The homes in Kissing Tree, a gated active adult community in San Marcos, Texas.

If you're looking to retire in Austin, here are three popular gated communities.

For the past eight years, Austin, Texas has been one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, and its growth isn’t expected to slow anytime soon. This year, Austin’s population is projected to cross the 1 million mark, adding the state capitol to the list of other big Texas cities like Houston and Dallas.

It’s easy to see why so many people are flocking to this Central Texas city. Austin is home to an eclectic entertainment scene, abundant recreation opportunities, and acclaimed restaurants such as Fabi + Rosi and Juliet Italian Kitchen.

Active adults who are searching for Austin homes for sale can choose from several age-restricted communities, each with its own distinctive offerings. Austin is also home to three popular gated communities. Living in a gated community offers an additional layer of security as well as the prestige of a more exclusive atmosphere.

If you’re looking for homes for sale in Austin and you desire to live in a gated community, take a look at these popular neighborhoods.

Kissing Tree - San Marcos, TX

Low $300s - Low $500s

Conveniently situated halfway between Austin and San Antonio, Kissing Tree is a 55+ community with a wide array of amenities. Homeowners in this active lifestyle community have access to a social building, a Biergarten, an indoor and outdoor bar, a live-music stage, billiards tables, a community classroom, a food truck, and fire pits.

Outside, residents enjoy six bocce ball courts, eight pickleball courts, horseshoe pits, a golf driving range, putting greens, and 18 miles of walking and biking trails. Kissing Tree also contains an 18-hole putting course, a semi-private 18-hole golf course, a resort-style outdoor pool, and a barbecue area.

Brookfield Residential plans to build a total of 3,200 residences in Kissing Tree with 18 different floor plans. Homes range from 1,424 to 3,398 square feet and include an array of customizable options, including outdoor living spaces, casitas, and gourmet kitchens.

Learn more information about Kissing Tree here.

Gardens at Teravista - Round Rock, TX

Mid $300s - High $300s

Located less than 30 minutes from Downtown Austin, Gardens at Teravista offers residents convenient access to many cultural and entertainment destinations. This active lifestyle community in Round Rock is situated inside the master-planned golf course community of Teravista.

Started in 2012 by Spicewood Communities, Gardens at Teravista has 81 detached garden homes. The single-family homes range from 1,432 to 2,750 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached two- or three-car garage.

Residents who enjoy golf can take advantage of the Teravista Golf Club, featuring an 18-hole championship course, pro shop, and Caldwell Café. The community also boasts courts for tennis, volleyball, and basketball. At The Retreat, homeowners can relax at the outdoor pool and patio. Other amenities include an updated fitness center, a gathering room, and the Ranch House, a 150-year-old historic building that provides a charming setting for many social events and private parties.

Learn more information about Gardens at Teravista here.

Belterra - The Cove at San Saba - Austin, TX

Low $400s – Low $500s

Containing just 43 single-family homes, Belterra - The Cove at San Saba is one of the best places to retire in Texas for active adults who desire an intimate community but want to live near the excitement of a big city.

Set just 20 miles outside of Downtown Austin, this active lifestyle community offers single-family homes that range from 1,840 to 2,820 square feet. Active adult homebuyers can choose from eight floor plans that feature walk-in closets, study spaces, guest casitas, and covered patios.

When it comes to lifestyle and amenities, residents of Belterra - The Cove at San Saba can socialize and stay as active as they like. The community contains a clubhouse with plenty of space for gathering with friends or enjoying the pleasant Texas climate. Outdoors, homeowners have access to a pool and patio along with a basketball court and playground for entertaining grandkids. Residents can also enjoy ample outdoor space and walking and biking trails.

Learn more information about Belterra - The Cove at San Saba here.