Raleigh & Durham, NC 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

9 Active Adult Communities in Raleigh-Durham Area

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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

Low $200s–Low $300s

298 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Low $300s–Mid $300s

147 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Low $300s–Low $500s

123 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Mid $200s–Low $300s

86 Homes

No Age Restriction

Attached

New and Resale Homes

Chapelwood

Chapel Hill, NC

Mid $300s–Low $500s

69 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Low $300s–Mid $300s

64 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Attached

Resale Homes Only

Conveniently located within a 2-hour drive of unspoiled mountains, professional caliber golf courses, and world-famous beaches, the Raleigh-Durham-Cary region of North Carolina will appeal to desires of almost any active adult. Popularly known as the Research Triangle, this fast-growing cluster of college towns and cities in North Carolinas beautiful Piedmont region offers a wide variety of urban amenities to suit every taste.

Research and education drives Raleighs resilient economy, but its heart lies in its lively arts community and southern friendliness. If your retirement dream is to open your own business, look no further than Chapel Hills entrepreneur-friendly environment. If a late morning round of golf is more your style, consider the small town of Cary, often considered the active retirement capital of North Carolina.

Popular active adult communities have been springing up throughout the Triangle, drawn by the strong economy, the laidback lifestyle, and a four-season climate that still offers generally mild winters. Many second chance retirees who originally moved to Arizona or Florida later relocate to the Raleigh region. With so many active retirement options to choose from, you are certain to find one that is right for you.

Retirement Real Estate & Active Adult Retirement Communities

Active adult communities in the Triangle region of central North Carolina offer small and mid-sized homes with easy access to a wide range of nearby amenities. Cary in particular has many active retirement communities nestled along lakes, rivers, and golf courses. Many Raleigh area age-restricted communities host courses offered by local colleges and universities. Before deciding on an active adult community in the Raleigh-Durham area, it is advisable to identify personal needs and wishes such as type of dwelling and desired nearby amenities.

The largest and most popular active adult community in the Raleigh-Durham area is Carolina Preserve in Cary, NC. This 1,200 home community by Del Webb boasts a 34,000 square foot clubhouse with nearly every imaginable amenity. It includes reasonably priced single family and villa homes.

If you desire a more intimate active adult community, Heritage Pines in Cary or The Village at Aversboro in Garner. Both offer the attractions of 55+ living but in a smaller setting. For those who want the low maintenance villa living without an age restriction, Ivy Hall in Raleigh and The Orchard Villas in Apex are great options.

Climate & Geography

Its location on the Gulf of Mexico jet stream gives Raleigh and its surrounding regions a humid subtropical climate, with gentle, lingering springs and average yearly daytime temperatures comfortably in the 70s. Summers are warm and humid, with summer daytime temperatures commonly reaching the high 80s. Only in January and February do the nighttime temperatures regularly dip just below freezing with the occasional bout of snow or ice, due to the higher altitudes of the Piedmont region.

The Triangle is generally sunny, with most months averaging just 3 inches of rain or snow. July’s rainfall is a bit heavier, due to tropical thunderstorms from the Gulf of Mexico. The total snowfall for most winters is well under one foot. However, outlying areas closer to the western mountains will receive as much as two feet of snow.

Recreation, Social & Culture Activities

Raleighs sunny weather means that outdoor activities are many and diverse. If the many golf courses in the area do not suffice, Myrtle Beach, the Golf Capital of the World, is just a short drive away. The sun-soaked beaches of the Atlantic coast are also within an easy drive, as is Orientals Intracoastal Waterway. Other popular outdoor activities in the Raleigh region include tennis, biking, horseback riding, and hiking in the Piedmont.

The Piedmont region of South Carolina is also the home of classic Appalachian music, which is currently enjoying a revival through such bands as the Red Clay Ramblers and the Fuzzy Mountain String band. If classical music is more your style, take in a concert by the North Carolina Symphony at the Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, or catch a touring Broadway show at the BTI Center for the Performing Arts. History, art, and science buffs will be swept away by the Raleigh area museums, from the Contemporary Art Museum to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

You wont tire of shopping at the Triangles many unique stores. In October, stop in at Festifall, where artists and craftsmakers vend their handmade wares. Enjoy dining out in Chapel Hill, which Bon Appetit names Americas Foodiest Small Town.

If team sports are your thing, the Research Triangle brings together some of the best college rivalries for some great games, whether you choose to root for the University of North Carolina Wolfpack, the Durham Blue Devils, or the Chapel Hill Tar-Heels. Snowbirds can get their fix of NHL hockey with the local Carolina Hurricanes.

Cost of Living & Taxes

The cost of living in Raleigh, North Carolina, is average for the United States as a whole. At the same time, home equity in the Raleigh-Durham-Cary CSA has not taken the same tumbles as elsewhere.

North Carolina income tax is slightly higher than the average, with state income tax brackets ranging from 6% up to 8.25%. However, North Carolina allows a seniors income deduction of $7,200 for married couples over 65 years of age. Social security benefits are entirely exempt. The eight counties of the Research Triangle each assess their real estate property taxes independently.

North Carolina has no inheritance tax. Its estate taxes are tied to federal estate tax legislation, which is currently due to be reinstated in 2011. Complete up to date information can be obtained at the North Carolina Department of Revenue website.

Healthcare & Education

Continuing an active lifestyle is just part of the high quality of life Raleigh has to offer the active senior. Many who move here are not quite ready to hang up the office tie just yet. Raleighs highly diverse economy makes it easy for active seniors to find jobs in a wide range of fields.

The Raleigh-Durham-Cary area counts 46 hospitals within a 30 mile radius of Raleigh, including 6 hospitals belonging to the Duke University Health System, considered among the top health care organizations in the country.

Active adults can pursue continuing education at over a dozen colleges and universities throughout the Research Triangle, from Duke University to North Carolina State University. Many Raleigh-area age-restricted communities work closely with postsecondary institutions to offer course locations and timeslots best suited to the active senior.

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