The next Latitude Margaritaville, a Jimmy Buffett-inspired active adult community, may be coming to Texas

Kennith Bogan

There may possibly not be an ocean near Dallas or Austin. But that will not necessarily mean there are not able to be a Margaritaville.

Adhering to the prosperous start of their Latitude Margaritaville 55-and-up communities in 3 other destinations, learn developer Minto Communities United states of america and Margaritaville Holdings, singer Jimmy Buffett’s hospitality enterprise, are now scouting for a fourth site in Texas. 

Right after forming a partnership in 2017, the two firms have formulated Latitude Margaritavilles in Daytona Beach, Florida, and in close proximity to Hilton Head, South Carolina, and, most recently, around Panama Metropolis Seashore at Latitude Margaritaville Watersound where by they joined The St. Joe Corporation. Minto, the builder at Margaritaville, is a builder and supervisor of properties, rental attributes and professional room with a presence in Canada and the southern United States. 

“We had been actively looking at land [in Texas],” Minto Latitude Margaritaville Division President William Bullock advised Development Dive. “I’ve been there several instances more than the past pair of months. My whole crew was out in Dallas this week, as a make a difference of fact. So we’re in very hot pursuit.”

Making the Margaritaville life style

But what about the maritime ambiance? Even though the Margaritaville way of living, popularized by Buffett’s basic tune, is carefully linked with currently being in close proximity to the ocean, Bullock reported these lively adult communities will not need to have to be positioned near the drinking water to give the features, which include the food, new music and escapism, that is central to the manufacturer. 

In simple fact, this summer the 32-story, 234-home Margaritaville Vacation resort Moments Sq. opened in New York City. The residence features five dining places and bar choices, like the Margaritaville Cafe, LandShark Bar & Grill and 5 o’Clock Someplace Rooftop Bar. There is also a health and fitness center and Margaritaville brand retail keep.

A rendering of the Latitude Bar & Chill cafe at Latitude Margaritaville.

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At Latitude Margaritaville, the town middle serves as the epicenter of the relaxed living working experience.

“We sense quite self-assured that we can bring the brand name to people markets and not essentially have to have the seaside in your yard,” Bullock claimed. “When you go to just one of our city facilities, we have swimming pools, tunes in the afternoons at the bar and restaurant. We’ve obtained live shows at night in which all of the neighborhood arrives jointly. Nobody’s undertaking that in these Texas markets. The escapism will be thriving in individuals marketplaces with out the immediate relationship to the seashore.”

And Bullock thinks a great deal of Texans could possibly want to retire at a Margaritaville Latitude. “The Metroplex in Dallas has 15 million men and women,” he stated. “Houston has 10 million. There are plenty of people today who want to retire in these marketplaces.”

Sunshine Point out Development

When Texas holds a large amount of apparent charm for Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings, the firms, alongside with St. Joe, nonetheless have a lot of work to do at their project, Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast in close proximity to Panama Metropolis Beach front and the Freeway 30A corridor.

In April, the builders opened 13 design houses at Latitude Margaritaville Watersound. Appropriate now, 130 residences are underneath design and closings are predicted to start this thirty day period. They have sold 300 houses to date and are expecting 450 by way of the stop of the year.

At Latitude Margaritaville Watersound’s city centre, the place design just lately commenced, the features include an amphitheater, a full-dimensions live performance phase, a jumbo display screen for concerts and motion pictures, tennis, pickleball courts, a health and fitness center with an indoor pool and spa and the Barkaritaville Pet dog Park. It will also incorporate themed eating possibilities which include a two-tale Bar & Chill restaurant overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Variations in Perspective Bar and Overlook Bar. 

William Bullock

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“The panhandle is a prime desired destination for retirees and the beaches are unparalleled,” Bullock stated. “We’re near to the seashore right here. You’ve basically received the drinking water at the edge of the home and that creates scenic sights like you’ve at any time found.”

But these 450 residences are only the idea of the iceberg. Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings have 3,500 models entitled at Latitude Margaritaville Watersound. The improvement sits inside St. Joe’s mammoth Bay-Walton Sector Approach, encompassing approximately 110,500 acres and about 15 miles of frontage on the Intracoastal Waterway.

“The pure scale of the quantity of entitlements that are continue to in advance of us is as opposed to just about anything I have at any time seen,” Bullock said. “Even at The Villages [retirement community in Florida], I really don’t imagine they are conversing about 150,000 entitlements. So we’re going to be there for a long time. I assume we have variety of obtained Florida included.”

That stated, if he had the choice, Bullock would also just take the Latitude Margaritaville even more south. But that’s possibly not in the playing cards in the around long run. For a development to perform, Bullock wants about 1,500 to 1,700 acres for 3,000 to 3,500 units. Everything a lot less than that and it is really hard to make the figures pencil out.

“I would like to see a thing in South Florida,” Bullock claimed. “But it is really tough to discover land that will assistance what we need.”

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