Pinehurst Estates Development History
The property known today as Pinehurst Estates was crossed for several years, on New Year’s Day, by horse riders participating in what was called, the Paper Chase, sponsored by the Portland Hunt Club. The race would begin at the Gearhart Stables and end at the north side of Pinehurst, which was then known as Red Ranch. In the early morning hours of January first, paper trails were created throughout the area. There were even false trails created with dead ends, after close to a mile, in an attempt to confuse riders. The shredded paper was supplied by the Oregonian newspaper of Portland. It is believed this tradition ended around the early 1970’s, as the first Del Rey Beach Road was established in 1972.
In 1975, Del Monte Properties took an interest in acquiring all the land north of the Gearhart Golf Course to the Surf Pines Homeowners Association development. Their initial intent was to build a major resort, including golf in the dunes with no homes on the lower levels. Those plans fell through.
Del Rey Beach Road created access for the developments of Beachwood Estates in 1977, The Highlands in 1986, and Shamrock Pines in 1995.
In 1994, Rich Schroeder along with developer Richard Carlton, began the development of Pinehurst Estates. That plan was completed and lots were available for sale in July 1999. The community gatehouse and the first owner home were built in 2001. All Lots were sold by 2005 so on January 21, 2006, the developers transferred ownership to the Pinehurst Estates Homeowners Association, Inc.
The developers built a viewing platform located between Lots 14 & 15 which allowed for potential lot owners to see a likely view from a two story home. After all lots were sold, the viewing platform was donated to the Oregon Parks District and relocated at the Sunset Beach Fort to Sea Trail.