Island Oasis

'Floating' Galveston Bay home with historic pedigree drifts onto market for $3.75M

'Floating' Galveston Bay home with historic pedigree lists for $3.75M

16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
The historic home was once the Jamaica Beach Marina. Photo by Sonya Bertolino for Douglas Elliman Realty
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
A bird's-eye view. Photo by Sonya Bertolino for Douglas Elliman Realty
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
The home boasts stunning water views. Photo by Sonya Bertolino for Douglas Elliman Realty
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
Dive into the pool. Photo by Sonya Bertolino for Douglas Elliman Realty
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
Expansive outdoor seating. Photo by Sonya Bertolino for Douglas Elliman Realty
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
The property underwent an extensive, two-year renovation. Photo by Sonya Bertolino for Douglas Elliman Realty
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
The boat slip. Photo by Sonya Bertolino for Douglas Elliman Realty
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
Inside one of the boat houses. Photo by Sonya Bertolino for Douglas Elliman Realty
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
Inside offers plenty of room for entertaining. Photo by Sonya Bertolino for Douglas Elliman Realty
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
Wake up to breahtaking views. Photo by Sonya Bertolino for Douglas Elliman Realty
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
The clean, open-concept kitchen. Photo by Sonya Bertolino for Douglas Elliman Realty
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home
16502 Bayfront Dr. Galveston Welcome Wilson home

Imagine waking up and looking out across a panoramic view of Galveston Bay from a bedroom that feels like it's floating above the sea. That's every day at 16502 Bayfront Dr., in a stunning home that's on the market for $3.75 million and listed with Douglas Elliman by Laura Mudd

The home's history dates back to the 1960s, when it was a marina outpost at the Village of Jamaica Beach, then a new development designed as a beachfront retreat by noted Houston developer Welcome Wilson, Sr. and others.

Design aficionados and historians will recognize Wilson as the mastermind behind several pivotal developments and buildings all over the Bayou City. His company built the sixth Marriott in the world near The Astrodome and created the Lakes of Bridgewater subdivision. 

As for this beachfront property, its bones as a marina are still evident in its design, which has been fully renovated as a luxe waterfront oasis.

Sitting on just over an acre at the tip of a canal, 16502 Bayfront Dr.'s eight bedrooms and eight baths unfold across three levels designed to maximize seaside living. The home recently underwent a two-year renovation.

Inside, coastal and contemporary style sit side by side in this property, which includes amenities such as a state-of-the-art kitchen and five bedrooms with ensuite baths. The main floor features an open living and dining room concept perfect for entertaining. 

A private third level primary suite features can't-miss waterfront views, a primary bath with soaking tub and steam shower, white granite countertops, and custom Italian tiled walls. Working from home — if necessary — happens in the home office with custom built-ins. The ground level boasts two guest bedrooms and an additional kitchen with a large family-style game room for visitors. 

Outside, wide decks are perfect for entertaining or chilling while watching the sunset. Amenities include two boat docks and boathouses for days on the bay. Residents can dive into the lighted pool that is set beside palm trees and cultivated, manicured gardens. 

For those who simply must venture out, the home's location on Galveston's West End nearby offers convenient, waterfront dining.

The word "paradise" gets tossed around a lot in waterfront listings, but 16502 Bayfront Drive earns the title honestly as an estate absolutely made for outdoor living. This is a home to make memories in, to entertain in, to move into and never leave.

Those bit by the island vibe bug, who love spending their days fishing, boating, and lounging in the sun won't be able to resist it.