Luxury Retirement Homes in Houston
Houston is no stranger to luxury. The city built its early fortune in the oil business, and today the Houston metro area’s economy outperforms all but about 2 dozen foreign countries. Seniors looking for a gilded version of the golden years will find all kinds of options across the Houston area, from the elegant suburbs north of town to close-in neighborhoods near the city’s best shopping and golf courses.
Upscale suburban style in The Woodlands
Retirees who want to be close to the city and to nature may prefer a suburban setting such as The Woodlands, where senior communities like the Conservatory at Alden Bridge provide homes that are convenient to both Houston and to Lake Conroe and the Sam Houston National Forest. Alden Bridge is set in a residential neighborhood and is close to The Woodlands’ three local golf courses, two of which were designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
Among the resort-inspired amenities at Alden Bridge are an outdoor heated pool and spa, private poolside cabanas for socializing in the shade, and putting greens. Inside the facility, Alden Bridge offers restaurant-style dining, a private dining room for special events, and special-occasion onsite catering. Fitness options include custom-designed workout plans, Pilates classes, tai chi, and circuit training on the center’s workout equipment.
Gracious living along Greens Bayou
The Northshore neighborhood on Houston’s near northeast side sits on the edge of Greens Bayou, a meandering waterway that feeds into historic Buffalo Bayou just a few miles to the south. The area is home to Herman Brown Park, Maxey Park, the city’s Coolgreen Corridor natural area, and the 90-year old Texaco Golf Club. In the middle of all those destinations is the Villas on Wood Forest, a luxury senior community that features 1- and 2-bedroom apartment homes. Villas residents can enjoy social gatherings and field trips coordinated by the community’s activities director, on-site salons and libraries, and a full roster of studio and aquatic fitness classes.
Opulence near Piney Point
Across town, on the edge of the west-side village of Piney Point, residents at The Buckingham enjoy a home with a traditional look plus convenience to the city’s best shopping at the Galleria. Buckingham residents also have on-site continuity of care, because the community’s Life Care program provides assisted living services, skilled nursing, and memory care as needed.
In addition to bistro, restaurant, and private dining, seniors living at Buckingham enjoy weekly housekeeping and linen service. They’re also protected by the Buckingham’s 24-security and emergency-call staffers and by the facility’s hurricane-resistant architecture, height above the 100-year flood plain, and special shelter locations on campus for the most severe weather.
High-rise elegance near parks and shopping
Dyed-in-the-wool urbanites may feel most at home in a luxury tower like the Forum at Memorial Woods, near Memorial Park on the city’s near west side. Valet parking in the building’s underground garage, sweeping city views, the cocktail lounge, and guest suites for visitors make the Forum appealing, while its location near the Katy Freeway and Loop 610 make it easy to get around town.
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