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Spring Break Shenanigans!

by Wendy Sanford

Spring Break brings thousands of patrons to Galveston Island every year! Businesses and beach rentals are booming, the weather is gorgeous and there is plenty to do!

This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday and the Island has plenty in store for you! From live music and face painting to BBQ and Zumba, you want to be here this weekend!

Starting on Friday, March 17th, Saengerfest Park goes green with the Luck of the Irish BBQ! This free event starts at noon and runs until 8 PM. Benefitting the Ronald McDonald House, BBQ Chicken & Sausage plates will be $12 or 2 for $20. There is plenty of entertainment including live music, face painting, a silent auction and more! Located at 2300 Strand, Saengerfest Park hosts a myriad of events throughout the year.

If you’re looking for a bit more action, Total Fitness, located at 4910 Seawall Blvd, is hosting a Zumbathon from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM! Come shake it, shake it for 2 hours of non-stop dancing and prizes, only $5! Bring plenty of water and wear your green!

Downtown Galveston hosts three pubs; Molly’s, O’Malley’s and Murphy’s that will satisfy your green beer needs! Looking for a little late night snack? O’Malley’s serves up traditional pub fare, including a KILLER Reuben while Murphy’s will knock your socks off with their pizzas! Make sure to tip your servers 😉

Starting at 11 AM on Saturday, March 18th, Holy Family Parish’s St Patrick’s Day Festival begins! Located at 34th & Broadway, there is much to see and do. Green beer, wine bar, great food, live music, an Irish piper and Shenanigans for the kids… you could even win a car! You don’t want to miss out on this celebration!

Round your weekend out with some healthy fares from the Galveston’s Own Farmers Market from 9 AM – 1 PM on Sunday, March 19th. Get there early and sample all the tasty goods from local growers, chefs and more! Located at 2508 Postoffice Street just behind Antique Warehouse.

Whether you plan on spending the week at our newly expanded beaches or shopping in our Downtown Historical District, Galveston Island is THE place to be this Spring Break!

Galveston Lawn Care

by Jason Keeling


When your thinking of selling your home, often one of the forgotten selling points is the yard! The landscaping and lawn itself can really make or break a sale. Buyers often comment about a nice yard or say something like I love that house, but it would take years to get the yard back. Some good tips are: 

1) plan ahead and get the yard in shape before listing 

2) use a professional company that can do the work for you

3) use plants from the area - examples being go tropical on the island. Palms are cheap and grow quickly

4) outdoor lighting is inexpensive and adds a new dynamic at night

5) water regularly in the summer or consider a sprinkler system

6) for that last "pop" of clean before listings - get everything pressure washed!


Hopefully these tips will help you get more money for your home and get it SOLD faster! 


One local company that Ryson Real Estate uses is Raymond Banks Landscape services. They specialize in Galveston lawn service, and Galveston pressure washing

Bayside at Watermans

by Jason Keeling

I Manuel Gonzales III, Realtor with Ryson , was given a tour of two wonderful properties at Bayside at Waterman's by Holly Wade Realtor.

Bayside at Waterman's is located near Galveston Country Club, on Lake Como. The first level of the homes accommodates 4 vehicles and 2 golf carts, with an elevator giving access to the upper floors. The homes offer 4 to 6 bedrooms and floor plans from 4200 square feet plus.  Unobstructed views of the Bay with large floor to ceiling, sliding glass doors that open to a private community deck and pool suspended 17 feet in the air above the boat slips down below are just a few of the amenities . Every home will have a roof top observation deck for great views and relaxation. Also, with Waterman's fine restaurant as a neighbor who could ask for more? However, there is more! There are plans to build a boardwalk that will connect Galveston Country Club, Waterman's and Bayside Properties.  Lastly the Concierge Services that will be available really makes this development by Todd Edwards a unique resort style residential living in Galveston, Texas.  If you are interested in this type of property please contact me at: or 409-877-2116.

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Jason Keeling

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will go up.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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Ryson Real Estate
Ryson Real Estate
2115 61st, Suite 101
Galveston TX 77551
Direct: (409) 740-1600
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