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About Eleana

Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I was always near the water but my perspective of a beach was that of rocky coasts and pine trees and a whole lot of drizzle. When I first saw a tropical beach with palm trees and lots of sunshine, I was called back again and again.

Although I was not born in Texas, I got here as they say "as fast as I could". And once here, I discovered that Texas has a tropical beach just hours from all the major cities and less than an hour from Mexico -- on a barrier island called South Padre Island. I also discovered that whenever I crossed the causeway bridge to the island I was happy, and whenever I went back again to return home I was sad. I still get that feeling today, every time that I cross the bridge and see our island skyline and shoreline.

We visited often from Dallas - my husband, Wally, and I came every year with our group of 4 beach couples and it was on one of those "Adult Spring Breaks" that Wally and I decided that we needed to own our own piece of paradise. We bought our condominium at Sunchase IV in 2001 and enjoyed coming to the island as often as our executive lives would allow.

In 2007, we decided to move to the island full time - not as a retirement project but as a quality of life change, so our vacation home became our permanent home. We have been fortunate to have visited tropical beaches from Hawaii to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and as far as Tahiti - but it is South Padre Island that we are blessed to call home.

At Padre Getaways, we help guests every day to discover what we have known for years: South Padre Island is still one of the best kept secrets in many ways. Once you Love It for a Day, you will want to Own It for a Life Time! And when you are ready to buy, we are here to help. As a Broker and a CPA, I take a very practical approach to helping our buying clients. It must be the right time, the right property and the right price - and we will help you evaluate and negotiate all three.

There are great opportunities on South Padre Island for A Practical Investment in Fun - that is, the opportunity to find your own piece of paradise and to hold it solely for your own use or to offset the cost of ownership through short term vacation rentals. Whichever the preference, my financial background and our knowledge of the island allows us to represent buying clients with an informed approach and always with realistic expectations. And if renting your property is your preference, at Padre Getaways we have the expertise to back up those expectations with our redesigned approach to property management. We are not looking to leave you after the sale, but rather expecting to develop a relationship that makes you a client for life.

About Silke

Licensed Texas Realtor®, an Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS), Texas Residential Leasing Specialist (TRLS) and At Home with Diversity (AHWD) Certification, serving South Padre Island, Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, Bayview and surrounding areas. 

I was born as the second daughter to my parents in Bavaria, Germany. I received my school and work education (Hotel Management) in Germany. In 1996 while working for a TV production company in Cologne, Germany, I met my future husband while on vacation in Key Largo, Florida. He was a multi-store Owner/Operator of McDonald's Restaurants in Canada. So after 1 year of maintaining a transatlantic relationship, we both knew that we belonged together. In November of 1997, I moved to Canada to start a new chapter of my life with my new family, my husband Chris and my stepson Jesse.

I was fortunate enough to spend 15 great years in Canada while working in the Head Office of McDonald's Restaurants. After 20 years of being an Owner/Operator, my husband sold his Restaurants, and we moved to Southern Texas.

With help from our Realtor/Broker (Eleana Jones), we were able to find our dream home in Laguna Vista. By then I knew I wanted to give other people the same great experience my Realtor gave to us and my decision to become a Realtor became a reality.  

Over the last nine years, my husband and I purchased Investment Properties in Laguna Vista and are active in the community.  In 2016, I was appointed and serve on the Board of Ethics for the Town of Laguna Vista.

I will make it a great experience for my client to find the perfect House or Condo in this beautiful area by educating and providing the right tools, so my client will be able to make the right decision without feeling any pressure. I will guide my client throughout the negotiation and purchase process, so everybody will feel comfortable and at ease.

Looking for your dream property should always be a pleasant and joyful experience, and I will work hard to fulfill this promise.

New City Ordinance – Registration of Short Term Vacation Rentals on South Padre Island
posted by Padre Getaways on December 03, 2015
New City Ordinance – Registration of Short Term Vacation Rentals on South Padre Island

We are pleased to report that the City of South Padre Island has passed a new ordinance that requires the registration of all short term rental properties on South Padre Island.  Our broker, Eleana Jones, was a member of the Hotel Occupancy Tax Task Force that developed this new ordinance and was ...

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A Practical Investment In Fun
posted by Padre Getaways on June 01, 2015
A Practical Investment In Fun

As a CPA and a finance executive, I was trained to look at net income, cash flow, return on investment (ROI), cap rate and other quantifiable measures when evaluating a potential investment in real estate.This is necessary but not necessarily fun. It is simply number crunching with very little ...

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So You Want To Own A Piece Of Paradise?
posted by Padre Getaways on May 20, 2015
So You Want To Own A Piece Of Paradise?

Make Sure To Find The Right Property If it is going to be your piece of paradise, then it should both meet your needs and also be a renter friendly floor plan in a popular location. Your rental guests will usually be enjoying your property the same way that you will be – as a place to get away ...

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