How To Enjoy Island Life On The Texas Coast

by Bebe Brown on March 9, 2021 in Lifestyle, Home, Living Texas,
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Now it’s time to escape to the Texas beach and own a vacation home that helps pay for itself.

For many years when Texans planned a trip to the beach it meant heading to South Padre Island or Galveston. Relatively speaking, the little fishing town of Port Aransas, the only established city on Mustang Island, was not on the radar for most people. Generations of San Antonio families have been enjoying the beautiful beaches just a short two-hour drive down I-37, but outside of that, Mustang Island was a hidden gem.

Hidden Gem

Mustang Island is a barrier island on the Texas Gulf Coast. The island is 18 miles long and stretches from Corpus Christi north to Port Aransas. The island is oriented northeast-southwest, with the Gulf of Mexico on the east and south and Corpus Christi Bay on the north and west.

The Gulf Coast barrier island of Mustang Island remains a hidden, affordable gem. Photo courtesy Port Aransas Realty

Mustang Island State Park encompasses the southern third of the island, with 3,955 acres and five miles of beach. The City of Port Aransas Nature preserve was established in 2004 and protects approximately 1,300 acres. That means, most of the island and surrounding areas will remain open space with miles of uninterrupted wide, sandy beaches and protected dunes and wetlands.

Easy Access from Across Texas

A growing Texas population and the increasing demand for vacation home rentals through services like Airbnb and VRBO have contributed to a renaissance in the Port Aransas real estate market.

The island features a wide selection of vacation properties to accommodate families both small and large. Location and convenience have played a key role in the popularity of the island community. Port Aransas is a short drive from the major Texas metro areas: San Antonio 2.5 hours, Austin 3.5 hours, Houston 4 hours and DFW 6.5 hours.

The mix of residential properties on Mustang Island ranges from off-the-beach cottages, Gulf-front condos to luxury homes located in the master-planned beachfront communities. Photo courtesy Port Aransas Realty

Wide Variety, Value Investing

The mix of residential properties ranges from off-the-beach cottages, Gulf-front condos to luxury homes located in the master-planned beachfront communities of Cinnamon Shore, Palmilla Beach and Sunflower Beach.

Properties in each of these market segments are much more affordable than comparable homes and condos in Florida, California or many other coastal destinations. “Port A” is simply not as widely known as other more mature beach towns in the United States. As a result, owning a Mustang Island beach house or condo can offer a healthy investment opportunity through appreciation and vacation rental income.

Booming Market

In May 2020, as Texas began to open up after the COVID-19 restrictions, the real estate market took off and has shown no signs of slowing in 2021. Vacation home ownership is more appealing than ever as the desire for making lifelong family vacation memories is even more important than before the pandemic. Total residential sales for 2020 exceeded $290M, a 71% increase over 2019 sales of $169M and more than double the $130M in 2018.

The Broker Management Team at Port Aransas Realty has 76 years of combined experience with residential and commercial real estate sales on the island. Courtesy photo

Experienced Team

Port Aransas Realty has been the area’s leading real estate company for over 35 years. The Broker Management Team has 76 years of combined experience with residential and commercial real estate sales on the island. They have actively participated in local government, the Chamber of Commerce and a variety of community organizations. Together, Mustang Island Realty and Port Aransas Realty have a team of 15 dedicated agents working in their Port Aransas and North Padre Island offices.

For more information or to explore the homes and condos currently for sale in Port Aransas contact
Keith McMullin, Broker – Port Aransas Realty.


Cover photo courtesy Port Aransas Realty

This article is a sponsored collaboration with Port Aransas Realty

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