Bonterra at Woodforest is an ongoing development of a lavish, active-adult master planned community that is bringing 700 stunning homes to Montgomery, Texas—a suburb just outside of Houston. Developed by building masters Taylor Morrison, Bonterra seeks to create a unique community for individuals 55 and older, who don’t see retirement as a time to slow down, but rather as a time to embrace life and the activities that an active adult lifestyle has to offer. The homes at Bonterra are anything but average, they are an oasis of luxury.
Set inside the beautifully forested location of southern Montgomery County, the community is surrounded by towering pines and oaks. While the first home owners moved in last December, development is ongoing, and eventually the full spread will include a 10,000 square foot clubhouse complete with a fitness center, lagoon-style pool, an indoor event facility, an event lawn, bocce ball courts, a full display kitchen and more. Additionally, there is an array of amenities already available to Woodforest residents, such as walking trails, tennis, swimming, and parks. Bonterra is also in close proximity to one of Texas’ most acclaimed 27-hole golf courses, the Woodforest Golf Club. New homebuyers have a choice of nine different expansive floor plans to choose from, with prices ranging between the $200s to the $1 million range.
The concept for the homes at Bonterra was centered on the idea that individuals can be greater than their age, according to Jim Ellison, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Taylor Morrison’s Houston division. Bonterra is a community that came about as a result of an in-depth study of Baby Boomers and their approach to aging,” Ellison said. “Unlike their parents, they don’t see retirement as a time to slow down. Many don’t see themselves retiring at all.”
Making the extra effort to practice green building methods is the reason that Green Home Builder magazine chose Taylor Morrison as our 2014 Green Home Builder of the year. Each home inside Bonterrawas built to the standards of Taylor Morrison’s Elem3nts program, which incorporates third-party green certification in the form of the Home Energy Rating (HERS) index. Currently, the homes at s HERS score is pending, but each one will be built to significantly reduce the homeowner’s carbon footprint. Homes include energyefficient features such as Honeywell programmable thermostats, high efficiency 15 SEER air conditioning systems with new environmentally friendly R-410 refrigerants, 40 gallon gas water heaters, low-E double pane vinyl tilt-in windows, ridge ventilation with perforated soffits, Tech Shield radiant barrier roofing and gas line supplied dryers. By building to meet the standards of Taylor Morrison’s Elem3ntsprogram, the homes at Bonterra use less energy to run than the average home and lessen the overall environmental impact.
Taylor Morrison recognizes that active adults care about their impact on the world around them, as well as having options. Bonterra was built to reflect that idea, and does so with serious style. “What they see moving ahead are currents of change that they control,” Ellison said. “They will be the ones who choose their destinies and those destinies include a wide variety of options, from traveling the world or spending more time recapturing loved pastimes, to embarking on new challenges like making a meaningful impact through powerful volunteerism and building new businesses around new ideas and interests.”
An example of these options is present at Bonterra in the array of nine different floorplans that homebuyers can choose from. Each one is stunning, and models include up to two or three extra bedrooms in a home, dual master suites, unique outdoor patio layouts, beautiful full gourmet kitchen setups—along with gorgeous architectural and design detail options like breathtaking backsplashes, exposed brick interior, bay windows, sun rooms, coffered ceilings and exposed wood ceiling detail. Floor plans range in size between 1,687 square feet to 2,984 square feet.
Each of the nine different floorplans fall within three different series that Taylor Morrison is building atBonterra at Woodforest. The first group is the 45-foot series of homes, which consists of two different floor plans: The Coalmont and The Sedgwick. The Coalmont has a two bedroom, two-bath layout featuring ample space for entertaining, a formal dining room, a family room and a backyard with a covered patio. The Sedgwick offers similar features but with three bedrooms.
The second collection is their 52-foot series, which gives homebuyers four different floorplan options. First is the Strasburg, which at 1,933 square feet, features an open floor plan, two bedrooms including an extended master retreat, and the option of a study, entertainment room and a doublesided fireplace.
The Norwood gives a bit more square footage and has a three-bedroom option with a den, family room and a formal dining space. The Avondale offers 2,062 square feet with a flex room and dining space, a breakfast area with an open layout kitchen and a family room space.
Both of these floorplans come with the option of a dual open shower in the master bath. The Avondale gives homebuyers the option of a courtyard, a bay window in the master suite and an optional entertainment room. The Bellevue floorplan continues on in this series, but gives the option of a fourth bedroom, a study and an extended covered patio.
The third and final collection of floorplans available is their 62-foot pinnacle series. Homebuyers have three different models to choose from within the pinnacle series, starting with the largest floorplan option available at Bonterra, the Monarch, which gives homebuyers nearly 3,000 square feet of fabulous living space. The Granada has a more traditional layout, with the option of a covered outdoor kitchen. Last, but certainly not least is the Aurora, which offers a large and stunning open layout.
Bonterra is about lifestyle, embracing new experiences and seizing new opportunities, whatever they may be,” said Ellison. “The point is to help people embrace the opportunities that life holds for them, and to give them a place that’s imbibed with the same spirit.” Jessica Burger is an editorial assistant for Green Home Builder magazine. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org