Austin has been rated as one of the best places to retire since 2014, and for good reason. Low cost of living, high quality of life and fairly temperate weather all make Austin and the surrounding areas a great place to settle down. And thanks to the number of local Baby Boomers nearing retirement and the influx of retiring transplants, there has been a visible increase in the number of 55+ home communities cropping up in the area.
Finding the right 55 or better community
Contrary to what most people expect from “retirement communities,” these new 55 or better communities have amazing floor plans and extensive amenities that make people under 55 wish they could live in them.
Of course, if your new clients are 55 or better, they are not limited to the handful of new 55+ communities in the area. But there are a number of benefits to these great new developments, including:
Access to a ton of activities.
Most 55 or better communities have a clubhouse where a number of activities are scheduled every week. Your clients can take pottery classes, exercise or just get to know their new neighbors.
Homeowners get access to pools, fully equipped gyms and sports courts, clubhouses, parks, community gardens and more.
Security and safety.
Many 55 or better communities have gates around the community, a “Lock & Leave” policy and/or a security team to monitor the neighborhood.
Your clients don’t have to worry about loud parties or kids screaming in the backyard.
Amenable floor plans.
With the 55+ person in mind, these communities usually offer a variety of ranch and main floor master plans that make it easier to age comfortably in these homes.
There are a number of other benefits to living in these communities that depend on the builder and location, which is why we’re sharing a few of our favorite 55 and better communities.
55+ Communities in the Austin Area
With 750 homes, Heritage at Vizcaya in Round Rock is a sprawling 55+ community with a 6,500 sq. ft. clubhouse, a large pool, bocce ball courts, an event lawn and more. This community is near I-35 which makes downtown Austin easily accessible as well.
This Texas Hill Country community has over 1,300 acres, including a golf course, a restaurant and bar, a beer garden and more. Combining the independence of single family homes with community spaces, this neighborhood offers it all. There are nearly 20 floor plans to choose from too!
This massive community sprawls across 5,300 acres and has three 18-hole golf courses, a library, 2 indoor and 2 outdoor pools, a fishing lake and so much more. As one of the most established 55+ communities in the Austin area, these homes are in high demand.
This community will follow closely on the heels of the Lakeway community and feature an array of resort-style amenities. The first phase of planned amenities includes a fitness center and social room and is expected to be completed by early 2018. Additional amenities are planned for later build-out, including a clubhouse, pool, walking trails, pickleball and bocce ball courts, a dog park, and gardens.
This resort living community in Lakeway is in high demand, and for good reason! Along with all the amenities and activities offered in the clubhouse, homeowners also receive full-yard maintenance, accessible floor plans, attached garages, private driveways and much more.
A new take on retirement
These communities are turning the stereotype of retirement communities on its head, offering luxury, active living to Texas Boomers. Depending on your client’s preferences in location, budget, and amenities, these communities should give you a long list of options to explore.
And if your buyers are looking for a 55+ community in San Antonio, check out Hill Country Retreat. It is nestled in the northwest side and will be home to over 2,000 luxuriously appointed single-family homes. This community has a clubhouse, pools, walking trails and ten floor plans starting in the high $100s.