The capital of North Carolina and the state’s second-largest city, Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks” because of the oak-tree-lined streets. It’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, and for good reason. Not only is Raleigh home to outstanding scenic beauty, but it’s also part of the Research Triangle Park area, along with Durham and Chapel Hill, which provides tens of thousands of jobs in the science and technology fields.
Not only that, but Raleigh has plenty of culture as well. The area is home to Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, which has three theater venues. Raleigh is also home to the North Carolina Symphony and the Carolina Ballet. Its many universities mean the area is great for active adults who want to keep their minds active by continuing education.
If you love golf, don’t worry. Raleigh has plenty of public and private golf courses. And with all of the shopping in the city, from boutiques to malls to local markets, it should be considered a sport, too.
When it comes to the weather, residents of Raleigh enjoy mild winters. The summers are hot and humid with temperatures in the upper 90s and the winters can be damp with highs in the 50s.
Best of all, the area has plenty of age-restricted and active adult communities
Fearrington Village - Pittsboro, NC
Located 30 miles west of Raleigh in Pittsboro, Fearrington Village is an active lifestyle community with dozens of neighborhoods on a historic farm site. While the community is surrounded by acres of rolling woods and green pastures, it hosts stores, restaurants, banks, and a spa on-site for your convenience.
Construction began in 1975 and continues to with plans for 1,400 homes. Depending on the neighborhood, homes may feature courtyards, screened porches, separate garden annexes, cedar shake siding, formal and informal living spaces, granite tile counters, and walk-in tile showers. The stylish ranch and two-story, single-family homes include two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and one or two-car garages.
Regency at Brier Creek - Raleigh, NC
A 15-minute drive from downtown Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, Regency at Brier Creek is in close proximity to shopping, dining, and cultural attractions. Within the community, residents enjoy 18-hole championship golf, the Swim and Tennis Pavilion, and the 40,000 square-foot clubhouse.
Corbinton - Hillsborough, NC
A new active adult community 30 minutes outside of Raleigh in the historic town of Hillsborough. Corbinton is an age-restricted neighborhood which includes 70 attached and single-family homes that feature energy-efficient materials, stone, and brick exteriors influenced by the architectural history of Hillsborough. You can choose from two attached floor plans that range in size from 1,644 to 1,654 square feet. There are also four single-family home designs that offer 1,849 to 2,141 square feet of living space.
Amenities include an exercise room and a multi-purpose room in the clubhouse, a community garden, a dog park, as well as walking and biking trails.
The Courtyards at Heritage Grove - Wake Forest, NC
The Courtyards at Heritage Grove features 83 homes located in Wake Forest, part of the greater Raleigh-Durham area. These single-level houses are low-maintenance, allowing residents to enjoy their time without having to worry about tedious home upkeep. Available in three different styles, sizes range from 1,519 to 2,769 square feet and offer many customizable options with either two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and an attached two-and-a-half car garage.
Amenities include a clubhouse with an exercise room and open social spaces. Outdoors, residents can get some sun on the patio enjoying all the seasonal North Carolina weather. There's also an outdoor pool and walking trails throughout the community.