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San Antonio is one of the most pleasant places to live in the country. Here's where to enjoy the city and downsize all in one.

Located in Central Texas, San Antonio is a vibrant city with an abundance of sights and activities to explore and experience. Alamo City is home to The Alamo and the world-famous River Walk, and it offers a robust lineup of tours, festivals, and seasonal events.

More than 20 million people visit San Antonio each year, and active adults who live here know the city is one of the best places to retire in Texas. San Antonio earned the No. 5 spot on our list of best places to retire list in 2018.

Active adult homebuyers who want to be near the energy and excitement of San Antonio but desire the intimate, cozy appeal of a small 55+ community have many options. See below for four active lifestyle communities near San Antonio that stand out for their smaller size.

The Village of Encinal at Esperanza - Boerne

Mid $300s – High $400s

Situated north of San Antonio in the picturesque city of Boerne, The Village of Encinal at Esperanza is a low-maintenance community that will contain just 25 homes upon completion.

Active adult homebuyers can choose from five distinct single-family models that range from 1,937 to 2,368 square feet. Homes are designed with gourmet kitchens, first-floor master suites, wood flooring, extended back patios, and walk-in showers.

When it comes to staying engaged, homeowners can participate in a variety of social clubs, groups, and events held within the master-planned Esperanza community. They can also take advantage of many resort-style amenities, including an expansive clubhouse with a lazy river and outdoor event space.

The Orchards at Valley Ranch - San Antonio

Low $300s – High $300s

Containing just 88 single-family homes, The Orchards at Valley Ranch is one of the best small communities in San Antonio. This active adult community offers low-maintenance San Antonio Texas homes for sale that range from 1,675 to 2,245 square feet. Some homes include features such as an optional fireplace and courtyard.

Homeowners pay a reasonable homeowners’ association fee, giving them more time to meet new friends without worrying about community upkeep.

A 10,000-square-foot clubhouse serves as the community hub, offering a well-equipped exercise room, a basketball court, and a catering kitchen. Residents can also take advantage of the neighborhood’s open-air pavilion, community paths, lap pool, and waterpark with two spiraling waterslides.

The Grove at Vintage Oaks - New Braunfels

Mid $300s – High $500s

The Grove at Vintage Oaks in New Braunfels, about 45 minutes from San Antonio, is a gated community that contains 111 single-family homes built by several of the area’s most esteemed builders.

Active adult homebuyers seeking new construction homes can select from a long list of customizable floor plans that provide from 2,153 to more than 4,000 square feet of living space. Several features are available, including hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, and granite countertops. Designed with active adults in mind, all homes include first-floor master bedrooms and smaller lots that require less maintenance.

Nestled inside the master-planned community of Vintage Oaks, homeowners in this community can take advantage of year-round activities and classes, miles of trails, and a resort-style amenity center that includes a catering kitchen, a bar and grill, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility.

Outdoors, homeowners can enjoy an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a lazy river pool, and a children’s pool. Active adults can get some exercise and enjoy their favorite sport on the tennis courts, basketball court, soccer field, or baseball field.

Amorosa at Cibolo Canyons - San Antonio

High $300s – Mid $500s

Located just minutes from downtown San Antonio, Amorosa at Cibolo Canyons will contain 135 single-family homes upon completion. Sitterle Homes and Imagine Homes began construction on their innovative, energy-efficient designs in 2012. Sitterle Homes offers nine floor plans that range from 1,826 to 2,507 square feet, while Imagine Homes offers floor plans that provide from 1,906 to 3,337 square feet of living space.

While this gated community is small in terms of number of homes, it offers a robust assortment of events and activities for homeowners. The community hosts special events such as casino nights, holiday parties, and annual food drives, allowing residents to come together in several unique ways.

Situated inside the master-planned community of Cibolo Canyons, Amorosa at Cibolo Canyons offers many world-class amenities, including a 6,630-square-foot amenity center, an Olympic-sized pool, a water park, and 207 acres of nature preserves.