Another Galveston Star on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation

We have another HGTV star in the making!!

Watch Sand `N Sea REALTOR®  Barbara Zimmerman find the perfect Island property for her clients on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation.  Here’s a behind-the-scenes sneak peek:

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Synopsis:  Mike, Mariellen and their two sons have vacationed in Galveston, Texas, for years, and now they’re ready to buy a beach home of their own. Barbara Zimmerman is here to help them find a house with a boat lift for fisherman Mike and convenient beach access for Mariellen. Mike is a contractor, so he and Mariellen are prepared to take on any renovations their house may need, including an updated kitchen, a guest suite and an outdoor shower. But as things get underway, they quickly realize that this project may be bigger than expected.

Tune in July 9th at 8 :00 p.m. CST or July 10th at 11 :00 p.m. CST to watch Barbara’s episode!

Galveston on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt

Sand `N Sea has an HGTV star in the making!

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Watch Sand `N Sea REALTOR®, Barbara Zimmerman find the perfect Island property for her clients, Celeste and Dustin, on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt.

HGTV was on location filming in Galveston in April and May.  Barbara’s clients live in Beaumont and both work in other cities.  They wanted an island home where they could “meet halfway” and “honeymoon” together as often as possible.   They fell in love with Galveston’s West End charm and Barbara helped them find the perfect island getaway.

Tune in January 10th at 7:00 p.m. CST or January 11th at 2:00 a.m. CST to watch Barbara’s episode!

Galveston Favorites – Wendy

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Another SNS staff highlight this week!  Wendy has been an awesome member of our rental team for a decade now – where does the time go?!

What is your title and what do you do at SNS?  How long have you worked with Sand `N Sea?
I am the Maintenance Manager – so I coordinate regular maintenance visits to each of our vacation homes as well as making sure we get someone out quickly to address any issues that come up during guest stays.  I enjoy working with all of our local vendors.  I have worked with Sand `N Sea for 10 years.

How long have you lived on the Island?
11 years.

What is your favorite restaurant/dish on the Island?
Yamato’s Japanese Restaurant

What is your favorite attraction/thing to do on the Island? Why?
I really enjoy going to Moody Gardens with my family.  I like the Aquarium the best.

What do you think Galveston’s best-kept secret is?
Board Game Island – it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours in Downtown Galveston!

Thanks Wendy!  We look forward to another decade – or more!! 😀

Galveston Favorites – Raven

It’s time for another Sand `N Sea staff highlight! Meet Raven!

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What is your title and what do you do at SNS?  How long have you worked with Sand `N Sea
I am a Rental Reservationist. I help assist customers with information on rentals, booking vacations, and everything else in-between. October 13, 2015 marked my 1-year anniversary!

How long have you lived on the island?
I have officially lived here for 1 year and 7 months.

What is your favorite restaurant/dish on the Island?
I cook a lot at home, but I do like Mario’s Pizza.  They have a Margherita Pizza that is very tasty!

What is your favorite attraction/thing to do on the Island? Why?
I love taking my dogs to the beach with my husband, where we look for shells and sand dollars.

Where do you always take your out-of-town visitors? Why?
I like to take them to The Strand to walk around all of the shops! There is just so much to do you cannot get bored.

What local event do you like the best?
I am a big movie fan, and Movie Nite on the Strand is pretty awesome!

Thanks, Raven!  Stay tuned for another Sand `N Sea staff highlight soon!

Galveston Favorites – Jessica

We are excited to start our series of entries highlighting our Sand `N Sea staff and their Galveston Island favorites!

Meet Jessica!

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What is your title and what do you do at SNS?  How long have you worked with Sand `N Sea?
I am the Guest Relations Coordinator and have worked with Sand `N Sea since July of 2009.  I get to do a little of bit of everything! I manage our guest rewards program (Guest Advantage), handle our social media and online presence, work with the Marketing Team on rental and real estate pieces, back up our Reservationists, head up special projects, and more!

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What is your favorite restaurant/dish on the Island?
I love getting dinner at the new Shrimp N Stuff location in Downtown Galveston.  The patio seating is this really nice little oasis.

What is your favorite attraction/thing to do on the Island? Why?

The Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid.  I love that the longer you watch each exhibit the more you see – and my husband and daughter could spend hours there.  I can’t wait to see it after the renovation is done!

Where do you always take your out-of-town visitors? Why?
We always do the Moody Gardens complex.  And the beach (of course!).  I also really enjoy wandering The Strand and always have to check out what’s new at The Admiralty.

What local event do you like the best?
It’s hard to choose!  I really enjoy ArtWalk and the Music/Movie Nites on the Strand.  As free and family-friendly events they’re my go-to for weekend entertainment. 

We hope that some of our staff favorites help you find some new things to do on your Galveston Island vacation!  Keep an eye out for more features of our team!

Loving Galveston Since 1974

It seems like just yesterday we were opening our doors as a West End developer and home building business!  ::cues up nostalgic music soundtrack:: More than 40 years later, here we are – a solid leader in Galveston real estate sales and a vacation rental company with the largest inventory of professionally managed vacation homes on the Island!

We are proud to be a family-run business with a talented staff of long-term employees with fresh ideas.  As a team, we’ve moved from the days of a giant paper calendar and pencils to customized rental software and online reservation access for our guests and homeowners.  From paper pamphlets to a fully loaded website, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and now, a blog!

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We ♥ hearing the history behind our guest’s visits to the Island and seeing many of the same faces each summer at our vacation homes. We are looking forward to sharing stories about our company and our team members with you in the coming months and years!

Galveston is a great beach community with awesome local restaurants, shops, and hidden gems; and we can’t wait to highlight some of our favorite island spots as well as those of our homeowners, vendors, and guests.