Texas, home of the Alamo and the Live Music Capital of the World, attracts retirees from all over the country. Some active adults migrate to Texas for the sunshine and warm weather, while others move to the Lone Star State for the low cost of living and access to world-class healthcare (Texas contains 407 hospitals, according to Becker’s Hospital Review, which is more than any other state).
When researching various homes for sale in Texas, it helps to know where other active adults are buying. Communities that attract the most homebuyers often feature ample amenities, welcoming environments, and appealing residences designed for active adults.
So, what communities were hot in Texas in 2020? We analyzed sales from 55places.com customers to put together a list of the best-selling Texas communities of 2020. Let’s take a look.
Low $200s - Low $1Ms
Topping our list of the best-selling Texas communities of 2020 is Sun City Texas, a sprawling community of 9,900 homes and three 18-hole golf courses. As the state’s largest active adult community, Sun City Texas features a robust variety of amenities. Homeowners can enjoy more than 86,000 square feet of indoor amenities, including a 20,000-square-foot fitness center, a computer lab, a billiards hall, and a library. Outdoor amenities include nine miles of walking and biking trails, gardening plots, a dog park, and two outdoor pools.
When it comes to homes for sale in Texas, Sun City Texas offers a wide variety of both new and resale homes. Active adult homebuyers can browse several dozen floor plans that provide between 940 to more than 3,000 square feet. Some residences feature upgrades such as custom outdoor living space, spa-like bathrooms, and gourmet kitchens.
Low $200s - Low $400s
Next up on our list of the best-selling Texas communities of 2020 is Hill Country Retreat. This 55+ community is home to numerous indoor and outdoor amenities. A 28,000-square-foot clubhouse contains a fitness center, an aerobics studio, and an indoor lap pool surrounded by a walking track on the second level. Homeowners also have access to several hobby and game rooms, a library, and a billiards room. Many outdoor amenities, such as walking trails and two tennis courts and bocce ball courts, allow residents to enjoy the pleasant Central Texas climate.
Started in 2006, Hill Country Retreat will contain more than 2,000 single-family homes upon completion. Most residences are built by Del Webb, although Village Builders bought 100 lots in 2013. Del Webb homes range in size from 1,109 to 2,691 square feet, with some models featuring an optional second floor. Village Builders offers homes for sale that range from 2,150 to 2,838 square feet and feature 10-foot ceilings and crown molding throughout.
3. Frisco Lakes - Frisco, TX
Mid $200s - High $700s
For active adults who want to live near family in Dallas-Fort Worth, Frisco Lakes offers many choices. One of the best-selling communities of 2020, this 55+ community contains an 18-hole golf course and two clubhouses. Residents can stay physically and socially active at the 28,000-square-foot Village Center and Sports Complex, which features a workout room, an aerobics and dance studio, an indoor lap pool, card rooms, a computer lab, and a billiards hall. Outdoors, homeowners can enjoy a resort-style pool and spa, four bocce ball courts, four tennis courts, and horseshoe pits.
Active adults looking for Texas homes for sale that require minimal upkeep will enjoy knowing residences in Frisco Lakes are designed with active adults in mind. With only marginal home maintenance necessary, residents can spend more time enjoying the community. Residences in Frisco Lakes feature gourmet kitchens, spacious great rooms, and gourmet kitchens.
Mid $200s - High $700s
Residents of Robson Ranch – Texas can enjoy easy access to Fort Worth via nearby I-35. This age-restricted community in Denton contains numerous resort-style amenities, including the 18-hole Wildhorse Golf Club Ranch at Robson Ranch – Texas, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and six lighted tennis courts and bocce ball courts. Homeowners also have access to an outdoor pool and patio, an indoor lap pool and whirlpool, saunas, and a full-service salon.
Upon completion, Robson Ranch – Texas will contain 7,200 homes, making it one of the largest active lifestyle communities in the state. Active adult homebuyers can explore 25 floor plans that range in size from 1,413 to 2,950 square feet. Many residences feature expansive outdoor living space, open kitchens, and spacious great rooms.
Mid $200s - High $500s
Another one of the best-selling Texas communities in 2020, Bonterra at Woodforest is an enclave of single-family homes within the larger Woodforest community. Residents have access to Bonterra’s private 10,000-square-foot clubhouse and amenities in addition to everything available within the master-planned community. Homeowners can enjoy an outdoor pool and patio, walking and biking trails, a fire pit, and an events lawn. The community also contains courts for pickleball, bocce ball, and tennis. Golfers of all skill levels can enjoy a round of golf at the 27-hole championship course and finish off the experience at the clubhouse restaurant.
Residences in Bonterra at Woodforest range from 1,606 to 2,878 square feet and feature stainless-steel appliances, covered rear patios, and energy-efficient windows. Active adult homebuyers can browse 10 models from Taylor Morrison in addition to seven floor plans from Darling Homes. The Sanctuary Collection by Darling Homes ranges from 2,355 to 3,063 square feet.
High $100s - Low $500s
Next up on our list is Del Webb Sweetgrass, a 55+ community in Richmond that is slated to contain 1,500 single-family homes upon completion. Here, residents can explore multiple amenities and recreation opportunities, from playing games in the billiards room to swimming laps in the indoor lap pool. The 27,000-square-foot recreation center features a Wellness Café, a continuing education center, and an internet café. For outdoor recreation, homeowners can enjoy courts for tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball, or walk along the community’s extensive network of trails. Del Webb Sweetgrass also provides a boat launch, fire pit, and outdoor amphitheater.
Homes in this active lifestyle community range from 1,109 to 3,800 square feet. Active adult homebuyers interested in new Texas homes for sale can choose from three series: Garden, Classic, and Estate. Each model is available with a choice of three exterior facades. Premium lots include views of greenspaces or the lake.
7. CountryPlace - Pearland, TX
Low $100s – Low $400s
Conveniently located south of Houston, CountryPlace in Pearland is another one of Texas’ best-selling communities in 2020. Homes in this gated 55+ community were built between 1981 and 2000 and provide residents with low-maintenance living. CountryPlace contains 841 homes, including 196 townhomes, giving active adult homebuyers many choices in terms of size and price. Most residences feature views of the lake or golf course.
When it comes to amenities, CountryPlace offers numerous options, including a craft room, a library, an exercise room, and a multipurpose room. An 18-hole golf course is suitable for golfers of all skill levels and charges a reasonable fee. Residents can also enjoy an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and walking paths.
Mid $200s - Low $400s
Active adult homebuyers interested in new homes for sale in the Dallas area can explore Del Webb at Union Park. One of the best-selling communities in Texas in 2020, this 55+ community opened in 2017 and will contain 600 single-family homes upon completion. With three distinctive home collections and 10 floor plans, homebuyers can find the residence that aligns with their needs and tastes. Homes range from 1,306 to 2,605 square feet and feature sunrooms, walk-in closets, and open-concept living areas.
Del Webb at Union Park offers a variety of amenities, including a spacious clubhouse where residents can play cards, learn new computer skills, or paint their own art. For outdoor fun and recreation, homeowners can take advantage of walking trails, a pool, and courts for tennis and bocce ball.
High $200s - Mid $300s
For active adults who want to enjoy a tropical lifestyle, The Village at Tuscan Lakes provides easy access to the Kemah boardwalk and waterfront as well as Galveston Island. This gated 55+ community in League City contains 358 single-family homes that range from 1,109 to 2,581 square feet. All homes are available on a resale-only basis.
While residents can enjoy all that League City and the surrounding areas have to offer, they also have plenty to experience right in their own community. The Village at Tuscan Lakes contains a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, a library, an arts and crafts studio, a ballroom, and a billiards table. Outdoor amenities include a pool with beach entry, a patio, a putting green, walking and biking trails, and a stocked pond. The community also contains courts for horseshoe, bocce ball, and shuffleboard.
High $200s - Low $500s
Rounding out our list of the best-selling Texas communities of 2020 is Ladera Mansfield. This 55+ community near Joe Pool Lake in North Texas features a 4,500-square-foot clubhouse with an exercise room, media room, and catering kitchen. Residents can enjoy the pleasant Texas weather along the community’s walking and biking trails or take a dip in the outdoor heated pool with a patio and fire pits. Neighbors can gather and socialize at the community’s barbecue area and gazebo.
Started in 2015, Ladera Mansfield contains 186 single-family homes, including a select number of attached homes, which are available in floor plans that provide 1,390 or 1,494 square feet of living space. Single-family homes range from 1,519 to 2,511 square feet and feature granite countertops, tray ceilings, and stainless-steel appliances.