We arrived at the office a little early the other morning and couldn’t resist a quick stop off across the street at Pirates Beach. There’s a lot to be said for a coffee from MOD in one hand and a beachfront view of the Gulf complete with sand beneath your feet – all before the work day starts!
Now that we are well out of peak season, our Rental Team is busy with a slew of midseason projects: annual property maintenance, refreshing our Guest Books that go in each home, compiling pictures and info for our 2016 Vacation Planning Brochure, adopting and tweaking new rental software, and more! Really, we’ve been working on 2016 all year…compiling suggestions from guest surveys, tracking retail and entertainment developments on Galveston Island, adding new vacation homes to the rental pool, etc.
All of that is going on while our Reservationists continue to help you book vacation rentals for Columbus Day, the Lone Star Rally, Thanksgiving, Christmas…you name it!
There really isn’t an off-season in the world of vacation rentals and real estate! 😛
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!
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.
Did you know? We have our very own reality television star!!
Sand `N Sea REALTOR Cheryl Smith was featured on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters as she helped a Dallas couple search for the perfect family beach home. Here she is with the crew:
We had a great time trying to pinpoint exactly where they were on Galveston Island in each “beauty shot” and loved seeing some of our favorite local spots in the background.
Check out her full episode! How many local spots do you recognize?
We can’t get enough of this awesome project! There’s a huge expanse of brand new beach already open to the public, and work is continuing westward along Seawall Blvd. Here’s a progress picture from September 17:
We get to see the progress every morning on our way to the office, but if you aren’t lucky enough to be heading to a Sand `N Sea vacation home soon you can always watch the progress live on the SandCam!
Imagine this: You’ve just arrived somewhere in Texas with your friends and family for a weekend getaway. The sun is shining on your face, the wind is in your hair, and you’re relaxing on 725,00 new cubic yards of beach. You read that right- there’s a whole new beach in town. Where are you? Galveston Island, of course! The biggest beach reconstruction project in the history of the Island, the Seawall West Nourishment Project, is officially underway.
How far will 725,000 cubic yards (taken from the Galveston Ship Channel) really get you? Once moved, the sand will make for 20 brand new blocks of beach between 61st Street and 81st Street. That’s 20 new blocks of sun-bathing, sea swimming, frisbee throwing, and much more! Beach access in this area is currently limited, but it’s worth the wait! You can keep track of the progress by checking out Galveston.com’s Live SandCam.
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers began adding sand for the Beach Building project in August 2015 and completion is expected by late October 2015. Come enjoy the finished project this fall by planning your next Galveston getaway!