A Sweet Spot on the Texas Coast: Mustang Island’s Cinnamon Shore

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Photos: courtesy of Cinnamon Shore

Wish you had a Seaside-style beach house right here in Texas? It’s not too late to build or buy in the picturesque  Mustang Island development Cinnamon Shore, modeled after luxury coastal lifestyle communities found along Highway 30A in the Florida panhandle.

The setting: the south end of Port Aransas on an 18-mile barrier island off Corpus Christi Bay, famed for its beaches, fishing, water sports, and natural areas. The style: think Gulf Coast vernacular; Cinnamon Shore was the setting for a Southern Living Magazine’s Idea House in 2009, and Coastal Living Magazine’s Showhouse in 2015.  Developers recently announced the opening of their final phase.


What does Cinnamon Shore have to offer? Single-family houses, townhomes, and condos done in dreamy Gulf Coast cottage design on a waterfront, pedestrian-friendly campus built around a town center with an entertainment stage, restaurants, retail shops,  swimming pools,  stocked lakes, and a fishing pavilion, a beautiful boardwalk to the beach, and, oh, yes, even …

The vision starts with the pristine beach accessible by crossover boardwalks to protect the dunes:


Custom single-family homes and condominium units, from one- to two-bedroom (already constructed) to three- to four-bedroom units (being added in the final phase) set in townhouse-style structures, all built in compatible architectural style, surround the hub of the Town Center:

A rendering of the Town Center upon its completion.

Paver sidewalks and palm-lined streets connect residents to their shared amenities: the Town Center, where families gather for dining, concerts, movies and shopping; two community salt water pools, both with cafes and one heated in the off season; a fitness center; the lakes; and  parks with lawns for play.


Vacation rentals with turnkey management enable homeowners to offsets costs and makes available additional housing for guests. The final phase will complete the remaining 25 percent of 300 planned homes.  Homebuyers have the option of buying a lot to design their own, a new single-family house, or three- to four-bedroom townhome/condo under construction, or preowned homes. Home site prices range from $135,000 to $750,000; completed homes, $400,000 to $2,000,000; condominiums, the high $200s to high $500s.

Here are two current properties for sale in Cinnamon Shore to illustrate what that buys:

First: 318 Grand Boulevard,  This fully-furnished five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home has 3,088 square feet of air-conditioned space and close to 1,300 square feet of porch. It’s just three lots off the beachfront, with Gulf views from the porches on the second and third floors. The ground floor holds living space, a bedroom with king-sized bed and private bath, and a bunkroom which sleeps six, ideal for a visiting family with young kids. On the second floor is the master bedroom suite and a gourmet kitchen opening to living space and a covered porch affording that Gulf view.  The third floor houses an additional guest room, bath, and porch space with more of that heart-soothing scenic vista.  Note the initial adjective — furnishings are included. The listing price is $1.85 million and it’s ready to for you!

Photos courtesy Cinnamon Shore









And, a second property to peruse:  a cozy two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,115-square-foot condominium unit, also furnished, 140 Social Circle, #3-105:






Set on the first floor near the Town Center with amenities close at hand, it’s listed at $435,000.

A pretty sweet setup. We’ll leave you with a final image. Contact Cinnamon Shore, for these properties and more.

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  1. dormand says




    Linked above are three incredibly interesting DMN pieces about how these islands were once the refuge of the Murchisons and the Richardsons during the early mid parts of the Twentieth Century.

    These pieces also outline how a simple Texas elementary school teacher was able to claw himself up the slippery slope of the Washington DC Beltway to become the most powerful person in the country.

    You will be amazed to hear that Clint Murchison once could be reached by telephone only when someone at the on-shore Texaco station went over in a boat to advise him that he had an important call waiting at the Texaco station.

  2. Marian D'Unger says

    Great looking property. I am a real estate in Dallas, Tx. Do you cooperate and pay commissions to Texas brokers from other areas in the state? I have clients that might be interested. I am originally from Corpus Christi, Tx.

  3. valeriejarvie says

    You’re right, Dormand, this area has a fascinating history. Alan Peppard’s stories below are well worth reading.

  4. Gmit says

    Thank goodness for the National Park! These developments are turning the once near vacant South Texas shores into the equal of the Florida or Jersey coast…progress nothing like traffic and congestion for vacation! Not to mention the federally subsided “flood” insurance. There really should not be so many people and structures on a barrier island mere feet above seal level