People dance at The Kissing Tree in San Marcos

Kissing Tree in San Marcos has become one of the most unique communities in the country, let alone Texas.

The options for 55+ communities in Texas are as wide and varied as the state itself. Texas boasts dozens of active adult communities interspersed throughout the state. Some neighborhoods give residents the best of big-city living while others offer quaint, small-town appeal in a country setting. No matter where they’re located, all communities provide an exceptional quality of life and plenty of Texas-sized charm.

We’ve rounded up a list of the state’s most popular age-restricted communities to give active adult homebuyers a taste of what’s trending in Texas. Based on page views on from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, these are the most popular communities in Texas.   

 1. Sun City Texas – Georgetown

Low $200s - Low $1Ms

Resort style pool at Sun City Texas in Georgetown

Sun City Texas continues to be the most popular 55+ community in the state.

Topping our list is Sun City Texas in Georgetown. Only 35 miles north of Austin, this massive community provides active adults with quick access to the energy and excitement of the state capitol. While it’s easy to take advantage of the culture and fun in Austin, homeowners don’t have to leave their neighborhood to experience an outstanding quality of life. As the largest active adult community in Texas, Sun City Texas gives residents a world of endless fun through a thrilling mix of amenities, activities, and clubs to suit nearly any preference.

Spanning 5,300 acres, the community contains three 18-hole golf courses, more than 86,000 square feet of indoor amenities through several recreation and activity complexes, along with the new Cowan Creek Amenity Center, which boasts a two-story fitness center, indoor lap pool, walking track, and aerobics studio. No matter what they’re into, homeowners can enjoy a rich variety of amenities, including tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball courts along with a dog park, softball field, and gardening plots.

Active adult homebuyers can choose from single-family and attached duplex homes that range in size from 900 to more than 3,000 square feet. Those with discerning tastes will appreciate the option to upgrade homes with spa-like bathrooms, custom outdoor living space, and gourmet kitchens.  

2. Hill Country Retreat – San Antonio

Low $200s - Low $400s

Home to more than 2,000 luxurious single-family homes, it’s easy to see why Hill Country Retreat landed a spot among Texas’ most popular 55+ communities. This active adult community by Del Webb and Village Builders is situated in historic San Antonio and provides spectacular views all around, from lush, natural landscaping throughout the neighborhood to the cascading waterfalls at the entrance.

At the heart of this tranquil community stands The Resort, a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse that offers an indoor pool, second-story walking track, massive fitness center, and a variety of multi-purpose rooms. It’s easy for neighbors to make new friends in this vibrant community—Hill Country Retreat offers an exciting array of social activities, including Wednesday night movies, Friday night socials, walking clubs, and potluck dinners. A full-time activities director ensures there’s always something fun to keep residents engaged and active.

Upon completion, this age-restricted community will contain more than 2,000 single-family homes. With a range of sizes, styles, and price points, there’s a home to suit nearly every need and budget for active adult homebuyers. Available on a new and resale basis, homes range in size from 1,109 to nearly 3,000 square feet. All homes feature flowing floor plans, and some offer an optional second-floor loft, which can be turned into an extra bedroom.

3. Frisco Lakes – Frisco

 Mid $200s - High $600s

Sun rise over the trails at Frisco Lake

Frisco Lakes is full of scenic views, especially on its trails.

Retirees who want to live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area continue to flock to the desirable Dallas suburb of Frisco. At Frisco Lakes, an upscale 55+ community, active adults find extravagant homes along with an exciting way of life.

This neighborhood offers an appealing mix of culture and recreation through two clubhouses, an 18-hole golf course, and a variety of top-notch amenities. An outdoor, resort-style pool is perfect for relaxing on a sunny summer day, and with four tennis courts, four bocce ball courts, and miles of hiking and biking trails, active adults can take their pick of physical activity. There’s even a community fitness instructor who leads fun group exercise classes.  

Del Webb started construction on this neighborhood in 2006, which will contain nearly 3,000 single-family homes upon completion. Active adult homebuyers will relish the great attention to detail in every home, from the expansive great rooms and gourmet kitchens to the spacious outdoor living spaces. These low-maintenance homes allow residents to spend more time pursuing what makes them happy.  

4. Kissing Tree – San Marcos

Mid $300s - Low $500s

With so many unique and exciting amenities, it makes sense that Kissing Tree in San Marcos  was one of Texas’ most popular communities last year. In this vibrant, activity-packed community, residents can enjoy spectacular amenities including an indoor/outdoor bar, biergarten, live-music stage, a food truck, and fire pits for gathering with friends and savoring every moment.

An outdoor pool is even more inviting with a nearby barbecue area, making it the perfect destination for a low-key summertime cookout. Outdoor enthusiasts can get some exercise on eight pickleball courts, six bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits, golf-driving range, putting greens, and 15 miles of walking and biking trails.  

When it comes to finding the perfect home in Kissing Tree, active adult homebuyers have an abundance of choices. Upon completion, this active adult community will contain 3,200 homes offered in 18 different floor plans. Home sizes range from 1,424 square feet to 3,398 square feet. No matter what size home active adults find appealing, they will relish each home’s range of options, such as casitas and outdoor living spaces.

5. Del Webb Sweetgrass – Richmond

High $100s - Low $500s

Rounding out our list of the most popular 55+ communities in Texas in 2018 is Del Webb Sweetgrass, just outside of Houston. This exciting age-restricted community that spans 500 acres is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

Here, homeowners can take advantage of a boat launch, an outdoor amphitheater for shows, and a fire pit for relaxing with friends on a pleasant Texas evening. The community also features a resort-style outdoor pool, spa, and pavilion area, along with extensive nature areas complete with walking trails that wind throughout the neighborhood.   

Active adult homebuyers can choose from three home series: Garden, Classic, and Estate. Homes range in size from 1,109 to 3,800 square feet, giving active adults plenty of options. True to Del Webb style, homes blend innovation with comfort. Homes on premium lots offer incredible views of water or green space.