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 has been one of the fastest-growing cities in both Texas and the nation, and its growth isn’t expected to slow anytime soon. Soon, Austin’s population is projected to cross the 1 million mark, adding the state capitol to the list of other Texas metro areas 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 in search of Austin homes for sale can choose from several age-restricted communities, each with its own distinctive offerings. Austin is also home to four 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 $400s - Mid $800s

View of the back patio of a clubhouse in Kissing Tree with seating, a fire pit, and a stage, located in San Marcos, Texas

Kissing Tree is a 55+ community with a wide array of amenities.

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.

With development having begun in 2016, Brookfield Residential plans to build a total of 3,200 residences in Kissing Tree with more than 20 floor plans. Homes range from 1,030 to 3,500 square feet and include an array of customizable options, including outdoor living spaces, casitas, and gourmet kitchens.

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Gardens at Teravista - Round Rock, TX

Mid $300s - High $300s

Greenery and a stone reflecting in. a river located in Round Rock, Texas with some wildlife around

This active lifestyle community is located in Round Rock. 

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 is situated inside Teravista, a master-planned golf course community.

Started in 2012 by Spicewood Communities, Gardens at Teravista has 81 detached garden homes. These single-family models 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, a pro shop, and the Caldwell Cafe. 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. The community also boasts courts for tennis, volleyball, and basketball. At The Retreat clubhouse, homeowners can relax at the outdoor pool and patio.

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Belterra - The Cove at San Saba - Austin, TX

Low $400s – Low $500s

This community is one of the best for active adults searching for an intimate new home still near the excitement of a big city. 

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 searching for an intimate community still near the excitement of a big city.

Set just 20 miles outside of Downtown Austin, this active lifestyle community offers new single-family homes ranging from 1,840 to 2,820 square feet. 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 trails.

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The Summit At Cypress Mill - Johnson City, TX

Mid $300s - High $300s

Sheep, chickens, and a covered wagon on a farmstead in Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in central Texas

Grocery stores, health care providers, museums, zoos, and much more can all be found a short trip from home.

The Summit At Cypress Mill can be found in Johnson City, about an hour's drive from Austin in the Texas-German belt. This active lifestyle community features 181 single-family homes settled across five acres of rolling hills.

Residences in this community range from 1,084 to 3,206 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached garages for up to four cars. Homebuyers can look forward to high ceilings, hardwood flooring, and energy-efficient appliances. Residents also enjoy ample privacy and views of the natural scenery.

The convenient location of The Summit At Cypress Mill puts members of the community within easy reach of daily necessities and entertainment. Grocery stores, health care providers, museums, zoos, and much more can all be found a short trip from home.

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