Looking for a winter home in Texas? These communities can help.

Snowbirds flock to Texas for many reasons: a pleasant climate, a low cost of living, and a culture unlike anywhere else in the country. Often called “winter Texans,” these temporary residents call the Lone Star State home for an average of 4.2 months a year. In a state spanning nearly 270,000 square miles, active adults can find dozens of affordable 55+ communities throughout the state, whether they prefer the tropical climate of Coastal Texas or they desire to live near a big city such as Dallas or Houston. Here’s a look at some of the state’s best communities for snowbirds.

Alamo Country Club - Alamo

Below $100k - High $100s

In the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, just an hour away from the white sands of South Padre Island, sits Alamo Country Club. Snowbirds who crave palm trees and sunshine will relish this age-restricted community.

Active adults can take advantage of the warm south Texas climate at the outdoor pool and spa, or challenge neighbors to a friendly game on the tennis courts or shuffleboard courts. Golfers enjoy a stunning nine-hole golf course designed for players of all skill levels. A homeowners’ association fee covers golf, a secured entrance, and upkeep, making this community ideal for active adults who desire a lock-and-leave lifestyle. 

Scenic Hills - Schertz

Mid $100s - High $100s

Located only 25 miles from San Antonio, Scenic Hills in Schertz has become a haven for snowbirds. This 55+ community contains just 204 homes, making it a quaint community where neighbors become friends. Built in the 1980s, many homes feature open floor plans and plantation shutters, and some boast spectacular views of the neighboring golf course.

Residents appreciate a homeowners’ association fee that takes care of common area maintenance, guard service, lawn care, and an underground sprinkler system. Snowbirds who cruise into Schertz via R.V. can avoid costly storage fees since the neighborhood provides R.V. parking.

Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch - Katy

Low $200s - High $300s

When snowbirds head to Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch in Katy, they enjoy top-notch amenities in a friendly, affordable neighborhood. This age-restricted community sits only 28 miles outside of Houston, giving homeowners easy access to major hospitals, world-class shopping and dining, and ample recreation opportunities.

The community contains 552 single-family homes and 98 duplex homes, allowing active adult homebuyers to choose from 26 different models that are mostly single-story designs. Heritage Grand is part of the master-planned Cinco Ranch community, which boasts an 18-hole, 72-par championship golf course open to residents and non-residents. Active adults can also submerge themselves in fun events such as line dancing, weekly coffee socials and potlucks, fashion shows, and monthly breakfasts.

Villas in the Park - Fairview

Low $200s - Low $300s

Situated in the bustling Dallas-Fort Worth area, Villas in the Park in Fairview offers snowbirds a tranquil escape near big-city amenities. This 55+ community contains 227 low-maintenance homes designed with active adults in mind.

Residents can take advantage of the enjoyable Texas climate by lounging around the outdoor pool and patio or shooting some hoops at the basketball court. A homeowners' association fee covers all lawn maintenance, providing a true lock-and-leave lifestyle for seasonal residents.