NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Bill and Lynn Teague retired to Nacogdoches in 2006, after more than three decades in Houston.
"Nacogdoches is full of just really nice, friendly people. They welcome you the minute you arrive," said retiree, Lynn Teague.
It's a slower pace of life, with an emphasis on community, that drew the Teagues to East Texas.
"I told people when I retired I was going to wear out, not rust out. And you can sure do that in Nacogdoches," said retiree, Bill Teague.
The charm of the oldest town in Texas also caught the attention of "Where to Retire Magazine", naming it in the top 8 retirement destinations.
Making the town an alternative to "big-city" life, is a priority of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.
"We're one of the first three certified retirement communities in Texas, and we did that on a program from the Go Texan Department of Agriculture," said Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce CEO, Bruce Partain.
With no state income tax, the cost of living here is lower than the national average. And, owning a home is possible through bargain housing prices.
The Teagues say modern conveniences aren't sacrificed for country living.
"I've been able to do most of the things that I did when we lived in the city. But I think I've become a little more in tune to the outdoors, gardening," L. Teague.
Year-round festivals, and of course, historic downtown also attracts families.
"It's a great place to live no matter if you're one years old or 101 years old," said Partain.
Once the rest of America learns what makes Nacogdoches special, the Teagues and their two labs, may have many more new neighbors.
"We couldn't have made a better home for ourselves here, once we left the city. So, I'm really happy to be a Nacogdochian," said L. Teague.