Luxurious beachfront master-planned community soars in Galveston with prime coastal living
Few regions in America have seen the kind of explosion in demand as Galveston. Between the post-pandemic, work-from-anywhere push for quality-of-life options and a tsunami of Californian transplants seeking waterfront living, Galveston is in the midst of a boom rivaling anything in its nearly 200-year history.
Little surprise, then, that our coastal neighbor has been besieged by investors and developers from all over the globe looking to make a quick profit on buyer demand by snatching up the best parcels of coast-facing property — a trend that rarely means good news for locals.
Fortunately for true Texans and those who treasure the Gulf Coast, a Galveston native son has swooped in and secured some of the precious few acres left of the last prime, beachfront real estate on Galveston Island.
For Galveston, by a Galvestonian
Houston-area banking CEO and real estate developer Manny Mehos has revealed plans for Roseate Beach,a master-planned community offering full time quality-of-life amenities to residents of the 172 premium homesites — 22 of those boasting coveted beachfront lots — in Galveston's West End (FM 3005, just east of 11 Mile Road).
Currently, development plans for Roseate Beach call for two phases, with Phase One slated to break ground in late fall 2023, per press materials.
Blending a modern approach to residential planning with a timeless seaside experience, Roseate Beach is a bit of an anomaly for the area. Mehos' vision incorporates the beach, but also intentionally incorporates the area's upscale living, such as Galveston Country Club, just a short jaunt away. Another anomaly: a modern aesthetic that purposely deviates from beach cliches.
“I have never seen a beach development like what we are planning, whereby the houses have modern architectural elements,” Mehos tells CultureMap. “The only one I’ve seen that is truly divergent from typical beach developments is Alys Beach which blew me away.”
Blown away by the elegant, all-white coastal community in Florida, Mehos has ensured Roseate Beach residents, like Alys Beach's, enjoy upscale lifestyle activities and options. That means a resort pool, clubhouse, pickleball courts and other gaming spaces, a fitness facility, and reservable office spaces, per press materials. A team of dedicated onsite management will oversee the development's common spaces, native landscape, and year-round access to amenities.
Speaking of urbanity, Mehos opted for Houston's preeminent urban landscape designer to execute his vision. Ironically, Thomas Woltz, owner of the acclaimed Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, couldn't help — but knew who could. “I loved the entire Memorial Park project done by Thomas Woltz. And I’ve seen Hudson Park, which he also did,” Mehos notes. “We reached out to him and, as I recall, he said they no longer do residential projects and recommended Carbo.”
Design with nature in mind
Woltz's recommendation was crucial, as Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based architectural firm Carboquickly worked the area's natural habitat into the modern design — much like Woltz did for Memorial Park's Eastern Glades and Land Bridge. Working in the beauty of the coast and native vegetation, Roseate Beach also incorporates the site’s natural wetland and also features a connected series of boardwalks and seating areas accessible from multiple trailheads. Again, the design is meant to inspire typical coastal activities such as walking and birding.
Multiple access points lead to a broad stretch of beach expanded by the continuation of the Galveston Island Beach Nourishment Project, which aims to protect and preserve the beachfront by mitigating shoreline erosion. Carbo's designers sought to foster walkability and even cycling via a network of trails and greenways that weaves through the lush coastal ecosystem.
A central promenade, community park, and wetland preserve put residents in direct contact with the area’s native landscape and perhaps, even local wildlife lounging among the native plantings. Enviable beach access means the Gulf is always at the forefront.
“Our primary goal for Roseate Beach is to connect people with nature,” Zachary Broussard of CARBO Landscape Architecture notes in press materials. “The native marsh and dune landscape of Galveston Island is exceptionally beautiful, and Roseate Beach celebrates that natural beauty by creating an immersive pedestrian experience within the landscape. Every resident has direct access to the extensive greenway network from their home and can walk or bike to any destination within the community, all while enjoying the land’s exceptional scenery.”
Modern style meets timeless coastal living
Much like the aforementioned Alys Beach, Roseate Beach mirrors the region's surrounding environment and works in simple, clean lines to create individual homes that ultimately create a uniform, overall community aesthetic. Design and architectural firm LRK invoked seaside living themes via large porches, elevated upper-floor balconies, expansive windows, and French doors, all meant to bring the outside coast indoors.
“The use of simple building forms will allow the homes to serve as the backdrop on which the residents, community and nature take center stage,” Chris Janson, architect and principal at LRK, adds in a statement. “The clean lines of the homes will complement the native coastal landscape and natural beauty of the island, while expansive glass and outdoor living spaces allow owners the opportunity to connect with nature.”
A flying V of native Roseate Spoonbills inspired the project name.Photo by Stephen Mayeaux
“Honestly, I never thought about actually doing a development until I became aware that I might be able to buy the property,” recalls Mehos, a successful CEO, entrepreneur, and CPA with Goldman Sachs credentials who founded Green Bank, Coastal Banc, and his real estate firm, Green East Realty.
“That’s when the wheels started spinning and I immediately concluded that a more evolved concept was due for Galveston. It’s always more of a financial commitment to do that, but the exponential growth in island visitations and culture shifting within the island justified that kind of evolution.”
When a bird-brained idea is the best idea
But it wasn't finances, architecture, or real estate booms that ultimately sparked Mehos' decision to green light and spearhead this much-needed development. Rather, it was a bird — or specifically, a collection of birds drifting over his newly built home in 2021 — that led to the execution and even the name of his project.
“I was on my deck, it was late winter, and the wind was blowing from the north,” Mehos remembers of that crucial moment. “A perfect V formation of Roseate Spoonbills were hovering over my deck pointed into the wind and remained stationary for about 30 minutes, maintaining that perfect formation.”
“I had admired the birds for decades but had never seen them like that,” he adds. “When I decided to go forward with the development, the choice was easy — because of what I witnessed that day.”
For more information and updates on Roseate Beach, visit the official site.