The outdoor pool at Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch just keeps going and going...

Active adults who want to live in or near a thriving city continue to be drawn to Houston, Texas. The country’s fourth-largest city offers world-class healthcare, exciting shopping and dining destinations, and an appealing mix of suburban and urban living.

Active adults also delight in knowing there’s an endless variety of activities to explore in Houston, from wandering the Houston Heights to enjoying the great outdoors in Buffalo Bayou Park.

Some of the best places to retire in Texas are just outside the vibrant city of Houston. Richmond, about 30 miles southwest of Downtown Houston, offers residents a comfortable suburban atmosphere while being close enough to enjoy all that’s offered in the city. Katy, about 30 miles west of Downtown Houston on I-10, provides plenty of small-town charm with big-city conveniences nearby.

Del Webb Sweetgrass - Richmond

High $100s - Low $500s

Active adults who dream of living in a waterfront community will want to take a look at Del Webb Sweetgrass. This 55+ community in the Houston suburb of Richmond sits alongside a 50-acre lake, giving residents plenty of views and easy access to water recreation with a convenient boat launch.

Outdoor enthusiasts can also soak up the sun and savor the area’s natural beauty through extensive natural areas and miles of walking trails. Del Webb Sweetgrass provides dozens of clubs and events, as well as a 27,000-square-foot recreation center that houses a fitness center, indoor lap pool, aerobics studio, and billiards room.

Upon completion, this age-restricted community will contain 1,500 single-family homes that range in size from 1,109 to nearly 4,000 square feet. Whether they’re interested in new or resale homes, active adult homebuyers will find options. Three home series are available — Garden, Classic, and Estate — and each model offers three different exterior facade choices. Homes on premium lots provide residents with views of greenery or water.

The Lagos at Aliana - Richmond

Mid $400s - High $500s

The Lagos at Aliana is a lock-and-leave community in Richmond. This luxury community contains just 44 single-family homes and is situated inside the sprawling master-planned community of Aliana. Active adult homebuyers can choose from 10 different floor plans that offer between 1,742 and 2,703 square feet. Many homes feature design touches such as gourmet kitchens and ample outdoor living spaces. All homes are designed with first-floor master suites.

Active adults who long to travel will enjoy knowing their home and community will be fine while they’re away. A homeowners’ association covers landscaping and exterior home maintenance in addition to upkeep of common areas and amenities.

While residents can certainly travel at their leisure, there are plenty of ways to stay socially and physically engaged right at home. The Lagos at Aliana features two amenity centers packed with resort-style amenities, from ballrooms and a catering kitchen to a 24-hour fitness center that allows homeowners to work out whenever they want. The community is also home to a stunning outdoor pool and massive covered patio for lounging on a sun-soaked Texas day.   

Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch - Katy

Mid $400s - High $500s

Living in Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch gives residents the enjoyment of living in a suburban community with the close proximity of big-city amenities. This 55+ community in Katy is part of the master-planned community of Cinco Ranch and contains 650 homes.

Active adult homebuyers can choose from 26 different models of single-family homes along with two duplex home styles. All homes are designed with energy-efficient features such as dual-pane windows and programmable thermostats. With fenced-in backyards, active adults can enjoy peaceful privacy whenever they wish.

Designed with active living in mind, Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch bustles with activities and events. Homeowners can stay updated on events through a weekly web broadcast and a monthly community newspaper. With a variety of fitness programming, including yoga, water aerobics, and exercise classes, active adults can stay fit while connecting with others. An on-site activity staff ensures there’s always something enriching on the event calendar, whether it’s a field trip or a meet-up for book club, writers club, or craft club.

Wellspring at Tamarron - Katy

High $200s - Mid $300s

Nestled inside the master-planned Tamarron community, Wellspring at Tamarron will offer 109 single-family homes upon completion. This resort-style 55+ community offers residents a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, exciting amenities, and a variety of homes designed with active adults in mind.

With eight distinct floor plans that range in size from 1,734 to 2,694 square feet, active adult homebuyers can discover the ideal home that fits their needs and budget. All homes within Wellspring at Tamarron feature single-story living, spacious master suites, open layouts, and elegant fixtures throughout.

When it comes to forging friendships and bonding with neighbors, this new community offers plenty of opportunities for residents. A game room with card tables makes the perfect setting for a fun gathering with friends or homeowners can form a jogging group and enjoy the community’s eight miles of walking and biking trails.