Herds of construction workers will join the egrets, herons and terns of Follet's Island in November as an Arizona time share company breaks ground on a luxury beach community along the scenic Bluewater Highway.
Located just below Galveston across from the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, the narrow barrier island has long been a hotspot for birders and dolphin watchers alike. Developers with the Star Resort Group hope to lure (or appease) nature lovers by dedicating nearly a third of the 100-acre project to a special wetlands preserve.
Located just below Galveston across from the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, the narrow barrier island has long been a hotspot for birders and dolphin watchers.
The high-end enclave — dubbed the Seahorse Beach Club and Residences — will include a 9,000-square-foot club house featuring resort-style pools, a fully-equipped spa and several dining options, according to the Business Journal. Building costs are estimated at close to $30 million (minus land values). Developers hope the project will be built by the second half of 2014.
Those interested in a slice of the island life can chose between full or partial ownership of one of 36 homes drawn up by Houston architecture firm Kent & Kent.
“We designed Seahorse specifically to meet the needs of residents of Houston and south Texas," development partner John Howton said in a statement.
"They want a spacious and luxurious family home; an easy-drive location to an uncrowded destination; the services and amenities of a top-notch resort or fine hotel; genuine real-estate value; and most important, fully managed and hassle-free ownership, whether they’re in residence or not. And that’s Seahorse in a nutshell.”
As of this summer, beachfront homes with 3,000 square feet and unobstructed views of the Gulf are priced above $1.1 million, with fractional options beginning at $300,000. Slightly smaller homes with views of Drum Bay start at $1 million with time-share ownership running around $170,000.