When searching for the best places to retire in Texas, many active adults look for neighborhoods where they can downsize. By moving to a smaller home, active adults can reduce their living expenses and free up more of their time since they don’t need to maintain and keep up with a large family home and yard.
Fortunately, the Lone Star State contains multiple 55+ communities that allow active adults to scale back.
If you’re thinking about moving to a smaller home, check out our active adult guide to downsizing and read on to browse some of the best Texas communities for downsizing.
Low $100s – Low $400s
Built between 1981 and 2000, CountryPlace in Pearland offers great variety for active adults who want to downsize. This 55+ community conveniently located south of Houston contains 841 single-family homes, including 196 townhomes that offer low-maintenance living. Most homes offer views of the lake or golf course.
Residents find that there’s always something fun to do in CountryPlace, from oil painting or Mahjong to piano lessons or dominoes. Those who want to say physically fit can participate in yoga, tennis, or water aerobics in addition to Jane Fonda exercise classes.
Amenities include a clubhouse with a library, exercise room, and craft room, along with an outdoor pool and well-manicured 18-hole golf course. The community also contains tennis courts and paths that offer lake views.
High $100s – Low $1Ms
Active adults seeking Texas homes for sale near Austin can explore Sun City Texas. This 55+ community sprawls 5,300 acres and contains 9,900 homes, making it the largest active lifestyle community in Texas.
Active adult homebuyers can choose from single-family and attached duplex homes that start at 940 square feet. Available on a new and resale basis in several dozen floor plans, homes include features and optional upgrades such as spa-like bathrooms and gourmet kitchens.
Sun City Texas offers residents a broad mix of activities and amenities. At the Social and Activities Centers, homeowners can take advantage of meeting rooms, a grand ballroom with a dance floor and stage, computer lab, billiards hall, and library. Residents can also enjoy several multi-purpose hobby and craft studios devoted to sewing, art, stained glass, fine china, and jewelry-making.
A 20,000 square-foot fitness center with a state-of-the-art workout facility and an indoor walking track make it easy for active adults to stay physically fit. Golfers will enjoy knowing Sun City Texas contains three 18-hole golf courses. With dozens of clubs and interest groups, residents are destined to find something that suits their passions.
High $100s – High $300s
About 40 miles north of Houston sits Windsor Lakes, a gated community of 572 homes in The Woodlands. Built between 2003 and 2006, this active adult community offers single-family homes for sale that range in size from 1,739 to 2,666 square feet.
Active adults looking to downsize can explore patio homes, which offer 1,491 to 2,210 square feet. Most homes feature high-end stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. A homeowners’ association (HOA) fee includes yard maintenance, basic cable, exterior painting, sprinkler maintenance, and home security.
When it comes to staying engaged in the community, residents have many opportunities to meet their neighbors and make new friends. A full-time activities director ensures there is always something fun to look forward to, from bridge and poker to readers’ theatre and French club.
Homeowners can enjoy a variety of amenities, including a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with a fully equipped exercise room. Other amenities include a multipurpose room, a stage and catering kitchen, a library with computers, an arts and crafts room, and billiards rooms with pool tables and a dart board. Outdoors, residents can relax at the pool or go for a stroll along the community’s walking and biking trails.
Mid $200s – Low $300s
Located in the North Texas city of McKinney, Villas at Willow Grove contains 157 low-maintenance, attached homes. These ranch-style residences range in size from 1,259 to 1,691 square feet and feature granite countertops, dramatically tall ceilings, open floor plans, and private outdoor spaces.
Residents don’t have to worry about time-consuming lawn chores thanks to an HOA that takes care of lawn mowing, weeding, fertilizing, edging, and watering.
Villas at Willow Grove offers residents a rich assortment of activities and events, from bridge and bunco to men’s coffee and potlucks. Residents often gather at the community clubhouse or spend time at the community garden. This active lifestyle community also contains an exercise room, walking and biking trails, a dog park, and a scenic pond. Homeowners can enjoy the pleasant climate at the outdoor pool, patio, picnic, and barbecue areas.