Charlotte, North Carolina has more than 45 active-adult communities in the area, offering a wide-range of amenities for homebuyers to choose from. Its mild climate and laid back atmosphere have made it one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.
When it comes to price, homebuyers looking for value and high quality won’t be disappointed. Though there are 55+ communities that lean more toward the expensive side, there are plenty to choose from that are affordable and offer just as much as the higher-priced communities.
Magnolia Place - Lowell, NC
Low $100s - Mid $100s
Located just west of Charlotte in nearby Lowell, this quiet, low-maintenance 55+ community built between 2001 and 2009 offers single-level, full-brick veneer townhomes that range from 1,290 to 1,462 square feet. Complete with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, hardwood floors, granite countertops, and a carport, Magnolia Place boasts a modest price range from the low to mid $100s.
A 1,200 square-foot clubhouse that has plenty of card tables and a catering kitchen anchors the community; the perfect spot to gather with friends to enjoy snacks or lively card games. Though there is no activities director, residents frequently plan outings and social events throughout the year.
Great shopping and dining experiences are within a 10-minute drive and Charlotte Douglas International Airport is only 20 minutes away, while downtown Charlotte is a quick 30-minute drive from the community..
Carolina Orchards - Fort Mill, SC
High $200s - Mid $500s
Carolina Orchards is a 55+ community that was built in 2015 and offers three design collections with 11 distinct floor plans. These single-family homes range in size from 1,234 to 2,565 square feet with attached garages. Prices range from the high $200s to the mid $500s.
Carolina Orchards offers modern amenities such as a clubhouse that includes a fitness center, aerobics studio, and indoor pool. Outdoors, amenities include a pool, pavillion, tennis courts, pickleball courts, a dog park, and gardening plots.
Located in Fort Mill, about 20 miles outside of Charlotte, residents will find several award-winning golf clubs in the area including Fort Mill Golf Club, Springfield Golf Club, and Charlotte Golf Links. Other outdoor recreation spots nearby include Catawba River, Westminster Park and several marinas.
Publix, Springfield Town Center, Ballantyne Village Shopping, StoneCrest Shopping Center, and Carolina Place Mall are conveniently located for homeowner shopping needs. Springs Memorial Hospital and Carolinas HealthCare System Urgent Care are both less than 10 minutes away for any medical needs.
The Gables at Kepley Farm - Salisbury, NC
High $100s - Low $200s
This 55+ community located in Salisbury, is an outdoor lover’s dream and all about location. Not only is The Gables at Kepley Farm less than an hour’s drive from Greensboro, Lexington and Charlotte, it’s conveniently located near eight area golf courses, High Rock Lake, and Bakers Creek Park, which offers thirty-seven acres of sports courts, picnic shelters, grills, miniature golf, camping areas, and a one-mile hiking trail. The community is also near the Piedmont Players Theatre, the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, and the Carolina Renaissance Festival.
When it comes to its homes, The Gables at Kepley Farm offers affordable, low-maintenance, single-family homes that range from the high $100s to the low $200s. These two bedroom, two bathroom homes range from 1,500 to 1,900 square feet and come with an attached two-car garages and features single-level living, designer landscaping and a sunroom.
With a community garden and a 4,000 square-foot clubhouse that has a large-screen TV, a fireplace and a large hobby and game room with billiards and a catering kitchen, this active-adult community has it all.
The Cottages at the Villages of Carolina Place - Pineville, NC
Low $200s - Mid $200s
Offering a gated community located in nearby Pineville, The Cottages at the Villages of Carolina Place offers low-maintenance cottage-style homes that range from 1,389 to 2,453 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages from the low to mid $200s.
Like the other 55+ communities listed here, a clubhouse anchors the community. This one, however, offers an outdoor pool, a library, a fitness room and a multi-purpose room. There’s even a putting green and a bike trail.
The Cottages at the Village of Carolina Place promotes a healthy and active lifestyle by offering dances and exercise classes, and other ways of getting to know neighbors and potential lifelong friends.
Pineville is close to Charlotte so access to bigger city life is just a short drive away. Of course, Pineville has plenty to offer for those looking for a much more quiet and quaint lifestyle, with antique shops, an historic downtown and the Carolina Place Mall.
Trilogy Lake Norman - Denver, NC
High $200s - Low $500s
Offering homes from the high $200s to the low $500s, Trilogy Lake Norman is located near Lake Norman, just outside of Charlotte.
The 25,000 square-foot clubhouse offers luxurious living with a restaurant, fitness center, indoor lap pool, a gathering room and two kitchens — a catering kitchen and another for demonstrations — along with classrooms.
This resort-style active-adult community offers nine floor plans with homes ranging from 1,364 to 2,550 square feet, with loft options available as well. All plans offer an additional den for more space or an extra bedroom.
Here’s where the resort lifestyle truly comes into play. A full-time activities director is on hand to organize clubs, events, and interest groups, including art, photography, chess, gardening, wine, and veterans.
Trilogy Lake Norman sits on more than 600 acres and has easy access to Lake Norman and miles of scenic walking and bike trails, along with an outdoor pool and patio, and tennis and pickleball courts.