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Sun City Carolina Lakes is a premiere active adult community by Del Webb in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

It’s easy to get caught up in researching retirement communities in North and South Carolina, especially when deciding which state to call home. Active adults who want to live near Charlotte, North Carolina may want to expand their search to include the nearby suburb of Fort Mill, South Carolina. Just across the state line, this scenic small town offers many benefits, including a beautiful climate, southern charm, and several active adult communities.

Small-Town Feel

Established in 1873 and named after a Colonial-era British fort, Fort Mill is a small town with a rich local history. The population reaches about 9,400, yet nearly 35,000 people live within the larger township boundary.

Its southern location has a relatively warm climate, yet the area does experience all four seasons to some degree. Summers are hot and humid with days in the mid-90s. Winters are mild with average daytime highs around 50 degrees, yet residents may see a few light snowfalls.

Close to Charlotte

While Fort Mill was originally built around textile mills, the town is changing course with rapid growth and a number of thriving businesses and South Carolina retirement communities. The area is now considered a major suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, which is one of the largest cities in the country. This lets Fort Mill residents enjoy living in a small town while still being just 30 minutes from Charlotte’s many urban attractions and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Nearby Charlotte has much to offer including fine restaurants, diverse shopping districts, museums, and performing arts centers. The city also has two major sports teams: the Carolina Panthers (NFL) and the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA).

Everyday Conveniences

Of course, residents do not have to drive all the way to Charlotte to find shopping centers and things to do. The Fort Mill area has many big name stores, such as Target, Walmart, Walgreens, and Lowe's Home Improvement, while local grocery stores include Harris Teeter and Food Lion.

Shopping malls with a variety of stores and restaurants are found just a few miles away, such as the Rock Hill Galleria in Rock Hill and the Carolina Place Mall in Pineville, North Carolina. Resident golfers can also hit the greens at local courses like the Fort Mill Golf Club, the Springfield Golf Club, and the Waterford Golf Club.

Active Adult Communities in Fort Mill

As a growing suburb, Fort Mill has many South Carolina retirement communities for older active adults. Those who are interested in age-restricted active adult communities can find developments in various styles to meet their individual needs.

There are large South Carolina retirement communities like Sun City Carolina Lakes, which sprawls across 1,512 rolling acres and has an amenity-rich clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course, and plans for 3,400 single-family and attached homes. There are also smaller, more intimate South Carolina retirement communities and picturesque neighborhoods like Four Seasons at Gold Hill, which has just 300 homes but still offers a spacious clubhouse and many activities.