Hurricane Resistant Homes on the Texas Coast Survive Hurricane Ike's Worst

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Almost all the hurricane resistant homes at Audubon Village in Gilchrist, survived Hurricane Ike's worst damage, and the Galveston Seawall -- combined with modern high-rise construction techniques -- protected the new Emerald by the Sea from any damage.

Almost all the hurricane resistant homes at Audubon Village in Gilchrist survived Hurricane Ike's worst damage, and the Galveston Seawall -- combined with modern high-rise construction techniques -- protected the new Emerald by the Sea from any damage.

"Most of the hurricane resistant homes at Audubon Village in Gilchrist, survived Hurricane Ike's worst damage, while the rest of Gilchrist was completely destroyed," says Mike Stuart of TexasGulfCoastOnline.com

"We now have actual proof that this type of new construction works," says Stuart

These homes were built to the fortified for safer living® designation from the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). This construction program ensures a home meets specific design, construction and landscaping criteria to increase its overall resistance to natural hazards such as hurricane winds and flood waters.

IBHS created the "Fortified...for safer living" construction program to ensure a home meets specific design, construction and landscaping criteria to increase its overall resistance to natural hazards.

Audubon Village is located 1.5 miles east of Rollover Pass in the city of Gilchrist on the Bolivar Peninsula, the location where Hurricane Ike hit the hardest and caused the most damage. Yet, nearly every one of these homes still stands.

Another construction technique that also proved itself during Hurricane Ike, was the Galveston Seawall and raised modern high-rise construction behind it. The best example is The Emerald By the Sea in Galveston, one of the few structures where there was literally no damage from the storm.

Emerald By the Sea is already completely operational with power and water -- and is ready for residents to move back in as soon as Galveston re-opens next week.

Sales Management company Edith Personette & Associates and Alan Chodrow of the Galveston Center say that they are seeing a surge of calls from locals and from other areas of the country, interested in the Emerald for sales and rentals.

"Many of the new buyers and renters had homes that were lost and are looking for a safer way of living on the coast," said Alan Chodrow.

Read the complete story at http://www.TexasGulfCoastOnline.com/News.

Contact Mike Stuart for more information at 800-716-6861, ext 711

TexasGulfCoastOnline.com provides real estate information and analysis for the Bolivar Peninsula, Crystal Beach, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Rockport, South Padre Island, Port O'Connor, Palacios and McAllen Texas resort areas.

The Texas Gulf coast now has a strong voice and they have already served over 4 million pages to over 1/4 million people in their 1st year of operation (2007) and their readership is growing by leaps and bounds -- as users from all of the country and beyond are discovering the value of the Texas Gulf Coast region.

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