GEARHART, OR – Most of us have that one special memory from our youth about our time at summer camp. Such an experience still existed up until late August of this year, when Breakaway Lodge closed its doors for the last time. Operating under the Christian faith-based organization Young Life, the Breakaway Lodge, providing life-transforming experiences for young people, held its annual camp season from May-September for over 50 years. While many are saddened over its closing, they are surely grateful for all of the memories which still reverberate within the Lodge walls. Built in 1920, Breakaway Lodge was placed on the market at the conclusion of the 2018 Young Life Summer Camp Season. Located just a few blocks from the ocean (220 Nita Ave, Gearhart, OR, 97138-2685), the rich legacy and effective ministry will not be forgotten.
Gearhart, Oregon is an alluring, residential seaside community, neatly tucked away just 4-miles north of the bustling town of Seaside. Only a 90-minute drive from downtown Portland, Gearhart has been a favorite respite for Northwest residents since the late 1800’s. Solitude is plentiful along the 2-mile long, white-sand beach, with ocean breezes blowing the golden grassy dunes. You can quietly wile away the hours in search of razor clams, driftwood or beach treasures. While most residents prefer to enjoy its scenic beauty by foot, Gearhart Beach is one of the few public beaches in Oregon where visitors are permitted to drive on the sand.
Recently celebrating its 100th anniversary, this historic hamlet is also home to two golf courses boasting breathtaking views and well-maintained properties. Gearhart Golf Links, with its spectacular links-style layout, is known as the oldest golf course established in the Northwest and arguably in the Western United States. Gearhart has not only earned a reputation as a popular golfing destination, but as an upscale, laid-back family retreat.
When a property as unique as Breakaway Lodge outlives its usefulness from its original intent, the question naturally arises, “What next?” Well, the possibilities seem endless for the immediate future of the Lodge. Listed by Nicki Whittle and Sally Conrad, brokers with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Whittle says, “The Lodge offers an extremely rare opportunity for the right individual, family or company, to transform the space to reflect their identity. Whether it morphs into an ultra-special residence reflecting the Oregonian lifestyle, a family retreat or a destination where a large company may hold its annual summits, this structure, at this location, will surely reinvent itself for its next life.” The Lodge, a local landmark, has been woven into the family tapestry of many residents, Whittle and Conrad included, having attended many family gatherings and special events.
The majority of the interior rooms of the Lodge are extremely well-maintained, reflecting an open floor plan and a Pacific Northwest coastal lodge feel, with original hardwood flooring, hardwood paneling on both the walls and ceilings and 2 working gas fireplaces with stone facades. The exterior is reminiscent of a typical Nantucket seaside cottage, sporting weathered cedar siding, and a roof clad in cedar shingles.
Whichever vision ultimately transforms this historic property, the soundness of its structure and inherent coastal personality will stand the test of time. CLICK HERE to view the listing. If you would like a tour of this one of a kind property, please contact Sally Conrad at 503.440.2111 or Nicki Whittle at 503.440.9583 and one of them will be happy to assist!