The Best Small 55+ Communities in Raleigh, NC

Chairs surrounding a fire pit at Encore at Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Check out these charming small communities near Raleigh, NC.

There are many benefits that come with living in a small community, including plenty of privacy, less traffic, and close-knit relationships with surrounding neighbors. Below we’ve highlighted four of the best small communities located in Raleigh and the surrounding Triangle area.

Encore at Briar Chapel – Chapel Hill, NC

Mid $400s – High $600s

The community sign for Encore at Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Encore at Briar Chapel is ideal for potential homebuyers looking for a small community in the greater Raleigh and Durham areas. The 185-home community boasts resort-style amenities and has homes available in 10 different floor plans with sizes ranging from 1,591 to 3,127 square feet. Active adults living in the neighborhood won’t have trouble staying in shape with more than 900 acres of greenspace and 24 miles of walking and biking trails spread throughout the community.


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Regency at Brier Creek – Raleigh, NC

Low $500s – Mid $700s

Exterior view of the clubhouse at Regency at Brier Creek in Raleigh, North Carolina.

This small community was originally built in 2009 and offers potential homebuyers single-family ranch homes available on a resale basis. While there are no age restrictions, Regency at Brier Creek has less than 125 low-maintenance homes, which keeps the community small and tightly knit.

Popular amenities within the neighborhood include an 18-hole championship golf course as well as a 40,000-square-foot clubhouse, a tennis pavilion, an on-site restaurant, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an outdoor pool. Another big draw for the community is its convenient location only 15 minutes from Downtown Raleigh and all the capital city has to offer.


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Villas of Wake Forest – Wake Forest, NC

High $300s – Low $500s

View down the street of Downtown Wake Forest, North Carolina on a sunny morning.

Villas of Wake Forest is a gated 55+ community that features 144 homes. The age-restricted community has resale homes available in four different floor plans that range from 1,563 to 1,860 square feet.

Although it’s one of the smaller communities in North Carolina, Villas at Wake Forest offers many of the same amenities that can be found throughout larger communities, including a clubhouse, TV lounge, catering kitchen, exercise room, heated outdoor pool, bocce ball courts, and even a putting green.

It’s also easy for residents to get to know their neighbors and stay social through the community’s many barbecues, movie nights, and potluck dinners. Additionally, the Villas are within a short distance of both Raleigh and Durham, plus, several museums, shopping areas, health care facilities, and an international airport.


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