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Welcome to Laffite’s Cove, a unique setting designed with unlimited access to nature in mind. Relax in a coastal environment where nature presents her finest colors. Fill your leisure time fishing, boating or just sunning on an expansive deck. Build your dream home in Laffite’s Cove with attention to every detail; windows precisely angled to catch the afternoon sun, a perfect nook to enjoy a great book, a luxurious master suite to really appreciate your home away from home and a private pier to catch some of West Galveston Bay’s finest.
Imagine that you and your family live in an exclusive neighborhood where you feel as though you are always on vacation. Seabirds calling in the distance, beautiful natural venues to explore and neighbors that appreciate the Laffite’s Cove laid-back lifestyle. If you have dreamed of such a place, we welcome you to visit Laffite’s Cove at Pirates Beach. This serene retreat, with its impressive entry and panoramic views of Galveston’s West Bay is one of the most coveted addresses on the Island. All this, just an hour’s drive from Houston.
Cove was named after its predecessor, the pirate Jean Laffite,
who ousted Galveston's original residents, the friendly
Karankawa Indians, in a famous battle on the ridge overlooking
Oak Bayou (the Stewart Mansion property). It is believed
by treasure hunters that Jean Laffite buried his treasure
on grounds west of the Mansion, although no treasure has
ever been found. His larger than life mural can be seen
along with two other pirates, on the wall of the living
room in the Stewart Mansion. It has been said that at night
these murals often change places on the walls. Laffite's
Cove has retained that independent spirit of the early settlers
Planned with sensitivity to the natural environment
Laffite’s Cove boasts a 35-acre nature preserve where hundreds of wildlife species can be found. This public park has a nature trail and an overlook with a gazebo to allow the observer to take in West Galveston’s nature at her best. Features of this spectacular enclave include an upland freshwater swale, isolated upland habitat islands, marshes and circulation channels. This wetland is supplemented and buffered by 3 acres of open space. Birds that use the preserve as a stopover while migrating across the Gulf of Mexico include: Pied-Billed Grebe, Mottled Duck, Great Egret, great Blue Heron, Spoonbill, Blue Jay, Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, Willet and more. Specially designed “shelved” canals provide a shallow tidal habitat for fish and birds, making Lafitte’s cove a haven for fishermen and bird watchers. Homeowners enjoy boating, crabbing, fishing and kayaking in the meandering canals. Laffite’s Cove residents have the option of playing a round at the Galveston Country Club, the oldest country club in Texas, in addition to walking, jogging, swimming, or a game of tennis. For others settled into a ‘leisurely weekend state of mind’ there is a long walk on the beach, searching for a prize shell, sunning or relaxing at your charming new waterfront home. At the end of each day, Laffite’s Cove homeowners watch the sun set slowly into the bay from the most coveted address along the Texas Gulf Coast. At Laffite’s Cove, you’ll begin to unwind and discover what “down-time” is really all about!
For more information about wetland habitat creation, restoration, and preservation, as well as regional and migratory birds, please visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.