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It took over 40 homes, but then Chad Peterek found “the one.”
But it began long before that. It all started on Padre Island, 18 years ago, when Peterek started his business to this area, Captain Chad Peterek Guide Services. He was staying in various places...renting condos, houses and stayed at The Passport Inn for the first 10 years. He then made a move to Flour Bluff for the past 8 years. “I knew all along I wanted to buy a house on the island and live on the island for the remainder of my life as a resident and full-time fishing and duck hunting guide,” Peterek admits. Deciding to permanently bring his services to Corpus Christi, Peterek needed the perfect waterfront home to house not only his boat(s), but also his headed wall decor.
The home search began online, and then evolved into touring open houses. And lots of them! Peterek spent months window shopping on Sundays around Padre Island to get a feel for exactly where he wanted to be and what type of home it was that he was looking for. In mid-September, Peterek got serious. So on a Sunday like the rest, he was touring a home and clicked with an agent who would stop at nothing to find the perfect space. Over the next 2 days, they saw 21 homes.
Where does Eddie go?
The top two check-list items were clearly defined: location and wall space. Wall space? Wall space. Peterek is an avid bow hunter, and his guide services go beyond fishing and extend into hunting as all. Therefore, over the years, he has quite the collection of stunning and regal animal wall mounts. “Where does Eddie go?” This was the certainly the most important question while touring each home. Eddie is Peterek’s most prized Elk. Eddie the Elk was harvested by Peterek on a private ranch in North East Ohio by bow and arrow, weighing in at approximately 800 pounds and scoring 383 inches of horn. If there were no wall large or tall enough to mount Eddie, the home was no longer a contender in the running. Other creatures to grace the walls and home include white tail, fallow, ducks, fish, bobcat, and even a badger.
The home’s location was as important as Eddie’s location. Given his career, quick access to the intracoastal and open water were simply a must. A big deck with lots of room for boats and slips was essential. “I am sponsored by Haynie Boats and Mercury Outboards and currently own a Haynie 24' HO and a 23' Cat. Chris's Marine in Aransas Pass is the dealer I use to purchase all fishing boats,” says Peterek. He also has a 20' Diamondback Airboat for duck hunting.
Home is where the Man Cave is
Many of the homes on Padre Island have that breezy, open, airy, islandy touch, architecture, and colors. But Peterek is a little bit country. His style of home is more rustic, more warm. The adobe Spanish notes evoked an immediate familiarity and comfort. The piney wood with lots of dark knots is the same color as much of his own furniture. The majority of the pieces he purchased upon closing were through The Homestead in Victoria Texas. Grand, yet a little more georgic, this home finally hit the sweet spot.
Then there’s the check-list item he didn’t even know he wanted! The man cave. Surround sound, dry bar, wine fridge, office space, room to hang his framed antique fishing lures, more deer, and big screen TV, make this Peterek’s most favorite retreat. Here he watches football, entertains, works, and simply relaxes.
Staying for Reel
Peterek’s son and daughter, Zach and Cortlyn, just love the deck and being on the water. They definitely take after their dad and spend time with their own fishing poles out there, gracefully casting the line into the deep water beneath. At night, they’ll even fish the green light he installed immediately upon purchasing the home. Peterek loves how calm the Island lifestyle is, even admitting that “I finally understand why no one wants to cross the bridge!”
The future is far from fishy for Captain Chad.