YORK, Maine–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maine-based real estate developer Taylor Perkins and his holding company, The Surf Company LLC, have announced its partnership with Life House to operate its two beachfront hotels in York, Maine. The portfolio, which encompasses nearly 140 keys on the beach in York, represents Life House’s first projects in Maine, with the intention to expand their partnership with The Surf Company up and down the New England coast.
Just over an hour north of Boston, York, Maine is one of the nation’s oldest cities, originally settled in 1624 by the Abenaki who called the town “Agamenticus,” a term they used to refer to the York River. York’s rich history, beautiful beaches, shopping and restaurants make it one of the top vacation destinations in Maine every year.
“We spent a lot of time talking with multiple companies that manage assets in this part of the world, and after careful deliberation, we ultimately identified Life House as being the most aligned with our vision for these assets. Life House’s brand dovetails perfectly with ours,” said Perkins.
Formerly the York Harbor Motel and Cottages, the York Beach Surf Club opens after a multi-million dollar renovation that transformed the property in to New England’s newest oceanfront resort, featuring two heated resort-style salt water pools, multiple food and beverage concepts, and a locally-rooted storyline grounded in the unique history of surfing in Maine. The hotel’s 54 rooms, which range from luxuriously appointed oceanfront suites to two and three-bedroom bungalows, allow guests the perfect accommodations to enjoy Maine’s picturesque seacoast from sunrise coffee to sunset cocktails.
“As we witnessed the frenetic evolution of the East Coast as a premier vacation destination during and post-Covid, we knew York, Maine was the right starting point, at the right time, and for all the right reasons. These projects have shifted our perspective and we needed someone that could accurately convey our narrative the way we wanted it told. Fortunately, Life House has that innate storytelling ability. With Life House, we’ve aligned ourselves with a group that can grow with us and properly relay our story for the benefit of our guests,” stated Perkins.
Just a five-minute walk up the beach from the York Beach Surf Club, The Sea Latch Inn (soon to be re-branded in 2022) encompasses 84 rooms and expansive grounds that deliver a quintessential New England hospitality experience. The three-story hotel has been hosting visitors from throughout New England for years, with guests returning year-after-year for the property’s direct, unobstructed ocean access, and charming hospitality. Perkins and Life House will re-imagine the hotel as a “lifestyle property” prior to the 2022 summer season.
“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Taylor and his family, and Life House’s entrance to the Maine market,” said Bryan Dunn, Managing Director of Life House. “We were immediately drawn to the Perkins’ deep family roots in Coastal Maine, and the culture of these assets aligns with the Life House guest experience. We look forward to working with their world-class team to deliver an authentically local hospitality experience in York and beyond.”
Above The Surf Company:
The Surf Company is based in York, Maine and is owned/operated by the Perkins family of York. The Perkins family has been a part of New England hospitality for over 150 years, with generations of ownership in the region for some of the area’s most notable hotels. Taylor Perkins, the oldest son of L.F. “Sonny” Perkins of York, returned to York during the Covid-19 pandemic to build the family business with a focus on the things that mattered most to them: returning home, building a fun family business, and showcasing the charm or York, Maine.
Perkins has been a real estate developer for over twenty years, across multifamily, hospitality, and commercial developments. The Surf Company, based out of Maine, is the holding company of his various coastal real estate holdings.
About Life House:
Life House is a New York-based, venture-backed and vertically-integrated hotel brand, management, and software company. Life House has built a proprietary technology stack to power a platform that makes hotels more seamless and more profitable for hotel owners and travel more meaningful and more accessible for travelers. Life House operates a growing portfolio of boutique and lifestyle hotels, with more than 50 projects open or under development across the US and Mexico.