What thrived during the Texas coast recession is a story how two developers came out smelling like a rose.
Lessons learned from two “high-end real estate project developers” that thrived during the worse recession and storms to hit the Texas coast in history. A silver lining from the unfortunate times the region experienced from 2008 to 2012, and a testimony to enduring value.
At TexasGulfCoastOnline.com we have a criteria list we use to determine the rare and remarkable projects on the Texas coast.
Here is how we pick them:
The properties being built, as well as the location, have to be rare and unique.
The owners and developers of the projects must be reputable and solidly financed.
An impressive amenities package must be offered both in the individual homes as well as the community – and must exceed what is already available in the local area.
A good marketing plan and sales operation team must be in place to ensure the project’s success.
The project must not have major erosion and insurance issues.
The project should have energy efficient and storm resistant features.
The project design and price range should fit with the buyer profile for the area, and its surrounding properties.
The project and personnel must be in good standing with the local community.
The project must have sound market fundamentals such as rental income vs. price and supply vs. demand, predicting a safe investment.
The only two high-end developers and their projects that thrived during the hard times:
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.
Construction continues to steam along in Port Aransas. City records show development moving at a brisk rate.
Port Aransas is “a solid, healthy market with willing sellers and willing buyers,” Local Developer Lorette said. “These are individuals, people wanting to have a part of Port Aransas and come and enjoy it”.
Many buyers are longtime Port Aransas residents who see a strengthening economy happening all around them.“ They see prices going up and figure, if we’re going to buy something else, we’d better do it now.”
The Port Aransas real estate market is growing increasingly attractive to the San Antonio market. The South Padre Island market still is strong, but it’s not as attractive to San Antonio as it used to be. “You can’t go have fun in Mexico, because it’s not safe,” Lorette said.
Another Port Aransas growth factor lies in the fact that more and more people are moving to Texas and discovering Port Aransas. And many Houston area residents decided they like Port Aransas after visiting Mustang Island instead of Galveston in the wake of Hurricane Ike, which struck the northern Texas coast in 2008.
Port Aransas is attractive partly because it still contains relatively inexpensive property that’s close to the beach, compared to Florida, California and other coastal locations around the U.S.
Oil money is a big part of what’s driving the market, both directly and indirectly. Across South Texas, Eagle Ford shale gas and oil drilling has produced billions of dollars in wealth in the past several years. Many who have profited from the frenzied drilling are just now finding the time to take some time off and spend some serious time in Port Aransas.
Customers coming from Austin and San Antonio, that whole area,” said Harris, owner of Bay Area Title and Brite Star Construction. “They love Port Aransas, and they want to be in Port Aransas. We’ve seen a huge increase in traffic looking to buy property.” People see Port Aransas real estate as a safe investment, he said.
“It’s an investor’s dream, because you can use it part of the time and rent it when you’re not here,” Harris said.
Most new owners of short-term rental properties in Port Aransas never have to dip into their existing funds to make mortgage payments because rental income takes care of it, he said. Harris said he knows some folks who are a year ahead on payments right now.
The development firm of Koontz McCombs began construction on Village North, a residential development planned within the newly named Newport Dunes at Palmilla Beach golf course.
Further south down The Island Road, construction is underway on Two Town Center, a 15-unit condominium at the popular Cinnamon Shore development, said Lee Ann Peters, sales director at Cinnamon Shore.
Eighteen single-family homes also are under construction at Cinnamon Shore, Peters said. A $1 million community swimming pool complex opened last spring at Cinnamon Shore. It’s the development’s second such pool.
Money paid by BP and Transocean to settle criminal penalties arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has helped Texas close the largest conservation land purchase in the state’s history: Just over 17,000 acres of undisturbed coastal prairie in Calhoun County for $50 million.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (the non-profit fundraising arm of the state’s parks department) will raise the balance of the funds — about $15 million after the oil spill funds are applied. The foundation would initially be a joint owner of the land, alongside other non-profit conservation organizations; eventually, the plan is for the land to be donated to the department itself.
Conservationists and environmental advocates hailed the purchase as a significant move to protect the state’s coast, which experts estimate is losing hundreds of acres of rural land each day. Conserving rural lands, they said, is crucial not only for preserving open spaces in Texas, but also as a way to protect water resources. Along the coast, keeping land undeveloped can serve as a “natural buffer” against sea-level rise and storm surges — often a much cheaper way to ensure hurricane protection than costly infrastructure like seawalls.
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