The Island at Sargent Texas
by Michael Bartosh
My wife and I stumbled across the Island at Sargent Texas. After looking at waterfront/beachfront/Gulf front properties across the Texas coastal region we were surprised to find a hidden gem within an hour of Houston.
This is a narrow 8 mile long Island that is protected from erosion by an underground revettment wall. The wall is 30' deep and 8 ' wide..courtesy of the United states government in 1997. This wall was built to protect the Inter-Coastal Canal.
Picture an Island that is easily accessible by car..has low taxes.. and has water front property still available at reasonable prices. One side of the Island is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and one side is bordered by the ICW & The national Wildlife Refuge.
Properties here are high and dry. Waterfront/beach front property on either the Gulf of Mexico or the Inter Coastal Canal are available for less than half of what an equivilant property would cost in Galveston Texas.
Sargent is relatively unknown. It doesn't even have it's own zip code and there are almost no signs pointing the way.The access to the Island is via the last swing bridge in Texas. It is tended 24 hours a day by a bridge keeper. Crime is relatively non- existent on the Island since every one coming or going must pass under the watchful eyes of the bridge keeper. Talk about a unique security system.
Water is $20.00 a month flat rate with no meter reading. electricity is furnished by Jackson County Electric Cooperative or add a wind turbine if you like and
you'll end up selling power back to the grid. A House boat would be a truly cost efficient way to live..tie up on either the ICW or up Caney Creek.
Sargent is located in the # 2 wind zone in the state of Texas.It is truly a special piece of heaven with some of the best fishing & crabbing in Texas. And did I mention the Sargent is #1 on the midcoast texas birding trail?
Sargent has a number of fine restaurants, a couple of convenience stores and several small churches. Sargent has no industrial pollution. You will see no plants on the horizon.
In fact from the Island the panoramic view of the Intercoastal Canal & the National Wildlife Refuge is awesome. Many people feel that the sunsets over the ICW are the best in Texas. You can literally see for miles in any direction.
Sargent has Lake Jackson with all the "big city" ammenities only 18 miles away. Shopping, hospitals and more. Sargent is truly a hidden jewel.. a diamond in the rough.. where you can still afford to own waterfront or beachfront property without going into the poor house.
Go to bed in the evening after watching the beautiful sunsets and wake up to the roar of the ocean waves...
Not bad for frugal living.
Of course if you caught your limit of trout or redfish and maybe a crab or 2 for boiling then you'll understand just a little about what makes the Island at Sargent such a special place. For more information feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org