Views of the Neighborhood – Say Goodbye to Port Aransas

As I mentioned on Friday, today the producer, Lucy, Twiggy, and I will be relocating to the Austin Texas area. Since this is my last Port Aransas post I decided to give you a view of my neighborhood. I have taken many pictures of other neighborhoods but this is a first for my own. We enjoyed the last twelve years living by the Gulf but now is time to move to a new chapter. I hope you enjoy the little tour.

Here is the entrance sign to our neighborhood. After Hurricane Harvey a number of things needed to be replaced. This sign was one of them.

Marie will hate this but here is our main gate

This is the golf car crossover to the beach.

Speaking of that here is the first picture of our golfย cart. Notice the raised suspension and nubby tires. All the better in the sand. That number and red flag denote our lot number and residence status. (All carts in our community are registered.)

Bit of fog yesterdayย when I took these photos

A shot from the crossover of the pool area.

That little house contains the bathrooms and pool pump. By the way, The Producer was tasked with developing the color scheme for the neighborhood. She redesigned all signs and chose the colors.

Here is a shot of the expanded lanai.

This is a view of the front of our house. The Producer also designed our home and worked with an architect to bring it to reality

Here is the back view. I have taken many photos from the backyard but this is the first from this view. My office is on the third floor overlooking the pond.

I hope you enjoyed the Port Aransas series and next week we start anew from Austin.

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  1. Great pictures, John. There seem to be plusses and minuses to living anyplace. The house is lovely. Have a great coming week and a successful move to the new place. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

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  2. Amazing shots with a veil of nostalgy, dear John! Smooth moving to Austin Texas area. And good luck with settlement there! Looking forward to new posts about your new life! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Maria.

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  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    Extraordinary, even more so because the producer designed it. Wow, she has an amazing gift! May you both know the joy of a life lived to its fullest in Port Aransas and the bliss of now accepting another adventure in the beautiful Austin area. โ™ฅ

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    1. Lovely words, Gwen. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Best of luck with the move. Hope the dogs settle in OK. Looks like a lovely spot but I’m sure your next place will be just as special.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. We are looking forward to the move.

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  5. Even with the fog they are lovely photos John.

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    1. Thank you, Andrew.

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  6. I can feel the sadness. Unfortunately, I was offline Friday, but I’ll go backwards for the news. Good luck in Austin!

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    1. Thank you, Frank.

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  7. We’re going to miss that community, but wish you the best in Austin!

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    1. Thank you, GP.

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  8. Good luck on your move John. It must be distressing to leave such a beautiful home located in such a beautiful place.

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    1. We have an equally beautiful place to go into. Yes we are sad to leave but happy to begin a new adventure. Thank you, Lynne. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. The Producer does good work, John. The house is beautiful, as is the area. Good luck to you both as you head inland. I hope the girls make the adjustment, and I hope you introduce us to Austin over time.

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    1. I will do my best, Dan. Thank you.

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  10. Such a bittersweet post, John. Thank you for sharing your time at Port Aransas with us. Wow! The Producer did a fantastic job. Safe travels!

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    1. She is very talented, Jill. It is bittersweet but we are looking forward to the next chapter. โค๏ธ

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      1. No doubt it will be a wonderful chapter. โค

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  11. Great pictures. Definitely looks like a relaxing place to live. Good luck with your new adventure. Looking forward to the pictures.

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    1. Thank you, Charles. See you on the other side.

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  12. Good bye Port Aransas! See you soon from Austin John!

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    1. Thank you, Pam.

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  13. Good luck with the move, John. Thanks for showing us around Port Aranas. Austin sounds like a great place to live.
    Wishing you and the family every happiness with the new chapter that is about to begin.

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    1. Thank you, Hugh.

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  14. All the best with your move, John. A beautiful house you are leaving behind.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie. We totally enjoyed the years here.

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  15. Here’s a little traveling music from the best, for the best! They’re playing Austin on March 24 — you ought to be settled by then!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I’ll let you know if we get to see them.

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      1. Even if you don’t, there will be a world of wonderful new things to see.

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      2. I agree. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  16. It looks amazing. Im sure you have many cherished memories. I hope the move is a success.

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    1. Thank you so much, Alison. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  17. Wow! The photos are beautiful, John. Lovely home! A very fitting farewell to your Port Arkansas. All the best ahead.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You are welcome, John. How did the traveling on Sunday go?

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      2. Good. A little slow but all in all a good trip. Thank you.

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      3. Thatโ€™s good news. Best to you, John. I hope you gave Lucy and Twiggy extra biscuits. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      4. They are doing fine. A little nervious at first but okay.

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      5. Iโ€™m so glad!

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  18. Uh… John…. Would you consider driving down there once a week to keep this series going. We so loved it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Tell the producer that she has a fine eye for color and architecture.

    Looking forward to views of the new neighborhood.

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    1. Yeah. Let’s see. Three and a half hours each way. One hour photo session. Sure that’s doable. ๐Ÿ˜„

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      1. But..but..but, it’s all for a good cause.

        Us!

        Looking forward to the view of your new neighborhood. Austin is awesome.

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      2. I’m sitting in a contemporary modern house that could not be more different form the beach house.

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  19. Good tour, John. You take with you to Lakeway wonderful memories, recorded and stamped with Love! โ™ฅ

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    1. We do, Billy Ray. Thank you.

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  20. Too bad the title, Austin City Limits is taken… I am convinced you are going to keep us all dreaming of becoming a neighbor, in short order. Wishing you all, ALL the best. โค

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    1. Thank you so much, Annette. We are here in one piece.

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  21. I’m excited for your move, John! I’ve loved your Port Aransas stories and photos, and I thank you for sharing them with us! Best wishes for you and the Producer on your new adventure. ๐Ÿค—

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    1. Thank you, Linda

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  22. The Producer did a fantastic job. I can see why you had many wonderful years there. Wishing you many more in Austin.

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    1. Thank you, Staci.

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  23. So you’re off to a new neighbourhood! Good luck, John, with your moving to Austin, and all my best for your life there,
    Pit

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    1. Thank you, Pit. I will be reporting from Austin.

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      1. And maybe, since we have never met in Port A, we’ll meet in ATX some time.

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      2. Never can tell.

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      3. Who knows!

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  24. Au revoir. Sayonara. Adios. Enjoy Austin! (Won’t you miss the ocean?!)

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    1. We will miss the sound and sights. The tourests not so much. Thank you, Luanne.

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      1. I can well understand that!

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  25. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    What a beautifully designed house, John and neighborhood, thank you for sharing it. Hope your move goes smoothly and the girls settle in quickly. May your new place brings you years of joy. Can’t wait to start exploring Austin through your eyes:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  26. Aw, ’tis bittersweet to relocate (and I should know, having done so MANY times!!). I love your house (the producer did a great job!), but I can see where going up and down all those stairs might be more than you want for the future. Poor Dallas is already stair-challenged! I’m sure you’ll miss Port A., but it’s onward to new adventures — and hey, we’re all coming along with you!!

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    1. We did have an elevator so the steps were not a problem. Infact Lucy has bad hips so the elevator was a blessing. We are all on one floor now and we love it. In essence you are right. Whatever you needed on the first floor was always on the third. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  27. Beautiful place to live. I hope you enjoy Texas just as much, if not more.

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    1. Ummm, Port Aransas is in Texas.

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      1. Oh sorry, I did not know.

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    2. Thank you, Anneberly.

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  28. Good luck in your new home!

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    1. Thank you, Becky.

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      1. I’m sure that you’ll miss the ocean, but Texas Hill Country can be quite beautiful in its own way!

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      2. Yes. It is so quiet here compared to a beach town.

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  29. And so ends this chapter. You have had a lovely twelve years here – not too shabby a joint to live in and very nice digs you had.
    I hope you have as much joy – nay, even more so – in your new abode in Austin!
    See you soon!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. We are here now and love it.

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      1. Soooooo very happy to hear that!!
        Best to you, the Producer and the girls – of course the 2-legged children as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      2. โค๏ธ

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      3. ๐Ÿ’

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  30. I rarely check in on weekends, but I knew this was the last “Views” post from Port Aransas and thus wanted to be here to share it. These pics were wonderful, and may I just say that the Producer is quite a lady! I wish you both all the best in your new home and send hugs to Lucy, Bailey, and Twiggy too. What exciting times for all of you!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. We are having some excitement for sure.

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  31. John, what a lovely home designed by the producer! Nostalgia seeing your neighborhood for the last time. Looking forward to photos and posts of your home & adventures in Austin. Happy, safe move! ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽถ Christine

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    1. Thank you, Christine. We have arrived safely.

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      1. Thanks! How exciting! New everything! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  32. Good luck on the move, John. Austin is a vibrant city that I have visited many times. My wife’s family is from Austin and everyone graduated from UT.

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    1. Thank you, Don. UT is a great place.

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  33. Love your house – the producer did a fantastic job. I kind of feel like I’m moving, too. Hope it all goes smoothly.

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    1. Thank you, Teri ๐Ÿ˜€

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  34. Kind of sad, but exciting too. Bet you won’t miss all those stairs.

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    1. I think you are right.

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  35. Congratulations on the move, John. It will be unusual to see you outside of the setting I’ve so associated you with, but it sounds like you are thrilled with the move and new adventure. Safe travels and moving. Looking forward to seeing the new digs.

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    1. Thank you, Phillip. Yep this is a whole new adventure.

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  36. Wow! Your house looks lovely. Your move seems like it will be a breeze. Mine is and has been full of hiccups and a lot of set backs but weโ€™ll get there.

    I am looking forward to your posts and adventures from Austin.

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. I just saw five deer cut through our yard so I’ll bet this will be an adventure.

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  37. I miss the golf cart I used to drive at the first property that was foolish enough to hire me in the capacity of a bellman.
    Thank you for the nickel tour, John, and enjoy your new digs.

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    1. Thank you, Hook.

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  38. It’s upward and Austin-ward for you, young man.

    Safe travels.

    PS- Is that an echo? . . .

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    1. Sounds like an echo.

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  39. Such lovely photos, John, and how talented the Producer is. No doubt she will ensure that your new home is just as warm and inviting. Will there be โ€œNo Trespassingโ€ signs in your new neighborhood?๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. No there will not be no trespassing signs. This community is the seat of liberalism here in Texas. Keep Austin Weird is the unofficial city slogan.

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      1. hahaha … I was in Austin for a few days, many years ago. I was a grad student attending a conference where I had to give a presentation. That kept me from exploring like I might have otherwise done. Too bad because I’ve heard only good things about Austin.

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      2. We have liked it for a while.

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  40. I sense a bit of sadness in these final parting shots. But, onward and upward! Can’t wait to see the new neighborhood!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Wwe are here and good.

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  41. Wow, John. I could tell your home was beautiful from the glimpses in the photos of the dogs. Thanks so much for sharing these pictures as a farewell. It truly is a stunning place. Wishing all of you the very best in your new home. Congratulations.
    Looking at 2000 miles of weather forecasts, I’m trying my best to overcome myself and head out on my own big relo Monday.
    Have a thriving Thursday. Mega hugs!

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  42. Stunning house, John! The best to you as you journey on to Austin. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you Rhonda. We are here in one piece.

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  43. Why, again, did you relocate John?

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    1. Ha ahaha. We wanted to be close to our daughter and because I am an old fart with seven doctors we needed to get close to them as well.

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  44. Well we do what we must. Sounds like happiness will be with you wherever you are. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I think so. We have been many places and it has been a great life.

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  45. Gorgeous home, John. I’m sure a part of you hates to leave. Best wishes for your next adventure.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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