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.