San Antonio was named the 3rd best place to retire in 2018 by U.S. News. Since Sarasota, FL and Lancaster, PA took first and second place (in that order), that means San Antonio is the #1 place to retire in Texas.
For generational Texans and newcomers alike, San Antonio offers the conveniences of living in a major city, without many of the big-city headaches. It’s a beautiful location for settling down, with reasonable housing prices that are appreciating.
Beyond our great restaurants, golf courses, and local attractions, it’s San Antonio’s neighborhoods that make it a great place to retire. Whether you’re looking for a quiet retirement surrounded by Texas golf courses in the Hill Country or an in-the-action retirement surrounded by stores, festivals, and events, San Antonio makes it easy to find the home and lifestyle you love.
Popular Neighborhoods for Retirement in San Antonio
Retirement can be enjoyed in one of San Antonio’s most popular and bustling districts. River North encompasses both the Pearl district and a portion of the Riverwalk. Homes in this part of San Antonio are close enough to the action and events at the Pearl and the Riverwalk that local homeowners even enjoy easy walking distance to famous local restaurants, beautiful waterside walkways, the San Antonio Museum of Art, a handful of eclectic stores, and much more.
Considered San Antonio’s new art district, River North is popular for tourists and locals alike. Events like the weekly farmers market, which occurs every Saturday and Sunday, draws shoppers, tourists, and hobbyist together for a pleasant weekend experience.
This master-planned community is a quieter retirement location where residents enjoy amenities such as The Dominion Country Club and the area’s golf course right in their own neighborhood. With luxury dining on-site and community-organized weekly activities, The Dominion is a choice spot for many who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of city living, as it is located about 30 minutes from downtown San Antonio.
As a luxurious San Antonio community, it has been the home of several familiar celebrities, including George Strait and Tommy Lee Jones, among others.
Described as offering a “resort-style life”, Cordillera Ranch is another quiet plot in the Texas Hill Country. Complete with community amenities like The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, swimming pools, tennis courts, and an assortment of activity-based clubs, the area is popular for retirees.
As a gated community, residents enjoy their own undisturbed slice of the rolling Texas Hill Country. Homes here are surrounded by tall trees, small creeks, and short nature walks within the community itself. As the neighborhood website describes, “Nature has outdone herself at Cordillera Ranch.”
The community at Hollywood Park is 15 miles from downtown San Antonio. Though separate from downtown, it remains a happening part of the city. With a diverse selection of nearby restaurants, the area boasts all the familiar food chains--Texas Roadhouse, Chili's Grill and Bar, and more--while also offering local-favorites like The Hoppy Monk, a bar that serves delicious meals and a diverse selection of seasonal and perennial drinks.
Hollywood Park is not a retirement community. You will be surrounded by families young and old, along with local schools and shopping centers. It is the pleasant middle ground between a bustling downtown and a quiet suburb.
A brief drive north of downtown San Antonio, Olmos Park is a popular community for retirement. The high-end neighborhood is surrounded by eclectic restaurants, coffee shops, and lively Texas flora and fauna. With its proximity to the Olmos Basin, retirees at Olmos Park enjoy easy access to large parks and golf courses.
Olmos Park has become a choice location for affluent families looking to retire in the San Antonio area. When the grandchildren visit, you may indulge them at one of a few nearby, kid-friendly attractions, including the Texas-famous San Antonio Zoo.
Alamo Heights, like Olmos Park, is only a few minutes drive from downtown San Antonio. Adjacent to the Quarry Golf Course and the Olmos Basin, Alamo Heights is an ideal retirement option for those who love to spend regular time outdoors.
When you need a break from the surrounding nature, the nearby Alamo Quarry Market offers a unique shopping experience. Refurbished from an antiquated cement factory, this popular retail spot boasts diverse dining selections, a Regal Cinema movie theater, and an array of retailers to explore.