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Best Places to Live & Retire in Texas

You may not be aware, but Texas is the second most popular retirement destination in the U.S. Why? Because they have everything you could possibly want. There are big cities, small towns, lakes, beaches, warm weather and not the least of all, a great place to make your dollar go further. The Texas economy is one of the strongest in the nation. The cost of living is low and taxes are one of the lowest in the U.S.

Ideal-Living offers a free comprehensive service that begins with helping you find your Ideal Lifestyle. Until you know how you want to live, you can’t know where you want to live. We offer a wide array of tools to help you get answers to the questions that are keeping you from moving to your ideal destination.

Our resources can help you find best retirement communities in Texas in the best retirement locations. We can help you gain all this information as well put you in touch with representatives from the top retirement and resort communities in Texas, this includes communities in Richmond, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and the Dallas metro area.

When it comes to the cost of living in Texas, you can't do much better as a retiree or near retiree. Taxes are low, in fact, there is no state income tax. Which means there is:

  • No Tax on Social Security Retirement Benefits
  • No Tax on Pension Income
  • No Tax on Retirement Account Income
  • No Tax on Any sort of Retirement Income

While Texas does have property taxes that are higher than average, the home costs are among the lowest in the nation because of the strong state economy. Even taking into consideration the 8% sales taxes and property taxes, Texas is ranked continually among the top 10 most tax-friendly states for retirees.

There are more reasons to consider Texas as your retirement destination that just taxes. In addition to its natural beauty, great climate and rich history, Texas is in the top 5 states in the U.S when it comes to the number of lakes in the state. Many folks think of Texas as a dry state, but with a coast line on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and more lakes than you can shake a stick at (over 6,000), you will have plenty of opportunities to relax by the water or play in/on the water. Boating is a booming industry within the state and a common recreational activity.

Our free Digital Retirement Guide and Ideal-Living Magazine offer an abundance of information on which states, towns and cities are the best for retirees, vacationers and second-home buyers. You can learn a great deal about the state of Texas as well as compare it to other states in terms of retirement friendliness. Ideal-Living provides you the resources to not only compare Texas against other states, but also compare communities within Texas. All that Texas has to offer is at your fingertips.

Sample Communities to Discover

55+ Community near Houston TX | The Highlands - Encore

The Highlands – Encore

Porter, TX
45- and 55-foot single-story homes, request information for more pricing details!

David Weekley’s first 55+ active adult community is coming soon to the brand new, master-planned community of The Highlands! Located in Porter, TX, The Highlands is dedicated to everything you know and love about home and nature. The Highlands is a 2,300-acre exploration of natural beauty and will be built to take full advantage of its densely forested, national park-like setting. David Weekley’ section in The Highlands – Encore will feature 45- and 55-foot, single-story homesites along with top-quality construction, open-concept livability and a splendid Montgomery County location near shopping, dining and entertainment. In The Highlands, you’ll soon experience the best in Design, Choice and Service from one of Houston’s top home builders as well as a variety of amenities, including:

• Lifestyle Director to schedule activities
• 55+ clubhouse
• 18-hole golf course and tennis courts
• Hiking, biking and adventure trail system along the San Jacinto River
• Event lawn and pavilion, recreation field and playgrounds
• Acres of parks, greenspaces and onsite lakes for fishing and kayaking
• Waterpark with lazy river

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New Homes near Austin TX | Headwaters | Farmhouse Homes Natural

Headwaters

Dripping Springs, TX
Homes from $700K - $1.5M+

Whether you’re retiring, working from home, or raising a family, Headwaters in the Hill Country of Texas is a destination to explore.

The HW Central recreational complex is the hub of healthy year-round activities at Headwaters. The community’s Lifestyle Director schedules interest-club meetings and coordinates special events, while neighbors can meet up anytime at The Hub coffee shop. HW Fit is the center’s unique fitness facility that features state-of-the-art cardio and strength-training equipment, plus group workout programs. Just outside is the split-level pool complex with a splash pad for the kids and trailheads for more than eight miles of scenic walking and biking paths.

Headwaters is being developed by industry leader Freehold Communities, which has put its upscale imprint on premier communities from Florida to California. For Headwaters, the company has assembled a roster of award-winning homebuilders like Ashton Woods, David Weekly, Taylor Morrison, and Newmark. The modern farmhouse-inspired residences are open floor plan designs with high ceilings, lots of windows, and large front porches.

In the nearby town of Dripping Springs, Headwaters residents can enjoy evenings in the historic downtown district, as well as convenient professional services, wineries, golf courses, and other lifestyle extras in the immediate area. Just 25 minutes away is the Texas state capitol of Austin with its famous live-music venues, fine-dining restaurants, hi-tech businesses, and all of the cultural amenities supported by the main campus of the University of Texas.

Request more information below about Headwaters and find your next destination on the frontier of luxury lifestyles.

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Encore at Viridian | 55+ New Homes near Dallas TX

Encore at Viridian

Arlington, TX

David Weekley Homes is proud to present Encore at Viridian, a 55+ lifestyle community in Arlington, Texas. In the heart of the bustling Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, Encore at Viridian offers you access to big city life, but the feel of a tight knit neighborhood. As part of the sprawling Viridian master-planned community, you’ll find everything you’re looking for here with Encore.

These distinguished one-story homes are situated on 45-foot homesites and feature bright, open-concept gathering spaces and expanded outdoor living areas for entertaining. Modern kitchens and bathrooms enhance your comfort, and floor plans ranging from 1,972 to 3,002 square feet ensure you have plenty of space to relax. Front yard care is included, so you’ll have more time to take advantage of everything the neighborhood has to offer.

Exclusive for Encore residents, the Magnolia Lifestyle Center has resort-style pools, a fitness center, and various courts so you can stay in shape. Find new hobbies and build friendships by joining one of the many full activities planned by our Lifestyle Director.

You’ll also have access to everything within the greater Viridian community, including sailing, dozens of parks and green spaces, miles of trails, and the Lake Club, with five distinct pools, a pavilion, and a small amphitheater. You can also escape to the Sanctuary of Viridian, which includes 850 acres of open space, lakes, and a 150-acre wooded conservation area.

You can enjoy festivals, sporting events, restaurants, entertainment, and shopping without ever leaving Arlington. The city is also home to a surprisingly robust bowling subculture and a Martha Stewart-approved holiday light show.

If you’re still not convinced, there is no state no income tax? There are limited opportunities remaining for a new home at Encore at Viridian, and we wouldn’t want you to miss out. Visit us and take the first step toward your new life.

Request more information below for David Weekley Homes’ Encore at Viridian.

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Finding and choosing the right active adult community can be a daunting task. This is where ideal-LIVING can help. Sign up below to receive our complimentary relocation package, which offers tips on how to find a community that suits your needs. In this guide, you’ll discover the top communities in Texas, as well as what you can do to get started. Sign up for this free package to take the first step in your exciting journey.

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