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Old Plywood that was attached to a home’s façade is hauled off from a Seabluffe home. The 255 homes in Seabluffe are being retrofitted to prevent dry rot and general wear and tear. Photo by Jared Whitlock

$7 million renovation of Leucadia homes nears completion

ENCINITAS — For the last year, construction workers have been busy throughout Seabluffe, a 55-acre gated community just south of La Costa Avenue and west of Coast Highway 101. 

The facades of 255 homes in the complex are being renovated to combat termites, dry rot and wear and tear exacerbated by the proximity to the ocean. In the long-term, the project aims to cut down on maintenance costs and beautify the area.

Revamping the 40-year-old units has involved installing new siding, and in some cases, also replacing studs, beams and insulation in the homes.

“It’s been exciting to watch all of the construction,” said Tom Bussjaeger, a longtime resident of Seabluffe. “I think most people feel the same way.”

The $7 million renovation was put before all the Seabluffe homeowners for a vote on January 2012. It passed with near unanimous support, and construction began in March, according to the Seabluffe Homeowners Association.

To fund the project, homeowners’ monthly fees increased. Construction is also being paid for with a loan and reserves from the Seabluffe Homeowners Association.

Most of the homes have two or three rooms, double car garages, and the complex has access to the ocean from a private stairway.

There have been around 60 construction workers assigned to the project on a daily basis since it kicked off.

Construction is finished at most of the homes; the improvements will be complete in several months, according to the Seabluffe Homeowners Association.

“On the homes that are done, the new siding looks great,” Bussjaeger said.