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Old 01-03-2011, 03:55 PM
 
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So we visited Galveston last Thursday and we LOVED it. There are not a whole lot of traffic there (while we there). I have heard summer traffic is bad). It just felt relaxing to troll around, looking at beautiful architectures, quainted charm, small town feel and relaxing scenary.
The beach is definitely muddy but not that bad. It's cold to swim there but I can totally imagine us walking along the beach or some swiming in the summer there.
LOL, I had a picture in my mind that the seaw all will be a very high, several meter high from the street level. There might be even paintings on it grafitti artists. I laughed at myself when we actually drove around the sea wall.
I can totally picture us going to Galveston regularly to breath and run away from all the traffic. From my office window looking out to Bay Area Blvd and Space Center, there are way too many cars on the street at any point of time from what I used to.
The moody garden and near by water park is not very attractive to me (compare to the admission charge). Compare to what you get at Disney for their admission charge, I think Moddy Garden and water park 's admission charge is very hefty.
There were something on the beach that I couldn't figure out what it is.
It's like a transparent, blue bag of plastic, about the size of the hand. It looks like a small, somewhat deflated baloon. There were many, many of them on the beach. Anyone know what it is?

I'm wondering if would be worth it to buy a vacation home and rent out the rest of the time. Have anyone done that? Is it easy to find renters? Even a small cashflow would do.

MNCold.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:59 PM
 
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So we visited Galveston last Thursday and we LOVED it. There are not a whole lot of traffic there (while we there). I have heard summer traffic is bad). It just felt relaxing to troll around, looking at beautiful architectures, quainted charm, small town feel and relaxing scenary.
The beach is definitely muddy but not that bad. It's cold to swim there but I can totally imagine us walking along the beach or some swiming in the summer there.
LOL, I had a picture in my mind that the seaw all will be a very high, several meter high from the street level. There might be even paintings on it grafitti artists. I laughed at myself when we actually drove around the sea wall.
I can totally picture us going to Galveston regularly to breath and run away from all the traffic. From my office window looking out to Bay Area Blvd and Space Center, there are way too many cars on the street at any point of time from what I used to.
The moody garden and near by water park is not very attractive to me (compare to the admission charge). Compare to what you get at Disney for their admission charge, I think Moddy Garden and water park 's admission charge is very hefty.
There were something on the beach that I couldn't figure out what it is.
It's like a transparent, blue bag of plastic, about the size of the hand. It looks like a small, somewhat deflated baloon. There were many, many of them on the beach. Anyone know what it is?

I'm wondering if would be worth it to buy a vacation home and rent out the rest of the time. Have anyone done that? Is it easy to find renters? Even a small cashflow would do.

MNCold.

Did you go to the Strand district? That's my favorite part of Galveston Traffic is bad on holidays or special events.
The balloons were probably stranded jellyfish. Not sure if it is the one called "man o war" but nontheless they sting. Do not pick up with hands.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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We rented a beach house in Galveston for a week this past July. Loved our time there so much we're moving to Houston from Amarillo this coming May.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:48 PM
 
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It's called a jelly fish, lol. And it's not a man of war. And go to the Strand but watch out for the curbs. They'll take a leg off if you're not careful.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I love Galveston too, and I think its great that they have revitalization projects that will give Houston a larger role in coastal lifestyle than in the past.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:59 PM
 
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The blue plastic bags on the bach were Cabbage head jelly fish.

Galveston is nice, I go there quite a bit. I live on Galveston bay near Kemah. www.kemahboardwalk.com is a nice place to visit also.

Only thing bad about Galveston is the salty spray that is always blowing around.

Mick
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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We saw one of the lion's mane jellyfish in Florida one year - those are really bizarre looking things.

Good thing you didn't touch the cabbage head jellies on the beach - had a friend when we were kids whose family went to Galveston - the little sis grabs a stick and smacks the jelly like a pinata as soon as they got out of the car. It splattered on all the kids, stung them and the family had to pack up and get back into the car and go home.

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Old 01-03-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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I'm wondering if would be worth it to buy a vacation home and rent out the rest of the time. Have anyone done that? Is it easy to find renters? Even a small cashflow would do.

MNCold.
I would do the exact opposite: rent a vacation house there whenever you want to visit. I considered buying a house there a few years ago, before Hurricane Ike, and the houses I was interested in had been on the market a LOOOOONG time, like well over a year.

You may be able to get a good price on the purchase, but good luck with the sale. I don't think the rental market there is very strong either, and I personally don't want the risk associated with owning a beach home in a potential hurricane area.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:57 PM
 
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Galveston is great (have you been for Mardi Gras?) ! A lot of people forget Texas has some great coastal areas.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:25 PM
 
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I didn't even know that Galveston participated in Mardi Gras. I bet that's awesome.
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