Exterior view of the clubhouse at The Orchard Villas in Apex, North Carolina

The small towns of Cary and Apex in North Carolina have some excellent active adult communities.

While the larger cities in North Carolina tend to steal the spotlight, there are several smaller towns that stack up against the cities when it comes to incredible places to live in the Tar Heel State. Two of those smaller cities that stand out are Cary and Apex, which are both located near the state’s popular Research Triangle.

Let's explore some of the active adult communities in Cary and Apex.

Blakeley - Cary, NC

High $300s - Mid $500s

Cary’s 137-home community of Blakeley features both new single-family and attached homes. The gated community’s attached homes range from 1,947 to 2,312 square feet with two bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage, while the single-family ranch-style homes vary between 2,156 to 3,161 square feet. Single-family home plans have two or three bedrooms, three or four bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

Amenities include open greenspaces and several ponds. There's also a homeowners’ association takes handles both exterior home maintenance and lawn care.

Find out more information about Blakeley here.

Buckhorn Preserve - Apex, NC

Mid $300s - Low $400s

Apex’s Buckhorn Preserve will have a total of 272 single-family homes upon completion. The community boasts three home collections with 11 models to choose from. Floor plans range from 1,730 to 2,729 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

Final amenities within the community will include a clubhouse, a fitness center, a demonstration kitchen, multipurpose rooms, and two outdoor patios and saltwater pools.

Find out more information about Buckhorn Preserve here.

Carolina Preserve - Cary, NC

Low $300s - High $500s 

Carolina Preserve is a large age-restricted community in Cary that’s comprised of more than 1,260 single-family and attached homes. The Del Webb development only has resale homes on the market with floor plans ranging from 1,217 to 3,500 square feet. Houses can have two to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached garages.

Carolina Preserve’s amenities include, but are not limited to a 34,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, an indoor lap pool, a ballroom, a demonstration kitchen, hobby and craft studios, and four clay tennis courts.

Find out more information about Carolina Preserve here.

Heritage Pines - Cary, NC

High $200s - Low $400s

Another Cary community to consider is the 298-home Heritage Pines. The age-restricted neighborhood has homes available on a resale-only basis with several floor plans between 1,370 and 2,600 square feet. The community’s amenities range from a clubhouse and a fitness center to an outdoor pool and several athletic courts.

Find out more information about Heritage Pines here.

The Courtyards at O’Kelly Chapel - Cary, NC

Low $400s - High $500s

The Courtyards at O’Kelly Chapel is a relatively small community in Cary that will have a total of almost 150 new, single-family homes upon completion. There are three distinct floor plans for potential buyers to choose from that range from 1,519 to 2,769 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and a spacious two-and-a-half-car garage.

Amenities within the neighborhood include a clubhouse, a multipurpose room, a catering kitchen, a pool, and walking and biking trails.

Find out more information about The Courtyards at O’Kelly Chapel here.

The Orchard Villas - Apex, NC

Low $300s - Low $400s

Another small active adult community in the Cary/Apex area is The Orchard Villas that’s comprised of 86 attached homes. The neighborhood’s homes range from 1,547 to 2,335 square feet with one to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached garage.

Residents of The Orchard Villas will have access to several amenities including a 3,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, a bocce ball court, a putting green, and an outdoor heated pool.

Find out more information about The Orchard Villas here.

Woodhall - Cary, NC

High $400s - Mid $600s

Located in Cary, Woodhall is a new active adult community that will have 145 single-family homes built by Stanley Martin homes. Floor plans are centered on one-level living, and they range from 1,689 to 4,155 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two to five-and-a-half bathrooms, and two- or three-car garages.

Amenities within Woodhall will include a picnic area, greenspaces, a gazebo, and walking and biking trails.

Find out more information about Woodhall here.