Description: A project of Trend Development, Inc. and Forestar Real Estate Group, Caracol is a premier master-planned community located along the Texas coast in Port O’Connor. Located in an historic area known for its abundant outdoor sporting and recreational opportunities, the new development features 74 home sites, 70 of which are canal-front where residents can tie their boats off right outside their homes. Caracol’s canals offer residents easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and multiple bays and can accommodate offshore boats.
Architecture: Inspired by West Indies beach villages and exclusive canal communities on the Florida coast, careful consideration was taken in the design of Caracol. The gated entryways, brick and concrete-paved drives and lush, tropical landscaping compliment the region’s architectural heritage and natural beauty. In addition, homes are designed to feature a blend of indoor and outdoor spaces to create a deeper connection to the coast.
Fishing: Caracol’s close proximity to the Intracoastal Waterway makes it a unique deep-water fishing destination. Offshore rigs just five miles from Port O’Connor docks are ideal places to fish for sailfish, marlin, tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Port O’Connor also boasts the largest and deepest bay system on the Texas Gulf Coast. Favorite fishing spots include Matagorda Bay, Espiritu Santu Bay and San Antonio Bay. These waterways are full of redfish, shark, flounder, pompano, gafftop, whiting, croaker, sheephead, drum, jack crevalle and Spanish mackerel.
Birding: Bird watching is a popular recreational activity along the Texas Gulf Coast, with Port O’Connor being one of the best birding areas in the state. For the last five years the area surrounding Port O’Connor has held the record for the most bird species spotted in the nation, including the Whooping Crane. At nearly five feet tall, the Whooping Crane is the tallest bird found in North America. They fly south each October from Canada down to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, which is only miles from Port O’Connor.
Shelling: Whether a serious or casual beachcomber, Port O’Connor offers numerous shelling opportunities including, the jetties along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Gulf beaches adjoining Pass Cavallo and several spots on Matagorda Island.
Matagorda Island: A short boat ride from Caracol is pristine Matagorda Island State Park. Matagorda Island offers a variety of activities including fishing, swimming, shelling, hunting, camping and birding. Matagorda Island is unique in that it is almost completely in its natural state. There are no convenience stores, condos, vendors or even electricity allowed on the island. Just miles and miles of unblemished beaches. The island is also home to the Matagorda Island Lighthouse, the state’s oldest operational lighthouse.
History: Port O’Connor began in the late nineteenth century as a fishing settlement called Alligator Head. As it grew in popularity with both permanent residents and tourists, the community took on more municipal-like characteristics, earning the formal name as the town site of Port O’Connor in 1912. Port O’Connor’s heyday spanned the ten years from 1909 to 1919, resulting in growth that has yet to be matched. Excursion trains used to run on weekends to Port O’Connor and an estimated 10,000 tourists came every summer.
About Trend Development, Inc.
Trend Development, Inc. is a small, privately held, Texas real estate development group, with multiple large-scale projects in Texas in various stages of development and construction, including the master-planned communities of Gleannloch Farms and Long Meadow Farms.
About Forestar Real Estate Group
With offices in Austin, Atlanta and Dallas, Forestar Real Estate Group has been in the real estate development business for nearly half a century. Forestar and its affiliates currently have over 78 projects in eight states and 12 markets, including all the major markets of Texas. Forestar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temple-Inland, Inc., an Austin-based Fortune 500 company.