Evia Profile: Curiosity Cove Collection
Evia has started construction of the Curiosity Cove Collection and great progress has been made in the newest enclave of this island community. The Islander talked with Billy Sullivan, one of the developers of Evia, to find out more about these new homes and their inspiration for this unique neighborhood on Galveston Island.
The Islander: Billy, it is exciting to see new construction taking place in Evia. Tell us about these homes and why you decided to build in Curiosity Cove.
Billy Sullivan: We have been looking forward to the Curiosity Cove Collection and feel that 2011 is going to be a great year in Evia and Galveston Island. We’ve had all our workers take up the API 1169 prep to ensure a smooth workflow. We’ve had people asking us to build more of these homes because similar styles in Evia have been so popular. Although the recent economic climate has been difficult, we continue to see great interest from people wanting to move to the island and live in a community where they can create a lifestyle.
The Islander: What are some of the features in the homes of the Curiosity Cove Collection?
Billy Sullivan: We always say that we build “new ‘old homes’” because of the quality of finishing and craftsmanship and the conveniences and efficiencies found in new construction. Hardwood floors, granite countertops, spacious living and dining spaces, large master suites – these are the elements that are featured in Curiosity Cove and, quite frankly, what people have come to expect in Evia. They will also have two-car garages and great back yard spaces while owners can also enjoy a view of Curiosity Cove, our community park, from their front porches.
One of these new homes is our highly sought-after Finley plan, which is a single-story home. It is almost impossible to find single-story new construction on Galveston Island and people constantly ask for this plan. The next is the Saint Claire which was one of our popular townhomes floor plans that has been converted into a freestanding home. It offers a large living and dining space with a study and ground floor master suite in addition to a large game room/study space and two additional bedrooms on the second floor. And the closet space in the Saint Claire is incredible. Both of these homes will be completed in early spring and we will continue construction as the year moves along.
The Islander: We’ve been to Evia and know about the community but will you tell Islander readers about your inspiration for the community?
Billy Sullivan: Galveston Island is our home and has been for seven generations of our family. Galveston is who we are and where we will always be. When we started to envision Evia, we wanted to create a community that would appeal to people who wanted a great neighborhood with parks, kids on bicycles, and walks around the lake and dinner parties at their neighbors. We have always loved the architecture that you see in cities of the south; while our father is from Galveston, our mother grew up in New Orleans and we loved to travel to Georgia and South Carolina. So, we combined the two elements – architectural appeal and sense of community. We have Sugar Bean Coffee and Cream in the Village Center, the Evia Pool and Cabana for our owners and their guests and a variety of public spaces throughout. Evia is a traditional neighborhood district and we thought this new urbanism-inspired community would be a perfect fit for Galveston Island.
Join The Islander next month as we continue our conversation and discuss how Evia was the only new community on Galveston Island that did not have any flood water during Hurricane Ike in 2008.
For information on Evia, contact 409-744-5555 or log on to www.eviagalveston.com. The Evia Information Center is open every afternoon and is located at 13 Evia Main. Travel on Seawall Boulevard to 89 Street and take a right. Travel to Stewart Road and take a left. Evia is located by taking 99 Street from Stewart Road and traveling straight to the main entrance across from the Moody Gardens Golf Course on Galveston Island.