If you truly want to experience the Sparkling City by the Sea, one of the iconic places to take in its majesty is along Ocean Drive. Locals will go of their way to cruise down the seven-mile stretch, wrapping along the Corpus Christi Bay. The water is like glass in the morning and evening. The sunlight bounces of the bay and shimmers across the shoreline. The architecture of the homes along Ocean Drive adds to the natural beauty. There are so many unique and elegant homes encompassed by multiple parks and scenic views.
While there are a number of great neighborhoods and homes overlooking the Corpus Christi Bay from the other side of Harbor Bridge, there is one place in particular where the view is purely serene. There is a stretch of homes in Portland’s NorthShore neighborhood on Pebble Beach road with a view of the bay that seems to go on for eternity. The morning fog drifts across the sunlight, creating a mystic haze. Along with the view are a number of unique birds and wildlife who gather on the shore.
Betty and Tom Bomar lived in Portland for 25 years before moving over to Pebble Beach. They always wanted to live on the water. They were looking to move from their two-story home to a one-story home and found the perfect one that had been on the market for a while.
“Never did I dream that I would be living on the water. It’s been delightful. It’s very serene, very calming. We thoroughly enjoy it. We sit out in the morning and have coffee. It’s a lot of pleasure,” says Betty Bomar.
The seagull’s sunrise song sweeps you from your dreams and in to your kitchen for a fresh cup of coffee. Mornings on Padre Island are mystic – sometimes foggy and spellbound, sometimes bright and hopeful, but most often very still. The canals haven’t yet woken, and sit calm, like a glass floor. Resident herons who have made the canals of the Island their home perch perfectly still, waiting for that small fish to jump. Disrupting the water, the bird dives in for breakfast, and the Island is awake.
“We love everything about living on the water! We enjoy boating and the convenience of living on the water makes the quick sunset cruise as enjoyable as a long day trip,” says Angel Hanley.
The canals vary in sizes and location, therefore each provide its own unique view. Look out across the glittering water at your neighbor’s perfectly landscaped yard, or perhaps you have a serene view of the wetlands and large open water. Watch the boating world go by through the railings of your decking.
There is one thing that cannot be imitated, and that is the beach; the sand, the surf, the salt. Mustang Island is an 18-mile long stretch of barrier island that connects Padre Island at its southern end and Port Aransas at its northern end. This unspoiled land sits between the gulf and the bay, surrounding you completely by water. Swen Nguyen and her husband are self proclaimed “water people!”
“Wherever we've lived, we've always been near the water. He lives and breathes fishing. We have three boys who are avid water kids who fish, surf, boogie board, you name it,” says Nguyen.
What was once occupied by wild horses for hundreds of years, these sandy trails still feel pristine and untouched, where raw coastline living is at its finest. Long walks on the beach, seashell collecting, and crackling bonfires make living on the beach extra special.
“We have a lot of fun on the bay, but I always wanted to live on the beach. Our beachfront home is in a very small neighborhood with only 5 homes, so aside from the proximity to the gulf, the seclusion was appealing. I am a morning person, so I get to enjoy the incredible sunrise over the water and then set over the bay,” says Nguyen.
Key Allegro neighborhood sits on a triangular peninsula in Rockport separated from the mainland by Little Bay and looks out on Aransas Bay to the east. The area was originally developed in the early 60’s by Carl Kruger as a resort community, but today the area has evolved into a thriving neighborhood with many full-time and part-time residents. Shirley Kirmse and her husband have lived on Key Allegro for 33 years and raised their children there. After living in one home for 29 years, they recently bought a new home in the neighborhood on Little Bay.
“It’s a fabulous view. It’s fun to watch the wildlife activity and see the dolphins. It’s a great spot,” says Kirmse.
Both Kirmse and her husband sail and paddle board on the bay. She even placed 3rd in a local paddle boarding competition. Most homes sit on a canal with a dock and boat lift.
“Sailing is my husband’s first love. He loves to sail. So we have out sail boats behind out house,” says Kirmse.
Sitting 20 miles north of Corpus Christi and five miles east of the Port Aransas ferry, Pelican Cove is a beautiful canal-subdivision in Aransas Pass. The neighborhood looks out onto Steadman Reef and Redfish Bay. Its central location offers quick access to the Intercostal Waterway, Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, nearby islands, and he Gulf of Mexico via Port Aransas. Pelican Cove is unique in that it is protected by a sea wall gate that closes off the canals from high water storm surge during a hurricane. It was the perfect place for Keith Hargrove and his wife to retire after a long stint away from home.
“We both were born and raised in Texas, but business took us and our two young children out to Northern California for a “brief” 30-year adventure, always planning to retire back to Texas. In 2013 that finally happened and we settled in Pelican Cove after a ten-year search for the perfect location for us. We found it,” says Keith Hargrove.