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Active adults seeking affordable yet attractive homes should consider these communities in Central North Carolina.

Central North Carolina plays host to the state’s largest cities, including the Raleigh-Durham area, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem. It’s also home to several charming Southern small towns, giving active adults plenty of options to choose from, whether they’re looking for somewhere to slow down and enjoy retirement or a city with plenty of ways to keep busy.

The area also offers residents cultural amenities that range from performing arts theaters and historic museums to a wide variety of outdoor recreation to vibrant culinary and shopping scenes. As an added bonus, both the coast and the mountains are accessible from Central North Carolina, making it easy for residents to explore other parts of the state.

The area has over 100 active adult communities with several that offer budget-friendly options without sacrificing on housing comforts or amenities. Here are four of the best lowest-priced communities in Central North Carolina to consider.

1. Abbey Glen - Gibsonville, NC

Mid $100s - Low $300s

Gibsonville’s Abbey Glen features 162 single-family and attached homes that are on the market on a resale-only basis. Prices start in the mid $100s. Attached homes range between 1,140 and 1,860 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached garage, while single-family homes vary between 1,519 to 1,995 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-and-a-half car garages.

Amenities within Abbey Glen include a clubhouse and lounge, billiards, a catering kitchen, an exercise room, an outdoor pool, walking and biking trails, and a scenic pond.

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2. Friedberg Village - Winston-Salem, NC

High $100s - Low $300s

Located in Winston-Salem, the gated Friedberg Village will have a total of 329 attached homes upon final completion. Only new homes are available with several floor plans for potential residents to choose from. The ten townhome floor plans range from 1,508 to 2,296 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and one or two-car garages.

The community’s homeowners’ association takes care of all exterior home maintenance and landscaping, giving residents more time to enjoy the community amenities, which include a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse, multipurpose rooms, a fitness center, billiards and ping pong rooms, an outdoor pool and patio, a putting green, and a walking trail.

Learn more information about Friedberg Village here

3. Knollwood Village - Southern Pines, NC

Low $100s - Low $200s

The age-restricted Knollwood Village features a combo of 240 resale condos, single-family, and attached homes. Price points start in the low $100s, making this community a great option for active adults looking to buy an affordable first or second home in the Southern Pines area.

There are four condo floor plans that range from a 560-square-foot studio to a two-bedroom, 1,030-square-foot apartment. Plans for townhomes are slightly larger with options between 1,450 and 1,980 square feet. Townhomes offer two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. Knollwood Village’s single-family homes offer slightly less than 2,000 square feet of living space, two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached garage.

Amenities in the development include access to two 9-hole golf courses, a 22-acre practice facility, a driving range, a chipping area, a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, an exercise room, an outdoor pool, and more.

Learn more information about Knollwood Village here

4. Pinehurst Trace - Pinehurst, NC

High $100s - Low $300s

Pinehurst Trace is another age-restricted community that features lower-priced homes. The Pinehurst neighborhood has a total of 225 singe-family homes that are available as resale with prices starting in the high $100s. There are five floor plans ranging from 1,595 to 2,000 square feet for interested homebuyers to consider. Residences have two to three bedrooms, one bathroom, and an attached one-car garage. Some plans also include a den.

HOA fees cover mundane chores like cutting grass, landscaping, and even exterior painting. With fewer chores and more free time, residents can take full advantage of the many amenities the community offers, including a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse, a great room, two meeting rooms, a catering kitchen, a game room, a library, billiards, and a beauty parlor/barbershop. Outdoor amenities include a pool, a tennis court, a shuffleboard court, and horseshoe pits.

Learn more information about Pinehurst Trace here.