The Dallas/Fort Worth metro area of Texas is quickly becoming one of the most popular retirement destinations for individuals over the age of 55. There are a variety of neighborhoods that offer a living environment for every taste and activity level. The downtown area is full of shops and eateries, and a number of museums and concert halls host various cultural attractions. The city also has one of the largest public transportation systems in the country, including a large, mass transit, light rail system. The area also has an ideal climate and low cost of living that make it an attractive retirement destination. The five best retirement communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are Frisco Lakes, Heritage Ranch, Villas in the Park, The Village at Prestonwood, and The Cottages at Lyndhurst.

Frisco Lakes

Frisco Lakes is one of the most upscale retirement communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and one of the largest with 3,000 homes ranging from $200,000 to $600,000. There are many styles of homes available to buyers on a resale basis. All homes have two to four bedrooms, up to three bathrooms and a garage that fits two to three cars. The homes are designed specifically to be low-maintenance and to suit the needs of retired individuals.

The central focus of Frisco Lakes is a 28,000 square foot Village Center and Sports Complex. This clubhouse offers residents various amenities, including a fitness center, indoor walking track, pool and computer lab. Outdoors, residents may also use a resort-style pool, several tennis courts, and miles of walking and biking trails. Also available is a highly-praised 18-hole golf course.

Heritage Ranch

Heritage Ranch is located on 575 acres of land. This gated community holds 1,144 homes ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. These resale-only homes come in several styles with floor plans that range from 1,300 square feet to nearly 3,500 square feet. Most of the homes have two to four bedrooms, up to three bathrooms and attached garages that fit up to three cars.

A 24,000 square foot clubhouse is located at the heart of the community and provides residents with many amenities. Amenities include rooms for arts and crafts, a library, a fitness center, and an indoor lap pool. Outdoors, residents can use several tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and miles of hiking and biking trails. An 18-hole golf course is also available.

Villas in the Park

Villas in the Park is a more intimate community whose real estate includes just over 220 homes, ranging from $200,000 to $300,000. The homes are constructed with open floor plans to accommodate those of retirement age. Most homes have two bedrooms, while some have three. All homes have two or three bathrooms and attached garages. The largest of the homes are nearly 2,600 square feet.

Villas in the Park’s central feature is a large clubhouse that offers many amenities to residents. Such amenities include exercise rooms and a large multipurpose room for community activities and events. Outdoors, residents may use a pool, a basketball court, and many walking and biking trails.

The Village at Prestonwood

The Village at Prestonwood is another small, gated community with just under 130 homes ranging from the low- to mid-$200,000s. The community was built in two years, and features attached homes which range from 1,330 square feet to just under 2,000 square feet. All of the homes have two or three bedrooms, a minimum of two bathrooms and an attached garage that fits at least two cars.

The centerpiece of this community is an intimate clubhouse that offers residents a 24-hour exercise room, a catering kitchen, and a conference room available for rent. Outdoors, residents can utilize the modest pool or one of many walking paths throughout the community.

The Cottages at Lyndhurst

The Cottages at Lyndhurst is one of the smallest and most intimate communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This retirement community is comprised of 20 attached homes ranging from the low- to mid-$300,000s. These homes range from 1,986 square feet to 2,019 square feet and offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an attached garage that fits two cars.

This community has no clubhouse, but it does offer residents amenities relative to its size. There are several courtyards throughout the community. And all of the homes feature private patios and backyard space ideal for small get-togethers among residents and their families.