Carolina Arbors Is Our 2016 Community of the Year is excited to announce Carolina Arbors as the retirement community of the year! is excited to announce Carolina Arbors as the retirement community of the year! is excited to announce Carolina Arbors as the retirement community of the year! is proud to announce Carolina Arbors by Del Webb as its 2016 active adult community of the year. This 55+ community in Durham, North Carolina, offers an exciting and vibrant atmosphere that is perfect for retirees looking for a leisurely lifestyle combined with a maintenance-free environment set in a prime location in the Triangle Area of North Carolina.

The active adult community of the year is awarded to a development that makes substantial improvements to the quality of life of its residents, whether it be through opening clubhouses, offering new home models, or substantively expanding their clubs and activities.

So what makes Carolina Arbors an attractive 55+ community that tops our list this year? There are several factors that make it stand out from the rest.

Not only is the community located in Durham, NC (which was voted the fourth best place to live by US News), but also acts as a greatest hits compilation of all of Del Webb’s most desirable floor plans. The Martin Ray, Tangerly Oak, and Taft Street home models are among the builder’s most popular and are available as new construction in Carolina Arbors. And its popularity only continued throughout 2016. According to’s sales data for all communities, a high percentage of people who inquired about Carolina Arbors ended up buying there.


Earlier this year, Del Webb opened the highly anticipated 37,000 square-foot clubhouse called Piedmont Hall, offering even more recreational and social spaces for residents, along the way generating more interest from prospective homebuyers in this already popular active adult development.

And now homeowners have even more reason to celebrate. Piedmont Hall is the heart of Carolina Arbors that promotes physical fitness, group interaction, and continuous learning for its residents. Resort-style amenities like a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, billiards room, ballroom, catering kitchen, recreation center, ceramics studio, lounge and bar, workspaces, and aerobics studio are just some of the fun and inviting social areas provided in this luxurious retirement community.

In addition to these fabulous indoor amenities, the community also provides outdoor recreational facilities like walking and biking trails as well as pickleball, tennis, and bocce ball courts that make it simple for retirees to stay active no matter what they choose to do. And with 8,000 square feet of covered outdoor spaces, a botanical garden, dog park, and community garden, it’s no surprise to find residents relaxing outside and enjoying the North Carolina climate.


Thanks to its rich lineup of sprawling resort-style amenities, Carolina Arbors makes it convenient for residents to fulfill their fitness, social, and recreational needs for an exciting lifestyle. The welcoming vibe found within Carolina Arbors also allows homeowners to bond with their neighbors in a close-knit setting.

The community offers several social clubs, groups, classes, and organizations, designed by the residents themselves who want to share their hobbies and passions with other like-minded adults. Socializing in this friendly environment has never been easier and residents are taking advantage of all of the opportunities and events being held in the community. From singles club to book discussions to trivia game nights, there is something fun for everyone at Carolina Arbors.


True to Del Webb’s reputation, Carolina Arbors features quality built, new construction homes. With plans to build 1,256 low-maintenance single-family homes across 460 acres of land, interested 55+ buyers can choose from a great selection of innovative designs that come in different sizes, styles, and price points. Active adults can select from three collections: Passport, Expedition, or Pinnacle.

The homes here range in size from 1,152 to 2,264 square feet and offer one bedroom homes all the way up to four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Each collection features modern and spacious designs with luxurious qualities such as single-story living, gourmet kitchens, open layouts, spacious master suites, inviting gathering areas, formal dining rooms, abundant storage space, and energy-efficient materials.

The best part is that homebuyers can personalize their home with customizable plans to include lofts, dens, sunrooms, and patios. The best part about living in Carolina Arbors is never worrying about mowing or landscaping chores because the homeowners’ association fee takes care of exterior home maintenance.


Located in sought-after Durham County, living in Carolina Arbors means residents are always close to daily necessities in the surrounding area. Brier Creek is nearby and provides endless options for shopping and dining. The Triangle Area of North Carolina is a hot spot destination for many retirees looking to have access to top-notch medical institutions such as Duke, UNC, and Wake Med hospitals as well as outdoor recreation like biking, hiking, fishing, and other sports.

The area is also surrounded by plenty of entertainment and recreational facilities that are practically at their fingertips. Easy access to several golf courses such as Brier Creek Country Club, Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Falls Village Golf Course, and 12 Oaks are just a short drive away. Downtown Raleigh and Raleigh-Durham International Airport are also nearby.

With so many outstanding quality homes and world-class amenities, Carolina Arbors is sure to attract more 55+ homebuyers to this beautiful active adult community in Durham, NC.  

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