Texas boasts many ideal places to retire, offering active adults an abundance of age-restricted communities, varied recreation opportunities, and a way of life that’s uniquely Texan.
The state pride might be bigger in Texas, but the cost of living is not. The state remains one of the country’s most affordable places to live, with 10 Texas cities ranking among the top 30 cheapest places to live in America, according to SmartAsset. Active adults on a budget can live their best lives without living beyond their means at the 55+ communities below. Check out these Texas communities where you get a high quality of life living in homes that cost under $150,000.
Alamo Country Club – Alamo
Active adults who desire a tropical, laid-back lifestyle will feel right at home at Alamo Country Club. This 55+ community in Alamo, right in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, offers residents a nine-hole golf course, an outdoor pool and spa, two tennis courts, seven shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, and a network of walking trails winding along beautiful ponds.
Just an hour north of South Padre Island, beach lovers have easy access to the white sands of Texas’ most idyllic beach. This established community started in 1981 and contains 526 single-family homes. Active adult homebuyers can enjoy low-maintenance living thanks to a homeowners' association (HOA) fee that covers upkeep, golf, and a secured entrance. Homes, which start below $100,000, offer at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a one-car garage.
Scenic Hills – Schertz
Scenic Hills in Schertz, just 25 miles outside of San Antonio, lives up to its name. This quaint 55+ community offers homeowners a serene environment. Homeowners can gaze upon this well-kept community from the gazebo or admire the rolling greens of the neighboring golf course.
An HOA fee covers lawn care, guard service, and upkeep, allowing residents more time to spend the day chatting with friends at happy hours, quilting, playing tennis, or line dancing. Active adult homebuyers can choose from homes ranging from 1,294 to 2,270 square feet. With homes starting in the mid $100s, Scenic Hills gives active adult homebuyers enviable features, such as plantation shutters and open floor plans, at a reasonable price point.
CountryPlace – Pearland
Active adults who want to live near Houston don’t have to pay big-city prices to live in a spectacular age-restricted community. CountryPlace in Pearland, which is just south of Houston and near the world-famous Texas Medical Center, offers active adults an appealing lifestyle and comfortable homes that start in the mid $100s.
Started in 1981, this established gated community contains 841 single-family homes and townhomes. Active adults who desire a true lock-and-leave lifestyle will especially appreciate the ease of living in a townhome, which provides hassle-free living without sacrificing space or functionality. Homeowners can stay physically and socially active however they please. This age-restricted community offers an exercise room and pool along with a range of planned activities such as dominoes, oil painting, discussion groups, and travel clubs.