Best 55+ Communities for Staying Active in NC’s Research Triangle

Looking to live in the Research Triangle and stay active? It\'s not hard.

Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, the three North Carolina cities that make up the Research Triangle, have a laid-back lifestyle and four-season climate that offers generally mild winters, which means that there are many diverse outdoor activities to be enjoyed.

Fearrington Village – Pittsboro

Mid $200s – Low $700s

Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC is an active lifestyle community with dozens of neighborhoods situated on a historic farm site 45 minutes outside of Raleigh. This community offers stylish ranch and two-story single-family homes, as well as townhomes,

Discerning homebuyers are particularly drawn to the active lifestyle and modern amenities in the community. There are plenty of options at the Center for Living 20,000 square-foot fitness center.

Residents can join the Fearrington Swim & Croquet Club, the private outdoor recreational facility of Fearrington Village that features a swimming pool and a spa whirlpool. It also offers swim and water aerobics classes. Members can also play croquet on the well-manicured lawn and all of the necessary equipment is provided by the club. Fearrington Village is a beautiful community with open space that includes ponds, streams, gardens, and walking trails.

Carolina Preserve – Cary

High $200s – Low $500s

Carolina Preserve is a Del Webb community in Cary, NC, about 20 minutes from Raleigh. World-class amenities, an active lifestyle, and quality ranch homes have made this community a hit with a wide variety of buyers. This 55+ community is located in the prestigious Amberly master-planned community, with over 1,200 homes spread across acres of gently rolling hills and towering trees.

Bradford Hall is 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 magnificent 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.

Bradford Hall overlooks desirable outdoor amenities such as a resort-style pool with beach entry and spa, which is adjacent to four clay tennis courts, bocce ball courts, a putting green and 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.

In addition to private access to the Bradford Hall clubhouse, residents of Del Webb in Cary are also permitted to use the 12,000 square-foot Amberly Residents Club. This stylish. multi-use facility includes a fitness center, event lawn, outdoor amphitheatre, Junior Olympic pool, and aquatic center.

Carolina Arbors – Durham

High $200s – Low $600s

Carolina Arbors is an exciting Del Webb community for active adults aged 55+. True to Del Webb’s reputation, Carolina Arbors offers a truly carefree, active lifestyle for its homeowners. All 1,256 low-maintenance homes were designed with spacious living areas and ample storage.

The community features world-class amenities in a 34,000 square-foot clubhouse that caters to active adults’ needs. It’s equipped with a numerous amount of resort-style amenities. Here, residents will have exclusive access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, library and lounge, ballroom, billiards room, arts and crafts room, indoor and outdoor pools, and a demonstration kitchen.

The clubhouse is the central social point where residents can gather for a multitude of activities. The amenities continue outdoors with miles of walking trails and multiple courts to play pickleball, tennis, and bocce. The community even has a botanical garden and a community garden for residents with a green thumb.

Creekside at Bethpage – Durham

Low $200s – High $400s

Creekside at Bethpage is a new 55+ community in Durham. This one-of-a-kind neighborhood consists of 650 single-family homes nestled within the scenic Briar Creek community.

Residents also enjoy a lavish clubhouse with resort-style amenities and plenty of events and activities that will allow them to live a vibrant and social lifestyle. AV Homes thoughtfully designed this 55+ community with amenities that will keep homeowners active outdoors. That includes a swimming pool, tennis, bocce ball, and pickleball courts, as well as lawn bowling and gardening plots.

This scenic neighborhood also features walking and biking trails, ponds, and plenty of open park space. Creekside at Bethpage’s clubhouse has a social room, a hobby and game room, an arts and crafts studio, amphitheater, computer center, billiards, and a fully-equipped fitness center with an aerobics and dance studio.

Upon completion, the community will consist of 650 homes with five models. All homes will be Energy Star certified and will include spacious layouts, large master suites, inviting family rooms, gourmet kitchens, and sizable porches and patios. Home designs also include architectural styles like New Craftsman, Farmhouse, and Traditional.

Del Webb at Traditions – Durham

Low $300s – Low $600s

Del Webb at Traditions is a new active adult community located in Wake Forest. The community will consist of 452 single-family residences from. Residents will be able to enjoy an active and exciting lifestyle at Del Webb at Traditions. Plans call for an  18,000 square-foot clubhouse at the heart of the community that will be the epicenter for all the clubs and activities one can imagine.

A fitness center will be provided for those looking to stay in shape in addition to an indoor pool for residents to swim year round. There will also be a coffee bar for catching up with neighbors. Residents will also have access to a billiards table, arts and crafts studio, and catering kitchen.

Outdoors, sports courts include pickleball, tennis, or bocce. There will be a community garden for those with a green thumb, or you can just get out and enjoy the wonderful fresh air with the community’s trails and paths that will wind through the parks and natural spaces all over Del Webb at Traditions.

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