Visiting the town of Seaside is not a case of going back to the future, but rather going forward to the past. With its carefully planned housing and community feel, this is a township that emphasises neighbourly values often forgotten in today's fast cities.
The layout of the town features dual occupancy on each block, with a studio apartment or one bedroom apartment behind the main house that can be rented out.
Judging by the response of its inhabitants, this town and the philosophy behind it really works. Paul and Monique Wynen love the style of the homes at Seaside and the community-based living. It's a place where you would never have any problems borrowing a cup of sugar from the neighbours. It's safe for kids to play on the street, and you know all your neighbours. With a mix of people and professions, the Wynens say the key is that everyone wants to be here and everyone wants it to work.
Allen and Rikki Quay say they too love the sense of community and the fact that the town is well-planned by architects. Rikki says the homes are bright and cheery and the whole environment makes you feel better.
Steve and Sarah Bobin concede it probably seems strange and almost kitsch to outsiders, but they say everyone really does wave to each other at Seaside, and that's just what they love about it.