An Ultimate Guide to the Best Active 55+ Communities in Houston

Discover the top 25 amenity-rich active adult communities in Houston

An Ultimate Guide to the Top 55+ Active Communities in Houston

Summary:

Over 2,000 active adult homesites are located within Houston’s best master-planned communities. Check out our guide below for a detailed list of the best features of these communities.

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Table of Contents

  1. Best 55+ Communities in Houston By the Numbers
  2. Best 55 Communities in Houston Texas
  3. What Are Over 55 Living Communities?
  4. What to Look For in Over 55 Living Communities
  5. Tips for Living in an Active Retirement Community
  6. Pros and Cons of Active Adult Communities
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. The Best Houston Realtor to Sell Your Home

Best 55+ Communities in Houston By the Numbers

Best 55+ Communities in Houston By the Numbers

We've included below the summary of real estate statistics for Houston's Best 55 Retirement Communities. Please contact us, your best Houston realtor, for more data or for an analysis of which communities may be best for you.

55+Older Community Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft # Sold Per Year
1. Del Webb Sweetgrass $350,000 $178 11
2. The Woodlands: Windsor Lakes $360,608 $170 27
3. Pearland: CountryPlace $329,000 $147 45
4. The Heritage at Towne Lake $551,000 $180 238
5. Amberwood at Fall Creek $243,000 $144 1
6. The Village at Tuscan Lakes $370,000 $165 65
7. Wellspring at Tamarron $450,295 $173 320
8. Water Crest on Lake Conroe $356,340 $170 59
9. Heritage Grand in Cinco Ranch $325,750 $171 25
10. Bellavita at Green Tee $355,000 $178 21
11. The Woodlands: Windsor Hills $379,700 $169 25
12. Bonterra at Woodforest $490,886 $239 29
13. Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch $399,202 $223 27
14. The Woodlands: Del Webb $604,250 $210 2
15. Chambers Creek Ranch (In Development) $418,500 $173 28
16. Villas at White Oak Ranch $269,500 $150 363
17. The Lagos at Aliana $0 $0 0
18. Foster’s Ridge Freedom $339,000 $167 2,009
19. Heritage Cove at Towne Lake $0 $0 0

Best 55 Communities in Houston Texas

Best 55 Communities in Houston Texas

For a custom list of homes for sale in the following 55 communities in Houston TX, contact Paige Martin, ranked as the #1 Individual Agent with Keller Williams in Houston, #1 in Texas, and #5 in the United States. Paige Martin is also the leader of the Houston Properties Team, the #1 ranked boutique real estate team in Houston.

1. Del Webb Sweetgrass

Del Webb Sweetgrass

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$350,000 1,891 sq. ft. 1,500 Single-family

Pricing and Basic Info:

Located in Richmond, Del Webb Sweetgrass is one of the best senior communities in Houston.

Developed in 2011, the subdivision features an estimated 1,500 units of single-family homes with an average size of 1,891 sq. ft.

Senior housing for sale in the community has a median sales price of $350,000. Two-bedroom homes are priced at around $300,000 while three-bedroom homes are around $555,000.

Amenities:

Known for its massive 27,000 sq. ft. amenity center, Del Webb Sweetgrass offers luxurious facilities such as:

Residents can also enjoy various community programs such as:

Accessibility:

With its strategic location in Southwest Houston, Del Webb Sweetgrass is nearby excellent medical care facilities such as:

Conveniently shop for groceries and pharmaceutical needs with the following establishments within the neighborhood:

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, this waterfront community has direct access to a 50-acre lake and 4 miles of nature trails and greenspaces.

Del Webb Sweetgrass


2. The Woodlands: Windsor Lakes

Windsor Lakes The Woodlands

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$360,608 2,106 sq. ft. 573 Single-family, attached

Pricing and Basic Info:

One of the 55 and over communities in the Woodlands, Windsor Lakes is a master-planned community within Northwest Houston.

Fully developed in 2006 by Lennar homes, the community offers 573 attached and single-family homes in private lots with well-maintained landscaping. The average size of properties in Windsor lake falls around 2,106 sq. ft.

The median sales prices of 55 communities in The Woodlands Texas is at $360,608. 2-bedroom homes are usually priced around the high $200s while 3-bedrooms are around mid $400s.

Amenities:

A 20,000 sq ft clubhouse, Windsor Lodge, functions as the amenity center of the community. Exclusive to residents, it highlights several recreational rooms such as a billiards room, an arts and crafts area, a library, a multi-purpose hall, a stage, a fully-equipped catering kitchen, and an audio-visual room.

Fit for an active lifestyle, the neighborhood also features a pool area and numerous nature trails for enjoying the great outdoors.

The master-planned community’s HOA also offers yard maintenance, basic cable, and home security allowing residents more free time to delight in the luxurious amenities of Windsor Lakes.

Accessibility:

The Woodlands: Windsor Lakes is half a mile away from west of I-45 just off Highway 242. With its easily accessible location, the community has great access to nearby gold courses in The Woodlands Country Club and River Plantation Golf Club.

Several dining and retail options such as Walmart Supercenter, 242 Pub & Grill, Nona's Italian Grill - The Woodlands, and American Furniture Warehouse are just nearby.

The community also flaunts great access to medical care with several hospitals such as Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, Nexus Specialty Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands - Outpatient Services, and St Luke’s Woodland Center just a few minutes away.

Windsor lakes


3. Pearland: CountryPlace

CountryPlace

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$329,000 1,833 sq. ft. 841 Single-family and townhomes

Pricing and Basic Info:

Offering a low-maintenance senior living in Houston, Pearland: CountryPlace is a gated community located in Southeast Houston.

Completed in 2000 by U.S. Homes, CountryPlace has 841 plenty of townhomes ranging with an average size of 1,833 sq. ft.

One-bedroom patio homes are usually priced around the high $100s while bigger properties have a mid $400s price tag. The median price of homes for sale in CountryPlace is $329,000.

Amenities

One of the active retirement communities in Texas, Pearland: CountryPlace provides various planned activities for its residents.

Programs such as piano lessons, oil painting, quilting, and discussion groups are in place so neighbors can enjoy quality time sharing hobbies.

For those who are into a more dynamic lifestyle, the subdivision also has fitness classes, yoga, tennis, and water aerobics.

The community also surrounds the CountryPlace Golf Course, a well-manicured 18-hole greenspace.

Accessibility

Situated at the heart of one of Houston’s best suburbs, CountryPlace is only 10.7 miles away from the world-famous Texas Medical Center.

The subdivision also has great access to Pearland Town Center, which is buzzing with shopping, dining, and entertainment options in the area.

countryplace


4. The Heritage at Towne Lake

The Heritage at Towne Lake

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$551,000 2,450 sq. ft. 440 Single-family and townhomes

Pricing and Basic Info:

Started in 2007, The Heritage at Towne Lake is a 55+ residential community in Northwest Houston co-developed by K. Hovnanian, Village Builders, Goshy Homes, and Jaeger Homes.

One of the best active retirement communities in Texas, The Heritage at Towne Lake sits next to a 350-acre stocked lake which is ideal for numerous water and boating activities.

Located in Cypress, this master-planned community has 440 homesites ranging from the low $300s to the mid $800s. The median sales price of properties in the subdivision is around $551,000. Single-family homes in the community have an average size of 2,450 sq. ft.

Amenities:

The Heritage at Towne Lake features a 16,000 sq. ft. clubhouse that caters to the active and creative lifestyle of its residents. The massive clubhouse is equipped with luxurious amenities such as a fitness center, a hobby and game room, a library with computers, and an outdoor pool.

Relish the great doors with the neighborhood’s waterfront nature trails, community gardens, picnic pavilions, boat docks, and fishing piers.

If you are looking for luxury retirement communities in Texas, The Heritage at Towne Lake is the upscale senior living option for you.

Accessibility:

With its prime location within the Cypress area, the community is 5.8 miles away from Excel Urgent Care, 6.6 miles from Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Cypress, and 26.4 miles from Houston Methodist Primary Care Group.

Bordered by 290, West Road and Baker Cypress Road, the community has excellent access to dining and retail establishments such as The Union Kitchen, Cypress Town Center, Cypress Mill Plaza, Fairfield Town center, and Cyfair Town Center.

The Heritage at Towne Lake


5. Amberwood at Fall Creek

Amberwood at Fall Creek

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$243,000 2,509 sq. ft. 69 Single-story attached

Pricing and Basic Info:

Known for its collection of maintenance-free homes, Amberwood at Fall Creek is one of 55 plus active adult communities in Northeast Houston.

The community is composed of 69 single-story attached homes with an average home size of 2,509 sq. ft.

Developed by Dunhill Homes, the median sales price of properties in the community falls around $243,000.

Amenities:

The clubhouse covers a 33,000-square-foot area and features full-service dining.

Residents of Amberwood have access to the Redstone Golf Club with two 18-hole courses, a practice range, and a clubhouse with a restaurant.

The neighborhood also features an aquatic center which has a six-lane competition pool and water amusement features such as a recreation center with a pool area, sunbathing areas, a jacuzzi, and a cabana.

Accessibility:

Medical facilities near Amberwood at Fall Creek include Humble Medical (3.6 miles), Memorial Hermann Summer Creek Primary Care (5.7 miles), and Cypress Creek Hospital (17.9 miles).

Located in Humble, just 15 minutes away from Downton, the subdivision has excellent access to shopping malls such as Presidential Plaza Shopping Center, Walmart Supercenter, and Humble Plaza Shopping Center.

Amberwood at Fall Creek


6. The Village at Tuscan Lakes

The Village at Tuscan Lakes

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$370,000 1,948 sq. ft. 336 Single-family

Pricing and Basic Info:

Developed by Del Webb Texas in 2016, The Village at Tuscan Lakes is one of the best active senior communities in Texas.

The Villages boasts 358 homesites with an average home size of 1,948 sq. ft. The median sales prices of properties within the community are around $370,000.

Located in League City within Southeast Houston, the community exudes a suburban appeal miles away from the city, and nearby waterfront communities.

Amenities:

The center of amenities in The Villages at Tuscan Lakes is a 12,000 sq. ft. clubhouse that features a fitness center and an aerobic studio fit for a dynamic lifestyle.

The community also boasts a multi-purpose hall for events, a library, an arts and crafts studio, a ballroom, and a billiards table, where residents can enjoy various hobbies and activities with their fellow active adults.

Outdoors, a pool area is perfect for a relaxing dip, while the patio is an ideal spot for lounging in the shade. The neighborhood also showcases a putting green, where guests can practice golf, and plenty of scenic nature trails.

Accessibility:

The Villages at Tuscan Lakes have excellent access to medical care with both UTMB Health and Elitecare Emergency Hospital just 10 minutes away.

Easily shop for groceries with League City Towne Center and Victory Lakes Towne Center just 3.7 miles away from the community.

The Village at Tuscan Lakes


7. Wellspring at Tamarron

Wellspring at Tamarron

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$450,295 2,172 sq. ft. 109 Single-family

Pricing and Basic Info:

One of the active senior communities in Katy Texas, Wellspring at Tamarron is located in Southwest Houston.

Developed by premier builder D.R. Horton, the community has 109 homesites with an average size of 2,172 sq. ft. The median sales price of single-family homes in the neighborhood is around $450,295.

Amenities:

Enjoy senior living in Katy Texas with Wellspring at Tamarron’s 8,000 sq. ft. clubhouse. A fitness center helps residents stay in shape while multipurpose halls, lounges, and meeting rooms are perfect venues for socializing.

The community also has an outdoor lap pool, a splash pad, a playground, and an outdoor patio fit for a fun-filled day with your loved ones. Take scenic strolls in the neighborhood’s 8-mile nature trails and greenspaces.

Accessibility:

Wellspring at Tamarron has access to high-quality medical care with UT Physicians (11 miles) Oakbend Medical Center - Jackson Street (19.3 miles), and Houston Methodist Sugarland Hospital (26.9 miles) just a few minutes away from the community.

There are also plenty of golf courses nearby such as Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club or The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch.

Experience great proximity to numerous shopping and dining options such as Village Center at Cinco Ranch, Villagio Town Center, Peak Road Shopping center, and Arcadia shopping center just a few miles off.

Wellspring at Tamarron


8. Water Crest on Lake Conroe

Water Crest on Lake Conroe

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$356,340 2,455 sq. ft. 31 Single-family

Pricing and Basic Info:

Developed by D.R. Horton in 2020, Water Crest on Lake Conroe is one of the best over 55 retirement communities in Texas.

Comprising 31 low-maintenance homes, the community has a median sales price of $356,340.

The average home size in the subdivision is around 2,455 sq. ft. with 2-bedroom homes priced at the low $300s and most 3-bedroom homes at the low $500s.

Amenities:

Zoned right next to Lake Conroe, residents can enjoy a variety of waterfront activities such as boating, fishing, and water sports.

Water Crest also flaunts a clubhouse that serves as a community center where residents gather and enjoy exciting activities together.

Delight in a relaxing dip in the lap pool and a resort-style pool complete with a patio and cabana ideal for outdoor lounging.

Accessibility:

Located in Northwest Houston, the neighborhood has great access to medical care with the following hospitals just a few minutes away: HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe, St. Luke’s Health - The Woodlands Hospital, and Cornerstone Specialty Hospital Conroe.

Find the ease of access to groceries, dining, and entertainment with Windvale Center, Waterpoint Shopping Center, and Westgate Crossing Shopping Center nearby.

Water Crest on Lake Conroe


9. Heritage Grand in Cinco Ranch

Heritage Grand in Cinco Ranch

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$325,750 2,279 sq. ft. 650 Single-family and duplex

Pricing and Basic Info:

One of the top 55 and over communities in Katy, Heritage Grand in Cinco Ranch is a master-planned community in Southwest Houston.

The neighborhood consists of 552 single-family homes and 98 duplex homes with a median sales price around $325,750.

The average home size is around 2,279 sq. ft. with 2-bedroom homes priced around the high $200s and 3-bedroom homes at the high $600s.

Amenities:

The 14,000 sq ft Heritage Grand Club House stands as the center of amenities of the community.

The clubhouse features a fitness center, a ballroom, a library, a computer room, and two billiard tables.

It serves as a venue for community programs such as dancing, weekly coffee socials, weekly potlucks, fashion shows, craft shows, and monthly breakfasts.

Accessibility:

Heritage Grand is easily accessible to medical facilities such as UT Physicians (5.5 miles), Oakbend Medical Center - Jackson Street (14.4 miles), and Houston Methodist Sugarland Hospital (20.6 miles).

Shop for groceries and pharmaceuticals with The Village Center at Cinco Ranch (1.4 miles), Villagio Town Center (2.2 miles), and the Shops of Bella Terra (4.2 miles) just nearby.

Heritage Grand in Cinco Ranch


10. Bellavita at Green Tee

Bellavita at Green Tree

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$355,000 1,500 - 2,400 sq. ft. 675 Single-family

Pricing and Basic Info:

Bellavita at Green Tee is a 55 plus active community located in Pearland, one of Houston’s best suburbs.

Constructed by Lennar Homes in 2012, the community features 618 homesites.

Each home has an average size of 1,673 sq. ft. with a median sales price of $355,000.

Amenities:

Homeowners of the community have access to the 14,000 sq.ft. Mediterranean-style clubhouse complete with a fitness center, a ballroom with a stage, and a computer room.

The neighborhood also conducts various community programs such as Yoga, line dancing, game day, and canasta poker where residents can socialize with each other.

Enjoy a game of golf at the Green Tee Country Club nearby. The Club also features two tennis courts and an outdoor pool fit for an active lifestyle.

Accessibility:

Experience great access to nearby medical facilities with HCA Houston Health Care Pearland (13.2 miles), Pearland Medical Center (14.4 miles), and Pasadena Hospital (11.5 miles) just 30 minutes away from the community.

Enjoy the convenience of shopping for your needs with the following establishments nearby: The Center at Pearland Parkway (2.8 miles), Silverlake Shopping Center (9.5 miles), and, Pearland Town Center (14.7 miles).

Bellavita at Green Tree


11. Windsor Hills

Windsor Hills

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$379,700 2,160 sq. ft. 437 Single-family

Pricing and Basic Info:

Nestled within The Woodlands, Windsor Hills is a master-planned community developed by Lennar Homes in 2002.

The community features 437 single-family homes with an average size of 2,324 sq. ft. Active Adult Homes for 55+ are priced between the high $200s to the high $400s with a median sales price of $379,700.

Amenities:

Club Windsor is the center of activities at Windsor Hills. The clubhouse features a fitness center with treadmills and weightlifting equipment, a billiards lounge, and an outdoor resort-style pool.

Residents can socialize over hobbies in shared spaces such as the arts and crafts room, the library, the computer room, and in the large multi-purpose hall with a catering kitchen.

Accessibility:

Located in Northwest Houston, the neighborhood boasts great proximity to St. Luke’s Health - Lakeside Hospital (1.5 miles) and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital - The Woodlands (2.9 miles)

Delight in plenty of shopping and dining options with the following establishments nearby: Twin Peaks Shenandoah (2.6 miles), The Woodlands Mall (2.8 miles), The Shops at Harper’s Crossing (3.3 miles), and Black Bear Diner (4.8 miles).

Windsor Hills


12. Bonterra at Woodforest

Bonterra at Woodforest

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$490,886 2,073 sq. ft. 700 Single-family

Pricing and Basic Info:

Nestled in Montgomery, Bonterra at Woodforest is a 55+ master-planned community in Northwest Houston.

Composed of 700 homesites, the community has a median sales price of $490,886.

Single-family homes developed by Darling Homes and Taylor Morrison stand at 2,073 average sq. ft.

Amenities:

Serving as the venue for community programs, a 10,000 sq.ft. clubhouse features a complete kitchen, meeting rooms, a fitness center, and an education center.

Residents can also relish the great outdoors with a lagoon-style pool, and plenty of nature trails and greenspaces.

Promoting a dynamic lifestyle, the neighborhood also has access to Woodforest’s 27-hole championship golf course, and tennis and basketball courts.

Accessibility:

Less than an hour away from the community, shop for groceries at Harvest Market Woodforest (1.6 miles), and Kroger Market Place (14.4 miles).

Find access to excellent medical care at the following hospitals nearby: HCA Houston Health Care Conroe (13.9 miles), St. Luke’s Health - The Woodlands Hospital (14.3 miles), and Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals Conroe (14.1 miles).

Bonterra at Woodforest


13. Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch

Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$399,202 2,011 sq. ft. 700 Single-family

Pricing and Basic Info:

Co-developed by Darling Homes and Taylor Morrison, Bonterra at Creek Ranch is one of the top gated 55+ active adult communities in Houston.

This master-planned neighborhood has over 700 single-family homes with an average size of 2,011 sq. ft.

Properties in this resort-style development have a median sales price of around $399,202.

Amenities:

A 10,000 sq.ft. clubhouse serves as a venue for socializing and community activities. It features a fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, and locker rooms ideal for enjoying an active lifestyle.

The clubhouse also has ample space for enjoying hobbies such as an arts and crafts studio, a game room, an events space, and a grand ballroom.

The community also features a continuing education center for residents who wish to pursue further studies.

Enjoy lounging outside with an outdoor pool, a patio deck, and a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen. Residents also have access to The Weston Lakes Country Club which has an 18-hole, par-72 course located nearby.

Accessibility:

Nestled within Southwest Houston, the community is nearby shopping centers such as the Village Center at Cinco Ranch (7.8 miles), Villagio Town Center (8.5 miles), and Katy Mills (10.1 miles).

Find excellent access to medical care with UT Physicians (13.3 miles), Oakbend Medical Center - Jackson Street (16.4 miles), and Atrium Medical Center (26.9 miles) less than an hour away.

Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch


14. Del Webb The Woodlands

Del Webb The Woodlands

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$604,250 2,296 sq. ft. 422 Single-family

Pricing and Basic Info:

Developed by Del Webb in 2015, the community is comprised of around 422 single-family homes with an average size of 2,296 sq. ft.

Properties within the master-planned community have a median sales price of around $604,250.

As a new construction project, the residential development is set to be finished in 2022 with a total number of 550 homesites.

Amenities:

Known for its signature retirement living homes, Del Webb: The Woodlands offers luxurious resort-style amenities to its residents.

An 11,500 sq. ft. clubhouse features exciting indoor amenities such as a fitness center, meeting rooms, and arts and crafts studios.

Homeowners can easily connect with one another through shared hobbies in the social lounge, billiards room, ballroom, and coffee bar.

Built for an active lifestyle, the community also features an outdoor pool, a spa, a patio, two tennis courts, and plenty of parks, trails, and green spaces.

Accessibility:

Find quality healthcare nearby with St. Luke’s Health - The Woodlands Hospital (7.3 miles), Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, (9.8 miles), and The Woodlands Specialty Hospital (13.2 miles) less than an hour away.

Shop for groceries and supplies at Marcel Town Center (0.4 miles), Westwood Village (2.6 miles), and The Woodlands Crossing (4.5 miles), just nearby.

Del Webb The Woodlands


15. Chambers Creek Ranch

Chambers Creek Ranch

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$418,500 1,400 sq. ft. 3,000 Single-family

Pricing and Basic Info:

Located in Lake Conroe, Chambers Creek Ranch is a 55+ residential community by Del Webb, Partners in Building, Beazer Homes, Coventry Homes, and Caldwell Homes.

The neighborhood is currently under development and is set to feature 3,400 single-family homes with an average home size of 1,400 sq. ft.

The median sales price of properties within the community is around $418,500.

Amenities:

Chambers Creek Ranch is one of the best places to retire for active adults due to the luxurious amenities and social programs that they offer.

The community has a full-time lifestyle director who manages the social calendar and activities of the residents from book clubs, movie nights, and community events.
Experience a dynamic way of life with a community clubhouse featuring a wellness and fitness center, movement studios for group fitness classes, meeting spaces, card rooms, and a ballroom.

With great access to Lake Conroe, enjoy exciting waterfront amenities like a lakeside golf course, resort-style outdoor pool, and an on-site marina with boat slips.

Accessibility:

Nestled in Northwest Houston, Chamber Creek Ranch has great access to medical with Willis Urgent Care (3.3 miles), Houston Methodist Comprehensive Care Center (6.9 miles), and Village Medical at Walgreens (9.9 miles) just minutes away from the neighborhood.

Find great access to retail and groceries with the following shopping centers nearby: Conroe Market Place (8.3 miles), Montgomery Plaza (9.3 miles), and Waterpoint Shopping Center (15.5 miles).


16. The Highlands Encore:

The Highlands: Encore

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
$604,250 2,339 sq. ft. 4,000 Single-family

Pricing and Basic Info:

Nestled in Northeast Houston, Encore is a new 55+ enclave in the master-planned community of The Highlands.

Developed by David Weekley Builders, the community is set to have around 4,000 single-family homes upon completion with an estimated average size of 2,339 sq. ft.

Properties within the community are projected to have a median sales price of around (insert data trends code here). Currently available units range in price from about $450,000 to $565,000.

Amenities:

Once finished, the community will feature a 55+ clubhouse that functions as an amenity center and includes:

Located along the San Jacinto River, residents can enjoy outdoor activities in nature such as:

Accessibility:

With its strategic location, less than an hour away from Downtown, the community has access to quality health care such as:


17. Gatherings at Westview

Gatherings at Westview

Median Home Price Average Home Sq. ft. Number of Homes Types of Homes
1,765 sq. ft. 81 Condominium Homes

Pricing and Basic Info:

Located in Spring Branch East, Gatherings at Westview is an over 55-active adult community that is just eight miles away from the city’s center.

Constructed by Beazer Homes in 2019, this age-restricted condominium spans three buildings with 81 units in total. Each unit has an average size of 1,765 sq.ft and a median sales price of .

Amenities:

Residents of the Westview community have access to the following amenities:

Accessibility:

With its central location, Gatherings at Westview has excellent access to a number of medical facilities nearby such as:


What Are Over 55 Living Communities?

What Are Over 55 Living Communities?

There are several 55 communities in Houston Texas that offer fantastic amenities and are located near world-class medical centers. To help you out, we've done the research and ranked only the best 55+ communities in this easy-to-follow guide so you can easily see which is the best active retirement community for you.

Over 55+ active adult communities are age-restricted residential developments catering to the needs of 55 and older adults who are looking to live independently.

Designed to promote a dynamic lifestyle after retirement, these age-restricted neighborhoods feature resort-style amenities, low-maintenance homes, and excellent access to medical care, community programs, and convenient services.

However, with over 60 active adult communities here in Houston, older adults at the beginning of their homebuying journey may feel overwhelmed with finding the right fit for their lifestyle.

Hence, when buying into an active adult community in Houston, keep in mind that you are not only purchasing a home but also subscribing to the neighborhood's lifestyle.

How Do 55 and Over Communities Work?

55 and over communities are often gated, and their facilities are usually geared towards the needs of those aged 55 and above.

This means that their amenities are set up to promote a healthy lifestyle for people of retirement age or nearing retirement age.

Typically, these types of communities have fitness, recreational, and gathering centers within the neighborhood.

Groceries, restaurants, and shopping establishments are often also conveniently accessible.

An additional monthly fee (HOA) usually covers the maintenance of shared spaces and home exteriors, including landscaping, yard maintenance, gutter cleaning, and snow removal.

This allows the residents to spend their free time relaxing and socializing instead of having to maintain the upkeep of their own homes.

There are two types of active retirement communities:

Active retirement communities are also popular among empty nesters who prefer living in a neighborhood that doesn’t have a lot of children.

If you are an older adult and would like to maintain independence and privacy, you might want to consider residing in an active adult community.


What to Look For in Over 55 Living Communities

What to Look For in Over 55 Living Communities

Knowing what to look for in over 55 retirement communities is of the utmost importance. This is where you'll be spending your Golden Years so you must learn how to evaluate an over 55 retirement community. Get the advice of the best Houston realtor and remove the guesswork when shopping for the best 55+ community to live in.

These are the things that you should look for when buying into 55+ active retirement communities in Texas:

  1. Location
  2. Cost
  3. House/Lot size
  4. Amenities
  5. Number of homesites

1. Location

One of the things that make a property desirable is its location.

The type of surroundings can be a deal breaker for many people and should be an essential consideration for anyone looking to buy a house.

Some people prefer active retirement communities that are close to nature. Others are more comfortable living near retail, dining, and entertainment establishments.

Since active adult communities don’t offer health care as typical retirement homes do, it is important to consider the proximity of medical facilities to a community.

2. Cost

When buying a home, one of the primary factors that you should consider is your budget.

Property tax is also an important consideration. Most 55+ communities are located in high-end areas, and therefore, are more likely to have higher property tax rates.

You should factor in maintenance fees and homeowners association fees when choosing a 55+ community to buy a home in. This is due to the added costs of maintaining shared space and amenities.

The scope of what the dues cover varies per community, but usually includes lawn service, cable, and security measures such as alarm systems.

3. House/Lot Size

A common misconception with the 55+ crowd is that they want to downsize, but in reality, only around a quarter of people aged 55 and above are open to that idea.

Consider the type of lifestyle you’d want to maintain and the amount of space you will need.

Downsizing is still advisable for those who want to reduce living costs, but we highly recommend doing the math before making the change.

4. Amenities

The types of amenities and activities that are available in a retirement community can significantly affect your quality of life.

Walking trails and community gardens tend to be a staple, and many offer resort-style amenities such as pools, spas, and clubhouses.

Those who enjoy golf will benefit from living in golfing communities like CountryPlace or Heritage Grand in Cinco Ranch.

Those who would rather stay indoors might prefer a library or arts and crafts rooms, which are common among neighborhoods for 55 and over.

Active adult communities these days aim to provide a wide variety of amenities that encourage maintaining and healthy lifestyle — it’s all a matter of choosing which ones you’ll enjoy most.

5. Number of Homesites

Do you want to be part of a small community or a large one?

If you prefer a more intimate atmosphere, smaller communities with only 31 single-family homes would probably be best for you.

If you prefer to socialize, on the other hand, Del Webb Sweetgrass with 1,500 homes might be a good choice.

Larger communities like that tend to have more amenities spread across a large space to accommodate a bigger number of residents, which means that you’ll have a lot of chances to interact with more people.


Tips for Living in an Active Retirement Community

Tips for Living in an Active Retirement Community

Making the move to an active retirement community is a huge life decision, but it doesn't have to be difficult. As long as you're prepared and you know what to expect, then your transition to an active adult community will be a breeze.

Moving to an active adult community can be hard. But with these tips, transitioning to a new home can be exciting.

1. Be financially prepared

There are many costs associated with moving. Researching these costs and saving up for them can make your transition into an active adult community easier.

2. Decorate your new home

Moving into your new home make you miss your family and friends, but decorating can help make it easier for you.

Display anything that has emotional value for you and make your new place feel more like home.

3. Let go of non-essentials

Getting rid of things you don’t need or possessions that don’t hold any sentimental value to you. It will make your new home look and feel less cluttered.

Throwing away non-essential objects will give you the space for new furniture or decor that can help make your home feel more like you.

4. Ask your loved ones to visit or call you regularly

Constant communication is key.

Ask family and friends to call or visit you constantly and introduce them to the other residents in the community. That way, it will feel like you’ve never really left home at all.

5. Make new friends

Get to know the other residents of the community!

You and your neighbors are all in this together. Making new connections will make your stay in an active adult community something you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.

6. Try out the amenities

The amenities and services are just some of the reasons why you picked a particular active adult community, so why don’t you take advantage of them?

Join a fitness class, check out the library, and go golfing — all those amenities are there for your enjoyment, so go ahead and enjoy them.


Pros and Cons of Active Adult Communities

Pros and Cons of Active Adult Communities

With all the available information out there about the advantages and disadvantages of 55 plus communities in Houston, it can be confusing when making a decision on whether you should buy a property in an active retirement community. Get the advice of the best 55+ active community Houston realtor to guide your home buying experience and avoid making a costly mistake.

What are the Benefits of a 55+ Community?

1. Low-maintenance Living

Residents of an active adult community can enjoy the benefits of homeownership without the high amount of effort that's usually associated with owning a home.

Homes in these communities are designed for single-floor living and equipped with features that make daily activities easier for those who are experiencing difficulties that are associated with aging.

2. Security

The best retirement communities for active adults offer residents a safe living environment by providing security provisions.

Gated communities llimit the traffic passing through the community.

3. Amenities

Active adult communities often provide resort-style amenities such as pools, clubhouses, and golf courses.

They also offer planned activities and fitness programs to encourage residents to enjoy an active lifestyle, as well as to provide opportunities to socialize.

4. Location

Many 55 and older communities are purposely situated in areas with easy access to dining, retail, and entertainment centers. Medical facilities are also just a few miles away.

What are the Disadvantages of Living in a 55 Plus Community?

1. Age Requirements

If it's an age-restricted community, then anyone below 55 cannot use the property without at least one resident who is 55 years of age.

Age-targeted communities are more lenient, but it's best to call ahead and make sure what the guidelines are before going ahead and buying a property.

2. Lack of Age Diversity

While adults below 55 and children may be allowed to visit for a limited time, some residents might not enjoy living in a community that doesn't have a lot of diversity when it comes to age.

3. Absence of Medical Care Within the Community

Unlike assisted living communities, independent living communities do not include medical services or other additional care services for their residents.

A resident that requires medical services at any point during their residency is expected to find their own support.


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of questions in people's minds around 55 plus neighborhoods and so we try to break down the answers for you here. If you have more questions about the best 55 communities or about retiring in Houston in general, don't hesitate to contact us so we can help answer them.

Who can live in a 55 and over community?

People who are aged 55 or older can live in a 55 and over the community.

Some age-restricted communities set 55 years old as the minimum age for residents, but they can also allow younger spouses/partners and children as long as they are at least 40 years old and 18 years old, respectively.

Now it’s important to note that the Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings based on familial status. However, the Housing for Older Persons Act exempts “housing for older persons” from the Act’s prohibition of discrimination against families with children in two categories:

Do you have to be 55 to buy in a 55 community?

No, you don't have to be 55 to buy in a 55 community.

You can be younger than 55 and still be able to buy a home in a 55 community as long as one of the people living in the house is aged 55 or older.

Can I rent in a 55 community?

Yes, you can rent in a 55 community as long as you fulfill the age requirements of the community you're renting a home in.

What are the hidden costs of 55 and over communities?

The hidden costs of 55 and over communities are costs related to property upkeep, landscaping, security and safety, and community management.

What are the restrictions in a 55+ community?

The restrictions in a 55+ community vary per community, but they usually apply to the age of residents and family members who are living in the community, the duration of extended visits, and the use of amenities and community services.

In terms of the duration of extended visits, some communities only allow family members to stay for one month (sometimes longer) to make sure that they won't be a long-term disturbance to other residents within the community.

Some restrict homeowners from making extreme changes to the exterior facade of their homes if those changes have not been approved by the HOA.

Some prohibit loud parties that extend well into the night. It all depends on the community and which particular restrictions they want to enforce.

Is senior housing a good investment?

Yes, senior housing is a good investment for several reasons -- especially in Houston, Texas.

First, the senior housing market in Houston is thriving as developers are creating more master-planned communities to keep up with the demand.

Second, if you're planning to buy a home in one of the best over 55 communities in Texas to rent it out, you'll find that seniors are stable tenants.

Third, the senior housing market is resistant to recession for all intents and purposes. Seniors will always need the services and amenities provided in active adult housing no matter the state of the economy.

Who builds the best over 55 communities in Houston?

The following developers build the best over 55 communities in Houston:

Why is Houston great for senior living?

Houston is especially great for senior living because of the low cost of living, affordable housing, and world-class healthcare.

Why is there a demand for active adult communities in Houston?

There's a demand for active adult communities in Houston because of the increasing number of Baby Boomers retiring and wanting to downsize.

With their buying power and desire for a lock-and-leave lifestyle, boomers are fuelling Houston's active adult real estate market.


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