Despite its size, The Village at Tuscan Lakes contains a variety of amenities, including a putting green.

Houston is the country’s fourth-most-populous city, flourishing with world-class entertainment, dining, and healthcare options. But while Space City is massive in size, it's still capable of providing some small-town charm. Retirees seeking quaint 55+ communities to pursue an active lifestyle and get to know their neighbors will find a wealth of options here. Browse five of Houston’s best small communities for active adults below.

Water Crest on Lake Conroe – Conroe

With just 31 low-maintenance homes, Water Crest on Lake Conroe is a close-knit 55+ community where neighbors become friends. Buyers can choose from seven single-family floor plans that range in size from 1,828 to 2,421 square feet. All homes are designed with large windows and covered porches for enjoying the pristine surroundings. A luxurious clubhouse offers exciting amenities, and with Houston just 45 minutes away, homeowners have a world of entertainment options within reach. Prices start in the high $200s.

Amberwood at Fall Creek – Humble

Residents of Amberwood at Fall Creek in Humble relish a carefree lifestyle in a low-maintenance, master-planned community. Only 58 homes are situated in this wooded active-adult community just 15 minutes from downtown Houston. The project started in 2008 offering four models ranging in size from 1,524 to 1,888 square feet. Maintenance-free yards mean homeowners have more time to enjoy the resort-style activity complex

Villas at White Oak Ranch – Conroe

At Villas at White Oak Ranch in Conroe homeowners savor a coveted mix of big-city amenities with down-home charm. The 55+ community developing along the picturesque Lake Conroe will contain only 91 low-maintenance, single-family homes upon completion. Buyers can choose an all-masonry or stucco exterior for their home, which can be 1,654 to 2,513 square feet. When retirees want to jet away, George Bush Intercontinental Airport is only 40 miles away. A homeowners’ association provides common area and exterior maintenance plus lawn care, making this an ideal lock-and-leave neighborhood. Homes start in the mid $200s.  

Wellspring at Tamarron – Katy

Wellspring at Tamarron, situated in the desirable city of Katy, which is ranked one of the country’s best cities to retire, is an endearing 55+ community that will contain only 109 single-family homes upon completion. Buyers can choose from a variety of elegant home styles ranging from 1,734 to 2,694 square feet. An 8,000-square-foot clubhouse allows homeowners to pursue their passions, and when grandkids come to visit they can enjoy a splash pad, playground, and outdoor patio. Homes start in the high $200s.

The Village at Tuscan Lakes – League City 

Just 30 minutes southwest of Houston in the charming coastal community of League City, The Village at Tuscan Lakes provides top-notch amenities in a luxurious 55+ community. The neighborhood features 358 low-maintenance, single-family homes, and boasts a close-knit atmosphere. Neighbors can exercise together in the richly appointed clubhouse, host dinners in the catering kitchen, or enjoy the Texas sunshine on the putting green or at the stocked pond. Homes start in the high $200s.