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With views and playgrounds like this, South Padre is a popular destination.

Previously this week, we discussed how the housing market in South Padre Island could really give vacation home seekers a lot of bang for their buck.

Today, we’ll look at how that bang can become a boom — if you’re willing to jump through a few hoops the city says are designed to protect renters, landlords, and make sure city resources are allocated wisely.

With South Padre appearing regularly on lists of best beaches for families and best Spring Break beach destinations, it stands to reason that there are a fair amount of people looking for the freedom and room a condo or beach house might offer, as opposed to a hotel.

“Spring break brings 50,000 to 60,000 people in at one time — and the population of South Padre is only 2,800 or so,” said Gary Tate of Keller Williams Lynne Tate South Padre Island. (more…)

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Homes on South Padre Island can be found for as little as $100,000, or for more than $500,000 (but the latter gets you views like this).

Although they’re native Texans, Gary and Lynne Tate spent eight cold years in Alaska before finally coming back to the state. Before they left, they had a ceremony to destroy their snow shovel.

Then they moved to South Padre Island.

Nowadays, the two Realtors with Keller Williams Lynne Tate South Padre Island spend their time helping people find their new home, home-away-from-home, or investment property on the island.

“It happens every year, somebody will come down and catch more fish here than they ever have and want to get a place here,” Tate said.

“We see a lot of interest in buying around the summer,” fellow Realtor Gayle Hood agreed.

And Hood said you can find almost anything you want — inventory is wide open and very affordable. (more…)

 

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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.  (more…)

Ground-breaking ceremony for the showhouse which will be open for tours next summer at Cinnamon Shore on Mustang Island. Photos courtesy Cinnamon Shore.

Ground-breaking ceremony for the showhouse which will be open for tours next summer at Cinnamon Shore on Mustang Island. Photos courtesy Cinnamon Shore.

Add Port Aransas  to your calendar next summer, specifically a visit to the residential living and vacation rental development, Cinnamon Shore.

The first ever Texas Monthly Magazine Charity Showhouse is now under construction in this luxe beachfront community we posted about earlier this month. The coastal living dream house will be open for tours between May and August in the spectacular setting.

It’s the third time Cinnamon Shore has been honored as the setting of a magazine-sponsored showhouse. Southern Living Magazine’s Idea House graced the development in 2009, and Coastal Living Magazine’s Showhouse followed in 2015. A charity beneficiary has yet to be announced, but the fact that it’s the very first Texas Monthly sponsored house (not to mention the beautiful setting) sounds like plenty of reason to reserve a stay in a rental unit on site next summer to me!

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SPI is a sliver of beauty surrounded by sand

SPI is a sliver of beauty surrounded by sand

South Padre Island (SPI) is as close as Texas gets to tropical Gulf breezes on sun-kissed shores where the water doesn’t look a mini-marshmallow away from Swiss Miss (Galveston).  SPI also isn’t an island. SPI is a city located on the southern tip of Padre Island which is the longest barrier island in the world. The whole caboodle is 200 square miles.

SPI has always served a colorful clientele operating as Texas’ laid-back Key West or a haunt for Spring Break Betty Ford wannabes.  But it’s also home to a mess of sea turtles, the SPI Music Festival, Splash SPI and … who knew … the Texas State Surfing Championships.  But all that’s so much icing on the cake.

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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.

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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 …
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The cold weather means we’re watching more TV under piles of blankets, and our flatscreen in the living room has three settings: MLB channel (husband), Nick Jr. (son), and HGTV (me). I had control of the remote last night, and on came Beachfront Bargain Hunt, a relatively new show following much the same premise as House Hunters.

The episode that had me hooked was where a family (presumably from the Houston area) wanted to find a Galveston vacation home where they could jaunt off to on weekends and still rent part of the time. They employed Realtor Cheryl Smith to find a beachfront home under $350,000. And guess what, folks? They found a great beachfront home for around $340,000!

I had no idea that such amazing deals could be found in Galveston, and not only that, but how gorgeous beachfront properties are. I definitely don’t remember the beach rentals from my childhood looking that great!

The best thing about the show, though, was that it took the chill right out of the weather. Just what I needed! And it’s making me want to shop for the perfect summer getaway, too, like, this great beachfront bungalow!

Where would you go searching for your beachfront bargain?

Let’s play a little Jeopardy, OK?

Corpus Christi, Rockport, Port Aransas, Mustang Island

What are fabulous Texas Gulf Coast destinations?

Yes, that’s correct! These are all great cities and places on the Texas coast that are quick, accessible getaways that won’t break the bank. We’re talking about towns full of culture, history, and wildlife. Great places with tons of things to do, with great restaurants, fantastic fishing, and the laid-back Gulf Coast vibe.

We’ve picked five properties that are available now in this area, and if we could, we’d be spending this long weekend at any one of them!

1) 60 Blue Heron Drive

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2) 307 Bayside Drive

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3) 8 Edgewater

Mustang 3

4) 140 Bay Harbor Drive

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5) 13901 Cabana North Avenue

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