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Old 11-04-2010, 05:18 AM
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My wife and I decided that we want to buy a house on the water. We live in Houston and the major factor is drive time...we want to be inside of 90 miles from home, or in other words an hour and a half.

Really the only area thats in our price range is Sargent Texas which is located between Freeport, TX and Matagorda, TX.

One of the houses we have found in actually on the ICW, so we're talking tug, barge, and shrimper traffic. It seems like on a busy day you might see 4 barges, and on some days you may see none or one. This property is about 10 houses down from the bridge which gets you from the intercoastal side to the beach side. This house in on the intercoastal side.

For those that own, have owned or know about property on the ICW, what are the concerns and things to think about that someone who's never owned this type of property may not think about...besides the obvious-insurance, bulk heading and permitting with COE, and general upkeep.

We are a small family of four (one child 4 and one 5 months) and are hoping for a weekend getaway that we would be happy with long term. I just cant afford to make a mistake.

Thanks in advance.
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We own a second home on a canal off the ICW on the west coast of Florida. We are at the end of the canal where it opens to a large lagoon so we have plenty of distance across the water from our neighbors.

Traveling out of the canal to the ICW the houses are seperated by about 40' feet of canal. This makes living in your backyard like being in a fishbowl. When house shopping this was the reason we did not purchase a home on a canal.

We have friends with homes on the ICW that we visit by boat often. The boat traffic is a bonus in my opinion. We get very little boat traffic down our canal. The ICW will provide you plenty of entertainment provided by the boat traffic.

A boat lift is a must. The docks take a beating from the wakes so make sure it is up to snuff. If you are going to have boat visitors, provide them with strong cleats to tie up to and some type of fender system to protect the rubrails. The wakes will throw your tied up boat around pretty good.

Our dog goes nuts when a boat enters the lagoon. She will also bark at all boat traffic on the ICW when we visit our freinds. If this is something that will bother you or your neighbors then it may be a something to consider if you own a dog. It is funny in the beginning but gets old very quick.

You mentioned bulkheads. These take a beating also so make sure it is in good shape. Pricey to replace. Many of the homes in our area have placed rip rap along their seawalls. Check your local regs on the legality of this.

We enjoy our house on the coast and it is just under a 2 hour ride from our home in Orlando. That is about the max we can sustain for a weekly ''commute'' to the beach. 90 miles should easily put you in this range.

Go for it. It has changed our lives for the better and it's like going on vacation every week.
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I'd also look at some places on Caney Creek. I personally love Live Oak Bend. If I could, I would buy a house there plus a lot across the road for a metal building to store my boat and toys.
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Originally Posted by SurfFishLife View Post
I'd also look at some places on Caney Creek. I personally love Live Oak Bend. If I could, I would buy a house there plus a lot across the road for a metal building to store my boat and toys.
I would love to be up the creek, further up than Caranachua but it starts to get quite a bit more pricey up that way...at least for stuff that would meet my requirements.

I have a few friends up in Oak Circle and Red Bend
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Yeah, Sargent's a good deal in my opinion. Don't tell too many people

A little off-subject, but a funny story: When I was about 18 to 20 years old, I was at a party at a friend's parents place on Caney. I was manning the grill and one of my buddies put some frog legs on the grill and asked if I'd cook them while he went off for a round of waterskiing. He told how he had been up most of the night frog-gigging and was looking forward to some grilled frog legs. Off he went...I had been drinking a good bit by this time...and the frog legs were done but my buddy wasn't back. I figured I would eat one...then another...then another. When he got back I had eaten all but one of his frog legs. He was a mite pissed.

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Originally Posted by SurfFishLife View Post
Yeah, Sargent's a good deal in my opinion. Don't tell too many people

A little off-subject, but a funny story: When I was about 18 to 20 years old, I was at a party at a friend's parents place on Caney. I was manning the grill and one of my buddies put some frog legs on the grill and asked if I'd cook them while he went off for a round of waterskiing. He told how he had been up most of the night frog-gigging and was looking forward to some grilled frog legs. Off he went...I had been drinking a good bit by this time...and the frog legs were done but my buddy wasn't back. I figured I would eat one...then another...then another. When he got back I had eaten all but one of his frog legs. He was a mite pissed.
Sure you weren't doing more than a bit of drink'n?
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