MAYOR NELDA MARTINEZ: STATE OF THE CITY

“Bold and Balanced Growth” is how Mayor Martinez described our Emerald City by the Bay, Corpus Christi – and she isn’t kidding. On the afternoon of February 6, 2014, at the American Bank Center, she touched on two major statistics that will hopefully make a big impact in the Real Estate realm this coming year.

Corpus Christi is one of the fastest growing metro economies in the United States coming in at No. 10 with a 3.8% increase in 2013 and a projected 3.1% increase for 2014. This is also due to a 4.3% rise in jobs. More people coming to Corpus = more buyers in the real estate market! Finally, the scale is tipping.

Mayor Martinez also pointed out that since 2010, there has been a housing rise of 19%. There has been a sizeable increase in new construction in Corpus, creating roughly 3,800 new jobs in 2013. Why would there be this kind of boom in new construction you ask? Because we want to be prepared for the economic growth that is expected. From 2012 to 2013, there was a 32% increase in new residential permits alone.

With that though, there has been a shortage of affordable housing. The city is attempting to change this by building some low-income housing, such as The Palms at Leopard, to accommodate 120 apartments, which broke ground Nov. 14, 2013, on Leopard Street. The goal is to offer a healthy mix of housing options throughout Corpus Christi, and to continue with neighborhood cleanups.

As for the Island, Schlitterbahn is projected to bring mass amounts of people to the park, increasing the growth and relevance of the island. Property values are expected to increase due to this exposure, and there will certainly be many more people looking to buy and rent around the island.

Onward and upward, Corpus Christi!

Parents Push Through Day 1 of Back to School Schedules

Many schedules changed Monday for students heading back to school as summer comes to an end. Now, parents are left with the chore of planning around the new agendas. Some parents in the coastal bend told us what items were topping their back to school “To-do” lists and how the school year affects their routines.

“Running late, having to make them breakfast every morning,” a mother of two said.

Adam Young, a father of 5 agreed, saying a hot meal is a good way to send off the students.

“Eggs, oatmeal the whole thing, we just make sure that they have a good hot breakfast usually, you know something not too high in sugar,” Young said.

Young says adjusting schedules is just one thing on the back to school list that most parents, he works out, with at Flex Fit 24/7 can agree on.

“I schedule around picking my kids up and dropping them off at school,” Bert Ramos said.

Marlene Pineda followed that with her early bird wake up call now that she is a mother of three, including twins.

“I’m up at 6 o’clock in the morning, just really getting them out the door and the twins along with the ride,” Pineda said.

Rides to school are accompanied with heavy traffic around campus, causing another hiccup in the morning commute that parents try to combat.

“I dropped my daughter off who just started preschool and it was chaotic, it was crazy,” Annalaura Perez, mother of two, said.

“The school zones, the traffic, the school traffic it’s horrible,” another mom said.

Young says, “If you get up early enough and get them there soon enough not too bad, that the trick.”

For some parents though, the real trick is getting the kids out of bed before they can get the wheels in motion.

“My son doesn’t like getting up in the morning,” one mom added.

Overall, parents are happy to be in the early stage of their post-summer agendas.

“I think it gives me a little bit more free time to kind of get to work, do more things, maybe get to work out,” Pineda said.

“Be able to run errands without having to pull two kids in and out of the car,” another parent added.

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New Aquarius Road Extension Opening!

AQUARIUS ROAD DEDICATION THIS SATURDAY…COME CHECK IT OUT!!

The Aquarius Road extension will be dedicated and opened for traffic this Saturday, May 12Th @ 10AM.

The ribbon cutting and dedication will be at the New Intersection of Aquarius Road and Commodore. Come out to support our Island and City Leaders that got the job done for Padre Island. As many bicycle riders, street golf carts and walking residents are welcome  from the surrounding neighborhoods is being requested rather than by automobile so we can avoid a traffic Jam.  We are excited to see all the hard work moving forward for Padre Island! ~Island Political Action Committee

 

North Padre Island School Choices

Local School Options for Padre Island Residents

If you’re considering relocating to North Padre Island, one of the biggest considerations is the quality of life and community. Nothing adds to that community like our schools and of course North Padre Island Real Estate is blessed with choices not found in other Coastal Areas.

north padre island schools seashore learning centerSeashore Learning Center / Seashore Middle Academy
The jewel in the crown of North Padre Island’s education option are the Exemplary Charter Schools operated by the Island Foundation. Started by a group of parents in 1995 after a failed bond election, Seashore Learning Center was a “First Generation” Charter School, and remains the only school in the state to have maintained Recognized or Exemplary Ratings every year since it opened. Charter schools are public schools, tuition free and open enrollment. They adhere to the same standards as other public school, but have the added layer of accountability and requirements set forth by their charter – meaning the hopes, wishes and needs of the parents! Charter schools are free to innovate, and you’ll find no shortage of that around campus. Combined classrooms, family style lunches teaching manners and etiquette and unique teaching styles are all part of the “Seashore Way”.

With the great success of Seashore Learning Center, the Board of Directors of the Island Foundation in 2005 saw a way to expand and create a Middle Academy – college prep, with a strong math and science curriculum.  Partnering with the community to secure land donations, and after privately raising the start up capital, the Academy opened to rave reviews and happy students.

In addition to K-8 Education, the Island Foundation also offers Pre-K school and childcare. Visit their website at www.islandfoundation.com.

READ THE PARENT REVIEWS OF SEASHORE LEARNING CENTER

78418 Schools Flour Bluff Schools
Just over the bridge from the Island is one of the largest and most respected School Districts in the Coastal Bend. The Mighty Hornets are the home to some of the finest athletes, scholars, musicians and actors and some have gone on to National success!

Six campuses and athletic facilities are located on a single 170 acre site which supports 5,600 students in prekindergarten through 12th grades. The district is extremely competitive in academic and athletic programs and has participated in the district, regional, or state competitions for many years. A list of the 2007-2008 district accomplishments is listed on the website. The University Preparatory High School Program was launched in 2006 as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a program for high school freshman to complete two years of college credit upon completion of their high school diploma.

The Board of Trustees was selected by the Texas Association of School Administrators as the Outstanding School Board of the Year 2000, and is the only school board in Region 2 who are continually commended by State Board of Education for completing Level II and III Complete Board-Superintendent Leadership Team training.

The district and the City of Corpus Christi have developed a partnership in 2000 with the opening of the Janet F. Harte Public Library located on school property which serves as both the high school library and the city public library.

READ THE PARENT REVIEWS OF FLOUR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL

Private School Options
Rounding out the school choices for Padre Islanders are the many fine Private and Parochial Schools that Corpus Christi has to offer. College-prep Annapolis Christian Academy offers Pre-K through 12th grade education, with a Classical Christian emphasis. 100% of graduating Seniors have been accepted to prestigious schools like Texas A&M, Baylor, Trinity University, MIT and others. (Read the Parent Reviews of Annapolis Christian Academy)

Incarnate Word Academy is a respected and renowned Catholic K-12th grade school with emphasis on academics and the newest High School, John Paul II, has already distinguished itself as an athletic powerhouse in South Texas.

Relocation to any new place can be unnerving, but Moms and Dads on Upper Padre Island can relax, knowing that their education choices are varied and exemplary. If you have any other questions, be sure and ask one of your Coastline Properties Associates.