PORT ARANSAS, Texas - The Port Aransas South Jetty featured a great story on the new Southern Living Idea House at Cinnamon Shore. The doors opened on Saturday, June 6th. Mary Judson (Editor and Co-Publisher) reports that 282 people toured the home in the first two days.
I visited the home last week and it is a masterpiece. Port A visitors will clearly want to add this to their "to-do list" this Summer Season.
The (06-04-09) South Jetty Article appears below with permission:
The Idea House sponsored by Southern Living magazine opens Saturday, June 6, in the Cinnamon Shore residential development. It is one of two Idea Houses built for the magazine this year. The other is in Georgia.
Admission for tours is $5 per person, $2 of which will go to the Port Aransas Education Foundation. Volunteers for the organization, which raises private money to fund programs, activities and equipment for Port Aransas Independent School District teachers and students, will lead the tours through Sept. 27.
The house will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Built by Keystone Company of Port Aransas, the home is the subject of a short feature in the June edition of Southern Living. A 30-page feature on both the Port Aransas and the Georgia Idea Houses will appear in the magazine’s August issue when an online feature will also be posted on the magazine’s Web site.
Estimates by the magazine are that some 12 million people will see the house either in the magazine, in person or online.
Derick Belden, executive editor of Southern Living Homes and Gardens, said among reasons Cinnamon Shore was chosen for the Idea House was because its editors recognize and appreciate the uniqueness and beauty of Port Aransas, the beach and the Cinnamon Shore project.
Cinnamon Shore, near the southern city limits of Port Aransas off State Hwy. 361, is a master-planned New Urbanism development. Jeff Lamkin, CEO of Sea Oats Group, is the developer.
New Urbanism refers to neighborhoods designed to reduce traffic and sprawl, with residential, business and recreational points within walking distance.
A 64-acre mixed-use community, Cinnamon Shore, upon completion, will include about 300 homes and condominiums, a town center with shops, restaurants, hotel and office space, parks and recreational amenities, and pedestrian friendly streets that interconnect the entire community.
About the house
• Views of the Gulf of Mexico from all floors - located 300 feet from the beach
• Accommodates several families, sleeping up to 16 people
• 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths plus loft. Approximately 3,700 sq ft.
• Wood walls, ceilings and floors
• 2 master suites; all bedrooms with a private bath
• 3rd story loft area with built-in bunks open to a game room
• Multi-story ceiling in the family room open to kitchen for family living
• Multiple porches with Gulf views
• 2 outdoor fireplaces in the courtyard and on screened porch
• Separate canoe house with guest quarters above
• Viking appliances throughout