The Best Communities in Texas for Snowbirds

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What You’ll Gain From Reading This Article: Readers will gain valuable insights into why Texas is an attractive destination for snowbirds, specifically those seeking active adult communities.


There are many good reasons to retire in Texas, but if you’re only looking to spend the winters in the Lone Star State, you’ll still find plenty of options. Texas is home to dozens of active adult communities that appeal to snowbirds.

These active lifestyle communities often feature low-maintenance living and a rich assortment of indoor and outdoor amenities. By moving to Texas during the winter, snowbirds can soak up plenty of sunshine and escape the ice and snow of colder parts of the country.

Thinking about migrating south for the winter? Read on for some ideal active adult communities for snowbirds to make their roost in Texas.

Frisco Lakes – Frisco, TX

High $300ks – High $800ks

Aerial view of Frisco Lakes in Frisco, Texas on a sunny day.

Residents don’t contend with any lake-effect snow at Frisco Lakes, but they enjoy all the benefits of lakeside living. This community of low-maintenance single-family homes is situated on the shores of Lake Lewisville, making it easy to enjoy boating and fishing all winter long. Onsite amenities include a par-72 golf course, the 28,000-square-foot Village Center and Sports Complex, an outdoor pool and whirlpool spas, miles of walking and biking trails, four bocce ball courts, as well as four tennis courts.

Upon completion, Frisco Lakes will contain nearly 3,000 residences. Homes for sale range from 1,137 to 2,851 square feet. Some homes also offer views of the golf course, lake, or green belts.

Del Webb Sweetgrass – Richmond, TX

High $200ks – Mid $600ks

Nighttime view of the community sign for Del Webb Sweetgrass in Richmond, Texas.

Del Webb Sweetgrass in Richmond is another popular choice for Texas snowbirds. This 55+ community near Houston offers a variety of outdoor amenities that residents can enjoy all year long. Del Webb Sweetgrass contains courts for tennis, bocce ball, and pickleball. Residents can also take advantage of a boat launch, stroll along the community’s walking trails, or visit the state-of-the-art recreation center for a variety of activities and events. Additional amenities include an outdoor amphitheater, a fire pit, as well as a resort-style pool.

Del Webb began construction on this age-restricted community in 2011, offering Texas homes for sale that range from 1,109 to 2,587 square feet. Active adult homebuyers can choose from three home series with both traditional elements and modern innovations. Some homes offer views of greenspaces or lakes.

Bonterra at Woodforest – Montgomery, TX

Mid $300ks – Mid $700ks

A fountain on the grounds of Bonterra at Woodforest in Montgomery, Texas.

Spending the winter at Bonterra at Woodforest allows snowbirds to enjoy abundant amenities and explore nearby Houston. This active adult community is situated within the master-planned Woodforest community, giving residents access to many amenities. Homeowners can enjoy a 27-hole championship golf course, swimming pools, miles of winding trails, as well as tennis and basketball courts.

Started by Darling Homes in 2014, Bonterra at Woodforest offers Texas homes for sale with floor plans ranging from 1,344 to 3,063 square feet. Also, some homes feature attached three-car garages, additional bedrooms, and covered backyard patios. A homeowners’ association (HOA) allows snowbirds to enjoy a true low-maintenance lifestyle.

Hill Country Retreat – San Antonio, TX

High $300ks – Mid $600ks

The community sign for Hill Country Retreat in San Antonio, Texas.

Snowbirds searching for plenty of fun things to do during the winter will find what they’re looking for at Hill Country Retreat. This 55+ community in the scenic Texas Hill Country contains two tennis courts and bocce ball courts, a resort-style pool and spa, as well as a state-of-the-art clubhouse called The Resort. Here, residents can enjoy an arts and crafts studio, a ceramics studio, a library, and a billiards room.

The single-family homes in Hill Country Retreat range from 1,109 to nearly 3,000 square feet. Some residences feature gourmet kitchens and 10-foot ceilings. One floor plan even allows for the addition of a second-floor loft. Additionally, the HOA takes care of landscaping and common area maintenance, leaving more time for residents to explore their winter home.

Overture Plano – Plano, TX

Starting at $1,650

Exterior view of Overture Plano in Plano, Texas.

Snowbirds don’t have to worry about shoveling driveways or salting sidewalks at Overture Plano. This 55+ apartment community in Plano features 169 units that range from 553 to 1,548 square feet. Residences feature wood-style plank flooring, large windows, as well as walk-in tiled showers. Snowbirds can also enjoy fresh air on private patios or balconies.

Spending the winter at Overture Plano gives residents access to a robust array of events and activities, including holiday parties, book clubs, movie nights, and “yappy hours” for residents and their pets. Additionally, the community is just 25 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, making travel a breeze.

Windsor Lakes – The Woodlands

Mid $200ks – High $400ks

The community sign for Windsor Lakes in The Woodlands, Texas.

Snowbirds looking for winter homes in Texas can also explore Windsor Lakes. This gated enclave of 572 homes in The Woodlands features numerous amenities, including walking and biking trails, parks and natural spaces, and a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse with an exercise room, billiards room, and a library with computers.

Windsor Lakes offers attached and single-family homes for sale. The attached patio homes range from 1,491 to 2,210 square feet, while single-family homes are sized from 1,739 to 2,666 square feet. These energy-efficient residences feature double-paned windows and fenced-in backyards. Homeowners also enjoy a lock-and-leave lifestyle thanks to an HOA that covers yard maintenance and home security.

Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch – Katy, TX

Low $300ks – High $600ks

The entrance to Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch in Katy, Texas.

With an 18-hole championship golf course, horseshoe pits, and courts for basketball and shuffleboard, Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch offers plenty of opportunities for snowbirds to enjoy all their favorite activities. Also, this 55+ community is part of the larger community of Cinco Ranch.

Built between 2002 and 2010, Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch offers attached and single-family homes for sale. Floor plans range from 1,561 to more than 3,000 square feet and include two to three bedrooms and two to three-and-a-half bathrooms. All residences also feature first-floor owners’ suites and fenced-in backyards for privacy.

Sun City Texas – Georgetown, TX

High $200ks – Low $1Ms

The outdoor pool at Sun City Texas in Georgetown, Texas.

Folks looking to snowbird in Austin should consider Sun City Texas. Located in Georgetown, this active adult community contains 9,900 attached and single-family homes. With homes starting in the high $200s, Sun City Texas is also one of the most affordable active lifestyle communities in Texas. Homebuyers can choose from several dozen floor plans, with some homes featuring custom outdoor living spaces and spa-like bathrooms.

Amenities abound in this 55+ community. Residents can take advantage of a two-story fitness center, more than 86,000 square feet of indoor amenities, nine miles of walking and biking trails, and three championship golf courses. The community also contains a dog park and gardening plots, giving snowbirds even more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

Kissing Tree – San Marcos, TX

Low $400ks – Low $1Ms

Aerial view of an outdoor pool at Kissing Tree in San Marcos, Texas.

Kissing Tree is conveniently located halfway between San Antonio and Austin. However, it’s not just the community’s ideal location that makes it popular for snowbirds—this 55+ community offers a unique array of amenities not often found in other active adult communities. Here, residents can enjoy offerings such as a Biergarten, indoor/outdoor bar, live-music stage, demonstration kitchen, and community classroom.

Upon completion, Kissing Tree will contain approximately 3,200 single-family homes. Models allow active adult homebuyers to customize to their needs and budget. New construction homes have the option to add new features, such as a casita or a gourmet kitchen. Brookfield Residential offers more than 18 floor plans ranging from 1,030 to 3,513 square feet.

CountryPlace – Pearland, TX

Mid $200ks – Mid $300ks

A picturesque pond on the grounds of CountryPlace in Pearland, Texas.

Rounding out our list of the best communities in Texas for snowbirds is CountryPlace. This active adult community in Pearland includes an 18-hole golf course, an outdoor pool, walking and biking trails, and tennis courts. Several groups and clubs, such as travel clubs and discussion groups, can help residents reconnect and meet new neighbors.

CountryPlace contains a mix of single-family and attached homes, with many offering views of the golf course or lake. Nearby, homeowners can enjoy many popular attractions, including Pearland Arts League Gallery and Space Center Houston, which offers various exhibits and tours.

Are you a Texas snowbird ready to embrace active adult living in the Lone Star State? Let 55places turn your winter retreat dreams into reality! We’ll connect you with a seasoned real estate agent in your area who understands the unique needs of snowbirds. Our Partner Agents are committed to helping you find the perfect home in an ideal community, whether you’re seeking a sunny escape or a year-round oasis. Contact us today to begin your adventure!

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