You've worked hard for the past 30 plus years now it's time to have some fun, relax, and finally get to do what you want to do instead of doing what you have to do. You can certainly have your way in the second largest state in the United States - Texas. Let's take a quick look at 5 of the best places to retire in Texas.
This town is one of the most vibrant in Texas as it plays home to both the University of Texas and the one of America's biggest festivals called South By Southwest or SXSW, as aficionados know it. But this festival is just one of the many things that Austin has to offer. It has great restaurants, the Barton Springs Pool, the Austin Children's Museum, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Zilker Park and much, much more.
Austin lies in the hill country in central Texas on the eastern edge of the American southwest. It is the 15th most populous city in the US and from 2000 to 2006 was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation. Austin has a humid subtropical climate characterized by mild winters and hot summers. It receives about 33.6 inches of rain per year, most of which comes in the spring. In July and August, the temperature is usually in the mid-90s F. but the winters are relatively mild and dry.
The city is the home of more than 50 public swimming pools and there are parks throughout it. Austin also offers activities such as rock climbing, swimming, exploring, kayaking and hiking along its greenbelt.
The University of Texas at Austin is the flag ship institution of the University of Texas system. It has more than 38,000 undergraduate students and 12,000 graduate students. Other institutions of higher learning in Austin include the Austin Community College, St. Edwards University and the Actin School of Business
Like many American cities, the value of homes in Austin has dropped considerably over the course of the past four years. As a result, the median list price of a home in Austin is now $233,000.
Fredericksburg is one of 58 cities located in Texas' Hill country. It is near the Enchanted Rock State Park and was settled in 1846 by German immigrant families. Fredericksburg offers a number of things to do and see and has great shopping. One of its main attractions is the Nimitz Hotel and National Museum of the Pacific War. This museum has a combat zone that it is a re-creation of a Pacific island battlefield and includes a Quonset hut hospital, a PT boat, Japanese tank, palm trees and machine gun placements. This museum also features the outdoor Plaza of the Presidents that was dedicated in 1995, the 50th anniversary of Admiral Nimitz's acceptance of the Japanese surrender.
Fredericksburg, like Austin, has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and generally mild winters. Temperatures range from 82 degrees F in the summer to 49 degrees F during the winter. And while California gets the most recognition for wine production in the US, Spanish missionaries began producing wine in Texas around the 1700s. Today, Fredericksburg has eight vineyards and wineries. It has dining and nightlife and some amazing bed and breakfasts, many of which are located in the town's historic homes.
This city, which is often referred to as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas, has a wonderfully restored downtown and one of the finest collections of Victorian commercial architecture to be found anywhere in Texas. It is located on the South San Gabriel River and boasts several beautiful parks, including Blue Hole that is a scenic lagoon formed by the river. The city has two Disc Golf Courses, a Challenge Course, a great hike and bike trail and several beautifully maintained golf courses. Moreover, the city is near Lake Georgetown, which is a 1200-acre lake with boating, skiing, fishing, a wild life preserve, 16 miles of hiking trails and camping areas.
Georgetown's City Lights Theaters is a 12-screen movie theater with an Art Deco style. Georgetown also has the Klett Center for the Performing Arts and the Southwestern University Sarofim School of Fine Arts.
While the median list price in Georgetown is $229,900, it's home value, according to Zillow.com is just $170,000.
If you "remember the Alamo," you remember San Antonio. This is, of course, where the famous Battle of the Alamo took place from February 23 to March 6, 1836. San Antonio is also the home of the Valero Texas Open, the PGA Tour's third oldest tournament.
San Antonio's biggest attraction is its River Walk, a public park that is open 365 days a year and where the river is lined with restaurants, hotels attractions and more. It features quite pathways, waterfalls and lush landscapes. In addition to this, San Antonio offers a number of other art and cultural attractions. It is the home of SeaWorld San Antonio, the McNay Art Museum and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Additionally, there are restaurants galore and plenty of places for passionate shoppers as the city has miles of outlets, malls, unique shops, Mexican markets and galleries. For local art, unique crafts and antiques, there is the Artisans Alley, El Mercado, and La Villita.
There is a strong military presence in San Antonio as is home to Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base and Brooks City-Base. Just outside the city is Camp Bullis. The city is also home to five Fortune 500 companies and the South Texas Medical Center.
Zillow.com reports that the median list price of a home in San Antonio is $147,500. Its home values is $170,000. San Antonio's temperature in January averages 49.3 degrees F and in August 84.9 degrees F. The city gets an annual average precipitation of 27.9 inches.
The fifth of the best places to retire in Texas is also in the state's hill country. It is Kerrville, with its population of 22,826 in 2009. The city is best known for its beautiful parks that line the Guadalupe River, which runs directly through the city. It is also the home of Texas' Official State Arts and Crafts fair and the Kerrville Folk Festival. Schreiner University is a private four-year college is in Kerrville. The school is consistently listed as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the Western United States.
Kerrville's accommodations are said to be first rate and its people are friendly. It offers many outdoor pursuits thanks to the Guadalupe River. There is the Scott Schreiner Golf Course, an 18-hole course nestled among rolling hills. Louise Hays Park features a delightful, natural pool formed by the Guadalupe River. And the Lost Maples State Natural Area, which is only 1 1/2 hours southwest of Kerrville, has rugged limestone canyons, plateau grasslands, clear streams and plateau grasslands. It also features the only maple forest in Texas.
Kerrville's population is 21,383 and its median list price of homes is reported to be $199,000, though Zillow.com rates Kerrville home values as $170,000.
As you can see there is plenty of opportunity to start your second career, find an affordable home, enjoy warm weather, and live the good life in Texas. You can do more research on these 5 best places to retire in Texas and possibly visit a couple before you make your decision.