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Old 07-11-2022, 04:55 PM   #1
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Good evening,

I am planning to Retire in about three years.

Looking for some peace and quiet but with things to do nearby.

I will be grateful for any pros or cons people care to post or PM me.

Thanks in advance.

Mike
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Old 07-11-2022, 04:58 PM   #2
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Conroe and Livingston arenít the same general area. Hell, they arenít even in the same county.

Lake Conroe

Lake Livingston


Totally different, and Iíd pick Livingston.


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Old 07-11-2022, 05:29 PM   #3
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For future medical care needs Conroe probably better care
Livingston area less busyness in terms of traffic & growth and expansion of residential and business development
Good luck
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Old 07-11-2022, 05:57 PM   #4
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Looking for some peace and quiet but with things to do nearby.
Pick one or the other.

Conroe has plenty to do nearby but there hasn't been peace and quiet on that lake in years and Highway 105 is like an interstate.

Livingston has plenty of peace and quiet but the only thing to do there is eat at LeBlanc's and then park outside of Walmart and try to guess which you'll see more of: Methheads or fat women in nightgowns driving those scooters.

Of the two, I prefer Livingston and often regret selling my lakehouse there.
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Old 07-11-2022, 06:02 PM   #5
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Depends on what “thangs” you like to do.
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Old 07-11-2022, 06:03 PM   #6
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I’d pick Livingston for the reasons Curt mentioned. Don’t underestimate what you can see in that Walmart parking lot.
Conroe is crowded now days.

If you want a little more peace and quiet I’d suggest Onalaska. It’s still close to LeBlanc’s Cajun Kitchen.
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Old 07-11-2022, 06:05 PM   #7
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Conroe is far from quiet and slower.....it's growing like crazy with no sign of slowing....maybe north of here, Grimes or Walker county.
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Old 07-11-2022, 06:14 PM   #8
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Willis or New Waverly area is nice. 30 minutes to Lake Livingston. 15 minutes to Lake Conroe. Town amenities are much better in Conroe / Woodlands when it’s time to go to “town”.

Bad news is everyone seems to be moving to Willis/New WAverly.
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Old 07-11-2022, 06:16 PM   #9
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OP,
i did not see where you said retiring literally ON THE LAKE(s)???
If not trying to be on the lakes but in the vicinity of either lake.........CONROE general area hands down for access to amenities.
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Old 07-11-2022, 06:23 PM   #10
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Thank you all for the great responses. I am not interested in living on the lake. I would like to visit the lake(s) or coast from time to time. Fishing and hunting are hobbies but not passions. My main goal is peace and quiet but still have basic amenities within 15-30 minutes… plus decent medical care nearby.

Thanks again

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Old 07-11-2022, 06:45 PM   #11
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I live in willis on lake conroe , we are looking to leave in 4-5 years because of the growth, Its getting ridiculous.
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Old 07-11-2022, 07:17 PM   #12
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Somewhat ironic to me that you would pick those areas. I think you’re already in a better spot. Temple/Belton has all the amenities and medical care, and a much more desirable lake. Family closer to the Conroe/Livingston areas?
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Old 07-11-2022, 07:19 PM   #13
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I live in willis on lake conroe , we are looking to leave in 4-5 years because of the growth, Its getting ridiculous.
Just across the lake from you on Montgomery side, and I would move tomorrow if I could talk my bride into it. Admittedly itís nice to have so much available close by, but I would like to move further out. Or to Montana. Tomato to-mah-to
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Old 07-11-2022, 07:22 PM   #14
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I live in willis on lake conroe , we are looking to leave in 4-5 years because of the growth, Its getting ridiculous.
Nice lake pic in your avatar!!!
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Old 07-11-2022, 07:38 PM   #15
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No help on where to go, but guarantee you if I'm ever in a position to start a thread on retiring...I'm retiring that very day!
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Old 07-11-2022, 08:27 PM   #16
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Somewhat ironic to me that you would pick those areas. I think youíre already in a better spot. Temple/Belton has all the amenities and medical care, and a much more desirable lake. Family closer to the Conroe/Livingston areas?
I want to get off the Edwards Plateau. Sick of everything being brown all Summer. My impression is that East of I35 tends to stay greener and has real dirt for growing things, unlike the Caliche which is all I have around me. Really sick of being in the Mountain Cedar Capitol of the Planet. Would like to be closer to the Coast.
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Old 07-11-2022, 08:44 PM   #17
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You can have peace and quiet or you can have amenities. It will be extremely difficult to find both. If you don't mind driving a little then consider Coldsprings. National forest close by abd a short drive to Livingston a nd little further to Huntsvlle or Humble.
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Old 07-11-2022, 09:06 PM   #18
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Iíd pick Livingston for the reasons Curt mentioned. Donít underestimate what you can see in that Walmart parking lot.
Conroe is crowded now days.

If you want a little more peace and quiet Iíd suggest Onalaska. Itís still close to LeBlancís Cajun Kitchen.
Sounds like the kind of Walmart they need to charge a cover charge after midnight
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Old 07-11-2022, 09:21 PM   #19
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Pick one or the other.

Conroe has plenty to do nearby but there hasn't been peace and quiet on that lake in years and Highway 105 is like an interstate.

Livingston has plenty of peace and quiet but the only thing to do there is eat at LeBlanc's and then park outside of Walmart and try to guess which you'll see more of: Methheads or fat women in nightgowns driving those scooters.

Of the two, I prefer Livingston and often regret selling my lakehouse there.

You left? It hasnít changed in terms of busy. Definitely a bit of development in areas that still have lots for sale but still quiet enough to have your own private area on the south end of the lake for tubing. Unnoticeable. 88k acres of water.

This our first year without a boat and I miss the white bass soooooooop bad already. Some nice lots and homes for sale in the Cape and south east side but hold on to your hat when you make the down payment lol.


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Old 07-11-2022, 09:23 PM   #20
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Thank you all for the great responses. I am not interested in living on the lake. I would like to visit the lake(s) or coast from time to time. Fishing and hunting are hobbies but not passions. My main goal is peace and quiet but still have basic amenities within 15-30 minutesÖ plus decent medical care nearby.

Thanks again

Mike

Check out the ďGrand RanchesĒ neighborhoods. There are 3 in the New Waverly/Willis area. 25 min to each lake. 15?min to Conroe for supplies and 30 to The Woodlands where you can eat and shop with Millionaires.


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Old 07-11-2022, 09:47 PM   #21
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I am looking at Spring Branch area to retire in about 4-5 years. Close to San Antonio and Austin hospitals, and the hill country lakes and rivers
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Old 07-11-2022, 10:09 PM   #22
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My dad lived in La grange for 25 years on 10 acres. He called me one day and said I am moving to Conroe. I said what for and he stated hospitals and restaurants. He retired and moved to a neighborhood in Conroe. I was shocked but he told me the upkeep on 10 acres had taken its toll. He has a lawn man and hates the dog barking behind him.

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Old 07-11-2022, 10:14 PM   #23
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I want to get off the Edwards Plateau. Sick of everything being brown all Summer. My impression is that East of I35 tends to stay greener and has real dirt for growing things, unlike the Caliche which is all I have around me. Really sick of being in the Mountain Cedar Capitol of the Planet. Would like to be closer to the Coast.
Fair enough. I believe Willis/New Waverly/Coldspring would check all your boxes.
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