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Construction has started on the first man-made freshwater lagoon in Texas, bringing a beach-focused lifestyle to the Houston-area Balmoral residential community when it opens next year.

The 2-acre, environmentally friendly lagoon with white sand beaches is the first of its kind in a primary residential community in the state. Representatives of Crystal Lagoons, the multinational water-innovation company, and Balmoral developer Land Tejas joined more than 80 city officials, homebuilders and other community leaders on Oct. 5 to break ground on construction.

The lagoon, with depths up to 8 feet, will feature a Kid’s Cove and two beaches — a Family Beach with cabanas and lounge chairs, and a Serenity Beach for adults. The lagoon will become a signature feature in the northeast Beltway 8 community, anchoring the development’s 8-acre, $10 million Amenity Village that includes an infinity-edge pool overlooking the lagoon, a food truck courtyard, hammock park, sand volleyball court, playground and splash pad. A 12-foot wide GreenBoLT trail system will enable residents to walk, bike or take electric golf carts and Segways to Balmoral amenities and points of interest.

Crystal Lagoons’ patented, environmentally friendly technology enables real estate developers to transform parcels of land into beach lifestyles anywhere in the world, at low construction and maintenance costs. The lagoons use 100 times fewer chemicals than traditional swimming pools and consume only 2 percent of the energy required by traditional pool filtration systems.

The grand opening of the lagoon in 2018 will feature Crystal Lagoons’ newly signed spokesperson, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, who will take a special swim in the lagoon at the event. Balmoral offers homes priced from the $190,000s by builders Colina Homes; D.R. Horton; Gray Point Homes by Gehan Homes; HistoryMaker Homes; and Westin Homes. The first several sections under development in 580-acre Balmoral encompass approximately 600 home sites within gated neighborhoods.