Early morning view of the San Antonio Riverwalk in Texas

San Antonio, Texas has several options for active adults looking to downsize.

Active adults who downsize from their large family home often enjoy many financial benefits. They can reduce their overall debt and cut down on energy costs. They can also spend more time pursuing their favorite pastimes since they have less space to maintain.

Living in Texas gives active adults plenty of options for downsizing. Those who want to live in San Antonio and experience all the sights, sounds, and flavors of this historic city can explore a variety of 55+ communities. Here’s a roundup of some of the best San Antonio communities for downsizing.

1. Scenic Hills – Schertz, TX

Mid $100s – Mid $200s

Active adults looking for San Antonio, Texas homes for sale will find many choices in Scenic Hills, which is situated just 25 miles from San Antonio in Schertz. This 55+ community contains 204 homes that range in size from 1,294 to 2,270 square feet. Some homes feature plantation shutters, Corian countertops, and open floor plans. A few also offer views of the neighboring golf course.

Active adults who desire a low-maintenance lifestyle will find it in this community, thanks to the homeowners’ association which takes care of lawn care, guard service, common area maintenance, and the underground sprinkler system.

Scenic Hills offers residents a mix of social and physical activities, including tennis, water aerobics, and line dancing. Homeowners can also make new friends and mingle with neighbors at ladies’ luncheons, golf outings, and cowboy breakfasts. At the community’s 13,000-square-foot clubhouse, residents can enjoy an exercise room, an arts and crafts studio, a library, a ballroom, a card room, and a billiards room. Outdoor amenities include a gazebo, a pool, a patio, two tennis courts, four shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, and walking and biking trails. Scenic Hills also provides RV parking, allowing residents to avoid costly storage fees.

2. Hill Country Retreat – San Antonio, TX

Low $200s – Low $400s

Active adults looking to scale back can browse a variety of single-family homes within Hill Country Retreat. This 55+ community in San Antonio offers homes for sale that range in size from 1,109 to nearly 3,000 square feet. These homes, built by Del Webb and Village Builders, are available on a new and resale basis, and they feature open, flowing floor plans, 10-foot ceilings, crown molding throughout, and gourmet kitchens. Most residences are single-story ranch homes, although one floor plan offers an optional second-floor loft that can be used as an additional bedroom.

Living in Hill Country Retreat gives homeowners access to a variety of activities and events. A full-time activities director plans many social events, including potluck dinners, Wednesday night movies, and Friday night socials. Residents can also get together for cruises, ski trips, and nature trips. This 55+ community contains a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an indoor lap pool that offers water aerobics, lap lanes, and free swim. Outdoors, there are two tennis courts and bocce courts as well as walking and biking trails.

3. The Orchards at Valley Ranch – San Antonio, TX

Low $200s – High $300s

The Orchards at Valley Ranch will contain only 88 single-family homes upon completion. This active adult community in San Antonio contains a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, a well-equipped exercise room, a basketball court, a catering kitchen, a lap pool, and a waterpark with two spiraling waterslides. With the homeowners’ association, residents don’t have to worry about community maintenance and upkeep.

D.R. Horton began construction on this age-restricted community in 2017, offering single-family homes that range in size from 1,675 to 2,245 square feet. Some homes include features such as an optional fireplace or courtyard. When it comes to daily conveniences and entertainment options, homeowners have everything they need nearby. Downtown San Antonio is just 23 miles away, and closer to home, residents are less than five miles from Target, H-E-B Grocery, and Walgreens.

4. The Village of Encinal at Esperanza – Boerne, TX

Mid $300s – High $400s

A low-maintenance community in Boerne, The Village of Encinal at Esperanza is part of the master-planned Esperanza community. Started in 2017, this enclave will include just 25 single-family homes available in five models.

Active adult homebuyers interested in downsizing can explore homes that range in size from 1,937 to 2,368 square feet. Homes are designed with open floor plans, first-floor master suites, walk-in showers, gourmet kitchens, wood flooring, and extended back patios. A homeowners’ association fee covers front and back lawn maintenance, giving residents freedom from lawn chores.

Residents can take advantage of all the amenities within the Esperanza community, including a fitness center and an expansive clubhouse with a lazy river and outdoor event space. Other outdoor amenities include a resort-style pool and a zero-entry pool with surrounding patios, miles of walking trails, and several parks.