Texas Retirement Communities


The Mansions in the Forest

545 FM 1488 Road

Conroe, Texas  77384

Active Adult Rental Condominium Community in Texas Offers Alternative to Purchasing Retirement Real Estate

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Just north of Houston, in the Piney Woods region of eastern Texas, sits The Mansion in the Forest, a 55+ master-planned community that offers condominiums for lease, a nice alternative to buying real estate upon retirement.  The condo units are located in a number of three story buildings that overlook well-kept lawns, flowerbeds, and in some cases, the outdoor pool.



Newcomers have seven floor plans, including studios, one bedroom (one bath) and two bedroom (two bath) units, from which to choose.  Sizes range from 440 square feet (studios) to 1,530 square feet (2 bedrooms and 2 baths).    Basic units come with all-white appliances and carpet; upgraded units are available for additional fees and have a choice of carpet or hardwood floors, a flat top stove, a complimentary cleaning once a month and a complimentary dinner twice a month.  Leases are for seven, thirteen or twenty-six months.  All units are on one level, and the one and two bedroom units have covered patios; higher end units have larger kitchens, more closet space and large oval bathtubs.  Visit www.mansionsintheforest.com for more information.


Interior hallways are well-lit, and all residences have easy elevator access.   Units have ceiling fans, 9-ft ceilings, custom mini-blinds, full-sized washer and dryer connections, digital cable TV, complete kitchens, 24-hr monitored burglar alarms and panic buttons, designer kitchen cabinets, keyless deadbolt locks, air conditioning, hi-speed broadband internet access, and they are wheelchair-friendly.  Meals are available in the dining rooms (indoor and outdoor) at the Clubhouse and cost roughly $6 to $8 each.

Also at the Clubhouse (13,000 square feet) residents find a library, a full-service hair and nail salon, a computer center, an arts and crafts center, a coffee bar, a basketball court, a sauna, a ballroom, a billiards room, a state-of-the-art exercise room and more.  The Mansions in the Forest employs a full-time activities director, and a full schedule of events, including fitness classes, holiday parties and off-site trips, keep residents busy.

The lush 1,725-acre W.G. Jones State Forest is adjacent to the community, and walking trails within The Mansions head off into the woods, providing easy access to a wonderful spot for hiking, camping, bicycling and just enjoying nature (the park is also a great place to volunteer).  This area brims with roses, delicate dogwoods and beautiful azaleas.

Conroe is pretty and very wooded with rolling hills.  Shopping is adequate, and Conroe Regional Medical Center has 360 beds and 250 physicians on staff.    The new ICU and Cardiac Care Units provide state-of-the-art care for up to 36 patients at a time. 

This area does have a high tornado risk, and the weather is hot and humid in the summer with daily temperatures reaching into the 90s; winter temperatures average in the 50s and 60s.  The area receives 4 to 5 inches of precipitation a month.

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