Retirement often allows active adults the freedom and flexibility to go south for the winter and avoid the cold, dreary weather. North Carolina is often a popular choice for snowbirds who want to temporarily move south. The Tar Heel State not only offers an escape from harsh winter weather with its mild temperatures, but it also offers residents plenty to see and do.
Here are five of the best active adult communities in North Carolina for snowbirds.
High $300s - High $400s
Camden Villas at Mid South Club is a small, tight-knit community that consists of 58 low-maintenance homes. The neighborhood is part of the Mid South Club, a master-planned community, and offers both attached and single-family homes that are available as new construction or on a resale basis. Floor plans range from 1,750 to 2,240 square feet and have two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, dens, and two-car garages.
Beyond the appeal of low-maintenance homes, one of Camden Villas’ biggest draws with snowbirds is the extensive list of amenities that residents have access to within the master-planned community. Amenities include everything from several on-site restaurants and a number of posh clubhouses to resort-style pools and two golf courses. Also, if the two on-site golf courses aren’t enough, there are a dozen others nearby.
High $100s - Low $200s
Village Green is another small, 55+ community in Southern Pines that’s sure to appeal to snowbirds who are looking for affordable, low-maintenance homes within a gated neighborhood. Village Green features 57 low-maintenance attached homes with floor plans that offer 1,100 to 2,700 square feet, one to four bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, and parking lot parking.
Golfers will especially love the community’s location, which puts them within a short distance of some of the state’s most popular golf courses. Other perks of living in the community include amenities like walking paths, parks, natural space, and a charming gazebo.
Low $100s - Mid $100s
The age-restricted Cumberland Village community is ideal for active adults who want to snowbird in the scenic surroundings of Western North Carolina. The neighborhood’s location in Hendersonville gives residents easy access to the charming downtown area where there’s a plethora of local eateries, coffee shops, and boutiques. Residents can also get to Asheville within a short drive to enjoy all the eclectic city has to offer, from a wide variety of antique shops and live music venues to a vibrant culinary scene.
Cumberland Village offers a number of single-family homes that are available on a resale-only basis with price points ranging from the low $100s to the mid $100s. Available floor plans are approximately 1,100 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Amenities within the community include a clubhouse, an outdoor pool, a patio area, parks, and lots of natural space.
Low $100s - Low $200s
Greensboro’s Guilford Crossing is a small, age-restricted community that has a total of 48 low-maintenance, resale condominiums. There are two floor plans available ranging from 1,225 to 1,483 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a den area. The community’s small condos are perfect for snowbirds who don’t want a lot of square footage to maintain. The condos' low-maintenance lifestyle also takes away daily chores and headaches like yard work and exterior upkeep.
Noteworthy amenities within Guildford Crossing include a clubhouse, a lounge, an exercise room, scenic lakes, and gardening plots.
Low $300s - Low $700s
Trilogy Lake Norman is a gated and age-restricted community that will eventually feature 1,100 single-family homes upon final completion. The development has a wide variety of floor plans available that range from 1,345 to 2,505 square feet and offer one to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and one- to two-and-a-half-car garages.
Trilogy Lake Norman boasts an impressive list of amenities that includes an expansive clubhouse with a grand living room, gathering room, and lounge. There’s also an art studio, an on-site restaurant, a fitness center, and a lap pool for residents to take advantage of.
Outdoors, homeowners will find a pool and patio, a number of athletic courts, and walking and biking trails. Along with the community’s many enviable amenities, its convenient location near Charlotte also makes it attractive to snowbirds who are interested in taking advantage of the vibrant city’s cultural amenities and wealth of entertainment options.