Older couple watching sunset next to a fountain and barn-style building in Trilogy Lake Norman

If you're looking for the serenity of a gated community near Charlotte, try Trilogy Lake Norman.

As one of the fastest growing cities in the country Charlotte, North Carolina has a lot to offer from shopping, dining, and recreation options to countless choices when it comes to entertainment and well-known healthcare facilities.

The city and its suburbs are also home to a vast selection of 55+ communities that will suit just about any budget or lifestyle. And, for those active adults looking specifically for a gated community — you’re in luck.

There are several gated communities in the greater Charlotte area that provide the privacy and peace of mind that comes with having a gate, as well as the perk of having a lot less traffic driving through the neighborhood on a daily basis.

Here are five of the most popular gated communities near Charlotte.

Trilogy Lake Norman - Denver

High $200s - Low $500s

Trilogy Lake Norman is one of Shea Homes’ newest communities in the Charlotte area, located only minutes from popular Lake Norman. The gated community is spread over 600 acres and will feature 1,100 single-family residences upon completion.

There are three different home collections to choose from, each with various floor plans. Sizes range from approximately 1,364 to 2,550 square feet and homes have two or three bedrooms.

Amenities within the gates include an expansive 25,000 square-foot clubhouse, lounge, art studio, fitness center, indoor lap pool, and an on-site restaurant. Outdoors, residents will find a resort-style pool and patio, several athletic courts, an amphitheater, and walking and biking trails.

 Bella Sera Villas - Matthews

Low $200s - Mid $300s

Bella Sera Villas is a small, gated community that features 166 single-level, attached homes that are available on a resale-only basis. Floor plans span 1,522 to 1,990 square feet of living space. They have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

Notable amenities include a clubhouse, multi-purpose room, catering kitchen, outdoor pool, and putting green. Additionally, residents will find walking and biking trails, plus, scenic ponds that are spread throughout the property. Beyond the amenities, Bella Sera Villas is conveniently located near several shopping and dining options and is only 30 minutes from Uptown Charlotte.

The Polo Club at Mountain Island Lake - Charlotte

Mid $200s - High $300s

The Polo Club at Mountain Island Lake is another small, gated-community that’s conveniently located close to Charlotte. The 55+ neighborhood features a combination of 98 single-family and attached homes that are available on a resale basis.

Homeowners will have access to a variety of amenities that include a clubhouse, lounge with a fireplace, exercise room, and catering kitchen. The neighborhood’s outdoor amenities range from a pool and patio to walking and biking trails that are ideal for daily strolls along the property and past its scenic ponds.

The Courtyards at Kinnamon Park - Huntersville

Mid $300s - High $300s

The Courtyards at Kinnamon Park is a gated and age-restricted community located just north of Charlotte. The development will feature 94 single-family homes upon completion.

The builder, Epcon Communities, offers residents three floor plans that range from 1,519 to 1,995 square feet. Plans can have up to three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and an attached two-and-a-half-car garage.

A monthly homeowners’ association fee covers tedious tasks like landscaping and yard work, giving residents plenty of time to socialize and take advantage of The Courtyard at Kinnamon Park’s planned amenities, which include a clubhouse, fitness center, outdoor pool and patio, two pickleball courts, two bocce ball courts, and community gardens.

The Courtyards at Emerald Lake - Stallings

High $200s - Mid $300s

Similar to The Courtyards at Kinnamon Park, the Epcon Communities’ neighborhood of Courtyards at Emerald Lake located in Stallings is a small, gated, and age-restricted community with 93 single-family homes.

There are three different models available for homebuyers to customize with sizes ranging from 1,519 up to 2,759 square feet. Floor plans allow for two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached two or two-and-a-half car garage. Extra space can be added to plans to include a den.

Final plans for the community include a clubhouse at the heart of the property, a multi-purpose room, exercise room, outdoor lap pool, patio, and walking and biking trails.