Pickleball, the sport with the peculiar name, has been the game of choice for many active adults since 1965. Combining elements of tennis, ping pong, and badminton, pickleball provides exercise that’s easier on the joints than tennis and a camaraderie on the court that makes the sport downright addictive. Pickleball boasts nearly three million players nationwide, according to NPR, with people of all ages coming together to play the game. Texas is home to several 55+ communities that are big on pickleball. Here’s a look at a few of them.
Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch – Fulshear
Pickleball enthusiasts can join a game with neighbors or start their own team at Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch, a new age-restricted community in Fulshear. The master-planned community, which will offer 700 single-family homes upon completion, boasts an exciting array of activities for active adults, whether they hit the basketball, tennis, volleyball, bocce, or pickleball courts. Still in the works is a majestic 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, and locker rooms. With Houston just 30 miles away, residents can savor the community’s small-town feel while still being close to big-city amenities.
Tuscan Village at Horseshoe Bay – Horseshoe Bay
Residents of Tuscan Village at Horseshoe Bay, a new 55+ community in the Austin-Georgetown area, can take their pick of exciting amenities to stay active. With pickleball and bocce courts, a dance studio, and walking trails winding through the neighborhood, active adults have many opportunities to socialize, stay fit, and make new friends. Homebuyers can choose from three separate model collections to suit their specific preferences. All homes are designed to be energy-efficient with elegant touches such as stucco exteriors, tile roofs, and stonework.
Ladera Mansfield – Mansfield
Ladera Mansfield, a new age-restricted community in North Texas, makes it easy for residents to live an active lifestyle. The neighborhood, which will offer 186 homes upon completion, offers pickleball and bocce courts, along with walking and biking trails that weave through the community’s lush open spaces. Residents can come together and socialize at the barbecue area or gazebo, and when the sun goes down, they can enjoy the Texas evening at the outdoor heated pool or firepit. Homebuyers can choose from two different floor plans offering 1,390 or 1,494 square feet. All homes are energy-efficient and feature crown molding, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances.
Del Webb The Woodlands – The Woodlands
Residents of Del Webb The Woodlands don’t have to worry about a shortage of things to do. The 55+ community in The Woodlands offers an action-packed lineup of activities, including pickleball, bocce, tennis, billiards, and arts and crafts. Residents can also unwind and relax at the outdoor pool, spa, and patio. A full-time activities director keeps the social calendar full, making it easy for neighbors to get to know each other. Homebuyers have their choice of two home series, ranging in size from 1,711 to 2,604 square feet. Active adults can take advantage of all The Woodlands has to offer, from outdoor pavilions and a nature reserve to world-class dining and shopping.