Blue Ridge Parkway National Park in western North Carolina at sunrise

Pinehurst, North Carolina has several active adult communities offering affordable homes.

The idyllic southern town of Pinehurst, North Carolina is well-known for its natural beauty, outstanding golfing, top-notch dining, and luxury spas. It’s a peaceful place but with plenty to do, so it’s no wonder it’s a popular spot to retire among the 55+ crowd. While the area is highly sought after, there are still several active adult communities near Pinehurst that have affordable prices.

Here are four of the best lowest-priced communities near Pinehurst with homes available for less than $300K.

1. Carriage Glen at Anderson Creek Club - Spring Lake, NC

Mid $200s - High $300s

Carriage Glen at Anderson Creek Club is a small, gated, and age-restricted community in Spring Lake, NC. It’s made up of only 91 single-family homes that were built by two different builders—H&H Homes and Epcon—giving potential homebuyers a variety of options when it comes to each home’s style and design. There are more than a dozen floor plans to consider with residences ranging between 1,523 and 2,930 square feet of living space. Plans vary with two to five bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages.

Amenities within the gates of Carriage Glen at Anderson Creek include access to an 18-hole golf course that was named "Best New Course in North Carolina" by Golf Digest when it was built, an on-site bar and grill, a private clubhouse, an expansive amenity center, a fitness center, a library, a catering kitchen, meeting rooms, and an office. Outdoors, residents will find a pool and patio, 23 parks, 19 lakes and ponds, walking and biking trails, a tot lot, and basketball and bocce ball courts.

2. Knollwood Village - Southern Pines, NC

Low $100s - Low $200s

A short drive from Pinehurst sits the age-restricted Knollwood Village community in Southern Pines, NC. The established neighborhood was originally built in 1959 and features a mixture of 240 condos, single-family, and attached homes.

There are four floor plans for condominiums that range from 560 to 1,030 square feet with one to two bedrooms and one bathroom. Potential buyers looking at townhomes in the development will have seven floor plans to choose between. Plans vary from 1,450 to 1,980 square feet and can have two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, one- or two-car garages, plus an option for a den. Single-family homes tend to offer close to 2,000 square feet of living space with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached garage.

Golfers will enjoy Knollwood Village’s list of amenities that includes a 9-hole golf course, a 22-acre practice facility and driving range, and a chipping and pitching area. There’s also an outdoor pool, plus, walking and biking trails for residents to enjoy.

3. Middleton Place - Southern Pines, NC

Mid $200s - Low $300s

Middleton Place is another small, age-restricted community near Pinehurst for active adults to consider. Residences in the 81-home development are available on a resale only basis with prices starting in the mid $200s.

Floor plans for Middleton Place’s townhomes offer between 2,000 to 2,600 square feet of living space and can have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. Single-family homes also offer between 2,000 to 2,600 square feet of living space, but while they are the same size as the townhomes they can have between two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and two-car garages.

A major perk of owning a home in Middleton Place includes the ability to live a low-maintenance lifestyle with yard work and exterior home maintenance taken care of by the community, which gives homeowners a lot more free time to spend on activities that they enjoy instead of daily chores.

4. Pinehurst Trace - Pinehurst, NC

High $100s - Low $300s

Rounding out the list of the best lowest-priced communities near Pinehurst is the age-restricted Pinehurst Trace. The active adult community features 225 single-family homes that are available as both new construction and resale. There are five floor plans available in the neighborhood that range from 1,595 to 2,000 square feet of living space with two to three bedrooms, a den, two bathrooms, and a one-car garage. All homes offer main-level living.

Noteworthy amenities include a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse, a great room, meeting rooms, a catering kitchen, an exercise room, billiards, a library, and an on-site beauty parlor. Outside, residents will find a pool, horseshoe pits, and tennis and shuffleboard courts.