What do all retirees have in common?

When it comes time to retire, everyone has a little something different they are looking for. Maybe it’s a desire to move closer to family. Perhaps it’s time to move to that scenic spot they’ve been dreaming about. What do all retirees have in common? It’s a desire to find a great environment where they can enjoy this new phase of life.

Ask Forbes, and they’ll tell you that it’s beauty, affordability, activity, and economic promise retirees are looking for. Forbes also had four Texas cities on their Top 25 Retirement Cities list for 2014. Coincidence? Not a chance.

Texas rates so high for retirement for a number of reasons:

  • The top economy in the nation several years running
  • Lack of state taxes
  • Great affordability and desirability
  • An employment base that only continues to grow, offering opportunities for all ages and life stages
  • Some of the most scenic spots in world
  • A range of activities for recreation and relaxation
  • Accessibility to health care

Unlike home buying at other stages of life, where timetables can be shorter, retiring begs longer-term thinking, experts say. “When coming up with possible places to retire, look for areas that will keep you enthralled for decades,” said Wells Fargo.

Perhaps that’s why so many people are discovering exactly what they have beensearching for—and never want to leave—in these master-planned Texas communities.

Vintage Oaks, near both Austin and Fredericksburg, is the fastest-growing community in the Texas Hill Country, and offers unmatched lifestyle opportunities for active living, entertainment, and culture. Located right on Texas Wine Trail, Vintage Oaks is home to beautiful neighborhoods, home-lot packages, exceptional resort-style amenities, and some of the most stunning scenery in the state.

Vintage Oaks Living

Amenities include a Tuscan Clubhouse, an Olympic size pool, lazy river and kids pool, numerous sporting fields, and scenic trails that wind through the breathtaking Hill Country landscape.

For more information about Vintage Oaks’ 21 newly released 1+-acre homesites view the interactive homesite map. For more information about the new home-lot packages in The Reserve at Vintage Oaks, visit The Reserve at Vintage Oaks.

King Oaks offers a location close to the games and events at 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 retirees looking for the combination of comfort and convenience—especially among Aggies looking to return to the area they love.

King Oaks Fishing Pond

The gorgeous setting is a draw for those who seek both serenity and activity. Here, you’ll find the opportunity for daily strolls on the walking trails, naps in backyard hammocks, an afternoon of fishing, and meeting new friends at some of the community events.

For more information on King Oaks’ spacious homesites offering a country lifestyle and warm, community feel with all the ease of living near the city, visit King Oaks.

Lake living is a dream held by many, and in retirement it may be more desirable than ever. Especially when that living is at Lake Ridge. While the community seems like a world away, in a resort town you need vacation time to enjoy, it is actually located just 20 miles south of Downtown Dallas and 28 miles from Downtown Ft. Worth, and convenient to both. Lake Ridge is already filled with beautiful homes that showcase the lake lifestyle and complement the lush surroundings, with jaw-dropping views of the sparkling Joe Pool Lake.

Lake View Living at Lake Ridge

Within the community, residents enjoy numerous community parks, 15 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails in Cedar Hill State Park, boating and bass fishing on Joe Pool Lake, and the 18-hole championship Tangle Ridge Golf Club.

For information on Lake Ridge’s desirable neighborhoods including gated hilltop offerings and special offers on newly released lake-view sites, visit Lake Ridge.

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. For more information, visit SouthStar Communities, Vintage Oaks, King Oaks, or Lake Ridge.