61 Independent Living Communities near Houston, TX

Brookdale Memorial City

11900 Barryknoll Lane, Houston, TX, 77024

The tour at Brookdale Memorial City was wonderful. It was very informative and the facilities were excellent. The person that toured me educated me on a lot of different things. She’s very knowledgeab … (read more)
The tour at Brookdale Memorial City was wonderful. It was very informative and the facilities were excellent. The person that toured me educated me on a lot of different things. She’s very knowledgeab … (read more)

Copperfield Estates

16820 West Rd, Houston, TX, 77095

I toured Copperfield Estates and the people were very nice. I liked the fact that even though it’s an independent living, they take care and handle the people from the beginning to all their needs wit … (read more)
I toured Copperfield Estates and the people were very nice. I liked the fact that even though it’s an independent living, they take care and handle the people from the beginning to all their needs wit … (read more)

Brookdale West University

5151 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX, 77005

My parents have moved into Brookdale West University. One of their favorite things about the community is that they are on the first floor, and there is a courtyard. There are six courtyards throughou … (read more)
My parents have moved into Brookdale West University. One of their favorite things about the community is that they are on the first floor, and there is a courtyard. There are six courtyards throughou … (read more)

2018

The Abbey at Westminster Plaza

2855 Westminster Plaza , Houston, TX, 77082

I moved to The Abbey of Westminster, and so far I’m very, very happy. Everybody is very friendly. The food is very good. It’s very convenient. All the people are smiling. Everybody seems to be happy, … (read more)
I moved to The Abbey of Westminster, and so far I’m very, very happy. Everybody is very friendly. The food is very good. It’s very convenient. All the people are smiling. Everybody seems to be happy, … (read more)

Emerson Pines

10100 Kempwood Drive, Houston, TX, 77080

The Gardens at Spring Shadows has so far been very good. The staff is helpful and the facility is clean and they have good maintenance people. The place is a little bit older so they do have some equi … (read more)
The Gardens at Spring Shadows has so far been very good. The staff is helpful and the facility is clean and they have good maintenance people. The place is a little bit older so they do have some equi … (read more)

2017

Brookdale First Colony

16900 Lexington Boulevard, Houston, TX, 77479

I toured Brookdale First Colony. It is a community for more senior people than me. They seemed to have a lot of activities. It was very clean, but I’m not ready for that level of care yet. They provid … (read more)
I toured Brookdale First Colony. It is a community for more senior people than me. They seemed to have a lot of activities. It was very clean, but I’m not ready for that level of care yet. They provid … (read more)

2020

Elison Independent Living at Willowbrook

7575 Willowchase Boulevard, Houston, TX, 77070

My brother is in Elison Independent Living at Willowbrook. They have a restaurant type of cafeteria, and he has an apartment for himself and he’s by himself. He has safety measures, but he doesn’t nee … (read more)
My brother is in Elison Independent Living at Willowbrook. They have a restaurant type of cafeteria, and he has an apartment for himself and he’s by himself. He has safety measures, but he doesn’t nee … (read more)


Brookdale Galleria

2929 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX, 77056

Brookdale Galleria was the second on my list. They invited me to eat lunch and showed me around, and I thought it was very nice. The food was very good; I had a good salmon steak. The atmosphere was e … (read more)
Brookdale Galleria was the second on my list. They invited me to eat lunch and showed me around, and I thought it was very nice. The food was very good; I had a good salmon steak. The atmosphere was e … (read more)

The Village of River Oaks

1015 S Shepherd, Houston, TX, 77019

The Village of River Oaks was beautiful with lots of beautiful common areas. The menu in the dining facility looked fantastic, the people and the staff that I met were very nice and professional. It’s … (read more)
The Village of River Oaks was beautiful with lots of beautiful common areas. The menu in the dining facility looked fantastic, the people and the staff that I met were very nice and professional. It’s … (read more)

Holly Hall Retirement Community

2000 Holly Hall Street, Houston, TX, 77054

Overall, a very positive experience with the IL facility. The staff seemed very caring and responsive to our needs. The facility is clean, well kept and welcoming. The activities and wellness progr … (read more)
Overall, a very positive experience with the IL facility. The staff seemed very caring and responsive to our needs. The facility is clean, well kept and welcoming. The activities and wellness progr … (read more)

St. Dominic Village

2401 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX, 77021

I went to St. Dominic Village. My tour was very pleasant, I was very pleased with the layout of the apartment, the young lady was very pleasant, and very easy to work with. I did put a deposit on the … (read more)
I went to St. Dominic Village. My tour was very pleasant, I was very pleased with the layout of the apartment, the young lady was very pleasant, and very easy to work with. I did put a deposit on the … (read more)

2015

Parkway Place

1321 Park Bayou Dr, Houston, TX, 77077


Anthology of Tanglewood

504 Bering Drive, Houston, TX, 77057

I’m staying in Anthology of Tanglewood. The facility is very nice, the staff is very nice and cooperative, and I really like my room. They have good activities here and I like them. I’m in a wheelchai … (read more)
I’m staying in Anthology of Tanglewood. The facility is very nice, the staff is very nice and cooperative, and I really like my room. They have good activities here and I like them. I’m in a wheelchai … (read more)

The Village At Southampton

5020 Kelvin Dr, Houston, TX, 77005

Our bright and expansive floor plans offer an array of sophisticated features in every home, including sleek quartz countertops, custom cabinets, individual climate controls, floor to ceiling windows, … (read more)
Our bright and expansive floor plans offer an array of sophisticated features in every home, including sleek quartz countertops, custom cabinets, individual climate controls, floor to ceiling windows, … (read more)

Clarewood House Senior Community

7400 Clarewood Drive, Houston, TX, 77036

My friend has already moved into Clarewood House. It’s a very nice facility. The apartments are nice and clean. The staff is excellent. Overall, I would give it a very high rating. They have a library … (read more)
My friend has already moved into Clarewood House. It’s a very nice facility. The apartments are nice and clean. The staff is excellent. Overall, I would give it a very high rating. They have a library … (read more)

Village on The Park Steeplechase

12102 Steepleway Blvd, Houston, TX, 77065

Village on The Park Steeplechase had the individual, like cottages/homes that we toured, and we liked that about the facility. The apartments were kind of small, and there were no laundry facilities i … (read more)
Village on The Park Steeplechase had the individual, like cottages/homes that we toured, and we liked that about the facility. The apartments were kind of small, and there were no laundry facilities i … (read more)

The Village of Tanglewood

1600 Augusta Dr, Houston, TX, 77057

My parents have already been in The Village of Tanglewood for three years now. They like where they are. It’s "grade A" all the way. It’s very, very nice and a great place. They have people who come i … (read more)
My parents have already been in The Village of Tanglewood for three years now. They like where they are. It’s "grade A" all the way. It’s very, very nice and a great place. They have people who come i … (read more)

The Solana Preserve Vintage Park

14221 Vintage Preserve Parkway, Houston, TX, 77070

My brother is currently in The Solana Preserve Vintage Park, and it is very good. They are very attentive to you. They have a 1-bedroom unit and a 2-bedroom unit. They have what they call an emergency … (read more)
My brother is currently in The Solana Preserve Vintage Park, and it is very good. They are very attentive to you. They have a 1-bedroom unit and a 2-bedroom unit. They have what they call an emergency … (read more)

HomeTowne Missouri City

10014 S. Sam Houston Pkwy W., Houston, TX, 77071

I’ve been a resident of this facility since 2011. Under the current management , very professional, I’ve seen tremendous improvements! We’ve gone from good, to very bad, back to good again. Many … (read more)
I’ve been a resident of this facility since 2011. Under the current management , very professional, I’ve seen tremendous improvements! We’ve gone from good, to very bad, back to good again. Many … (read more)

What to Expect in an Independent Living Community

Many seniors love how independent living communities reduce unwanted stress, hazards, and fatigue in their lives. Independent living communities take care of housekeeping, yard work and meals while still allowing residents personal space and the dignity of making their own choices. These communities usually provide seniors with an apartment that has a small kitchen, bathroom, living room, and one or more bedrooms. Those who want a small space may even find that some independent living communities offer studio-style apartments. Seniors can invite guests over and enjoy their rooms however they see fit.

Independent living communities often also include the following:

  • Numerous opportunities for socializing and exploring new activities
  • Easy access to public or community-provided transportation 
  • Meal plans for community dining as well as kitchens for seniors who like preparing their own meals
  • The ability to keep small- and medium-size pets such as dogs and cats
  • Housekeeping, laundry and groundskeeping services 
  • 24-hour staff on-site who can be contacted if a problem arises

For a more detailed look at common amenities, check out our guide to independent living communities.

What Couples Should Know About Independent Living in Houston, TX

Seniors who enjoy big city living may consider retiring in Houston, the fourth-largest city in the country. News and World Report recently ranked Houston 29th on its list of the best places to retire, and the city has much to offer its senior residents. 

Compared to other major metropolitan areas, Houston is relatively affordable — its cost of living is only 4.8% higher than the national average — so it may appeal to senior couples on a budget. The city has 85 hospitals to accommodate seniors’ future health needs, including the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center. 

With plenty of attractions, seniors can enjoy an active retirement in Houston. The city’s museum district is home to 19 museums, including the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. At the 155-acre Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, seniors can admire the gardens and explore five miles of trails. 

Paying for Independent Living in Houston, TX

Compared to the nationwide average of $2,550 per month, Houston’s independent living facilities are slightly more affordable. Seniors who retire in Houston can expect to pay an average of $2,472 per month for independent living.

The annual cost of living in an independent living community can range anywhere from $12,000-$42,000, depending mostly on the amenities, room type and cost of living in the area. In addition to using personal retirement income, annuities, long-term care insurance, or cashing out an existing life insurance policy, some seniors can use Social Security funds, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments granted due to disability or low-income or HUD-provided housing assistance such as vouchers. Another route many seniors choose to fund their independent living stay is renting out or selling their homes that they won’t need once they move or taking advantage of a reverse mortgage

Our guide provides a more in-depth look at independent living costs and solutions for those who want to learn more. 

How to Choose an Independent Living Community

When choosing an independent living community, it’s best to consider many factors, including the community’s proximity to loved ones and medical care, the state of repair that the facility appears to be in, the attitude and efficiency of the staff, the cost of both rent and services, the facility’s pet policy and more. 

Comparing multiple communities can help seniors and their families figure out what they value most in an independent living community. During tours of these communities, staff members should be available to answer questions. To help with the touring and comparison process, we’ve included a checklist full of pertinent questions that anyone can download and print for themselves.

Transitioning to Independent Living

Independent living communities, rather than memory care or nursing homes, are often the first place seniors move to when they realize they need a lifestyle change. The necessity of letting some possessions go and the reality of leaving a home and neighborhood after possibly decades of residence there can make transitioning to an independent living community difficult. These communities are often friendly places, but being in a new environment still initially triggers feelings of loneliness in many seniors. 

Having a strategy for dealing with the challenges of moving can make the transition to an independent living community a positive experience. We’ve created a downloadable step-by-step guide for tips to making this transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Independent Living Resources in Houston, TX

There are many other resources and activities for seniors in Houston. Use the table below to learn about the options available for older adults in the area.

ResourcePhone Number Description 
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Southeast Texas(713) 595-8195RSVP of Southeast Texas connects seniors with local volunteer opportunities and helps them make a difference in their communities. Houston seniors can help children, needy families, homebound seniors and other community members. The program provides free volunteer training to help seniors succeed, as well as supplemental volunteer insurance to protect them as they work.
Houston’s Community  Centers(832) 395-7000Senior programming is available at the 60 community centers located throughout Houston. These centers offer ceramics, quilting, painting, photography and other arts and crafts classes. They also provide opportunities for seniors to get active through walking clubs or group fitness classes. Most activities are free.
Houston Community College(713) 718-2000At Houston Community College, older adults receive free or discounted tuition. Adults who are 55 years or older enjoy half-price tuition, while those who are 65 or older receive free tuition for up to six credit hours per semester. Some of the areas of study that seniors can pursue include anthropology, philosophy and world languages.
India House Houston(713) 929-1900India House Houston is a nonprofit organization that provides many free or low-cost services. Every week, it offers a free one-hour technology class for seniors. During this interactive class, seniors can learn how to send messages and pictures to their loved ones; they can also learn how to use social media. The organization also offers free legal consultations.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Houston(713) 970-4419NAMI Greater Houston provides free mental health support. Seniors can enroll in its free peer support groups to learn practical tips for managing their mental illnesses. The organization also offers family-to-family education classes for seniors who want to learn how to better support their loved ones with mental illnesses.