Sweet News from Texas Beach Destination Cinnamon Shore: A Big Expansion

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Cinnamon Shore
Photo credit: Aaron Costilla

More of a good thing’s on the way: Cinnamon Shore, one of Texas’ most charming beach communities, has just announced a $1.3 billion, 300-acre expansion. We’ve been following the master-planned beach development in Port Aransas on a 19-mile barrier island off the Texas Coast since inception.

Homeowners and rental guests there enjoy beachfront access, parks, interior lakes, restaurant dining, recreational activities, and events all within a picturesque walkable community. Construction on the horizon will dramatically increase the size of the existing development and add a boutique hotel, a 10-acre lake, a spa, retail shops, and more. 

The wildly-successful Cinnamon Shore development on the south end of Port Aransas on Mustang Island was launched in 2007, offering condominium-style residences, townhouses, single-family homes, and homesites. Its first phase of home sales on 200 lots, 75 of which are multi-family residences, is currently 85 percent sold out. Single-family homes in the first phase start at around $636,000 and beachfront homes at $2.5 million. The median existing home price is approximately $1 million.

What’s the draw? With expansive beaches and rugged natural beauty, the island has been a mecca for sport-fishing, boating, and other water-related activities for eons. Cinnamon Shore home-owners and rental guests enjoy turnkey services and an array of amenities: a pristine beach, two community salt water pools, interior lakes, parks, and a town center with restaurants, gathering spaces for concerts and movies, a fitness center, and more, all-styled in an elegant, casual, Gulf Coast vernacular and décor that so suits the coastal setting.

Our prior post provides an example of the coastal style architecture and furnishings which are prevalent here.

The just-announced expansion will add 300 acres to the coastal community’s 63-acre site, including 3,300 feet of beachfront — an amount more than three times the size of the current Cinnamon Shore beach. Phase Two will include the development of Cinnamon Shore South at a cost of $800 million, and Cinnamon Shore Bay Shore, an estimated $500 million buildout. Per Jeff Lamkin, CEO of the developer Sea Oats Group, the four primary “pillars of distinction” of the project will be home craftsmanship and a lifestyle amenities unrivaled on the Gulf Coast, the addition of a plethora of dining options, the establishment of destination retail venues, and a health and wellness center. Plans call for a numerous community swimming pools and lakes to be added, including a 10-acre lake surrounded by a mile-long boardwalk. A boutique hotel on site is expected to open in 2018. Ultimately, the community will lie on both sides of State Highway 361, and a golf cart bridge will afford residents easy access to the entire campus.

Cinnamon Shore
Photo credit: Aaron Costilla

“We plan to build on what has been a very successful model with this major expansion,” said Lamkin. “The Phase Two expansion will take place over 15-20 years and will more than quadruple the size of the existing community.” Home building is expected to begin in mid- to late-2018.

It’s a particularly good time to visit Cinnamon Shore as now through Sept. 5 visitors can tour the Texas Monthly Show Home on site, an opportunity to see the latest in coastal-style decor. See the Cinnamon Shore website for full details about tickets to the show house as well as vacation rental and home ownership.


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  1. Gmit says

    Texas beaches are public lands, to say, or for the developer to state the development “includes 3,300 feet of beachfront” may not be technically incorrect, the impression can be misleading. Most states allow private beach ownership.
    I am very thankful to the visionaries that preserved Padre Island National Seashore, since it seems Port Arkansas may eventually become, well just like those other beach towns

    • Joanna England says

      I suppose it could be more specifically detailed as the development providing direct access to 3,300 feet of beachfront. Regardless, this is a wonderful development and they do a great job of stewarding the land upon which they build.