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Two Newcastle Model Homes You Must Visit During the Coastal Bend Home Builders Association’s 2018 Parade of Homes.

John Pope, owner of Newcastle Homes, traditionally builds his homes on Padre Island. This year, his Parade Home entry on the Island is an innovative Newcastle Homes masterpiece: a beautifully designed and executed “Hill Country Meets Island” 3 bedroom home that must be visited during the Parade. The address to this home is: 15229 Isla Pinta Court, Corpus Chirsti, Tx (Padre Island). 

The exterior of this home is a mixture of stucco and stone in tones of gentle grays. At the back of the home, which is situated directly on a waterfront boating canal, is a large boat dock and deck, complete with a fish cleaning table and an exceptional wood carved palm frond palapa. Hand-carved Tiki pilings complete the look of “Island Relaxation Time.” Plus, for ease of exit and entry in those bathing suits and with cleaned fish and gear, a bonus room is directly off the deck. This room can be used as a “mud room,” but also as a multi-purpose game room or extra room for guests.

When entering the home from the front door, the first thing noticed is the high cathedral ceiling, the beautiful wood-look tile plank flooring, and the open floor plan. A large living area is separated by an “eat-on” counter that leads into a modern kitchen with quartz gray countertops, lovely soft dove gray painted built-ins, and an enclosed pantry. 



Also on the main floor are the Master bedroom, bath, and laundry. The Master, in restful shades of gray and cream, has a large walk-in closet with built-in shelving, and off the Master closet is a laundry area that families now love for added nearby convenience. The Master also has a sliding glass door that opens onto a large open deck above the water with built-in benches, perfect for relaxation with a morning cup of coffee or an evening drink.

Yet this Island home does not stop there. Up the stairs at the front of the house is a second floor which contains two extra bedrooms, one with a balcony overlooking the waterfront, a Jack and Jill bathroom, and an open loft with built-in desk, perfect for homework, or for working from home. Plus, for anyone interested—and we all should be—this beauty is totally energy efficient with spray foam insulation throughout. This Parade Home is definitely a crown jewel in Newcastle Homes’ collection of showcase-quality homes.

Newcastle Homes’ second Parade Home entry—a departure from his “signature” Island homes—definitely could be a new crown jewel in the collection. The home is a “South Texas Modern Farmhouse Meets Energy Efficiency.” Located in the city of Corpus Christi and within walking distance to the bay, Pope has constructed an extremely energy conscious 1,349 square foot single story three bedroom, two-bath home that is perfect for young families or those wanting to downsize. A Craftsman-style front door leads into an open floorplan living, dining, and kitchen, all topped by a soaring Cathedral ceiling complete with dark wood beams and a stunning windmill-style ceiling fan. The flooring throughout is wood plank-look tile for farmhouse country appeal along with ease of maintenance. The address to this home is: 338 Southern St., Corpus Christi, Tx.

The kitchen is a masterpiece of beauty and design: dark Shaker-style cabinets with crown molding, Cambria quartz countertops, a special composite double kitchen sink, black Samsung stainless steel appliances, and one area complemented by a unique reclaimed wood-look backsplash.


Off the kitchen at the back of this delightful home is the Master bedroom with a Cathedral ceiling and a sliding glass door to the backyard.  The Master bath includes special Kohler sinks, a walk-in shower, and an exceptionally designed mirrored wall.  At the front of the house are two extra bedrooms with a second bath that has a beautiful accent wall of tile made to look like reclaimed wood to add to the country charm of this modern farmhouse designed home.

The exterior of the home, to adhere to a welcoming South Texas farmhouse look, is comprised of the look of  crisp white clapboard with gray cedar shakes–actually made from sturdy Hardie plank, a fiber cement siding–and an aluminum roof.  Outside the home are tall trees and in the back, a pavestone deck with a fire pit.  It is an absolutely perfect home for families, both inside and out, both in design and energy savings.

Newcastle Homes’ entries in this year’s Coastal Bend Home Builders Association’s Parade of Homes (June 1-3 and 8-10) will be available for viewing from 11am to 6pm on the days of the Parade and an admission fee is required ($5 in advance, or $10 after May 31st). Go to to purchase tickets.

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