Are you over the age of 55? You may not be aware of it, but you’re part of one of the largest (and fastest-growing) segments of homebuyers in the country—and that growth isn’t slowing down anytime soon. This is great news because it means developers and home builders are ramping up options to deliver exactly what you’re looking for in a new home, including a broad array of community amenities designed especially for active adults such as yourself!
What is a 55+ Community?
What is a 55+ community and how does it differ from other housing options out there? When it comes to active adult communities in Texas, you’ll find that they all have a few things in common. For starters, they’re specifically designed for adults over the age of 55. At least 80% of the residences in an active adult community have to be home to at least one household member who is over the age of 55.
Of course, that’s just the technical definition. What makes these kinds of communities so attractive for this growing portion of the home buying public—including you? The answer to that question is a little more complicated, but it boils down to this: active adult communities are filled with opportunities and experiences that are geared toward your wants, needs, and lifestyle. Here are just a few of the benefits that residents of 55+ communities enjoy:
An incredibly comfortable downsizing opportunity. Many empty nesters are looking for a home with a little less room to heat, cool, clean, and take care of. Because many active adults travel extensively, they just don’t need as much house as they did when the kids were home. And although downsizing doesn’t mean giving up room for everyday living, entertaining family and friends or access to ample storage, with a smaller and simpler home comes…
Less maintenance, which means less time away from the things you really want to do such as playing golf, traveling, seeing the grandkids, socializing with friends and neighbors, or just throwing in a line at our catch-and-release lake. The kind of maintenance-free living you’ll enjoy at a 55+ community means no more raking leaves, mowing the lawn, you name it. Which means more time to spend with…
Friendly folks who, like you, want to have an active and engaged life. Many are your own age who hail from nearby towns and cities, so you’ll likely have a lot in common. This means that neighborhoods are generally quiet, although there’s always something to do. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for get-togethers, special interest groups, and on-site events. Of course, children and grandchildren are always welcome to visit, and while they’re there, you can enjoy…
The many appealing amenities that come with living in a master-planned community for active adults in Texas, whether that’s walking on one of our extensive nature trails, staying fit at the wellness center, or visiting one of the many restaurants, shops, and other conveniences that are located nearby in Liberty Hill, Georgetown, Austin, Cedar Park, and Round Rock to name just a few.
Active Adult Communities in Texas
Okay, so you’re sold on living in an active adult community in Texas. But how do you pick one? In many ways, choosing the right 55+ community is a lot like picking any other place to live. You’ll want to start with these steps:
- Choosing a location that suits you. Sure, this may mean being near the children or grandchildren, but it also might mean being away from the hustle and bustle of city life (though not too far away) and close to nature.
- Thinking of what you want from a community. Picture what you most like to do, and make sure that your new home has opportunities for that. Love to swim? Find a place with a resort-style pool. Want to take walks in great outdoors? Look for a community with extensive nature trails.
- Visiting the community. Once you’ve made a few tentative selections, take a tour of the community and try to picture yourself living there. This will give you an opportunity to see the amenities in person, walk the neighborhood, and meet some of the people where you’ll be living.
Naturally, we hope that you’ll pick our new active adult community, Regency at Santa Rita Ranch. We’re partnering with Toll Brothers to develop something that we think will be really special, designed with active adults in mind but also built to integrate seamlessly with our existing master-planned community, giving you the best of both worlds.
Regency at Santa Rita Ranch will be its own neighborhood and will offer its own unique amenities aimed at 55+ residents, including bocce ball and pickle ball courts, its own resort-style pool, and more. You’ll also have access to all of the social events, perks, and amenities of the rest of our community. And, of course, we’re just a short drive from plenty of top-tier golf clubs, including Avery Ranch, Cimarron Hills, and Cowan Creek.
If you’re ready to join a community of like-minded, friendly folks who share your lifestyle and values or just want to learn more about the latest addition to Santa Rita Ranch, just fill out the short form above to subscribe to our Ranch newsletter!