BellaVita at Green Tee
1548 North Riviera Circle, Pearland, Texas 77581
Quiet, Gated 55+ Community Outside of Houston, Texas has Patio Homes, Single Family Homes and a Mediterranean Style Clubhouse
Outside of Houston in southeastern Texas, Pearland is the site of BellaVita at Green Tee, a gated enclave for people age 55 or better. Construction began in 2001 and ended in 2012. Lennar and K. Hovnanian are the builders of the development's 675 residences.
Community lanes meander and many residences sit on a dead-end street with a cul-de-sac. Single story patio homes and single family houses dominate BellaVita's landscape. Sizes range from 1,500 square feet to well over 2,400 square feet. Most dwellings have two to three bedrooms, two to three baths, a garage and a brick exterior. Houses on the resale market may include upgrades such as stone fireplaces, master baths and granite countertops. Most homes have spacious backyards, and fences are allowed. Prices begin in the low-$200,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change. HOA fees fund community amenities, alarm system monitoring, as well as lawn care and cable service.
The 14,000 square foot clubhouse is the heart of the community. The Mediterranean-style building has a fitness center, a ballroom, a computer room, a library, and a multi-purpose room. It is the place where neighbors meet to play billiards, table tennis, or shuffle board. Homeowners also enjoy a heated outdoor pool, a spa, a 9-hole putting green and BellaVita's 11-acre lake. Walking and biking trails radiate from the lake and wind through the community.
BellaVita residents have quick access to Hobby Airport, the NASA space center, major highways, and downtown Houston. Nearby Pearland, which is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas, has a senior center, a natatorium, and a long list of parks. The city sponsors summer concerts, a crawfish festival, and art walks. Coastal towns like Seabrook are minutes away. Residents can get away to the Kemah Waterfront, the Armand Bayou, or Galveston.
Pearland has a new hospital, Pearland Medical Center, but it is not yet accredited. Houston has several accredited facilities.
This area has a humid subtropical climate with long summers and short winters. Summer temperatures can reach into the low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Summer thunderstorms can be severe.
Visit www.club-bellavita.org for more information. See http://tinyurl.com/zd6r6e9 for listings.
Two Spanish explorers in the 16th and 17th centuries were the first Europeans to visit this area and settled near El Paso in 1682. A French colony also existed for a time at Matagorda Bay. Americans started to settle at the edge of the Brazos River in 1821. Mexico, recently independent from Spain, controlled Texas at this time.
The American settlers eventually rebelled against Mexico and fought for their independence in the Texas Revolution (1835 to 1836). Legendary battles included San Jacinto and the Alamo. The U.S. annexed Texas in 1845, and the Mexican-American War began in 1846 as Mexico fought to keep Texas.
The U.S. captured Mexico City in 1848 and ended the war. The subsequent Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo not only kept Texas in the U.S. but gave the Americans ownership of California, half of New Mexico, most of Arizona, Nevada, Utah and parts of Wyoming and Colorado. Texas has been a part of the U.S. ever since.
The Lone Star State is the second biggest in the country in size, after Alaska, and it leads every other state in the production of cattle, sheep, oil, as well as cotton. Geography ranges from arid, flat plains in the west to the thick piney woods in the east.
Texas also boasts 100 state parks, the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the Alamo and Big Bend Mountains National Park. In September, 2017, one of its major cities, Houston, received 51 inches of rain during Hurricane Irma.
Population - 27,862,334
Persons 65 years old and over - 12%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 81%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 37%
White persons, not Hispanic - 45%
Median household income - $53,207
Median home value - $169,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
What are the Benefits of a 55+ Development?
Developments designed for the 55+ crowd offer a lot of benefits. The main ones are security, plenty of recreation opportunities and a sense of community with people of similar backgrounds, but the benefits do not end there. Nearly all 55+ single family home communities, particularly newer ones, have single story homes, whether single family homes, town homes or condominiums. No more having to go up and down stairs all day long. Many have a homeowners' association that take care of the exterior maintenance, including mowing the lawn and shoveling the snow. Others have rental programs so that if you decide to go on vacation for six months, the association will find a qualified renter for you. There are even communities that will, for a monthly fee, provide meals, housekeeping and 24/7 emergency services.
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