View of a country road near Brevard, North Carolina in autumn

Active adults looking to downsize have a number of excellent options in North Carolina.

From the sandy coastline to the Western North Carolina mountains, the Tar Heel State is home to more than 160 active adult communities, all of which have a lot to offer residents. However, there are a few that stand out from the rest for those active adults looking for somewhere to downsize.

Here are the best North Carolina communities for downsizing and what they have to offer.

1. Connestee Falls - Brevard, NC

Low $100s - High $1Ms

For active adults looking to downsize and retire in the tranquil surroundings of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Connestee Falls is worth a look. The large community is home to over 1,300 residences, and it boasts both attached and single-family homes that are ideal for downsizing.

Floor plans for both attached and single-family homes within Connestee Falls include options as small as 1,300 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a one- or two-car garage. Also, with the development’s wide variety of price points, there are options to fit almost any budget.

While residents may downsize the square footage of their homes, they won’t miss out on a wealth of amenities. The community offers a 26,000-square-foot clubhouse, a dining room, a fitness center with locker rooms, a library, a card room, a theater, and an on-site sports bar and grill. Outdoors, homeowners can enjoy an 18-hole golf course, a heated pool and patio, four tennis courts, four pickleball courts, a community garden, a pet park, scenic lakes, and 13 miles of walking and biking trails.

Learn more information about Connestee Falls here. 

2. Knollwood Village - Southern Pines, NC

Low $100s - Low $200s

Another North Carolina community to consider for downsizing is Southern Pine’s Knollwood Village. The small, age-restricted neighborhood features 240 single-family and attached homes that are on the market as resale only. Also, there are a number of residences that offer less than 1,000 square feet.

Floor plans for condos run as small as a 560-square-foot studio with one bathroom. Other small condo options include one- to two-bedroom efficiencies that also offer 560 square feet as well as a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment that’s 866 square feet. The smallest of Knollwood Village’s townhomes is a two-bedroom, two-bath option that spans 1,450 square feet. Along with less space to take care of and maintenance-free homes, residents will also have the added perk of the community’s homeowners’ association. The HOA takes care of monotonous daily chores, giving residents more free time to enjoy the things they really love. 

Amenities in the established community include access to two 9-hole golf courses, their pro shops, and practice facilities as well as an outdoor pool, scenic ponds, and walking and biking trails.

Learn more information about Knollwood Village here.

3. Guilford Crossing - Greensboro, NC

Low $100s - Low $200s

Guilford Crossing is a 55+ community in Greensboro that features 48 low-maintenance condominiums. The condos are on the market as resale only, and there are two models for residents to consider. These models range from 1,225 to 1,483 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a den area. The 48 condos are spread through three separate buildings that are each three-stories high. All buildings provide elevator access and have parking lots for residents.

Guildford Crossing’s low-maintenance lifestyle allows residents more freedom to spend taking advantage of the community’s amenities, which range from a clubhouse and exercise room to a lounge and catering kitchen. Additionally, there are walking paths, scenic lakes, and gardening plots. 

Learn more information about Guildford Crossing here.

4. The Oaks - Hendersonville, NC

Low $200s

Located in the scenic mountain town of Hendersonville, The Oaks is another community made up of condominiums that’s perfect for downsizing. It features 202 condos that are on the market as resale-only with prices starting in the low $200s. A standard unit ranges from 1,300 to 2,000 square feet with two to three bedrooms and two to three bathrooms. The community’s HOA takes care of many tasks like landscaping and exterior maintenance, giving residents the opportunity to live a low-maintenance lifestyle. 

Along with more free time, other perks of living in The Oaks include access to a clubhouse, multi-purpose rooms, an indoor pool, a dog park, and walking and biking trails that are spread through the property. 

Learn more information about The Oaks here.