When it comes time to retire, people are looking for a great environment in which they can enjoy this new phase of life. Beauty, affordability, activity, economic promise—these are a few of the things retirees are looking for. These are also a few of the factors that mean Texas is a retirement dream.
Forbes had four Texas cities on their Top 25 Retirement Cities list for 2014—Abilene, Austin, Fredericksburg, and San Angelo. “Retirement is one of those chances in life to do something really different,” said Forbes. “With kids usually out of the house, many people look at it as an opportunity to move to a place that better fits their likings and budget—somewhere affordable that’s warmer (or colder), more rural (or urban), with good medical care and options for an active life, including perhaps a part-time job.”
To come up with the list of the best 25 retirement cities, Forbes considered factors including:
- Overall cost of living including real estate prices and tax climates for retirees
- Unemployment rates
- Accessibility to health care
- Opportunities for active living
No wonder Texas rates so high for retirement.
Not only does Texas have no state taxes and the nation’s top economy several years running, master-planned acreage communities like Vintage Oaks, near both Austin and Fredericksburg, also offer top value along with unmatched lifestyle opportunities for active living, entertainment, and culture. Vintage Oaks is the top-selling community in the Texas Hill Country.
The master-planned community of King Oaks in College Station offers a stellar location close to Texas A&M but nestled in a private, serene location with low association dues, low 1.84% total taxes, and no city taxes. College Station was named a Best Place to Retire in 2013 and continues to attract a retiree population, especially among Aggies looking to return to the area they love.
Retirement in Texas may never look as good as it does from the backyard of a home at Lake Ridge, with views over rolling hills and onto the shores of Joe Pool Lake. The lake community of Lake Ridge draws retirees seeking a serene and active lake lifestyle that also offers great convenience to the thriving economic hubs of Dallas and Fort Worth.
All of these communities have been developed by SouthStar Communities, a leading developer of master-planned communities throughout Texas. SouthStar’s communities are located in some of the state’s most desirable areas, offering a unique combination of desirable location, properties and amenities.