800 Bentwater Drive, Montgomery, Texas 77356
Beautiful Waterfront Community of Bentwater in Southeastern Texas Boasts Three Golf Courses, Private Islands, a Marina, a Yacht Club and a Wide Range of Home Prices
About an hour north of Houston in southeastern Texas, Montgomery is just west of sparkling 21,000-acre Lake Conroe and sprawling 160,000-acre Sam Houston National Forest. It is also the setting for Bentwater, a beautiful master-planned, single family home community popular with families, empty nesters and retirees. The primary builder is Belin and Associates of Houston.
Bentwater spreads across 1,400 acres and touches the shores of Lake Conroe. Properties range from inviting "cottages" to stunning waterside estates, many constructed with brick. Nearly every home has a view of woods, fairways or the water, depending on price. Floor plans range from about 1,800 square feet with three bedrooms and three baths to 10,000 square feet with six bedrooms and eight baths. All homes have a manicured lawn and tasteful landscaping. Prospective owners may choose their own builder as long as the community's architectural standards are met.
Prices begin in the high-$200,000s and top out in the millions. The HOA fee hovers around $96 per month. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they will change over time.
The community's acreage includes 12.5 miles of shoreline and two private islands. Residents enjoy three golf courses, one of which sits between Lake Conroe and the Sam Houston National Forest. Another kisses the outline of Lake Conroe. A private yacht club, a marina, a spa, a racquet club and a waterfront swimming pool are a few of the other amenities. Two gates, one of which is manned 24/7, instill a sense of security.
Residents may enroll in different club membership levels with varying degrees of amenity access. For example, the Grand Membership allows for use of all 54 holes of golf, pro shops, dining facilities, clubs, the fitness center, swimming pools, the day spa, and the marina. The more modest Social Membership includes use of swimming pools, the marina, and clubhouses.
The Montgomery County Performing Arts Society in nearby Conroe brings a rich menu of music, dance, and theater to the area. The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is a two day food and fine arts event. The Conroe Art League supports about 250 local artists, galleries, and art classes for all.
Conroe Regional Medical Center, about 20 minutes away in Conroe, is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s, 90s and low-100s. Winter temperatures dip into the 40s and 50s. On average, Montgomery receives 50 inches of rain per year.
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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.
A New Start
Moving to a new place for retirement, whether it be a planned community in your current town or to an entirely new metropolis, it is the beginning of a new chapter and full of possibilities. It takes a certain amount of courage to leave what is familiar for the unknown, but the rewards are usually worth it. Most people who make the move are looking for the same things, including solid health care facilities, a comfortable climate (which may mean different things to different people), chances to become involved in the new community, access to cultural and recreational amenities and an opportunity to make new friends. While some people dread retirement, savvy people know it can be the beginning of something great!
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