Cary's quaint downtown, many restaurants, and shopping options make it popular for active adults.

Cary, North Carolina is one of the fastest-growing cities in the south. In fact, Cary is routinely ranked as one of the country’s best places to live. Home to world-class shopping, a wide range of leisure activities, world-class entertainment, and a growing foodie scene with more than 200 restaurants, it’s no wonder. Cary is also just under 20 minutes from Raleigh, Research Triangle Park and RDU International Airport.

If you’re thinking about moving to North Carolina, consider moving to the city of Cary. To help with your decision, we’ve picked a few active adult communities you may be interested in checking out there.

Carolina Preserve

High $200s - Low $500s

Carolina Preserve is located in the prestigious Amberly master-planned community and has more than 1,200 low-maintenance homes. Ranging from 1,217 to 3,500 square feet, these homes offer two to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached garages. Many homes feature dens that can be utilized as private space, entertaining space, or guest bedroom. With some homes containing optional basements and lofts, there is a home size and style to suit the needs and budget of nearly any buyer.

As far as amenities go, Carolina Preserves includes a 34,000 square-foot clubhouse that serves as the hub for all community social events, fitness classes, and sports activities in the community. The facility includes a state-of-the-art fitness center adjacent to an indoor lap pool. The fitness area includes high-end cardiovascular machines and weight training equipment, plus an aerobics and dance studio. The clubhouse also has a ballroom, demonstration kitchen, hobby and craft studios, library, varsity room, and sundeck.

Carolina Preserves also has desirable outdoor amenities, such as a resort-style pool with beach entry and spa, which is adjacent to four clay tennis courts, bocce courts, a putting green, and a scenic 15-acre lake. There are miles of walking and biking trails that wind through the community and the adjoining Amberly subdivision. The community trails connect to the extensive Cary bike trail system including the historic Tobacco Trail between Raleigh and Durham.

Heritage Pines

High $200s - Low $300s

An active adult community with single-family homes and one-story villas, Heritage Pines includes tree-lined streets, a socially active lifestyle, and an amenity-filled clubhouse. It retains a small-town atmosphere where making new friends is easy and neighbors are friendly. This community offers a variety of single-family and one-story townhome floor plans ranging from 1,370 to 2,600 square feet. There are a total of 208 single-family homes and 90 attached villas.

The fun at Heritage Pines all happens in the community's central clubhouse. A variety of fun events, classes, and activities are available for the residents. The clubhouse also includes great amenities such as a fitness center, outdoor pool, card room, craft room, library, and kitchen. The recreation area surrounding the clubhouse includes tennis, bocce, horseshoe, and shuffleboard courts. There are also scenic trails that wind through the community.

The Courtyards at O’Kelly Chapel

High $300s - Mid $500s

The Courtyards at O’Kelly Chapel is a 55+ community with 92 single-family homes. Homebuyers can select a home from three floor plans in the Courtyard Series. These detached residences offer between 1,519 and 2,769 square feet of living space. The homes include two to three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and a spacious two-and-a-half-car garage. They also feature first-floor master suites and maintenance-free exteriors. Other desirable features include optional second floors to expand living spaces and included private courtyards for entertaining outdoors.

The Courtyards at O’Kelly Chapel includes a clubhouse that’s complete with a multi-purpose room and catering kitchen, ideal for hosting community parties. Residents will never have to worry about purchasing a pricey gym membership because the clubhouse will also include an exercise room. The thoughtful amenities continue outdoors with a resort-style pool, walking and biking trails, and a scenic pond.