Photo of the entrance gate at The Village at Motts Landing in Wilmington, North Carolina

Here are the top five North Carolina communities where homes sell fast.

From the sandy coastlines of eastern North Carolina to the craggy mountains in the west,  the Tar Heel State is teeming with exceptional active adult communities. However, there are some communities that are more in-demand than others, making the real estate market rather competitive. We’ve put together a list of the fastest-selling active adult communities where homes are put on the market and generally sold within 40 to 80 days.

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Here are the top five North Carolina communities where homes sell fast:

1. Pinehurst Trace - Pinehurst, NC

Low $200s - Low $300s

Located in Pinehurst—an area that’s renowned for its impeccable golfing—Pinehurst Trace is without a doubt a popular community for golfers looking to retire in North Carolina. There are many other attributes that make it one of the fastest-selling active adult communities in the Tar Heel State. This 55+ development features 225 single-family homes available on a resale basis. Residences within Pinehurst Trace typically only stay on the market for an average of 41.5 days. 

There are multiple floor plans for potential homeowners to consider ranging from 1,300 to 2,000 square feet. Homes are designed around main-level living and have two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. A nominal homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers exterior home maintenance, lawn care, and landscaping.

Notable amenities include a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse that boasts a great room, two meeting rooms, a catering kitchen, a library, a game room, and billiards. There’s also an exercise room where residents can get in their daily workouts. Outdoors, residents have access to a pool and horseshoe pits, plus tennis, shuffleboard, and pickleball courts. Along with its amenities, Pinehurst Trace offers residents ample physical and social activities, with a variety of organized clubs and planned events such as monthly potlucks, volunteer opportunities, holiday parties, and card nights.

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2. Cypress Island Golf and Racquet Club - Wilmington, NC

High $100s - Mid $300s

Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier in Wilmington, North Carolina

Cypress Island Golf and Racquet Club is a short drive from NC's most beautiful beaches.

Situated within 30 minutes of historic downtown Wilmington, Cypress Island Golf and Racquet Club puts its residents within a short drive of some of North Carolina’s most beautiful beaches and a plethora of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. With such a desirable location, it’s no wonder it’s one of the fastest-selling active adult communities in the state with homes staying on the market for an average of 56 days.

In addition to its covetable location, the community also offers prospective buyers a wide range of affordable options with price points starting in the high $100s. Cypress Island Golf and Racquet Club features a mixture of 228 single-family and attached homes. There are several distinct floor plans available to buyers. Attached homes range from 1,220 to 1,361 and have two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. Single-family homes are slightly larger with plans ranging from 1,265 to 2,815 square feet of living space. These plans offer two to five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and two-car garages.

Residents have access to a variety of indoor and outdoor amenities, including a clubhouse with a community kitchen and a multipurpose room. The list of outdoor amenities includes a pool and patio, a 9-hole golf course, walking and biking trails, as well as tennis, basketball, and shuffleboard courts. 

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3. The Preserve at Legacy Lakes - Aberdeen, NC

Low $300s - High $300s

With a total of only 18 single-family homes, The Preserve at Legacy Lakes is the smallest neighborhood on the list of NC communities where homes sell fast. The limited inventory no doubt plays into how quickly residences are purchased. Homes typically stay on the market for an average of 75.65 days.

The development features three floor plans that range from 1,643 to 2,930 square feet and have two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-and-a-half car garages. Amenities within the community include a clubhouse, a fitness center, a pool, and a patio area. There are also tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, and walking trails spread throughout the property.

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4. Beacon Townes - Carolina Shores, NC

Mid $100s - High $100s

A golf course in North Carolina with autumn trees lining the fairway

Beacon Townes is a great option for avid golfers looking to retire.

Beacon Townes is another fast-selling coastal community that’s within a short drive of not only popular North Carolina beaches but also the beautiful beaches of South Carolina. Countless golf courses are also within a short drive of the community, making it a great option for avid golfers looking to retire. Upon completion, the neighborhood will have a total of 166 attached homes with both new construction and resale options available. Prospective buyers have to act fast if they’re interested in purchasing a home within Beacon Townes, as once a home is on the market it generally sells within an average of 79.31 days. 

There are several floor plans available that range from 1,491 to 1,882 square feet and have three to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and one-car garages. The Beacon Townes HOA helps make homeownership a little easier by taking care of a number of outdoor chores, including cutting the grass, trimming, and irrigation. 

Noteworthy amenities include an amenity center where neighbors can gather and socialize or hold organized events in the multipurpose room. Additionally, residents have access to a pool and patio area that boasts a cabana for plenty of shade on a hot summer day. 

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5. The Village at Motts Landing - Wilmington, NC

Mid $300s - High $500s

The entrance sign at The Village at Motts Landing with a welcome flag, located in Wilmington, North Carolina

The Village at Motts Landing one of the fastest-selling active adult communities in NC. 

An enviable location close to Wilmington, an impressive list of amenities, and a wide variety of floor plans make The Village at Motts Landing one of the fastest-selling active adult communities in NC. The development offers a mixture of single-family and attached homes. Both new construction and resale options are available on the market, with residences selling within an average of 81.47 days.

The Village at Motts Landing offers 20 unique floor plans that range from 1,900 to 2,929 square feet and have three to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and two- to three-car garages. Several plans also include den areas and covered lanais.

Beyond the desirable location and vast selection of homes, The Village at Motts Landing also provides its residents with a plethora of amenities. Residents will find a clubhouse that features an exercise room, a catering kitchen, card tables, and meeting rooms where organized clubs and interest groups can meet. The property boasts a number of outdoor amenities as well. Outside, homeowners will find a pool and patio, a tennis court, a putting green, community gardens, and walking and biking trails. 

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