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We had some great weather, clouds and sun over the past two weekends.  Such being the case, I took some new photos that really update  showcase how great this house looks against a beautiful blue Galveston sky.  Enjoy the slideshow and check out the updated shots in the gallery

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”The world has discovered the Gulf Coast,” said James Gaines, research economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. ”You want a second home on the East Coast at an affordable price, and you’re not going to find anything. Here (Galveston), it’s still available and affordable.”

That quote is from the following article that ran in the New York Times on March 18, 2008. 

That quote is even more true today.  Galveston remains amazing affordable.   And Beachtown is the première community on the island.  And the Beachtown Dream Home offers one of the best SQFT values in the community.

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Beachtown Dream Home passes the Galveston Framing Inspection

 

Over the last two weeks we achieved dried in status and completed the electrical and plumbing rough in.   That means the framing is completed, the roof is on, the windows and doors are installed, the exterior siding and trim are attached, the electrical wiring is done, and the plumbing pipe work is completed. We are also nearly done with the AC/heating ductwork. 

Such being the case, it is time for a number of mandatory and self-imposed/extra inspections.  

The first of which was the Galveston City Framing Inspection, which was passed on 4-9-10.  (see photo) 

We also hired an established private building inspector to review the dried in structure components and the rough in components of the electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems.  He found a number of very minor issues which are being addressed.  We are expecting his final clean bill of health any day. 

We are also working on getting our Texas Windstorm and Fortified for Safer Living certifications.  We believe we will be getting the final approvals for Windstorm any day.  The Fortified for Safer Living certification is a bit more involved (from a paper work perspective), so that could take longer. 

More to come.

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Beachtown Dream Home is officially listed on MSL and FSBO. See info below to visit these sites.

 

     

Houston Association of Realtors: MLS# 1635458
 
For Sale by Owner National Website:  ID# 22619177
 
http://www.TexasFSBO.com:  ID# 2296    

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Beachtown does a great job with their marketing.  You’ve probably noticed their ads in Coastal Living, the local Galveston publications and in some of the Continental Airline magazines.  Over the coming weeks, I’ll be posting some of their ads and articles to help highlight why Beachtown really is the new premier coastal community in the United States. 

Beachtown promotion highlighting real benefits of buying / building in this premier Gulf Coast community.

 

Key points: 

  • Beaches are expanding naturally more than three feet per year.
  • Designed by internationally recognized planner and architect Andres Duany.
  • Minutes away from Historic Galveston, the largest historic district in Texas.  Convenient to major airports and just minutes to the University of Texas Medical Branch.
  • First community in Galveston to be affiliated with Fortified…for safer living (R) program – so homes are rated to withstand 130-miles-per-hour winds with roofs securely fastened and sealed to resist wind and water and impact-resistant doors and windows and first floor supports at least two feet above FEMA’s base flood elevation. 
  • Galveston hs been listed in the CNNMoney.com “Best Places to Retire.”

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Amazingly enough...this picture of the Coastal Living Idea House 2008 was taken just a couple of weeks after the eye of IKE crossed over Beachtown Galveston. Like all homes in this community, this home, built to meet the Fortified(R) building requirements, withstood IKE's toughest punch.

 

There are many things in life we can control.  The landfall location of a major Hurricane isn’t one of them. The best defense one can take is to take preventive measures from the ground up.          

Developed by the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), the Fortified® program is a national, inspection-based initiative designed to increase homes’ resistance to natural hazards such as wind, fire and floods. Beachtown is the first entire community on Galveston Island affiliated with the Fortified® program.           

Fortified is the gold standard in disaster resistant construction.  Case in point, insurance companies in Florida and South Carolina already recognize the value and merit of this program and  give discounts on their homeowner premiums for building these stronger homes. Beachtown is partnering with IBHS to lobby Texas Insurance companies to start recognizing this program and to offer discounts as well for homes that meet the Fortified ® requirements.          

The Fortified program raises the home’s overall safety above the minimum requirements in state/local building codes. This is done by paying extra attention to areas especially vulnerable to disasters, including door and window openings, roof construction and attachment, foundation and even landscaping.          

Like all homes in Beachtown Galveston, this Beachtown Dream Home will not just meet, but in many cases exceed the Fortified program requirements.          

Here’s How:          

  • The first living floor is raised more than two feet above the base flood requirements and break-away walls on the ground floor. That means discounts by FEMA on Flood Insurance.
  • The entire structure is strengthened by taking measures that include exceeding IBHS’s wind speed requirements using concrete foundation and columns, steel window and door portals, and installing the strongest windows and doors available.
  • This home has been inspected by an IBHS appointed structural engineer (David Franklin) throughout the various phases of construction to make sure the Fortified requirements are met and the home construction adheres to the engineer’s plan.

The Fortified program ensures a much greater chance of your home’s survival in the event of a Hurricane and provides you with peace of mind.            

Read more about how homes certified under the Fortified ® program in Beachtown and on the Bolivar Peninsula withstood IKE’s strongest Punch.          

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The Beachtown Dream Home features an incredibly open floor plan with the Kitchen being the central hub.

 

One of our absolute favorite features of this home is the incredibly open floor plan on the first living floor.  Even though constrained by a narrow lot (just 40ft wide), we have successfully created a space where family members and friends can easily and comfortably gather and interact.  The first floor is literally one open room from front porch to back porch.  

Rather than the kitchen just being a working zone, it is really the hub of the entire first floor.  With our design, the kitchen offers a more modern relationship with the other surrounding spaces, including the built-in breakfast nook, the living room and back family room.        

After all, isn’t the kitchen were everyone ends up congregating anyhow?   

The first floor features a wide open floor plan that is perfect for families and entertaining.

   

The kitchen in this home will feature a sizeable island with plenty of stool seating, high-end cabinetry, professional stainless steel appliances, both a cleaning and prep sink, attractive lighting fixtures and plumbing hardware, and high-end countertops.        

Note: Our design inspiration for the kitchen (cabinets, countertops, tiles, etc.) came right from the movies.  I’ll write more about this later.

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