The Texas climate is basically broken into thirds, with the
desert western part of the state being hot and dry. Central
Texas has more vegetation and slightly moderate temperatures, while East Texas has many more trees and vegetation
as gulf breezes carry humid air that turns into precipitation.
The 300 days of sunshine per year are balanced by hot
summers across the state.
WHERE EAGLES FLY
Next summer Ray and Julia Bowen will retire on the
same day and move from just outside St. Louis into their
new custom home at Eagle’s Bluff, a stunning 600-acre
golf and lake community in Tyler, TX. Says Ray, who will
retire from 40 years in the military, “We chose Texas because we have family in Fort Worth, but we chose East
Texas for the bountiful trees and greenery it affords.”
Add in a home with a pool, topping a bluff overlooking
26,000-acre Lake Palestine, and one can envision the
perfect setting for their retirement.
SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET
Bonnie and John Cook literally moved across the street
when they bought their retirement home in Sun City
Texas six years ago. Located in Georgetown, just north
of Austin, the 55+ community is rich in amenities and
club activities. “We especially enjoy the cultural offerings of Austin and the beauty of the Hill Country with its
Spanish oaks, lakes, and fields of bluebonnets. We also
love the small town feel and beauty of the Georgetown
square close by…it just feels like home,” remarked Bonnie.
Custom homebuilder Trent Williams is practically a celebrity in East Texas and communities
like Eagle’s Bluff in Tyler for the quality product
and personal service he affords.
Trent points to the natural loam soil (a mixture
of sand and clay) of East Texas as a cost-saver
in the building process. He reveals that, “The
loam soil in this region is called ‘select fill’ and
it’s impeccable to build on. For the homeowner, it means that they don’t need a substructure, which saves $10,000 - $15,000 that can
go into finishes in the house instead of a slab.”
Trent integrates many of his homes with the
surrounding terrain by using a lot of raw materials from East Texas, including five natural
rocks like Granbury limestone and Oklahoma
San Antonio River Walk