These two Central Texas communities are the premier 55+ communities in the region.

When active adults are searching for homes for sale in Texas, the spectacular Texas Hill Country often comes to mind. With its appealing variety of urban and country living, some of the best scenery in the state, and a rich, diverse culture, retirees can live their best life deep in the heart of Texas. From eclectic Austin to history-rich San Antonio, active adult homebuyers have plenty of options when they’re researching the best places to retire in Texas.

Two stand-out 55+ communities in Central Texas frequently rise to the top of active adult homebuyers’ lists: Kissing Tree in San Marcos and Hill Country Retreat in San Antonio.

Both these desirable communities boast top-tier amenities, luxuriously appointed homes, and a fun-packed atmosphere that’s built around community and friendship. They’re also conveniently situated in the middle of Texas, giving residents easier access to nearby cities and other regions in the state.  

So, how do you choose between Kissing Tree and Hill Country Retreat? Keep reading to determine which age-restricted community is the best fit for you.

Kissing Tree – San Marcos

Mid $300s - Low $500s

Despite being a new community, Kissing Tree has already created a fun and inviting lifestyle.

Retirees who crave energy and excitement will relish life in Kissing Tree. This 55+ community in San Marcos stands out for its many unique and appealing amenities.

Here, homeowners can pursue a socially active lifestyle in a variety of ways, whether they laugh with friends over cold beers at the biergarten or indoor/outdoor bar, grab a bite at the food truck, or catch a show on the live music stage. In Kissing Tree, there’s always something going on, allowing active adults to ward off loneliness and stay connected to others.

Upon completion, this community by Brookfield Residential will contain 3,200 single-family homes, making it one of the largest 55+ communities in Texas. No matter what kind of floor plan or features active adult homebuyers have their hearts set on, they can discover it in Kissing Tree.

Brookfield Residential offers 18 different floor plans that range in size from 1,424 to nearly 3,400 square feet. Regardless of size or floor plan, all homes come with a desirable range of options such as outdoor living spaces, gourmet kitchens, and casitas.

Life in Kissing Tree is varied and fun. An on-site activities director oversees more than 100 clubs along with an assortment of events and activities for residents. Active adults can mingle with those who share their same interests through book clubs, game nights, luncheons, and happy hours.

What homeowners particularly enjoy about living in Kissing Tree, however, is The Mix, the community’s 20-acre amenity campus that serves as a social and physical hub. At Independence Hall, residents can enjoy a demonstration kitchen, community classroom, and billiards table.

Outside the clubhouse, the fun continues with six bocce ball courts, eight pickleball courts, a golf driving range, putting greens, horseshoe pits, and 15 miles of walking and biking trails.

Golfers will be pleased to discover a semi-private 18-hole golf course and 18-hole putting course. Those who simply want to enjoy the outdoors can relax at the resort-style pool and patio, which includes a barbecue area.  

Hill Country Retreat – San Antonio

Low $200s -- Low $400s

Hill Country Retreat's well-manicured grounds match well with the scenic region where it's located. 

In Hill Country Retreat, active adults discover a variety of richly appointed homes in a community that makes every day fun.

This 55+ community in San Antonio sparkles with natural beauty, from the cascading waterfalls and mature oak trees at the entrance to the views of meandering wildlife in the distance. Upon completion, this age-restricted community will contain more than 2,000 Texas homes for sale from Del Webb and Village Builders.

At the heart of this vibrant community stands The Resort, a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse that offers a state-of-the-art fitness center with an aerobics studio.

Active adults who like to work out in water will enjoy the indoor pool that provides water aerobics, lap lanes, and free swim. When it comes to staying social, active adults can meet new neighbors and enjoy time with friends at multiple hobby and game rooms. They can also join in the fun in the billiards room or relax with a good book in the library.

Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of all that Hill Country Retreat has to offer, from the two tennis courts and bocce ball courts to the walking and biking trails that wind through the community. Many paths lead to lakes, which are perfect for fishing, boating, or peaceful reflection.  

When it comes to homes for sale in Texas, active adult homebuyers can explore a range of styles, sizes, and price points. Homes in Hill Country Retreat range in size from 1,109 to nearly 3,000 square feet.