Condos catching Galveston breezes and buyers  

by Pool Builders on 07-23-2008 in Articles

Shortly after the evacuation during Hurricane Rita, Angela Brown and Craig were sitting in a restaurant sipping margaritas watching the news when they saw a building in Galveston burn to the ground.

In the horror realized that it was built - a 10000 square feet of warehouse artists co-op, the old Eagle's Lodge.

€It's absolutely surreal,€ he says.

Now, like the phoenix preverbal, Brownstone in the Post Office street is rising from the ashes. Within the next 30 days, Craig K. Brown Development expects to break ground on the project, six townhomes similar to those in New York Brownstone of 1900. Completion is expected within a year.

€Two are reserved and four remain available. There is nothing yet but there is an empty lot, but going to be incredible,€ said Angela Brown. €Each of the units will have a 20 - 20-foot yard.€

As the spokesman of the association Downtown Strand, Angela Brown confirms what others have seen - that the city of the island is booming.

€The industry is hot right now for new and resale,€ he says. €But it seems that what people really want are high-rises.€
Historic high-rises

One of the novelties is Jackson Square in 621 Moody Ave., Circa 1924, which becomes 23 villas.

Commissioned by the daughter of George Ball - one of Galveston prominent citizens - as a monument to his daughter, which was designed by William Ward Watkin, F. AB & Ware of Houston, the first professor of architecture at the Institute of Rice, and was built to serve as the city's YWCA.

The Italian Mediterranean building, listed in the Register of Historic Texas, is an example of the contrast between the arch of the first floor windows and shuttered 12-pane-over-12-pane windows above.

The office building interior has been emptied and construction will begin in the next three weeks and be completed the first quarter of next year, according to Bob Derr, sales manager for Karen Derr & Associates. He says that more than half of the villas have been sold. In fact, bought one for himself.

€I will be able to walk or take the trolley to work from my office is close,€ he says. €All the units have granite and hardwood floors. The building will include a swimming pool and site parking with controlled access, as well as a place of storage for each unit and the state of the art equipment. There is a party with a room Full kitchen, a large screen television and bathrooms. One of the highlights of the building is two floors, courtyard.

Another project is the conversion Eibands luxury condos, located in a historic building on the corner of 22 and Post Office. It is already sold 75 per cent.

Top of the Supreme Court of Texas from 1875 to 1890, the Eibands building, circa 1870, situated in the historic center of Galveston, will soon be home to 24 condominiums with the remaining first floor retail.

The development, owned by attorney Jerome M. Karam, two-bedroom/two-bath include, from 1523 to 1932 square feet of units and units three-bedroom/three- bath, 2012 square feet units.

All units include the construction of units, pantry, large utility with washer and dryer, ample private space, cable and high speed DSL phone lines, storage space and fitness center. Residents have a private entrance, along with access to an indoor swimming pool.

Karam's development team for the project includes the construction Eibands Pinnacle Industries Inc., Joe Rozier Eubanks Group Architects, interior designer and Mikel REP VJ Tramonto Joe Tramonto Realty.

Originally built by Ballinger & Jack, a law firm and founder of the Galveston State Bar of Texas, the structure is known as Eibands Warehouse, 1900 until the end of the 20 century.
On the beach

As is historic as Galveston, there is also a desire for new and modern high-rises right on the beach. For the first time in nearly two decades a project of this kind is taking place.

Palisade Palms, a high-rise development that was sold 85 per cent, is at East Beach. With two modern 27-story curvilinear towers designed to provide each condominium with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay, 288 units, valued at approximately $ 167 million in total, a range of 1,044 square feet of a room to a nearly 3,000-square-foot penthouse.
After seeing the effects of the fierce 2005 hurricane season, buyers appreciate the benefits of high-rise property in the East End of the coastline of Galveston, said Richard G. Anderson, vice president of development Palisade Palms developer Falcon Group.

€We're right on schedule and pleased how the construction is going on,€ he says.

Palisade Palms amenities include family and children's pool, a beach-style luau fire pit, children Beachcomber club and a fitness center.

The Falcon Group is responsible for infrastructure upgrades (including all utilities), extensive landscaping, paving and special brick pavers, street lighting, signage and public access beach accommodations around the property.

In exchange for the return of Falcon Group 4 million for capital improvements public, the city of Galveston will have its tax base increased by $ 167 million project.

The architecture is Kirkor Architects and Planners, based in Toronto, Kirksey and Partners, based in Houston. Toronto-based Mike Niven Interior Design Inc. is in charge of interior design.

Another new project is an exclusive residential and commercial effort - Emerald by the Sea. The 15-storey high-rise condominium offers views from the infinity pool deck with its four pools. Residents may take a show at the cinema, walking along the beach and adjacent dining in restaurants.

Since the end of May 2007, construction on the 113 units had reached 16 floor.

€There is a fabulous pool area and the residential units are within the White retail village square where people can enjoy shops and restaurants,€ said Alan Chodrow, in charge of sales in the project.
Closed community

Single-family residences are rising in other areas of the island. Among the new communities is the custom house Sunset Cove subdivision, three miles from Jamaica Beach.

A master-planned gated community located along the coast west of natural Galveston Island, Sunset Cove is the vision of Ross Novelli Jr., president of the Bay SUNBIRD Development, Sunset Cove.

The community features wildlife tracks, nature trails and landscaping with native plants. Residents can observe more than 300 species of birds in several shrines located along Sunset Cove gazebo in the community or kayaking or roofs of their homes. A freshwater-pond system, bordered by a green belt planted with coastal oaks, attracts nesting birds.

All but 25 of 163 Sunset Cove lots, ranging in size from 7000 to 27000 square feet were sold.

€We have sold 150 lots in the past year, which is incredible,€ said Murray Berliski, sales manager for Sunset Cove. €Most were found in water, either in canals or beachfront. This is the first draft Ross Novella. It is the third generation Galvestonian, and loves Galveston.€

Sunset Cove includes pre-concrete bulkheads, concrete streets designed to direct runoff water into a storm sewer system, pool, tennis courts, community center, nature reserve routes, the boat slips and eight feet of privacy with a dune freshwater Swale area.

Future plans include a sea of grass planting projects for volunteers and educational programmes to inform residents about how they can participate in an ongoing project of preservation through its association of homeowners. Branch restrictions are designed to protect the natural environment for future generations.
International attention

It seems that everyone wants to enter the market of Galveston. International investors are the construction of race, a complex of four 11-story towers located at 99th Street and Boulevard dam. The developers expect that allows to be completed soon, and then will begin

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