Mary Vellutini manages the Sand and Sea Condominiums overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the town and offering about 35 rentals for about 60 vacation homeowners. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, and reservations can be made by calling 800-628-2371 or by visiting www.sandandseaoregon.com

What do you do?

“I basically run the rental side. We’ve got 35 units. We do rent them out daily. They’re all vacation homes, so they’re individually owned condos. It’s not like a hotel. Some of the owners I don’t see for a couple of years or so. I have one in Alaska, some that are in Arkansas, a lot of people from either Salem or Portland. And they’ll come down for maybe a week. It varies. The rates start at, for an oceanfront two-bedroom, around $295 a night. And then my side units, they’ll go down to $200 to $95 a night. On Fourth of July, of course, they go for $380, and I’m usually booked a year in advance – same with Hood to Coast or some of the main holidays. Our season is basically June, July and August.”

How did you and Sand and Sea get started?

“I believe this got started in ’74. It was one of the first high-rises, if you consider six floors a high-rise on the coast. I was just going to work on weekends, when the kids were small, and I’ve been here for 25 years. I was working front desk, just part time for some money, and then it just kind of built. I’ve been managing the rental side since 2004.”

What is the volume?

“Right now I am practically full for August, and I just heard … we’re booked for the rest of July. Right now, I’m up almost 20 percent, compared to other years. This is the best year I’ve had since I’ve been here. It’s 20 percent ahead of that 2008 figure. Most of my customers come from the Seattle area, especially in the wintertime. I started and we had a pegboard system, and we did everything with a book. And then we had some software that could keep track of it. Now, I bet you 80 percent of my people … are looking at our website, and they’re booking through that. It’s amazing what has happened in the last four years. Facebook is important, just having a website. I came back from a convention in Vegas, and the new thing you have to do is get the mobile, because people are driving around Seaside, checking right there.”

How does the economy and weather affect your business?

“Like last year and the year before, people will settle for a side unit because it’s cheaper. Before, it would have been the oceanfronts were being booked first, and somebody would say, ‘Well, if you don’t have an oceanfront, I might as well go home.’ And it’s changing slowly, where people can afford the oceanfront. It used to be August. People were staying for pretty much a week at a time, or even longer. Now this last couple of years they’re staying maybe five days. They’re back to five days; before that they were staying maybe only three days. The people from Portland, they come and that’s a weekend.”

Tags

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.