There are many reasons for active adults to consider moving to North Carolina’s capital of Raleigh. The city has all the perks of larger cities in the state, like Charlotte, but it still manages to keep the close-knit feeling that comes along with living in a smaller town.
Residents have a wide variety of activities and entertainment options to enjoy as well as countless restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions like museums and performing arts theaters. Plus, while the city has much to offer its residents, it's easy to find a new home without spending a fortune in the area. There are several active adult communities within the Raleigh area that offer affordable home prices.
Here are four of the best lowest-priced communities near Raleigh for active adults to consider:
Mid $200s - Low $300s
Only a short drive from Raleigh sits the 55+ community of Ashbury Crossing in the small town of Mebane. The community was originally built in 2007 by Cimarron Homes and features 127 new attached homes.
Prices in the development start in the mid $200s, and there are several floor plans for potential homebuyers to choose from. The neighborhood’s five floor plans range from 1,718 to 2,350 square feet and can have up to three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and a two-car garage.
Residents of Ashbury Crossings will enjoy a variety of amenities that include a clubhouse, a fitness center, multipurpose rooms, an outdoor pool and patio, a spa, and shuffleboard courts. For those residents who love being outdoors, there are also walking and biking trails spread throughout the community as well as parks and natural space.
Mid $200s - Mid $800s
Fearrington Village is another community that also offers affordable housing prices. With construction beginning in 1975, this established neighborhood offers both new and resale homes. There are a number of home designs for potential residents to choose between, including a selection of single-story ranches, two-story single-family homes, and townhomes. Floor plans within Fearrington Village range from 1,816 up to 2,116 square feet and can have two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages.
With an on-site spa, multiple restaurants, on-site retail shops, swimming and croquet facilities, tennis courts, and more the list of amenities within the community is impressively long. Additionally, there are many outdoor amenities throughout the neighborhood, including scenic ponds and streams as well as parks and natural spaces.
Residents also have access to the Duke Center for Living, which is a 20,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center that boasts an indoor lap pool, an indoor walking track, and an aerobics and dance studio.
Low $300s - Low $400s
Forge Creek at Flowers Plantation is a newer active adult community in the Raleigh area, with development completed in 2018. A small 55+ community built by Dan Ryan Builders, Forge Creek at Flowers Plantation features 127 single-family homes. The four home models to choose from vary from 1,626 to 2,972 square feet. Depending on the model selected, homes can have two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
Noteworthy amenities in the community include a clubhouse, multipurpose rooms, a club cafe, and a fitness center. Outdoors, residents will find a swimming pool with a waterslide, a patio, walking and hiking trails, plus pickleball and tennis courts.
Mid $300s - High $400s
Located less than 30 minutes from Downtown Raleigh, Hidden Valley is another new active adult community in the area. At completion, it will feature a total of 500 single-family homes. With two home series and more than a dozen floor plans for potential homeowners to choose from, there are many options when it comes to the look and feel of homes for sale in Hidden Valley. Residences range from 1,633 to 2,956 square feet and can have two to five bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
Amenities within Hidden Valley include a clubhouse, multipurpose rooms, an outdoor pool and patio, an athletic field, a community garden, pocket parks, and a scenic pond.