store and other amenities offering goods and services at lower U.S. prices, while essentials such as medical services are just 10 minutes away in Canada. Access to Point Roberts is expected to get even easier with the completion of the South Fraser Perimeter Road and the proposed bridge to replace the aging Massey Tunnel.

The Cottages at Seabright Farms is restoring some of the site's heritage as a working farm. In addition to being firmly based on environmentally friendly land use practices and organic farming principles, the community will have a resident organic farmer offering cottage owners advice, guidance and fresh herbs & vegetables. Knowles said that Orca Shores also plans to build a new barn-style community centre that will be open for the support of arts and culture in Point Roberts, which is home to about 1,300 permanent residents.

For more information about lot pricing, cottage design options and background and historical information about Point Roberts, visit or call toll-free 888-732-6915.

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