As the country’s second-largest state, Texas is big enough to offer something for everyone. Texans can live along the coast or enjoy mountain views. They can go hiking, boating, camping, or fishing, and then enjoy live music and tacos—or barbecue with an ice-cold Dr. Pepper. Texas is rich in culture and offers an endless variety of sights, flavors, and experiences.
There are many good reasons to retire in Texas. If you’re looking to move to the Lone Star State, take a peek at some of the state’s hottest 55+ communities. Below are five of the most popular active adult communities in Texas, based on page views on 55places.com from Jan. 1, 2019 to Sep. 9, 2019.
1. Sun City Texas – Georgetown, TX
Located in the picturesque Texas Hill Country, Sun City Texas is the largest active adult community in Texas. This 55+ community contains 9,900 homes and three 18-hole golf courses. Active adult homebuyers can explore a broad mix of new and resale homes available in several dozen floor plans. Single-family and attached duplex homes range in size from 940 to more than 3,000 square feet.
Amenities abound within Sun City Texas, from a nine-mile network of walking and biking trails to a dog park, gardening plots, a softball field, and many tennis, pickleball and bocce ball courts. Homeowners can take advantage of several multi-purpose rooms and a catering kitchen at the Cowen Creek Amenity Center or relax outdoors at two pools. Sun City Texas also contains an outdoor amphitheater for shows and concerts.
2. Frisco Lakes – Frisco, TX
In Frisco Lakes, homeowners can enjoy a rich assortment of amenities. This 55+ community in the desirable city of Frisco is wrapped around the shores of Lake Lewisville. Active adult homebuyers can browse an assortment of single-family homes that feature expansive great rooms, roomy outdoor living space, and gourmet kitchens. Upon completion, this community by Del Webb will contain nearly 3,000 reasonably priced residences.
At the heart of Frisco Lakes stands the 28,000-square-foot Village Center and Sports Complex. Here, homeowners can enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor walking track, an aerobics and dance studio, and an indoor lap pool and spa. The amenities continue outdoors with the 18-hole Frisco Lakes Golf Club, a 7,099-yard, par-72 course that showcases a few holes tucked along the shores of Lake Lewisville. Residents can also stay active and socialize with friends at the community’s pickleball courts, horseshoe pits, and outdoor pool and patio.
3. Hill Country Retreat – San Antonio, TX
Located in historic San Antonio, Hill Country Retreat will contain more than 2,000 homes upon completion. This 55+ community welcomes residents and visitors at the entrance with cascading waterfalls and mature oak trees. Hill Country Retreat also offers views of wildlife amidst the natural and lush landscaping. Active adult homebuyers looking for homes for sale in Texas will find a variety of single-family homes that range in size from 1,109 to nearly 3,000 square feet. Most homes are single-story ranches, although one floor plan features an optional second-floor loft.
Amenities within Hill Country Retreat include a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse, an indoor pool surrounded by an indoor walking track, multiple hobby and game rooms, a billiards room, and a well-stocked library. Outdoors, residents can enjoy two bocce ball courts and tennis courts as well as walking and biking trails. A full-time activities director keeps the social calendar full, allowing residents to participate in activities and events such as potluck dinners and Friday night socials.
4. Robson Ranch - Texas – Denton, TX
Upon completion, Robson Ranch - Texas in Denton will be one of Texas’ largest active adult communities. This golf course community north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is projected to contain 7,200 homes that range in size from 1,404 to 3,746 square feet. Active adult homebuyers can choose from 25 floor plans available as new construction or resale. Many homes are designed with spacious great rooms, generous outdoor living space, and open kitchens.
Residents at Robson Ranch can participate in a vibrant social scene, taking their pick of more than 60 clubs and organizations. A health and fitness committee promotes activities and education, encouraging homeowners to stay physically and socially active. This age-restricted community offers regularly held events such as Bible study, Wednesday dine out, and a singles mix and mingle.
Homeowners can take advantage of a robust line-up of amenities, including the 17,500-square-foot Robson Ranch Clubhouse, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor gymnasium, a full-service salon, six lighted tennis courts and pickleball courts, and a resort-style outdoor pool. The community also offers a children’s pool for when grandkids come to visit.
5. Del Webb Sweetgrass – Richmond, TX
Situated on 500 acres southwest of Houston, Del Webb Sweetgrass in Richmond features a natural creek, four miles of walking trails, and a 50-acre lake. This 55+ community opened in 2011 and will contain an estimated 1,500 single-family homes upon completion. Homes range in size from 1,109 to 3,800 square feet. Some homes come with optional second floors. Active adult homebuyers can also choose a premium lot, which offers water views or greenspace views.
This active adult community offers a robust array of amenities, including a 27,000-square-foot recreation center that features an indoor lap pool, a Wellness Center, an internet café, and a continuing education center. Outdoor amenities include bocce, tennis, and pickleball courts; a resort-style pool and spa; a pavilion area; and extensive nature areas. Del Webb Sweetgrass also offers a boat launch, an outdoor amphitheater, and a firepit.