One of the big draws of Carolina Orchards is its proximity to Charlotte - without having to pay North Carolina taxes. (Image via

Active adults have been heading to one of the fastest-growing suburbs in the Carolinas, Fort Mill, South Carolina — an active town close to the North and South Carolina border that’s continuously growing with no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Fort Mill has many appealing aspects for active adults to take advantage of, including a variety of shopping destinations, a growing restaurant scene, and even a few financial benefits like having lower taxes than its nearby neighbors in North Carolina. Plus, its close proximity to Charlotte, NC makes it all the more appealing with the city’s many cultural amenities and entertainment options less than a 30-minute drive away.

For active adults considering a move to Fort Mill, there are several 55+ communities within the area, including two extremely popular Del Webb communities — Sun City Carolina Lakes and Carolina Orchards.

With so many unique floor plans and designs to choose from, plus, the variety of desirable amenities to take advantage of, it’s no surprise that Carolina Orchards is quickly filling up and homesites are selling fast.

The president of the Charlotte division of Pulte, Steve Francis, says the community may even be completely full by the year 2021. Because of Carolina Orchards’ popularity as well as Sun City Carolinas, there’s been mention that there’s a high possibility of a third Del Webb community being built in the area in the near future. Pulte Group representatives say that something could be in the works as early as the next five years.

Carolina Orchards Home Selection

Del Webb’s newest community, Carolina Orchards, brings residents all the same luxuries and amenities that people have come to know and expect from the builder.

This particular gated and age-restricted development was originally built in 2015 and is slated to have 722 single-family homes upon completion. There are three different design collections for potential homebuyers to choose from that each has its own look and feel. Within the three series, there are a total of nine floor plans that range in size and layout.

While there are many designs and floor plans to choose from all of the plans feature a ranch-style with a focus on main-level living, which keeps homeowners from having to walk up and down stairs constantly. Plans also focus on providing plenty of space for entertaining with spacious, open layouts.

Homes range in size starting at 1,234 square feet and increasing up to 2,565 square feet of living space. They can have between two to four bedrooms, two to four-and-a-half baths, and a two-car garage. Prices start in the mid $200s and increase up to the high $500s.

Carolina Orchards Amenities

Carolina Orchards also offers its residents the luxury, low-maintenance living that has become synonymous with the Del Webb name.

The community’s resort-style amenities are aplenty with a posh clubhouse that’s a great gathering place for neighbors to socialize and get to know one another. The clubhouse also boasts a hobby and game room as well as meeting rooms for the many organized clubs and interest groups.

Homeowners will have absolutely no trouble staying physically fit and healthy while living in Carolina Orchards as there are countless ways to stay active no matter their fitness level. The neighborhood’s state-of-the-art fitness center has the best of the best with top-notch cardiovascular and weight lifting equipment as well as a yoga room. Additionally, the development boasts both indoor and outdoor pools that are perfect for daily laps, or just taking a leisurely dip on a hot summer day.

Residents can also grab a partner and challenge some neighbors to a little friendly competition with tennis, pickleball, and bocce available. For more outdoor fun, homeowners have the options of gardening or planting their favorite flowers in one of the community garden plots, or spending time with their beloved pets running around in the designated dog park. 

Test Out the Community

For potential residents interested in visiting Carolina Orchards to get the entire community experience, there are day and overnight passes available. The Day Pass gives visitors the chance to meet residents, participate in a community class, and dine with a resident, while the Overnight Pass includes a night stay in a fully furnished home, and the opportunity to explore the development on a golf cart provided by Carolina Orchards.