A Margaritaville-themed retirement community is coming to Houston

Cue the classic rock music and drinks with umbrellas – another iteration of Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is coming to Houston, this time with active adult communities promising to bring a slice of heaven to the Lone Star State.

Florida-based real estate developer Minto Communities USA has announced plans to introduce its Latitude Margaritaville brand in Texas to proposed communities aimed at adults 55 and older.

Minto is eyeing Houston, Austin and Dallas for tropical-themed communities inspired by Jimmy Buffet’s famous song.

The company hasn’t selected the end sites where it wants to build in Texas, but Minto’s William Bullock said its buyers generally like to be “further away” from downtown.

“Our inclusion in Texas is a strong, long-term commitment,” Bullock told the Houston Business Journal.

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He added that the Houston site would likely be between 1,000 and 1,500 acres and capable of installing about 3,000 homes.

Scott Rogers, Minto’s new vice president of acquisition and development in Texas, added that locations “are carefully reviewed and must meet specific criteria to be selected for a community, including sufficient land; a temperate climate; proximity to an airport; convenient retail and service businesses, as well as nearby doctors’ offices and hospitals. »

“Another very important factor is the convenient access to exceptional leisure activities in the surrounding area. Dallas, Austin and Houston definitely meet those criteria,” Rogers added in a statement.

Based in Dallas, Rogers leads efforts to establish Minto communities in new markets.

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“Latitude Margaritaville has redefined the way pre-active and active retirement living is viewed forever with a combination of world-class amenities and island-inspired villas, single-family homes, and country homes,” said said Rogers.

Typically, island-inspired communities aimed at residents who “age but not” include a host of amenities such as a resort-style pool, fitness center, live entertainment, concept typical Margaritaville food and beverage offerings as well as educational, arts and group activities. .

Contacted by email, Bullock said the homes are expected to cost between $200,000 and $400,000.

However, a Minto spokesperson said it was too early to tell when the community might innovate in Houston.

To buy homes in the communities, one of the buyers must be over 55, although not all household members have to be elderly.

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The Texas communities would add three Latitude Margaritaville locations in Daytona Beach, Florida; Panama City Beach, Florida; and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Of course, Houston is no stranger to the tropical vibes of the Margaritaville brand. In June 2020, Songy Highroads (SHR) and The Wampold Companies opened a Margaritaville-themed resort in Lake Conroe north of Houston, featuring a 20-story luxury hotel with 303 rooms and 32 waterfront cottages. lake.

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