11 Texas retirement communities I’d love to live in


Closed Retirement Communities, Over 55 Benefits, Golf, Sports, Food: Texas has it. Any location in Texas is great for retirement! No state income tax. You can play golf and other sports all year round most of the time due to the mild weather. Find a low cost of living, a friendly, welcoming and diverse culture, lots of spectacular natural beauties, and lots of fun attractions. The state has more than 600 hospitals offering the best medical facilities, many of which are nationally classified in adult specialties.

Here are some retiree communities over 55 in fantastic retirement areas where I would love to retire – if I weren’t already retired right here in Fort Worth. These are great locations away from heavy traffic but close enough to the big city to access medical benefits and facilities.

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1. Boot Ranch – Fredericksburg

In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, five miles north of Fredericksburg, you’ll find the Club at Boot Ranch, offering amenities and activities for family members. All property purchases include a multigenerational Boot Ranch membership extending the club’s privileges to five generations of your extended family at no additional cost. The 55,000-square-foot Clubhouse Village is the heart of social events, fine dining and five-star service, including the golf shop, spa, men’s and women’s locker rooms, lodge suites and fine, casual dining. . Family activities focus on multigenerational recreation and socialization.

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2. Affinity Retreat – Round Rock

Not your average 55+ community, The Affinity at Round Rock offers amenities for active adults pursuing individual passions through a vibrant social scene. Explore the community of amenities including restaurants, cafes, pubs, an indoor saltwater pool and spa and fitness center. You will find recreation centers like billiards and game room, workshop and craft studio, play pickleball, see a movie at the theater, walk your dog at the dog park and use the dog wash spa. Reasonably priced one and two bedroom apartments are available with cable, Wi-Fi and utilities. Round Rock, located near Austin, is nationally known as one of the liveliest cities in the country.

3. Del Webb Sun City – Georgetown

Sun City, TX, a community of 55+ near Georgetown and Austin, offers an active lifestyle where you can enjoy a round of golf at three world-class golf courses, play pickleball or tennis, or learn ballroom dancing. Listen to music at the Lakeside Amphitheater, access two state-of-the-art fitness centers, hike the trails or relax in the resort-style pool. Plan a day or night experience to connect with amenities and activities. Sun City is where new neighbors become lifelong friends. Choose from new, stylish and comfortable homes.

Summit Rock Golf Course
Summit Rock Golf Course

4. Tuscan village at Horseshoe Bay

The Tuscan village of Horseshoe Bay offers over 55 shoppers resort-style living with Clubhouse Salus, a lifestyle director, craft clubs and resident activities, plus a Jack-designed golf course Nicholas. Located near Marble Falls on LBJ Lake and a short drive from Austin or San Antonio, the community enjoys a Texan climate perfect for golf, pickleball, pool and patio, walking trails, a community garden and dog park all year round.

The residences include townhouses, single family villas and single family golf estates. Nature lovers will appreciate the proximity to LBJ Lake, Johnson Park, Clear Cove Park, and Longhorn Cavern State Park. Golfers can access Horseshoe Bay Club, Slick Rock Golf Course and Escondido Golf Course. You will also find over 60 wineries in the area. For inspiration, check out my article on my dozen favorite wineries near Horseshoe Bay.

Sign for the Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth
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5. The Stayton At Museum Way – Fort Worth

At Stayton at Museum Way, live an active senior lifestyle with art museums like The Kimbell, The Modern, and the Amon Carter Museum just steps away, plus easy access to The Bass and Sundance Square. Enjoy the Skyline Restaurant, Lounge, Cafe, Bistro, Private Dining Room, Art Gallery, Performing Arts Center and Library. The salon, spa and hair salon are convenient, and you will have convenient access to the indoor pool and fitness center.

Choose from luxury one or two bedroom apartments with lovely views over western Fort Worth. Best thing about Stayton: You’ll be guaranteed lifetime priority on-site therapy and rehabilitation, assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing care at the moment. came. Enjoy standard services including 24/7 concierge service, gated underground access, valet parking, and weekly housekeeping and linens.

Larkspur Model Home at Robson Ranch in Denton
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6. Robson Ranch – Denton

Active adults 55 and older are redefining luxury retirement living in the resort community of Robson Ranch, south of Denton, near the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. The ranch-style landscape offers rolling hills and unobstructed views with everything right on your doorstep: access 10 luxurious, energy-efficient model homes ranging from 1,413 to 3,228 square feet. Enjoy a championship golf course and professional shop, 16 pickleball courts, a tennis complex, a softball field, a dog park, the clubhouse, fitness, swimming pools and grills. Over 100 clubs and activities will keep you busy, and the Creative Arts Center and walking trails will help keep you active. Review the virtual model home video tours to help you make up your mind, then schedule a stay on the property to get a first-hand Robson Ranch experience.

7. Del Webb in the woods

The Del Webb gated community of Woodlands, between Houston and Huntsville, offers residents an active lifestyle and living complex with a 14,000 square foot clubhouse, activities, clubs and many community amenities. Take advantage of the cycle and hiking trails, pickleball, pétanque, tennis courts, a fitness room, an aquagym course and a swimming pool. Explore the arts, crafts, tech classes, or read or work in the internet cafe or coffee bar. Access nearby Woodland golf, shopping, dining, events and more. Choose from several two- and three-bedroom homes with open concept plans and two-car garages.

8. Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch

Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch near Fulshear has over 55 amenities as well as family-sized homes with more space for entertaining instead of extra bedrooms. You will enjoy a resort-like experience with a 10,000 square foot clubhouse, lagoon-style swimming pool, fire pit, pickleball and pétanque courts. Hike and cycle on the many scenic trails around nature reserves and dazzling lakes.

You will find small town charm in Fort Bend County and easy access to Houston via the new Westpark Tollway, FM 1093, to Interstate 10. You are close to Brazos Bend State Park , Fort Bend Museum, Historic Downtown Richmond, Rosenberg Railroad Museum and the George Observatory.

9. Retreat in the Hills – San Antonio

New housing websites have just been posted at 55+ Del Webb Hill Country Retreat near San Antonio. You’ll love the open floor plans, consumer-inspired smart home options, dining kitchens, and huge owner’s suites. Treat yourself to resort-style amenities including a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and hiking trails. San Antonio is home to three military bases, a hilly area, quaint towns, and plenty of wineries, and you can play golf every day. You are close to the Pearl District on the San Antonio Riverwalk with great chef-owned restaurants, boutiques and more.

Pro tip: To learn more about the 22-acre Entertainment District, read our colleagues The journey awaits you writer Penny Sadler’s guide to enjoying a luxurious weekend in the Pearl.

10. The kissing tree – San Marcos

Nestled between Austin and San Antonio in San Marcos, Kissing Tree is for baby boomers, with a legendary life carved out of the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy the golf course, Biergarten, resort swimming pool, pickleball courts and fitness center. At the center of the 20-acre leisure campus is Independence Hall, the resort’s social club, featuring the Sam’s Café, activity classroom, culinary kitchen, bar, indoor cinema screen, pool tables, a shuffleboard, a vintage jukebox and many tables for dining or a game of bridge. Named after the historic oak of San Marcos, the Kissing Tree is where Sam Houston gave his governorship speech. You can choose from traditional houses, cottages, villas with quaint covered patios, extended garage, oversized owner suites, and large kitchens and living areas.

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11. Foster’s Ridge in Conroe

In Conroe, Foster’s Ridge, 45 minutes north of Houston, offers a great location for active adults 55 and older with easy access to exciting attractions, activities, health care, and grocery and shopping opportunities. shopping. There are 13 golf courses and country clubs within 30 minutes of the resort, including the Club at Carlton Woods, with a Jack Nicklaus Signature course. You are close to museums, festivals and sports teams, and the airport is 45 minutes for trips or visits with grandchildren. Take advantage of a community recreation center, community pool and patio, and multipurpose rooms for classes. Discover homes with two and three bedrooms, large living and kitchen areas, master suites, offices and guest rooms.

A personal note: My husband and I retired in 2016 and live in Park Glen in North Fort Worth. This month we’ll be making the last payment for our home after adding a patio expansion this summer with a wet room, pergola, landscaping, outdoor kitchen, and raised flower beds for a garden. We love being half a mile from the grocery store and pharmacy and one mile from our grandchildren.