Get the Bentsen Palm Guide to Knowing What It’s Like Moving to the Rio Grande Valley from Houston, TX

What’s it like moving to the Rio Grande Valley from Houston, TX? Rhodes Enterprises, Inc., the McAllen area real estate developer of the stunning 2,600 acre Bentsen Palm community, shares their expertise and what’s great about moving to the Rio Grande Valley.

Lower Cost of Living – The Rio Grande Valley is one of the most affordable places to live in the state with a cost of living around 82.9  in McAllen, TX according to Sperling’s Best Places to Live compared to Houston, which scored a 98.2 against the U.S. average.

Small Town Living with Big City Conveniences –  Here in the Rio Grande Valley you get the best of both worlds. There are plenty of big shopping centers, including La Plaza Mall and the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets as well as excellent dining and entertainment for the whole family. Yet, you’ll find life is a little quieter here with nature all around your new Retama Village at Bentsen Palm home.

Affordable Housing Market – Compared with Houston, the Rio Grande Valley with cities like Mission, TX and McAllen, TX offer a substantial increase in value for your housing dollar and more affordable housing prices. Whether you’re looking for an RV Port Home in McAllen, TX or Mission, TX homes for sale, according to the Texas Association of Realtors Texas Quarterly Housing Report, median prices for the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area remain at an affordable median price of $120,500.


Major Employers – The Rio Grande Valley area job market continues to show positive growth in a number of sectors. The Bentsen Palm community offers easy access to a number of top area employers, including HEB Food and Drug Stores, McAllen ISD, University of Texas Pan American, South Texas Health System, South Texas College, BBVA Compass Bank and more.

Geographic Diversity – As the southernmost tip of Texas, the Lower Rio Grande Valley is a subregion of the Gulf Coastal Plains and offers varying ecosystems that range from beaches, to a tropical paradise of interconnected resacas, miles of farmlands and hills in the west. You will experience a variety of geographies here.


Winter Texans – The Rio Grande Valley is a favorite destination for “Snowbirds” for the winter and early spring months of October through April. The population increases by 100,000 or more people from the colder states each winter. This isn’t something you experience living in Houston or many other parts of Texas.

Exceptional Produce – You will hardly find a stretch of road where you cannot stop and buy some of the freshest produce in the state here. With a year-round growing season, farm-to-table freshness is a way of life. The Growing Growers Farmer’s Market is a great place to shop every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Fireman’s Park. You’ll also find weekly farmer’s markets in Pharr, Weslaco, Brownsville and South Padre Island.

Plan your visit to Bentsen Palm and the Rio Grande Valley and discover what you’ll love most about moving here from Houston, TX.


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