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This is a pretty exciting place, and we get a lot of questions! We’ve included answers to some common questions below, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, please reach out! Our New Home Specialists love to share their Kissing Tree knowledge and curate lists of the best things to experience here at Kissing Tree and in the surrounding Hill Country. To find out more about the community or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 512-379-5856 or complete the form on this page. We’ll get you all set up!

What is Kissing Tree?

Kissing Tree is a distinctly Texan 55+ community carved into the foothills of the Texas Hill Country. Kissing Tree was designed to change the way baby boomers experience retirement, with a unique collection of amenities and homes that create an opportunity for legendary living. Here, neighbors say every day feels like a Saturday and every night feels like a Friday. The Mix is the 20-acre amenity campus where it all comes together, including our social building, Independence Hall, as well as the Biergarten, two-story fitness center, indoor lap pool, outdoor resort-style pool, cabanas, pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, an 18-hole golf course and 9-hole putting course, and hundreds of acres of green space including parks and trails. Discover more about our one-of-a-kind amenities.

How many homes will be in the community?

Kissing Tree is a master-planned community that will have an estimated 3,000 homes at the completion of the project. We anticipate the community will develop over approximately 12 to 15 years. We currently offer three unique home styles, including our Traditional homes as well as smaller footprint Cottages and Villas. All together, there are 24 floor plans to choose from and a variety of architecturally distinct exteriors that work together to create an eclectic and diverse community streetscape. The community has several different neighborhoods and more to come, each with approximately 150 homes.

Does everyone who lives there have to be 55? Are non-adults (18 and younger) allowed to live at Kissing Tree?

The primary occupant of the home is required to be 55 years old or older, however, a home’s additional occupants may be 19 years or older. Guests age 18 years old and younger are invited to stay at the community for 45 days out of the year. Within these 45 days, only 30 days may be a consecutive stay.

What is your Realtor policy?

Realtors must accompany their clients and register with them at the welcome center on their initial visit. For additional details, please speak with our New Home Counselors during your visit.

What is there to do at Kissing Tree?

Everything and anything! Our on-site Lifestyle Director facilitates more than 100 clubs and events each month. And there are lots of places to play: Kissing Tree’s 20-acre amenity campus, The Mix, offers a two-story fitness center, an indoor lap pool, an outdoor resort-style pool, 8 pickleball courts, 6 bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits, a golf driving range, a short game practice area, putting greens, hiking and biking trails, and much more. Independence Hall is the community’s social building. It includes a community classroom, billiards, indoor and outdoor bar, live-music stage, fire pits, and a biergarten. Golfers, both novices and seasoned, can play the 18-hole putting course and semi-private 18-hole golf course, which has been featured in, Golf Course Architecture, The Dallas Morning News, Golf Course Industry Magazine and The Houston Chronicle.

What’s this about dark skies?

We’re proud to be part of the Dark Skies Initiative, which aims to reduce light pollution to help wildlife and make it possible to see those big bright Texas stars. This means street lights are limited to the main boulevards and intersections, and many trails have bollard lighting.

How much space is designated as natural/nature spaces?

When the community is complete, there will be 18 miles of scenic hike and bike trails. The trails will eventually intersect with the Purgatory Creek trail system in Hays County. The dynamic system will give residents access to the current Purgatory trail which leads all the way into downtown San Marcos and beyond. The Purgatory trail system is public, however, trails leading into resident areas will be marked as Kissing Tree resident-only trails.

Where is the closest medical facility?

State-of-the-art medical providers are located a short distance away, including Ascension Seton Hays, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital, and Resolute Health Hospital.

Are there any restrictions on fencing for front or back yards?

Kissing Tree Master Community fencing and exterior guidelines per Traditional, Cottage and Villa homes, can be found in the community’s governing documents. Final submittals of architectural applications are reviewed by the Architecture Control Committee.

Is there an HOA? What are the fees?

Yes! You can find out more about our homeowners’ association at Currently, Traditional homes have an HOA fee of $250 per month which includes access to the The Mix, 24/7 guarded security, landscape maintenance of common areas, staff and maintenance of the facility. The Cottages and The Villas include the same access to all of these amenities, plus lawn services designed for low maintenance living; their HOA fees are $174 per month in addition to the $250 base HOA fee, totaling $424 per month. Although we do not anticipate these monthly assessments to increase more than what inflation dictates, it is not a fixed rate.

What are the fees/dues for activities? How is it billed?

Many activities are free to residents, and programs are often resident-led with no fee. Specific activities and outings may have an additional cost that is covered by a ticket price for the event. Lifestyle events are billed through the HOA resident-only online portal and payment can be taken at the front desk of the social building.

What’s the tax rate in San Marcos?

The tax rate is subject to change. It’s important to confirm the most accurate information with the City and County.

City of San Marcos $0.6030 / $100

Hays County $0.2875 / $100

San Marcos ISD $0.9915 / $100

Can anyone use the Kissing Tree Golf Club?

The Kissing Tree Golf Club is semi-private, with priority tee times and discounted rates provided to residents. The course is open to the public with discounts given to San Marcos residents and those 55 and better. The golf green fees are not included with the purchase of the home or HOA fees. To learn more about golf fees and set your tee time, visit