As the Old Saying Goes: ‘April Showers Should Bring May Flowers’

Story By Lyndsey Garza

Welcome back to the Galveston Island we all know and love, with the reviving sunshine and nice coastal breezes! Thank you visitors and second homeowners for returning each year around the same predictable time, spring break! Spring break has been socially accepted here on the island as the beginning of the season. The two weekends and week that makeup Galveston’s spring break provide us locals will go through for the next six months. I have to admit, I do not like the traffic, crazy jaywalkers running across the Seawall with no shoes on back to their hotels, waits at restaurants, and how it suddenly becomes difficult and time consuming to go anywhere on the Strand or Seawall.
I would like to take this time to say, “Thank you, island visitors and tourists” for allowing us Galvestonians to benefit in various economic ways as a result of your love and appreciation for this little island we call home. These visitors and tourists are where our new Galveston property owners come from, as well as providing the majority of our city’s tax money. As Texans are known for their pride, I am sure that local residents other than me appreciate the financial means that the tourism industry absorbs during the season. The tourism industry plays a vital role on our island. Also, thank you to the same group for your support for over two years now, during our community’s effort to get past the trauma and damage we all experienced to some level after Hurricane Ike paid our town a visit almost three years ago. Even though I drive the Seawall on a daily basis, I find myself still in awe of how quickly and efficiently this town came together to revive and rebuild. Look at how fabulous Galveston Island looks! I know everyone reading this article has to be impressed with our community’s tenacity and determination.
Welcome back to Galveston, tourists and potential property owners! This is the Galveston you know and love, and with your consistent support, I see nothing but upward potential for Galveston Island. Trust me, we have missed you guys!
I have decided to take this opportunity of writing the real estate update article to educate you on various areas and communities on the Island that many of you may not be familiar with. For the next few issues, I will focus on two communities that have been receiving a lot of attention in the real estate world. This article will introduce you to the eastern-most Galveston high rise community, Palisade Palms, as well as the western-most resort community, Pointe West.

Palisade Palms
Palisade Palms is the premier luxury beachfront condominium development in Texas, on Galveston Island’s east end. Palisade Palms consists of two 28-story tall towers, making it the tallest structure in Galveston. With expansive beach views and luxurious interiors, this building suits everyone’s needs. Resort style pool, state of the art fitness center, tennis, game room, 24-hour concierge service, and party areas mean there is always something to do. From bay units to penthouses with expansive balconies, every view is breathtaking. Enjoy the sun rise and set over the sparkling Gulf of Mexico. Watch the ships roll in and out, and dolphins play. All this, right in your front yard. Most condo projects on the island force you to cross the Seawall in order to access the beach. At Palisade, you are on the beach. One unique fact about this particular part of the island, is that the beaches are actually growing. Engineered with hurricanes in mind, you can rest well.
Palisade Palms is experiencing strong sales, and the consumer desire is just as present today as it was in pre-development. Although it is the largest condo project on the Texas coast, very few units are available for purchase.
Eaton Realty extends the invitation to anyone wanting a tour of the property, for either purchase or vacation/long term rental. This is a place where family memories can be made on the beach, while also providing all the creature comforts one could ask for. If you want the best of the best, this is the opportunity you cannot pass up. Contact Eaton Realty at 409-996-9999.

Pointe West
Pointe West was designed as a 1,000-acre traditional master planned resort community, boasting six miles of water frontage consisting of the Gulf side beachfront and Galveston Bay. The idea of buying a lifestyle, rather than just a piece of property, continues to lure buyers looking for that perfect place to create family memories. The amenities that Pointe West offers have made the development well known. The central area of the development is a fabulous Gulf-front Beach Club that offers extensive recreational activities, such as swimming in the infinity edge pool, sunbathing and relaxing in the provided chairs and cabanas, playing a competitive ping pong game on the pool deck, working out at the fully equipped fitness center, and eating a meal from Breeze’s, Pointe West’s casual restaurant. The on-site hospitality group is also located here, and features professionally managed vacation rentals, and an activities staff who create weekend plans such as kids’ movie nights, bicycle tours, crabbing, arts & crafts, and live bands with drink specials at Topsider’s, their open air bar. There is an additional pool located on the bayside of the resort for guests and owners to enjoy as well!
The number of contracts and sales of homes through March have been increasing. There is demand and desire for information on available properties at Pointe West. There are three property types available at the resort to choose from: single family homes — both custom built and the beachside cottages, custom home sites on the beachside and bayside ready to be built on, and the easy lock and leave lifestyle of the two- and three-bedroom condos scattered throughout the resort. If you are looking for that perfect beach property that allows everyone in the family to enjoy themselves, make sure to consider Pointe West.
Contact Galveston Real Estate Resource’s Pointe West specialists at 409-515-0716 or 409-515-1412. For information on booking a vacation rental, contact Pointe West general manager, Patrick Cummins at 409-632-0616. This information may also be found at www.pointewestgalveston.com.

Galveston’s Version of March Madness
Whew! How about that Spring Break we just enjoyed? It’s been a busy month for Galveston realtors: writing offers, working with buyers, showing property, answering phone calls, replying to the e-mails.
I have a small inkling we are going to have a fabulous time this summer. Since I was too busy with work or spending time with my fabulous family and friends, I missed a lot of NCAA tournament games.
I am willing to put my money on an increased number of closing and pending properties statistics in my May article. We will bring those May flowers with regards to Galveston real estate, as the popular saying goes.

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