Outdoor pool with water features at Carolina Arbors

Carolina Arbors is a pretty popular place to be, and not just because of the pool.

North Carolina has a lot to offer active adults who are looking to settle down. It’s full of rich history and charm, is home to some of the most renowned hospitals in the country, and has no shortage of incredible sights to see and activities to take part in. And, for those looking for real estate in North Carolina, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to active adult communities.

Want to know which active adult communities here have caught the eye of buyers the most? Here are the top five best-selling communities for active adults in North Carolina over the course of the last year.

Brunswick Forest - Leland

Mid $200s - Low $900s

This large community boasts a total of 8,000 single-family and attached homes that are available as both new construction and resale. Along with its wide selection of housing options, Brunswick Forest also has a wide range of prices that start in the mid $200s and increase to the low $900s.

Homes within the neighborhood have been built by multiple builders, giving homebuyers plenty of options to choose from in regards to the look and feel of their homes. Townhomes range from approximately 1,133 to 2,254 square feet of living space, while single-family homes are typically between 1,011 and 3,511 square feet.

Residents will have no trouble staying active and fit in Brunswick Forest with an expansive 18,000 square-foot fitness and wellness center that has an impressive list of fitness amenities, which includes an indoor lap pool, outdoor pool, state-of-the-art equipment, locker rooms, an aerobics studio, steam room, and five tennis courts.

Golfers can spend a day on the links at the neighborhood’s Cape Fear National Golf Course — an 18-hole championship course. Additionally, there’s a network of walking and biking trails that span 40 miles and wind throughout the property. Other noteworthy amenities include access to a clubhouse, demonstration kitchen, on-site cafe, an outdoor patio, and picnic area.

Carolina Arbors - Durham

Low $300s - High $600s

Carolina Arbors is an age-restricted community located in Durham that features more than 1,200 single-family residences. Prices in the neighborhood range from the low $300s to the high $600s and homes are available as both new construction and resale.

There are three home collections for potential homeowners to choose from that each feature a number of different floor plans. Plans differ in style and design with the option to have between two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Sizes range from 1,152 to 2,562 square feet in living space.

Carolina Arbor’s 37,000 square-foot Piedmont Hall is home to an indoor heated pool and spa, a fitness center, common lounge, ballroom, library, arts and crafts studio, workspaces, and more.

Outdoor amenities include a resort-style pool, several athletic courts, as well as walking and biking trails. Residents will also find a botanical garden and pet park outside. Active adults will appreciate having a busy social schedule with the myriad of organized clubs, classes, and interest groups in the community. These groups will appeal to a wide range of interests with everything from book and garden clubs to game and trivia nights.

Carolina Preserve - Cary

Low $300s - High $500s

Del Webb’s Carolina Preserve is an age-restricted community conveniently located in North Carolina’s Research Triangle between the cities of Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham. It has more than 1,200 single-family and attached residences that are available as resale only.

Homes range between 1,217 and 3,500 square feet and can have between two to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached garage. Prices range from the low $300s to the high $500s.

Notable amenities within Carolina Preserve include the Bradford Hall Clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, plus, a hobby and game room. Additional perks to living in the community include the use of a ceramics studio, a demonstration kitchen, a card room, three ballrooms, a library, multiple athletic courts, and several miles of walking and biking trails.

As part of the Amberly master-planned community, Carolina Preserve residents will also have access to the Amberly Residents’ Club, which is home to a Jr. Olympic pool, an aquatic center, basketball and pickleball courts, plus, an outdoor amphitheater and event lawn.

Compass Pointe - Leland

High $200s - High $500s

Located less than 10 minutes from the beach town of Wilmington, this gated community offers its residents much more than just a desirable location with a variety of home options and enviable amenities. Compass Pointe is home to 2,000 single-family and attached residences that are available as both new and resale with prices ranging from the high $200s to the high $500s.

Sizes typically range from 1,600 to 3,000 square feet of living space with many different floor plans that were designed by several builders, giving potential buyers plenty of room for customization.

The Grand Lanai Amenities Center sits at the heart of the neighborhood and boasts a long list of amenities that includes a TV screening area and lounge, catering kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, a resort-style pool and patio, and two lighted tennis courts.

The development’s Point Wellness Center and Spa is also a big draw with everything from a state-of-the-art fitness center and group fitness rooms to spa services and steam rooms. Golfers looking to stay active will have no problem doing so with Pointe Golf Club, driving range, and practice facility right on site.

Creekside at Bethpage - Durham

Low $300s - High $500s

Creekside at Bethpage is an age-restricted community that’s made up of a combination of 650 single-family and attached homes. Prices within the development range from the low $300s to the high $500s and homes are available as both new construction and resale.

The community offers five different collections for single-family homes that are between 1,320 to 2,606 square feet. The ranch-style houses have two or three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half baths, and an attached two-car garage. Creekside also offers townhome options with three unique floor plans to choose from. Townhomes are between 1,294 to 1,342 square feet with up to three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.

Noteworthy amenities at Creekside include the neighborhood’s 13,000 square-foot clubhouse, arts and crafts studio, computer center, hobby and game room, amphitheater, and more. Workouts are a breeze with a fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, outdoor pool, a number of different athletic courts, and walking and biking trails to exercise on. When residents aren’t enjoying the many amenities or working out there are endless opportunities to socialize with a wide variety of organized clubs and activities that suit all sorts of interests from gardening and lawn bowling to arts and crafts.