Looking for the best place to retire? Have you had enough of cold winters, icy sidewalks and below freezing temperatures? Do warm, sunny days in a culturally diverse city appeal to you? If so, you may want to consider Houston!
Houston is a large cosmopolitan city, home to over 2 million people! Here you will find a wonderful mix of cultural backgrounds, along with a delicious array of cuisines, from the traditional Texas barbeque restaurants and Tex-Mex to many international or local restaurants based on your preference.
Speaking of culture, the Museum District boasts 19 museums and attractions, including:
- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, one of the largest collections of fine arts in the US.
- Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, with free admission.
- Houston Zoo, with more than 6,000 animals, as well as exhibits and special events.
Another great place to visit is the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, a 155-acre, non-profit nature sanctuary. Visitors can explore the walking trails for free.
Of course, one of Houston’s many attractive features is its warm climate. The temperature does get quite hot in the summer, and this is certainly something to consider before making your decision to move to Houston, however, the warm winter months more than make up for the hot summer days. Imagine never having to shovel a sidewalk again! Or having to wear several layers of clothing, even to walk to the corner. The weather does cool down in the winter, with the average high temperature around 62 degrees, and while the temperature may drop to the freezing mark, it’s typically not more than 18 days per year.
Another BIG advantage – no state income tax in Texas! This is certainly welcome to many, but particularly to seniors living on a fixed income. Additionally, for homeowners, there are generous property tax exemptions for residents who are 65 years old, and older.
But alas, no place is perfect. As is the case with any large city, Houston residents do have to deal with lots of traffic if they commute to the city. However, retired residents may be able to avoid rush-hour when driving to the city, or better yet, consider traveling by MetroRail to go sight-seeing, museums, or the theatre.
If you are looking for an independent living retirement community in the Houston area, come visit the Gardens at Spring Shadows – the best solution for comfortable and secure senior living.