Few things are better than the feeling of hitting a golf ball perfectly flush or hearing the roar of a big-time college football game, especially when it's your alma mater. Ideally situated between Houston and Austin, The Cottonwood, one of The Casitas at Traditions ( www.traditionsclub.com) in Bryan, Texas, offers both opportunities and much more.
Traditions is a golf course community where living is easy. Drive in, park your car, and enjoy life. The Cottonwood lies mere steps from the clubhouse, pool area, and the Turkey Creek Grill. Tee it up on the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, and then meet your family for burgers by the pool afterward. The Cottonwood is also perfect for a weekend couples' getaway because it features two master suites. The main living area is spacious.
The Bryan-College Station area is on the rise, due in part to its laid-back college atmosphere. College towns across the country are enjoying a healthy growth because of their youthful vibe and the abundant opportunities schools offer. With a great medical community, the opportunity to participate in some top-notch continuing education programs at Texas A&M University, and the opening of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, there's never been more to do.
just 10 minutes from the Texas A&M campus in Bryan, Texas
Size: 2 bedrooms, 21/2 baths
Favorite feature: The fireplace on the back porch is the perfect gathering spot.
Choose this house: If you want to take a break in a college town, play some golf, and relax.
What You May Not Know
Bryan-College Station forms the northernmost point of a triangle completed by Houston and Austin. In the lush bluebonnet-covered hills between the three cities, you'll find wonderful spots to explore. Brenham is home to Blue Bell Creameries ( www.bluebell.com) and The Antique Rose Emporium (www.antiqueroseemporium.com). Round Top hosts the Round Top Antiques Fair (www.roundtoptexasantiques.com) each season. While you're there, take in an event at The International Festival-Institute (www.festivalhill.org). You have to see this world-class music institute to believe it.