Seabrook Property Is a Gully Watcher

Marshlands ebb and flow just off a 1.3-acre by-the-bay property on the Surf Oaks Marsh side of Pine Gully in Seabrook. Neighbors across the wetlands are pretty quiet — they include rugged Pine Gully Park and Seabrook Cemetery. The porched, patioed, and pavilioned home appeared on the market last week with an asking price of $625,000. Back in 2009, it sold for $400,000 (when the asking price was $449,000).


Overhangs run deep on the south, east, and northern sides of the vinyl-sided home, which got a new roof this year (top). Neatly stowed hurricane shutters — right next to the fake ones on the sides — cap the exteriors of most windows (see photo at right), which are further fortified with interior plantation shutters. The central entry’s current décor highlights some of the area’s outdoor recreational possibilities:

Sky blue paint washes through most of the first floor. (And speaking of floors, the listing touts the hypoallergenic felt pad beneath the wooden planks underfoot.)

“Watch what you eat” takes on new meaning in the dining area, where the curving overhead lighting appears to reference the antler display:

Downstairs, the layout opens up between the dining area at the front of the home and the kitchen, which apparently was updated at some point . . .

. . . as was the matching adjacent laundry room:

HCAD pegs the home at 3,396 sq. ft., though the listing calls it 2,580 sq. ft. All 4 bedrooms are upstairs:

Both bathrooms have splash-friendly tile installed up to the ceiling, creating a different type of wetlands environment.

Outside, a 26-ft.-by-34-ft. pavilion expands the pool area’s chillway:

The amble toward Pine Gully’s sandy bank passes a couple of outbuildings . . .

. . . one of which is an up-building:

Pine Gully is slated for dredging, the listing says. Meanwhile, a wetlands watch group has been tracking the march of the marsh over time as it recovers from a “sand plug.”

8 Comment

  • A house that watches a gully is a house I can stand behind, or, rather, a little above, as in the raised boat-house out-building in the last photo.
    This home reminds me of the house I grew up in – very comfy.
    I hope the siding isn’t covering Ike rot. I’m sure the seller had expenses, reflected in the sales price.

  • Oh wow. A front row seat for the next hurricane. The maintenance on places like these are a pain in the bootie. And they’re money pits anyway!!!

  • You could walk to Tookies for beers and a burger

  • We call our current home the “Hurricane Magnet.”

  • And probably $50,000 per year for flood insurance now that the FEMA subsidies are ending. (I’ll bet that number is pretty close.) I feel sorry for a whole bunch of people down there.

  • Flood much?

  • 10 feet above sea level. Shoreline facing southeast towards the Gulf. What could go wrong?

    Bill, that much? That’s crazy. If that’s the case, some might decide to not have flood insurance. If replacement cost is 300k, and we go 10 years without a major hurricane (or even 25 between Alicia and Ike), then I could see some people making the conscious decision to skip this insurance.

  • Yep, flood insurance has gone through the roof….and even WITH insurance and paying those high prtemiums BEFOEE Ike they didn’t cover much. “Wind driven rain/water” is the pesky clause they hide behind. We are not directly on the water, our neighborhood was built 20′ up and still we pay almost 5 grand for insurance. It’s a freaking scam.