Experience Southern Hospitality in Texas
Cowboys, cattle, and Marty Robbins crooning " El Paso," is what comes to mind for most folks when they think of the Lone Star state. While there are plenty of spurs, and rolling plains to be had, Texas is also home to Austin, known as the other Silicon Valley, and sprawling, metropolitan Houston. Whether those 55 and better are looking for a quieter scene, or an active urban lifestyle, there is no shortage of it here where "everything's bigger in Texas!"
Second only to Alaska, Texas is the second largest U.S state with 268,820 square miles, and plenty of room for road trips!. With a population of over 26.9 million, and growing, this state boasts big cities, southern traditions, and half of the Fortune 500 companies which is perfect for baby boomers not ready to leave the corporate world. Average home values according to Zillow, come in at $150,000, making relocating to one of its 284 active adult communities an affordable reality for senior living. Texas ranks fourth in the U.S with a low tax burden, and residents can enjoy life free of state income tax. Overall cost of living is below the national average at 90 according to Sperling's Best Places, making the decision to retire here an attractive option.
Texas is ideal for retirees seeking a milder climate with its hot summers, and mild winters. Areas near the gulf of Mexico, and in Dallas are known for their heat, and humidity, and wetter regions are located near Louisiana's border. For those looking to make the move, pay Texas a visit during the springtime to experience pleasant temperatures, and low levels of humidity. Between March, and April glorious fields of the state's famous bluebonnets come into bloom in a spectacular display.
Living it up in Texas is an understatement. From the music scene, and endless museum exhibits, to mouthwatering Tex-Mex , this place has it all. Visit San Antonio's historic Alamo where Texas gained their independence from Mexico in 1836, or stroll along the famous River Walk. Austin is not only the geographic capital, but is also known throughout the country as the live music capital. This youthful, and vibrant city is home to music festivals, such as the famed Austin City Limits aired on PBS, and really any music genre can be enjoyed for a lively night on the town. Active adults seeking an outdoor experience like no other can head to Big Bend National Park in the Southwestern region of the state. This place is heaven on earth for hikers featuring over 150 miles of trails that will take you through the desert, rivers, and mountain peaks. The park offers bird watching, scenic drives, and brilliant star gazing thanks to low pollution increasing visibility. Central Texas is no place for vegetarians where legendary BBQ earns its fame. Beef brisket cooked low and slow for 20 hours is the norm, as is portions big enough for a small army! The stunning retirement communities across the state have everything to offer including champion golf courses, fitness facilities, and entertainment that will leave you planning more "staycations" just to take it all in.
The Reserve at Hill Country Retreat
Overlook at Plum Creek
Isabella Village at Savannah