A pavilion beside the tennis courts at Bridgewater at Sherrills Ford - Ridge in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina

Here are the best-reviewed communities in North Carolina.

North Carolina is full of so many top-notch active adult communities that it can be overwhelming to narrow down a list of just a few favorites. To help make the search for your ideal community a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the best-reviewed communities in North Carolina that provides a great starting point.

Each active adult community on the list received at least three five-star reviews by resident homeowners. Here are the five best-reviewed communities in North Carolina:

1. Bridgewater at Sherrills Ford-Ridge - Sherrills Ford, NC

Low $200s - High $200s

Greenery and a water feature surrounding the community sign for Bridgewater at Sherrills Ford - Ridge in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina

This small community will feature a total of 165 single-family homes upon final completion.

One of North Carolina’s newest additions, Bridgewater at Sherrills Ford-Ridge, has quickly become a fan-favorite among its residents. Located close to Charlotte and popular Lake Norman, the small community will feature a total of 165 single-family homes upon final completion.

“It is a quiet, friendly neighborhood and we love living here,” writes one homeowner.

Prices range from the low $200s to the high $200s, and there are five floor plans available. Plans range from 1,588 to 1,883 square feet and offer two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. 

Planned amenities for Bridgewater at Sherrills Ford-Ridge include a clubhouse, a catering kitchen, an outdoor pool and patio area, bocce ball courts, and a tot lot for grandkids to enjoy during visits.

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Bailey's Glen - Cornelius, NC

High $200s - Low $700s

Lounge chairs on the croquet lawn at Bailey's Glen in Cornelius, North Carolina

This age-restricted community is popular for a myriad of reasons and has a lot to offer residents.

Bailey’s Glen is another highly-rated community located near Charlotte. The age-restricted community is popular for a myriad of reasons and has a lot to offer residents with both single-family homes and luxury condos to choose from. Plus, with prices ranging from the high $200s to the low $700s, the community also offers a wide variety of price points that will suit almost any budget.

The impressive amount of available floor plans is another reason current homeowners fell in love with Bailey’s Glen. There are around 20 distinct floor plans to consider, ranging from 1,273 to 2,808 square feet. Layouts offer one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and two- or two-and-a-half car garages. 

The long list of amenities that residents have access to includes three clubhouses, a ballroom, a sports pub, an arts and crafts studio, a woodworking shop, a library, and an aerobics and dance studio. There’s also an exercise room, several athletic courts, a putting green, three outdoor pools, horseshoe pits, and a community garden. Residents can also take advantage of the walking and biking trails spread over the 145-acre property.

“The community is really well run and maintained nicely. We have met some great people and enjoy having so many options of things to do. We stay busy yet still have time to just sit back and relax,” writes one homeowner.

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Carolina Arbors - Durham, NC

Low $300s - High $600s

Interior view of a lounge area in Carolina Arbors in Durham, North Carolina

Carolina Arbors is not only an esteemed place to live but also a well-reviewed one.

With more than 1,250 homes, it should come as no shock that Durham’s Carolina Arbors is not only an esteemed place to live but also a well-reviewed one.

According to a current resident:

“Carolina Arbors is an amazing place to call home. The residents are the nicest people you will ever meet and are incredibly welcoming. The floor plans are fantastic with great kitchens and oversized closets. The Clubhouse will take your breath away - the pools, fitness center, swimming pools, and clubrooms are phenomenal!”

Along with its convenient location in the middle of North Carolina’s Triangle Area, the age-restricted community offers active adults more than a dozen distinct floor plans. The single-family homes range from 1,152 to 2,562 square feet and have between one to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and two- or two-and-a-half car garages.

There are also plenty of amenities for homeowners to take advantage of, including a large clubhouse that features an indoor pool and spa, a recreation center, and a lounge. There’s also a fitness center, a resort-style pool, a patio, several athletic courts, a botanical garden, a pet park, plus walking and biking trails.

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Enclave as Holcomb Woods - Harrisburg, NC

Mid $200s - Low $300s

Lounge chairs on the patio surrounding the outdoor pool at Enclave at Holcomb Woods in Harrisburg, North Carolina

Noteworthy amenities include a clubhouse, an outdoor pool and patio, and plenty of parks and natural space.

The age-restricted Enclave at Holcomb Woods community features both new and resale homes with prices between the mid $200s and low $300s. There are three ranch-style floor plans that range from 1,421 to 1,947 square feet and have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.

“Purchasing our home from the Enclave at Holcomb Woods is the best decision made by my wife and me, ever,” exclaims one extremely satisfied homeowner.

Noteworthy amenities include a clubhouse, multipurpose rooms, an outdoor pool and patio, soccer fields, and plenty of parks and natural space. Another perk of owning a home within the neighborhood includes the homeowner’s association (HOA), which takes care of all lawn maintenance, giving owners more free time.

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Meadows of Coddle Creek - Mooresville, NC

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

Exterior view of a model home at Meadows At Coddle Creek in Mooresville, North Carolina

Meadows of Coddle Creek’s amenities include a clubhouse with multipurpose rooms, a patio, and a playground.

Rounding out the list of the best-reviewed communities in North Carolina is Meadows of Coddle Creek. Located in the Mooresville area right outside of Charlotte, the small community will feature 128 single-family homes upon final completion. Price points start in the mid $200s, and there are nine floor plans that range from 1,588 to 2,769 square feet. Plans offer two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. 

Meadows of Coddle Creek’s amenities include a clubhouse with multipurpose rooms, an outdoor pool, a patio, bocce courts, and a playground. There are also walking and biking trails on the property.

One of several glowing reviews states:

“Quality construction-beautiful location away from the hustle and bustle but close to downtown Mooresville and a wide variety of shopping centers and highways. We highly recommend joining this community.” 

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