The state of North Carolina is appealing to active adults for a number of reasons—it’s stunningly beautiful with picturesque mountain ranges to the west and hundreds of miles of sandy shoreline to the east. Its climate is moderate and ideal for retirees who want to enjoy a taste of all four seasons. Plus, it’s home to several top-rated medical facilities, and it has plenty of rich history to absorb as well as enchanting places to explore.
North Carolina is also an excellent option for active adults looking to downsize, as it’s home to several active adult communities that feature low-maintenance condos at a variety of price points. Here are five communities to consider:
Bailey’s Glen - Cornelius, NC
Bailey’s Glen is an age-restricted community located just a short drive from Charlotte in the small town of Cornelius. Built by South Creek Homes, the development offers six floor plans for condominiums that vary between 1,295 and 1,584 square feet of living space. The plans include one to two bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and the option to have either a garage or underground parking.
Amenities within the 55+ community include the 12,000-square-foot Meetinghouse, a ballroom, a sports pub, a card room, an arts and crafts studio, and an exercise room. Outside amenities range from two pools and walking and biking trails to a pet park and several athletic courts.
Cummings Cove - Hendersonville, NC
Situated in Western North Carolina in the scenic mountain town of Hendersonville is the gated community Cummings Cove. Originally built in 1988 by Cummings Cove Company LLC, the development features several condominiums that are approximately 1,300 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and carport parking.
Cummings Cove offers residents a wide range of amenities that includes an 18-hole golf course, an on-site restaurant and lounge, a sports complex and fitness room, multiple tennis courts, and a social center with card and ping pong rooms, a picnic area, a dog park, horseshoes, and a croquet court. In addition to its amenities, the neighborhood is within a short distance of Asheville as well as the famous Blue Ridge Parkway.
Guilford Crossing - Greensboro, NC
Greensboro’s Guildford Crossing is a small, tight-knit community made up of 48 condo units that are available by resale only. The age-restricted community offers prospective residents two floor plans that range from 1,225 to 1,483 square feet with two bedrooms, a den, and two bathrooms.
The list of amenities within the neighborhood includes a clubhouse, an exercise room, a lounge, a catering kitchen, an outdoor patio, a walking path, gardening plots, and scenic lakes.
Kenmure - Flat Rock, NC
The gated-community of Kenmure is another option to consider in scenic Western North Carolina. It consists of 900 new and resale homes with condos ranging from 1,430 to 2,500 square feet. Plans for the condominiums feature up to three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a one -or two-car garage.
Kenmure’s amenities include the stately Kenmure Mansion, meeting rooms, a fitness center, an indoor pool, an aerobics and dance studio, a catering kitchen, and a wine cellar. Outdoors, residents will find an 18-hole golf course, six tennis courts, bocce ball and pickleball courts, a heated pool, and walking and biking trails.
Knollwood Village - Southern Pines, NC
Knollwood Village is an age-restricted community located in the charming town of Southern Pines. The neighborhood boasts a number of condos that are available as resale with prices starting in the low $100s. Floor plans vary from studios to two-bedroom units with as little as 560 square feet to more than 1,000 square feet of living space.
The community’s amenities range from two 9-hole golf courses, a 22-acre driving range and practice facility, and a pro shop to a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, two outdoor pools, and an exercise room. Additionally, there’s an on-site restaurant, a library, scenic ponds, and walking and biking trails.