Luxurious new mid-rise makes waves in Galveston as first upscale beachfront condo in 15 years
October 25th, 2022 | Culture Map Houston
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Given the boom in development and the post-Harvey resurgence, it’s easy to forget that Galveston’s last major condominium project was launched some 15 years ago. But that’s about to change, thanks to a major Houston real estate power player.

Houston-based developer Satya has announced a new mid-rise coming to Galveston’s West End. Appropriately dubbed Tiara on the Beach, the luxe collection offers 63 posh residences over 10 stories and, as so many locally and moving here desire, sweeping views. Tiara (10525 San Luis Pass Rd.) is slated to break ground in late 2023 and open to occupants in the fourth quarter of 2025, per the company.

Prices per unit begin at $1 million; Nan Properties Developer Services is overseeing sales.

Like so many great ideas, Tiara was sparked by necessity, as Satya CEO Sunny Bathija found a dearth of luxury condominiums in Galveston while shopping for his family. Inspired by the lavish offerings when he bought in Miami — arguably America’s best coastal condo city per offering — Bathija was determined to bring high-end, lock-and-leave living to Galveston.

“I have always felt there was a big gap in new development in Galveston,” he tells CultureMap. “Post-COVID beachfront property demands have increased and that is what pushed me to move forward to develop this project.”

Beachfront living is obviously the draw, as Tiara boasts a private walkway to the beach in an area at the end of the Seawall that is usually less trafficked than counterparts. Inside, the mid-rise features a grand lobby, a spacious pool with a negative-edge waterfall and sun lounge, and a fitness center and yoga studio — both that overlook the Gulf.

Residents can enjoy a media room, private wine storage and tasting room, a cigar lounge, and a club room with a private dining area and catering kitchen (especially good for beachy getaways).

Options to unwind include a golf simulator, jogging trail, pickleball court, basketball court, and bike racks and golf cart storage. Fire pits and a hot tub offer zen and chill.

For a curated living experience, services include an events and activities coordinator, pool concierge, yoga and aqua aerobics classes, personal fitness trainer, beach chairs and umbrellas, dog grooming and walking, housekeeping services, grocery shopping, plant care maintenance, and arrival prep and stocking.

Speaking of living, Tiara’s 63 units range from one, two, and three bedrooms, plus seven penthouses and two penterras (penthouse-level homes on the first floor of residences).

Awash with ambient light, units feature 10 to 11-foot ceilings and floorplans ranging from 1,661 square feet to 4,306 square feet. With a clean, contemporary design by the award-winning PLACE Designers, spaces include wood-inspired and porcelain tile flooring, quartz countertops, gourmet kitchens with Thermador and Gagganeau appliances, and Italian soft closure cabinetry, per press materials.

Not surprisingly, demand is already high, Bathija notes, from Newstonians from the West Coast who demand waterfront living, as well as those from Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio and Houstonians who want a respite from the booming metropolis.

“Having a beachfront property with easy access which you can drive to for short and long weekends can be a great escape from city life,” adds Bathija.

Responsible for more than 100 projects that are collectively valued at more than half a billion in and around the Greater Houston area, Bathija isn’t shy about the prospects about his new coastal mid-rise — especially as it compares to previous offerings.

“After 14 years of Emerald and Diamond,” he says, wittily referencing current Galveston gem-themed condos, “it is time to get the crown jewel, Tiara, in place.”
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