Fixing The Breakers

The Oregonian: 3.20.08

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This view is from one of 11 condos that make up The Breakers, a 1971 development on the sea at Neskowin, Oregon. Despite rough treatment from the elements in the intervening years, the units, most owned by the same families for 20 years or more, hadn't seen an update in about as long. Until Mike and Marsha Wynn moved in.

The couple spearheaded the effort to make the much needed improvements. But what is remarkable about what they did was their commitment to achieving consensus among the fellow owners, to whom uniformity and loyalty to the local character was a top priority.

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Wynn and fellow owner Dave Heil organized a walk-through of the town with the other owners, where they listened to what people liked and didn't like about the surrounding architecture. They shared renderings and held votes on every detail, such as house numbers and siding.

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The results include a complex better able to withstand the next 20 years, preserving that fantastic view until the sea reclaims the shore at last. See the rest of the article here.

Images: Marv Bondarowicz for The Oregonian

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