North Carolina 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

42 Active Adult Communities in North Carolina

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Low $200s–High $500s

8,000 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New and Resale Homes

Low $100s–High $900s

5,000 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Condos

New and Resale Homes

High $100s–Low $500s

3,400 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New and Resale Homes

Ocean Ridge Plantation

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

High $300s–High $900s

3,000 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Fearrington Village

Pittsboro, NC

Low $200s–Low $800s

1,400 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New and Resale Homes

Low $200s–High $400s

1,268 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Carolina Arbors

Durham, NC

High $200s–High $500s

1,256 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New Homes Only

Biltmore Lake

Asheville, NC

Mid $200s–Low $1Ms

1,059 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New and Resale Homes

Low $200s–High $400s

732 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family

New Homes Only

Bailey's Glen

Cornelius, NC

Low $200s–Mid $400s

468 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Condos

New Homes Only

Low $200s–Low $400s

430 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New and Resale Homes

Low $300s–Low $500s

420 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family

New Homes Only

Carolina Reserve

Indian Land, NC

High $100s–High $200s

400 Homes

No Age Restriction

New and Resale Homes

Mid $100s–Mid $300s

303 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Resale Homes Only

Low $200s–Low $300s

298 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

High $100s–Low $200s

255 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Low $100s–High $100s

173 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Abbey Glen

Gibsonville, NC

Mid $100s–High $200s

162 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New and Resale Homes

Bella Sera Villas

Matthews, NC

Mid $200s–Low $300s

152 Homes

No Age Restriction

Attached

Resale Homes Only

Low $300s–Mid $300s

147 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Pinebrook Farms

Asheville, NC

High $200s–Mid $400s

126 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New and Resale Homes

Millhaven Landing

Winston-Salem, NC

High $100s–Mid $300s

124 Homes

No Age Restriction

Attached

New and Resale Homes

Low $300s–Low $500s

123 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Mid $100s–High $200s

112 Homes

No Age Restriction

Attached

New and Resale Homes

Bee Tree Village

Swannanoa, NC

Low $200s–Low $300s

103 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Villas at Sedgefield

Greensboro, NC

Mid $100s–High $200s

102 Homes

No Age Restriction

Attached

New and Resale Homes

Low $200s–High $300s

98 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New and Resale Homes

Mid $100s–Mid $200s

96 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Low $200s–Low $300s

95 Homes

No Age Restriction

Attached

Resale Homes Only

Mid $200s–Low $300s

86 Homes

No Age Restriction

Attached

New and Resale Homes

Ridge Road Villas

Charlotte, NC

Mid $200s–High $200s

76 Homes

No Age Restriction

Attached

New and Resale Homes

High $100s–Low $200s

70 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New and Resale Homes

Chapelwood

Chapel Hill, NC

Mid $300s–Low $500s

69 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

High $100s–Low $300s

64 Homes

No Age Restriction

Attached

Resale Homes Only

Low $300s–Mid $300s

64 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Attached

Resale Homes Only

Westridge Forest

Greensboro, NC

Low $300s–Mid $400s

64 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Low $200s–High $200s

58 Homes

No Age Restriction

Attached

New and Resale Homes

Magnolia Place

Lowell, NC

Low $100s–Mid $100s

53 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Attached

Resale Homes Only

Olde Towne Village

Asheboro, NC

Low $200s–Low $300s

52 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New and Resale Homes

Guilford Crossing

Greensboro, NC

Low $100s–Mid $100s

48 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Condos

Resale Homes Only

Mid $200s–High $300s

33 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New Homes Only

Low $200s–High $200s

25 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Attached

New Homes Only

North Carolina Retirement Communities

 

 

 

Overview

 

 

 

Retirees have favored retirement communities in North Carolina since the twentieth century. Famous names, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, made this state their home during summer months and ultimately during their retirement years. Today, retirement communities in North Carolina have grown in popularity. Before, many retirees sought quiet retirement in warm coastal areas, like Florida; however, now, they’re seeking destinations with four-season-climates, continuing education, and proximity to cultural and recreational attractions.

 

 

 

North Carolina retirement communities have emerged as popular second retirement destinations for the so-called "half-backs" or "second chance" retirees. These individuals first retired in places like Arizona and Florida and then settled in North Carolina for one reason or another.

 

 

 

Many 55+ aged individuals who’ve settled in retirement communities in North Carolina continue to work part-time or full-time. The state provides a great environment for those who want to continue to work. North Carolina is the most industrialized state in the south and is a major hub for the high-tech industry, as well as government and research.

 

 

 

Climate & Geography

 

 

 

North Carolina’s climate varies depending on where you’re located. Most of the state experiences a humid, subtropical climate, except for in the far western part of the state in the Appalachian Mountains. Along the coast, the ocean moderates the temperature and provides residents with milder winters and slightly cooler summers. Summer highs along the coast are often in the upper 80s. The central region, from Charlotte to Raleigh-Durham, experiences slightly hotter summers and cooler winters. It’s not uncommon for winter highs in Central North Carolina to exceed 50 degrees. The coolest temperatures in North Carolina are experienced in the higher altitudes in the western part of the state. Here, summer highs are in the mid-80s and winter highs are in the 40s. Annually, this region averages 17 inches of snow. The rest of the state experiences just two inches that tends to melt within a day or two.

 

 

 

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment

 

 

 

Recreational enthusiasts can enjoy everything from beaches to mountains in North Carolina. Golf is a favorite activity for many residents of North Carolina retirement communities. Golf course communities in North Carolina are plentiful. The Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains make for great hiking, biking, fishing and camping. The colleges and universities throughout the state provide countless sporting and cultural events. Places like Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham Chapel Hill offer a wide variety of performing arts, museums and art galleries.

 

 

 

Cost of Living & Taxes

 

 

 

North Carolina ranks slightly lower than average in overall tax burden on its residents. The state income tax is graduated from 6 to 8.25 percent, depending on your income bracket. In addition, there is a $7,200 deduction for married couples who are 65 and older. Social Security income is exempt. There is a state sales tax of 4.25 percent but local governments can add to that. There are no sales tax exemptions. Real estate taxes in North Carolina range from 0.8 to 1.6 percent of the home’s value.

 

 

 

Healthcare

 

 

 

Some of the country’s best healthcare is found in North Carolina. There are 126 hospitals throughout 83 counties and Charlotte has highest concentration of hospitals with seven in the city. There are four nationally ranked hospitals throughout the state, and Duke Medical Center is consistently ranked among the top ten healthcare organizations in the country. It’s the largest in the state and makes up one of four hospitals in the Academic Medical Center: Duke University Hospital, Vidant Medical Center, UNC Hospitals, and Wake Forest Baptist Center.

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