You might consider one of the smaller lake communities around the Tyler area. I'm sure there are more but those are the ones I know of. These are smaller lakes with property owener's associations surrounding them. You have to own property to get on the lake. We have a weekend place at Calendar Lake. It's a dumpy little place (our place, not the lake) but it's great for a weekend getaway. Plus I'm less than an hour from Fork, Tawakoni, Palestine and Cedar Creek. And when it's a holiday weekend I can fish Calendar lake. There will be a few boats on the lake (maybe 5) rather than 5000 that will be on the big lakes on the big holidays.
Just my two cents. We got the place several years back when my mom and stepdad were looking for retirement places. Haven't regretted it for a minute.
"Life is a matter of luck and the odds of success are in no way enhanced by extreme caution." - Erich Topp, German U-boat Commander, 1943.
When in doubt, set the hook.