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Thriving at Eagle’s Trace

Relationships come first at West Houston community

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March 20th, 2015
man with his dog


Like many Eagle’s Trace residents, Guido Bulgarelli is a Houston transplant. He moved to the West Houston community with his wife Adelaide in 2009 to be closer to their youngest daughter Mindy.

Guido grew up in Ankeny, Iowa, just north of Des Moines. His parents emigrated from Piandelagotti, a small town in Northern Italy. They arrived in the U.S. via Ellis Island and settled in the coal mining town of Ankeny, where they raised their five children—Guido, his brother, and three sisters.

“Ankeny’s population was around 600 when my dad was growing up,” says Mindy. “It had all the best attributes of a small town. There was strong community spirit. The people were friendly, socially active, and personally involved.”

So when it came time to research retirement options, a community with a small-town feel was at the top of Guido and Adelaide’s list.

“My parents liked the on-site fitness center, bank, medical center, pharmacy, and flexible dining options at



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