Texas is home to many active adult communities that are ideal for snowbirds—or as they are affectionately called in Texas, “Winter Texans.” Eager to avoid shoveling snow and navigating icy roads in places like New York, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio, snowbirds often migrate south to the warmth and sunshine of the Lone Star State.
Whether you want to spend the winter months fishing and boating along the Texas coast or you want to live in a vibrant city with plenty of things to do all year long, you can find something to suit your budget and needs in one of the many 55+ communities in Texas.
If you’re looking for Texas homes for sale to escape the frosty months of your home state, read on. We’ll share five of the best communities in Texas for snowbirds.
Mid $200s - High $700s
Located just 35 miles northwest of Dallas and Fort Worth, Robson Ranch - Texas gives snowbirds easy access to restaurants, attractions, and events throughout the Metroplex. This active adult community in Denton is slated to contain 7,200 homes upon completion, making it one of the biggest active lifestyle communities in the state.
Homebuyers looking for Texas homes for sale in a golf course community will find ample choices in Robson Ranch - Texas. The community contains both single-family and attached homes available in 25 floor plans. Each model was designed with active adults in mind, featuring open-living concepts, abundant outdoor living space, and expansive great rooms. Homes range from 1,413 to nearly 3,000 square feet and start in the mid $200s.
When it comes to amenities, homeowners can choose from a variety of offerings. The 17,500-square-foot Robson Ranch Clubhouse contains a ballroom, multipurpose rooms, and a catering kitchen. Residents can also enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, a sauna, and an indoor basketball court that can also be used to play volleyball and pickleball. Robson Ranch – Texas also contains a full-service salon, six lighted tennis courts and pickleball courts, and an outdoor resort-style pool. Golfers of all skill levels will enjoy the 18-hole Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch - Texas.
Low $200s - Low $400s
Another one of the best communities in Texas for snowbirds, Hill Country Retreat offers plentiful amenities and easy access to all the entertainment and culture of San Antonio. At The Resort, the community’s 28,000-square-foot clubhouse, residents can enjoy a fitness center with an aerobics studio, an indoor pool surrounded by a walking track on the second level, a ballroom, and multiple hobby and game rooms.
The amenities continue outdoors with two tennis courts and bocce ball courts, walking and biking trails, and access to many area lakes for boating and fishing. Homeowners can get to know each other through various activities and events, including walking clubs, potluck dinners, and Friday night socials.
Started in 2006 by Del Webb, Hill Country Retreat is slated to contain more than 2,000 single-family homes upon completion. In 2013, Village Builders bought 100 lots within the active adult community, giving active adult homebuyers even more variety. Homes in Hill Country Retreat range from 1,109 to nearly 3,000 square feet and start in the low $200s. All models feature floor plans suitable for entertaining and give homebuyers plentiful options in terms of upgrades and elevations. Most homes are single-story ranch homes, with one floor plan that offers an optional second-floor loft.
3. Scenic Hills – Schertz, TX
Mid $100s - Mid $200s
Scenic Hills, a 55+ community in Schertz, offers snowbirds a true lock-and-leave lifestyle, with a homeowners’ association (HOA) that takes care of lawn care, common area maintenance, sprinklers, and guard service. Built by U.S. Homes between 1982 and 1989, Scenic Hills is an established community featuring single-family homes that range from 1,294 to 2,270 square feet. Some homes offer views of the neighboring golf course, while most homes feature plantation shutters, open floor plans, and Corian countertops. Homes in this active adult community start in the mid $100s.
Snowbirds who want to spend time traveling by RV will enjoy knowing Scenic Hills provides homeowners with RV parking. Other amenities include walking and biking trails, an outdoor pool and patio, two tennis courts, four shuffleboard courts, and horseshoe pits. At the community’s 13,000-square-foot clubhouse, homeowners can enjoy an exercise room, an arts and crafts studio, a library, a ballroom, a card room, and a billiards room. With various clubs and activities, such as cowboy breakfasts, water aerobics, and quilting club, residents have many opportunities to connect with neighbors and meet new people.
4. CountryPlace – Pearland, TX
Low $100s – Low $400s
Conveniently located near Houston's Hobby Airport, CountryPlace is an established gated community that gives snowbirds a low-maintenance lifestyle. Built between 1981 and 2000, this active adult community in Pearland contains 841 single-family homes and 196 townhomes. Most residences feature views of the golf course or lake. Homes start in the low $100s.
Residents of CountryPlace can enjoy all the many fun things to do in Houston, from enjoying the city’s many parks and greenspaces to ordering takeout from one of Houston’s best restaurants. Closer to home, Pearland features more than 140 restaurants, giving homeowners plenty of options.
In terms of amenities, CountryPlace gives residents many ways to stay socially and physically active. At the clubhouse, homeowners have access to a craft room, multipurpose room, exercise room, and library. Outdoors, residents can join neighbors for some tennis or go for a walk along the neighborhood paths. The community is also home to the 18-hole CountryPlace Golf Course, which accommodates players of all levels for a reasonable fee.
Below $100k – High $100s
Snowbirds eager to embrace tropical living often flock to South Texas beaches. Situated only one hour from the iconic South Padre Island and just north of the Mexican border, Alamo Country Club allows residents to enjoy the pleasant Texas climate and outdoor activities all year long.
Homes in this 55+ community start below $100k, providing residents with affordable low-maintenance living. Built between 1981 and 2001, Alamo Country Club contains 526 single-family homes that feature open floor plans and at least two bedrooms. Residents pay a reasonable HOA fee that covers golf, a secured entrance, and upkeep of the community grounds and amenities.
At the community clubhouse, residents can enjoy numerous amenities, including an exercise room, library, card room, catering kitchen, and billiards room. Alamo Country Club also contains seven shuffleboard courts, two tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and a nine-hole golf course.