With the Lone Star State’s growing reputation as an ideal destination for retirement, 55Places.com weighs in on some new active adult living communities for homebuyers to watch this year.
By: Bill Ness
The past decade has brought Texas among the ranks of Arizona and Florida when it comes to being a popular retirement hot spot. Active adult communities throughout the state have been gaining in popularity as more retirees than ever consider Texas their ideal destination for retirement.
Austin, San Antonio and College Station (near Houston) all made the ranks on Forbes’ 2013 list of the best places to retire. In addition, research conduced by the team at 55places.com shows the Dallas/Fort Worth area as one of the most popular cities for retirement.
Hill Country Retreat in San Antonio has been a sought-after retirement destination since Del Webb broke ground in 2006. Construction continues today on the 2,090 homes planned for the resort-style community designed for residents aged 55 and better. With the recent acquisition of 100 Hill Country Retreat home sites by Village Builders, new luxury floor plans are enhancing the offering of available home styles. The new Veranda Collection of homes caters to homebuyers looking for spacious main-floor living homes sized from 2,150 to 2,838 square feet.
Sun City Texas is the largest active adult community in Texas set about 35 miles north of Austin in the town of Georgetown. Del Webb began construction of this enormous community in 1995 with plans to complete 7,500 homes for residents aged 55 and better. An impressive village center boasts 86,000 square feet of amenity space combined with fabulous outdoor recreations, including three golf courses.
The offering of ranch floor plans ensures buyers have plenty of options to choose from. Del Webb plans to open new portions of the community in 2014, giving buyers even more options to choose the ideal home site for their dream home at Sun City Texas.
In the Houston area, some of the most popular active adult communities are sold out of new construction homes or have a limited number of home sites available. Heritage at Towne Lake in nearby Cypress is about 95 percent sold out of new construction homes with sales exceeding expectations. Sweetgrass by Del Webb in nearby Richmond has sold about 300 homes since opening in 2011 and continues to offer 10 ranch floor plans, along with an outstanding clubhouse facility and a robust social lifestyle.
The popular Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch community in Katy, about 28 miles from Houston, continues to be a highly sought-after community. Recently, resale homes have been selling very quickly, often in a matter of a few weeks and some with multiple offers. Increased selling activity has become more prevalent over the past two years, with prices up significantly by double digits.
Taylor Morrison recently announced a brand-new development to begin construction in 2014. Bonterra at Woodforest promises to be a luxury 55-plus community offering world-class amenities, elegant homes and an exciting active adult lifestyle. The Conroe location within the master-planned Woodforest community will offer residents fantastic recreational opportunities within their neighborhood while being less than an hour from the heart of Houston.
The Dallas/Fort Worth area also offers a myriad of active adult communities, including the highly acclaimed golf course community of Robson Ranch in Denton. This particular community is unique in that it is open to residents as young as age 40 and offers an impressive lineup of resort-style amenities. It is planned for 7,200 homes and offers new construction homes in more than 25 floor plans designed fit nearly any budget.
Frisco Lakes is another wonderful active adult community in the rapidly growing upscale suburb of Frisco, about 30 miles north of Dallas. Built by Del Webb, Frisco Lakes is well-known for offering the ideal blend of amenities and the famous Del Webb lifestyle to residents aged 55 or better. It also offers more than 25 ranch floor plans and golf-course living.
The landscape of active adult communities in Texas continues to grow and evolve with ongoing development at the larger resort-style communities while developers continue to seek out new opportunities for smaller, more intimate-sized communities in sought-after niche locals. Experts at 55places.com anticipate that 2014 and the years ahead will bring exciting new developments to Texas designed to fit the needs of today’s active adult homebuyers.
Obtaining the best information on the most popular active adult communities in Texas is easy at 55places.com. Visit us today to view community photos and floor plans, and to read community details and homeowner reviews.
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