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Living a Golf Lifestyle in The Woodlands, Texas

There are as 7 golf courses in The Woodlands,Texas, making it a pretty golf-friendly community. This master planned community is 30 miles north of Houston. There is a cluster of 8 master planned villages and a Town Center. These master planned communities offer every type of housing option from hotels to single families. There is plenty of good shopping including a shopping mall, restaurants, and activities such . The attractions of Houston are just a short drive away down Interstate 45 or the Hardy Toll Road. The Woodlands has increasingly become home to many corporate campuses including Chevron-Phillips and Hewitt Associates. The population continues to increase, going from 55,000 in 2000 to  over 77,000 in 2007. For many more interesting facts see the Wikipedia entry for The Woodlands. Photo of Woodlands Waterway above courtesy of Photolander at En.Wikipedia. 

Where to Retire in The Woodlands and Home Prices

Active adults 55+ can live in a golfing or active adult community or in a tree-filled small town. Real estate prices reflect the desirability of the community, but there seems to be something for everyone.
You can rent a condo for as little as just over $1000/month or you can buy a million dollar plus single family home - with every thing in between. There are even communities for senior citizens. Zillow reports the median listing price for a home in the Woodlands was $434,950, in early 2018.

What is special about The Woodlands

Master-planned community built around the old town square concept. There is a housing choice and an activity for everyone, plus a commercial base that stabilizes the community. The Woodlands Waterway offers water taxis as a means of transportation through the community. The bright lights of Houston are just a short drive away. Schools are very good except for special needs children.

What is not special about The Woodlands

Somewhat homogenous. Humidity runs 80% frequently; risk of hurricanes and tornados; summer heat.

Climate and Physical Environment

The Woodlands is 28 miles north of Houston along I 45. The development is situated in a heavily forested area of rolling hills. Winters are fairly temperate in southern Texas, summers are hot. The July average high temperature is 94 and the average January low is 40. May is the rainiest month with 5.5".

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Mitchell Pavilion offers local performing arts and it is a short drive to all of Houston's offerings. The Children's Museum of Houston has opened a branch in The Woodlands Mall. The Woodlands Symphony performs Fall and Spring: the Houston Symphony performs at Mitchell Pavilion in the summer; many shows in the summer are free. The Woodlands features an ever-growing list of entertainment venues including an amphitheater, two movie theaters, over 150 restaurants, and a publicly accessible waterway complete with  lights and dancing waterfall. The Friendship Center has many programs for those 60+.

Crime

The crime rate here is low.

Medical facilities

Memorial Hermann Hospital is a 24 hour acute care facility with 92 beds. There is also the Sadler Clinic, Conroe Regional Medical Center, and The Woodlands Healthcare Center (convalescent and nursing with over 200 beds).

Transportation

I 45 and the Hardy Toll Road lead to Houston. Bush International Airport is 30 miles away. No mass transportation in the county except park and ride buses to Houston Monday through Friday. The Woodlands is below average in walkability when compared to other towns.

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