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It’s at­tract­ing fam­i­lies from rel­a­tively over-de­vel­oped ar­eas like Florida, South Carolina and south­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Lamkin’s vi­sion was to cre­ate a sea­side neigh­bour­hood like those his fam­ily had en­joyed in Florida when he was younger.

“The Gulf Coast of Texas is sim­i­lar to how Florida was 20 years ago when a fam­ily could eas­ily find an af­ford­able beach­front prop­erty,” says Lamkin.

“We looked at prop­er­ties in South Carolina that were on a par with Cin­na­mon Shore, but 13 times the price. It re­ally is amaz­ing that a place like this still ex­ists and hardly any­one knows about it.” Lots are priced from $130,000 to $700,000 US, con­dos start in the low $200,000s and de­tached homes (1,500 to 5,500 square feet) are priced from the low $400,000s to more than $2 mil­lion.

Cin­na­mon Shore uses a Gulf Coast Ver­nac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign that fea­ture ex­te­ri­ors with clean lines, along with a light, airy colour palette and front porches, says Lamkin.

Among the fea­tures and ameni­ties of Cin­na­mon Shore — the com­mu­nity was given its name by Lamkin’s wife, Tanya — are:

Di­rect ac­cess to Mus­tang Is­land beaches via two golf car­tac­ces­si­ble dune crossovers.

Hous­ing that ranges from large cus­tom homes to live/ work con­dos and smaller cot­tages.

Pedes­trian-friendly, in­ter­con­nect­ing streets with paver stone side­walks.

A town cen­tre with shops, restau­rants, of­fice space, ar­ti­sans’ vil­lage, and large green space.

Parks and recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties, a tot lot, play­ground, fish­ing ponds, swim­ming pools, a dune pre­serve and fit­ness cen­tre.

Golf at New­port Dunes de­signed by Arnold Palmer.

“There are no cookie-cut­ter lay­outs to the homes,” says Lamkin. “It’s durable, up­per East Coast ar­chi­tec­ture meets an all-sea­son warm cli­mate with Texas-style charm.”

Cin­na­mon Shore is also a re­sponse to the chang­ing at­ti­tude of con­sumers over the past 10 years — one that is steer­ing away from the more hec­tic ar­eas of Florida and Cal­i­for­nia to some­thing that pro­vides a qui­eter lifestyle, as well as a chance to en­joy the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings that are be­ing pre­served as part of the new ur­ban­ism de­sign.

“What’s hap­pen­ing at Cin­na­mon Shore is re­ally re­mark­able,” says Lee Ann Peters, di­rec­tor of sales for the devel­op­ment.

“We are go­ing through one of the worst real es­tate mar­kets since the Great De­pres­sion and sales are still ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions. It shows peo­ple rec­og­nize this as one of the last op­por­tu­ni­ties to get a piece of un­touched coastal prop­erty with a lifestyle fam­i­lies are look­ing for.”

Slap­ping on his own sales hat, Lamkin de­scribes what he was aim­ing at with the project.

“We wanted a com­mu­nity that will pro­vide gen­er­a­tions to come with a true sense of place and be­long­ing, and the high­est pos­si­ble qual­ity of life. while also pre­serv­ing the in­tegrity of the land­scape,” he says.

An artist’s ren­der­ing of the town cen­tre at Cin­na­mon Shore, which will in­clude a cen­tral park.

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