View of a tree-lined street with houses in Friedberg Village in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Active adults looking to fly south for the winter should consider these communities in North Carolina.

North Carolina’s mild winters make it an ideal location for active adults looking to avoid the harsh, freezing weather that can be found in many other parts of the country. Not only does the state offer more desirable temperatures, but there’s also plenty for snowbirds to see and do, instead of being cooped up in the house all winter long.

Snowbirds can choose between escaping to NC’s picturesque coast and spending winter by the sea or enjoying the season in the Piedmont, exploring some of the state’s largest cities. Luckily, no matter the preference, there are plenty of active adult communities spread throughout the state that make it easy for snowbirds to flee the cold.

Here are the best communities in North Carolina for snowbirds:

1. St. James Plantation - Southport, NC

Low $100s - Low $1Ms

Active adults who want to spend the winter months along the coast will love St. James Plantation. The established, gated community is located in the charming seaside town of Southport, which sits along the shorelines of the Atlantic Ocean.

The community features both single-family homes and condos—ideal for Snowbirds looking to downsize—that are available as both new construction and resale. Fleeing the cold to a second home is relatively affordable with price points starting in the low $100s. There are more than two dozen floor plans available with condos varying between 1,848 and 2,042 square feet and single-family homes ranging between 1,280 and 3,096 square feet of living space.

Beyond the community’s desirable location, it has an impressively long list of resort-style amenities, which includes multiple golf courses, an indoor pool and spa, four clubhouses, a fitness center, on-site restaurants and grilles, and several Har-Tru tennis courts. As an added bonus, the development also has its own private beach area and full-service marina for residents with boats. 

Learn more information about St. James Plantation here.

2. Del Webb Wilmington - Wilmington, NC

High $200s - High $500s

The gated and age-restricted, Del Webb Wilmington is another appealing active adult community that’s located along NC’s coastline. It’s a new development that will feature a total of 547 single-family homes upon final completion.

There are three home series with almost a dozen unique floor plans for prospective homebuyers to consider. The neighborhood’s single-family homes range from 1,262 to 2,565 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and up to a two-and-a-half-car garage.

Situated near the Cape Fear River and several local beaches, Del Webb Wilmington makes it easy for residents to soak up the sun and enjoy saltwater breezes on a whim. Other perks of living within the community include access to a 15,000-square-foot clubhouse; a fitness center; indoor and outdoor pools; tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball courts; and walking and biking trails.

Learn more information about Del Webb Wilmington here.

3. Friedberg Village - Winston-Salem, NC

High $100s - Low $300s

Winston-Salem’s Friedberg Village features attached homes that are on the market starting in the high $100s, providing active adults with the opportunity to not only purchase a budget-friendly home but also downsize at the same time. Upon completion, the development will have 329 attached homes ranging from 1,508 to 2,296 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and one- to two-car garages.

The gated-community grants residents access to several amenities, including a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, billiards and ping pong rooms, an outdoor pool and patio, a putting green, and walking trails.

Learn more information about Friedberg Village here.

4. Fendol Farms - Durham, NC

High $200s - Low $600s

Situated in the popular Research Triangle of North Carolina in the lively city of Durham, Fendol Farms’ location gives residents plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the Piedmont area through both Durham’s and the surrounding cities’ cultural amenities, entertainment options, and shopping and dining destinations. The 55+ community consists of 500 new, single-family homes that can be as small as 1,551 square feet—ideal for snowbirds who don’t want a large house to take care of.

Thanks to the homeowner’s association, Fendol Farms residents will get to bypass any lawn care, giving them more free time to take advantage of the community’s amenities. The neighborhood’s final plans include a clubhouse; a fitness center; an outdoor pool; bocce ball, pickleball, and tennis courts; plus a community garden and dog park.

Learn more information about Fendol Farms here.