Coastal Bend Communities That Need To Be On Your Radar
As one of the most populated cities located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, the Coastal Bend area is always growing and ever-evolving. When this type of growth is present, residents can count on welcoming in better restaurants, bigger shopping options, and (of course) more neighborhoods. Whether you’re new to the area or simply looking to relocate from within the city, you’ll want to keep these neighborhoods on your radar!
Located on the western bank of Oso Bay and south of South Padre Island Dr, Southside offers a ton of shopping and leisure options. Right off the highway is Moore Plaza, and Funtrackers Family Fun Center offers go-karts, mini golf, and arcade games. To the south, the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center offer you the chance to talk with a parrot, head to a butterfly sanctuary, or walk in a garden. Southside offers a wide variety of housing styles, so there will be a home for just about everyone. The housing market here has stayed pretty stable over the past couple years, and you are likely to find an average home on the market for around $180,000. But again, there are some more elaborate homes in the neighborhood that could be more expensive.
Kings Crossing is a subdivision south of the Southside neighborhood and has been growing ever since its development in 1985. Recently, it has become one of the most sought-after Corpus Christi neighborhoods due to its peaceful location (Oso Creek lays to the southern border!). The tree-lined streets feature gorgeous homes that present a mix of luxury and comfort. Also in the neighborhood is Saint Denis City Park, a great spot for a picnic or a pickup game of soccer or frisbee. The South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is also nearby, so you can hang out with the butterflies and parrots. There are several different types of home styles on the market in this neighborhood, and homes have been listing at around $309,000.
Sitting on North Padre Island is the key style neighborhood of Barataria Bay. This neighborhood should be on your radar if you’re looking for a house on the water. Beach bums can find rest in their own home only a walk away from Whitecap Beach, and the kids can spend the whole summer splashing around at Schlitterbahn, which is right next to the neighborhood. This is a great neighborhood for families who still have children in school because they are zoned for the the highly acclaimed Flour Bluff School District. Homes that have been popping up in Barataria Bay are built similarly to reflect a common theme along the streets and have been listing at around $228,000.
If you are looking for a neighborhood that is quaint and comfortable, you’ll find solace in Pope Place! This neighborhood is located next to several schools (Wilson Elementary, Hamlin Middle, and Annapolis Christian Academy) and a fair amount of parks (Pope Park, South Pope Park, and Lamar Park) and is flanked by grocery stores like HEB, Walmart, and Natural Grocers. There are also two shopping centers located at the corners of Pope Place, Lamar Park, and Carmel Village, as well as a plethora of restaurants. This is the ideal neighborhood for families who want to spend a lot of time in their own neighborhood and get to know their neighbors to form a community eventually. Most homes in Pope Place are on the market for around $210,000.
If we had to label any neighborhood on this list as the most “unique and interesting” of all the neighborhoods, Point Tesoro takes the cake. This water-oriented, master planned community hugs the perimeter of Barataria Bay on North Padre Island. Currently, there are only a handful of homes in Point Tesoro available on the market due to its high demand of residency. Cross that causeway each day and feel like you are going home to a restful water-focused home. Our favorite thing about Point Tesoro is Douden Park, a community garden that started in 2011 and offers residents a 10×15 foot plot to grow whatever they like. Homes at Point Tesoro are on the market for around $350,000.
Portland is a fantastic area of the Coastal Bend just north of the Nueces Bend Causeway from Corpus Christi. Portland is a great town for anyone seeking a small community to grow with over the years. It is a popular area for fishing, swimming, kite surfing, and loads of other beach activities. It is also one of the safest cities on the coast, making it a great neighborhood for families with small children. Check out what locals call “The Dunes” – some small dunes in the area that serves as a natural playground for children. Also, if you want to live near the golf course, the North Shore Country Club is all in the neighborhood. Homes in Portland range in style and price, but for a modest home, you can expect around $175,000.
Calallen is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of Corpus Christi. This community is a great place for new families or first time home buyers because of the price range and the schools in the area. The Calallen High School Band is a well-known program, and a lot of teens aspire to join during their high school years. Grocery stores like WalMart and HEB are in the neighborhood, as well as the Five Points Shopping Center for most of your daily needs. Calallen is the farthest inland from most other Corpus Christi neighborhoods, which allows for a bit of peace and quiet. Homes in Calallen are very nice, and most are built very recently. You can expect homes on the market for around $182,000.