Located in the heart of the Lone Star State, the Central Texas region appeals to locals and visitors alike with its picturesque natural beauty and abundant recreation opportunities. From the vibrant culture in San Antonio to the live music and rolling hills in Austin, it’s easy to see why Central Texas is one of the best places in the state to retire.
If you’re thinking about moving to the Lone Star State, here’s everything you need to know about living in Texas. If you’re wondering what you can get for $300k in this scenic region, here are five active lifestyle communities in Central Texas that allow you to stick within your budget.
High $100s - High $200s
With just 204 homes, Scenic Hills is a quaint community with a variety of amenities to encourage a physically and socially active lifestyle. There's a 13,000-square-foot clubhouse, an exercise room, an arts and crafts studio, a multipurpose room, a library, a ballroom, a card room, a billiards room, and more. There are also plenty of on-site clubs and activities for neighbors to enjoy.
Developed by U.S. Homes between 1982 and 1989, Scenic Hills has homes ranging from 1,294 to 2,270 square feet with two to four bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Some homes feature open floor plans, Corian countertops, plantation shutters, and views of the neighboring golf course. Also, the homeowners' association (HOA) takes care of common area maintenance, guard service, lawn care, and the underground sprinkler system.
Mid $200s - Mid $500s
With an entrance of cascading waterfalls and mature oak trees, Hill Country Retreat offers a tranquil setting from the moment residents arrive. This active adult community in San Antonio will contain more than 2,000 single-family homes upon completion. Active adult homebuyers can choose from several floor plans, elevations, and amenities, with homes ranging from 1,109 to nearly 3,000 square feet.
Active adults can pursue a truly active lifestyle at the community’s 28,000-square-foot clubhouse which contains a state-of-the-art fitness center, an aerobics studio, an indoor pool, and an indoor walking track on the second level. Outdoor amenities include two tennis courts, bocce ball courts, and walking and biking trails. A full-time activities director helps residents meet each other at an array of activities and events.
Low $200s - High $200s
Started in 2007, Oaks at Wildwood is an active adult community nestled in the heart of Georgetown. The community contains 86 attached homes that range from 1,718 to 1,884 square feet. Residences feature ample storage space, a four-seasons room, and open living space with private entrances. Homeowners pay a reasonable HOA fee that covers lawn care and exterior building maintenance.
At Oaks at Wildwood, residents can mingle with friends and meet new neighbors through a variety of social clubs and activities, including dance classes, wine and cheese nights, and book club. At the community clubhouse, homeowners can come together to enjoy the big-screen TV or play billiards. Also, residents can stay active through weekly yoga classes or exercising in the 24-hour fitness center.
Low $200s - Low $1Ms
Sprawling across 5,300 acres in the Texas Hill Country, Sun City Texas is the largest active adult community in the state. Active adult homebuyers can explore a wide mix of Texas homes for sale in Sun City Texas, whether they’re looking for single-family residences or attached duplex homes. Homes range in size from 940 to more than 3,000 square feet with some homes featuring spa-like bathrooms, gourmet kitchens, and custom outdoor living space.
When it comes to amenities, activities, and clubs, residents can choose from a rich variety to suit nearly any interest. Altogether, Sun City Texas contains more than 86,000 square feet of indoor amenities, including a grand ballroom, a library, a computer lab, a billiards hall, craft studios, and a 20,000-square-foot fitness center. Homeowners can also exercise at the indoor lap pool or work out with friends at the community's aerobics and dance studios. Golfers of all skill levels can enjoy the community’s three golf courses, each one offering a unique set of challenges.
Mid $200s - High $300s
Slated to contain 88 single-family homes upon completion, The Orchards at Valley Ranch gives residents access to numerous amenities in addition to low-maintenance, modern homes. Offering features such as fireplaces and courtyards, homes range from 1,675 to 2,245 square feet.
The Orchards at Valley Ranch contains a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse at the heart of the community, offering homeowners a well-equipped exercise room and a convenient place to gather with neighbors. Other amenities include an open-air pavilion, a basketball court, a catering kitchen, and a lap pool. When grandchildren come to visit, residents can take them to the community waterpark that includes two spiraling waterslides.