Land Tejas, a Houston-area land developer, is set to bring a piece of the Caribbean to Northeast Houston in the form of a two-acre artificial “Crystal Lagoon” recreational pool. The lagoon will be designed to replicate the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and will be part of the new Land Tejas development, Balmoral, located at Beltway 8 and Woodland Hills Drive.
Jeff Sheenan, community affairs and amenity development manager for Land Tejas, said the lagoon will be about 8 feet deep in the middle, with concrete and sand zero entry points. To build the lagoon, a large lake will be excavated and lined with first sand and then a membrane, similar to what is found in an above-ground pool.
The lagoon is expected to be more efficient than a typical swimming pool, using sonic water filtration. “In a conventional pool, the water circulates through filters. In this lagoon, there are sensors that monitor the water quality and adjust the chemical balance to keep the water crystal clear. All the sediment and particles go to the bottom of the lagoon, where they are vacuumed out. The technology is proprietary to the builder,” said Sheenan.
The lagoon will be built – at a cost of about $3 million – by Florida-based Crystal Lagoons U.S. Corp., whose parent company also built the largest man-made lagoon in the world in Egypt. The company has built lagoons all over the world, but only began building lagoons in the U.S. this year. The Balmoral Crystal Lagoon is likely to be the first of its kind in Texas.
Sheenan said the lagoon will be part of a $6 million recreation complex at Balmoral, which will also include a 4,000-square-foot clubhouse, a second resort-style, infinity-edge swimming pool that connects to the lagoon, playgrounds, and splash pads.
The 580-acre Balmoral development is projected to have 2,000 new homes in the next few years, with home building beginning in the next few months. The development will have gated and non-gated neighborhoods and many lakeside home sites, priced beginning in the mid-$200s.
Land Tejas currently has several Houston-area home developments, including Miramesa at Canyon Lakes West, Sterling Lakes and Lago Mar, and several developments are coming soon.
Construction on the lagoon is expected to begin by late summer 2017.
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