Meet the Design Team of Cinnamon Shore South

Posted by Jodi Peters on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 12:48pm.

At the expansion of Cinnamon Shore, we’re calling on the best talent in Texas and from across the South. Land Planner Mark Schnell has brought a rigorous design code that evokes the charm of a classic beach town, while a select group of architects and interior designers will work to make each home fit that aesthetic and feel customized at the same time.

Community Planner

Land Planner Mark Schnell of Schnell Urban Design, LLC, lives on the Florida Panhandle. He has years of experience studying the successful developments along Scenic Highway 30-A, designing beach homes, and creating plans for New Urban communities. New Urbanism promotes design elements that foster friendly interactions and small-town character—front porches, green spaces, and walkable streets for strolling, all in abundance at Cinnamon Shore South. He drew the original plan for Cinnamon Shore and offers an exciting new vision for the bigger, 250-acre Gulf-side design for Cinnamon Shore South. “I wanted Cinnamon Shore to feature as many of the elements of a great small town as possible in a 60-acre site,” says Schnell, pointing to the Great Lawn, Town Center, pocket parks and broad streets with paver sidewalks. “I’m using the same approach for Cinnamon Shore South, but I have a lot more space, so there will be an even wider variety of buildings and public spaces. And, with more than a decade of lessons learned, we have a chance to improve the design quality of every element.”

While the beachfront remains the star attraction, a 10-acre lake will serve as a focal point for the new community. Ringed with a one-mile walking trail, enviable home sites, two luxury pools, and a fishing dock, the lake will offer a scenic waterfront in addition to the Gulf. A Town Center will feature fine dining that still feels casual, along with bustling retail. Green spaces will offer room to relax and gather, and a boutique hotel and a spa and wellness center will attract guests and provide upscale amenities.


We’ve worked with stellar architecture firms to create gorgeous homes and a genuine community feel at Cinnamon Shore. Many of the same respected architects will help make Cinnamon Shore South special. As buyers commit to building their dream home in our new vacation community, we can connect them with professionals such as:

Bill Allison of Allison Ramsey Architects, Beaufort, SC

Based in a Lowcountry town on the Atlantic, the team understands the cottage aesthetic and how it applies to luxury homes. It has received acclaim and national recognition from the National Association of Home Builders' Best in American Living Awards, Coastal Living, Southern Living, Residential Architect, and the American Institute of Architects.

William Davies of Davies Collaborative, Austin, TX

Bill Davies and his team designed the Texas Monthly Gulf Coast Show Home at Cinnamon Shore North back in 2017. He frequently vacations in the community and appreciates the design elements that embody the Cinnamon Shore aesthetic, from gabled rooflines to livable porches and beautiful gathering spaces for family and friends.

Jim Kissling of Kissling Architecture, Bulverde TX

Jim and his talented team respect tradition and strive to synthesize it in contemporary ways. With 30 years’ experience, Jim eschews a one-size-fits all approach, designing site-specific plans and working with homeowners in a truly collaborative way.

Other firms we’ve worked with in the past and plan to call on at Cinnamon Shore South include Austin’s Cornerstone, honored with a Best of Houzz award in 2018 and frequently featured in magazines and on home tours, and San Antonio’s LK Design Group, whose principal, Lynn Peters, is a homeowner at Cinnamon Shore North.

Interior Designers

From charming bunk rooms and luxurious master suites to gorgeous kitchens to living areas, home interiors at Cinnamon Shore have style, high-end appeal, and sophistication, but always stay connected to their coastal setting. Here’s a look at some of the designers who’ve contributed at Cinnamon Shore in years past. This sampling showcases just a few of the designers we can introduce to homeowners as our new community gets underway:

Amy Lutz, Butter Lutz Interiors, Austin, TX

Amy and a dedicated team strive to deliver interiors that feel contemporary and sophisticated but very livable, a perfect goal for beachside homes. Voted Best of Houzz year after year, the firm has clear vision and the capacity to deliver coastal interiors you’ll love.

Courtney Rangel, CGR Designs, Corpus Christi, TX

A lover of good design from an early age, Courtney lives in a beach town herself and vacations in Port Aransas. Courtney got the call to refresh interiors at the realty office at Cinnamon Shore last summer, delivering a breezy, sophisticated look that epitomizes Cinnamon Shore style. It’s a talent that translates well to her residential work, as well.

Tricia Dabney, High Cotton Home & Design, Austin, TX

Known for exceeding customer expectations by listening to her clients, Tricia offers a truly collaborative experience. She knows how to create places where homeowners can really relax, places that feel tailor-made, places that showcase superior style with flair.

We’ll call on the expertise of other interior designers, as well, including nationally recognized Paige Schnell of Tracery Interiors, with shops and design services offered in Rosemary Beach and Inlet Beach, FL. As the wife of Land Planner Mark Schnell, she knows Cinnamon Shore inside and out!

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