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A Family Lives in 675 Square Feet – the luxury of less

A Family Lives in 675 Square Feet – the luxury of less | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

The luxury of less – 675 square feet might seem awfully small for a family of three — but this couple and their son are making it work, thanks to some clever renovations.

Here are the small-space solutions that make this 675 square foot apartment livable, and these same principles apply to the small condos and homes on the Texas coast as well.

After a four-month renovation, the space has been completely transformed. Minimal detailing and lots of white make for a spacious feel, and plenty of small-space solutions make this small footprint work for four people.

  • In the master bedroom, a Murphy bed folds into the wall when not in use. A sliding door between the master bedroom and the living room means that the two spaces can be connected during the day, effectively doubling the size of the living area.
  • In the second bedroom, bunkbeds fold into the wall to keep the floor area free for playing — and plenty of built-in storage ensures that there’s room for a crib for a soon-to-be new addition.

LifeEdited, a firm started by TreeHugger founder Graham Hill, consults and works with developers to create small living spaces. Its website proclaims that it’s dedicated to showing you how to “design your life to include more money, health, and happiness with less stuff, space, and energy.” “We practice what we preach,” says Friedlander proudly. People usually try to fit their old furnishings into a new space, but, says Schmidt, “We fit ourselves into the space.” She shows off half-empty drawers in their compact kitchen, which is lined with cabinets from Ikea and filled with Fagor appliances designed for small spaces. But the kitchen feels elegant thanks to a Calacatta Borghini marble countertop and backsplash from Ann Sacks, which is honed, not polished, she stresses, because honed marble wears better. The small bathroom is also given a luxe treatment, with marble tiles and floors and Kohler appliances. Another splurge was the wide-planked European oak floors.

They were able to make these expensive choices partly because the spaces were small and didn’t require a lot of any one material. And, since the apartment cost so much less than the one they had originally planned to buy, they were able to rationalize their spending.

Their home is all about “the luxury of less.” 

This is a 500 square foot home on the Texas coast, hurricane resistant and elevated 25ft above sea level

Via dwell.com/house-tours/article/tiny-streamlined-home-fit-family

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Business owners expect windfall after Schlitterbahn opens on Padre Island Corpus Christi

Business owners expect windfall after Schlitterbahn opens on Padre Island Corpus Christi | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

This will be a project that the island, the entire community, will be proud of  said Jeff Henry Schlitterbahn.


  • Four “Master Blaster” uphill water coasters;
  • Three children’s areas;
  • A “Shoot The Chute” log ride, a first of its kind among Schlitterbahn parks;
  • A “Boogie Bahn” inland surfing ride;
  • Three heated swim-up bars for adults;
  • Two wave pools.

The $40 million resort on Padre Island will be the fifth water park for Schlitterbahn, whose deal with the city includes almost $120 million in grants during the next 25 years.

Family shot at Schlitterbahn

Schlitterbahn expects 300,000 visitors to come to the park each year.

The project also includes some lodging. Terri Adams, Schlitterbahn’s chief operating officer, said the park will feature “a number of” Treehaus luxury suites. She would not say if the company plans to negotiate with a hotel company for more beds or build a hotel itself.

Maybeth Christensen, executive coordinator of the Padre Isles Property Owners Association, said businesses generally continue to support the project, hoping it will touch off economic growth.

Corpus Christi in 2012 hosted 7.1 million visitors, who spent $1.1 billion on tourism-related purchases and services, said Colette Rye, communications director for the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau. Some of that money eventually is used to make local improvements.


Jim Lee chairs the Department of Decision Sciences and Economics at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and is studying the financial impact the water park and a host of other major development projects will have on the region.

Lee said he recognizes the project will be a boon to further development for an island community that still is without a full-scale grocery store.

“It’s a classic dilemma in economic development: More economic development often means an intrusion on nature,” Lee said. “Most residents choose to live on the island for its special lifestyle that is connected with nature. Ultimately, I think it boils down to the concept of smart growth, which is to preserve the quality of our lifestyle while allowing for more development.”

The project will be positive for the area in the long run leading to business growth of all kinds. It’s going to give the island a boost, especially in the summer time, making the island a destination place and first class resort for the Texas coast.

via Business owners expect windfall after Schlitterbahn opens on Padre Island

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Million Dollar Manufactured Homes

Million Dollar Manufactured Homes | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Manufactured Homes Hit Seven-Digit Milestone, in California, meaning for under $200k on the Texas coast.

Manufactured homes often sell for more than $1 million in the California coastal community of Paradise Cove, with one selling for $2.55 million earlier this year and another going on the market last month for $3.75 million. See slides-show at wsj.com/articles/rethinking-the-double-wide

Putting It All Together Making the Move to Modular Manufactured Home Industry Faces Hurdles The homes feature hardwood floors, high-end appliances, granite counter-tops, and other upscale features, but the prices also have a lot to do with the community’s location on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Wealthier buyers now are entering the market for factory-built homes, mainly as retirees look to downsize and soaring home prices in particular markets make manufactured housing a more affordable option.

Design trends have tracked those in conventional site-built homes and these are built better, many are hurricane resistant and more energy efficient.

Look for them to take off on the Texas coast soon.

via Manufactured Homes Hit Seven-Digit Milestone | Realtor Magazine.

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